Christmas Games – Saints Row IV: How The Saints Saved Christmas

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This month has been stressful. I was struggling to feel the excitement of Christmas so I played this DLC from Saints Row IV hoping that maybe it could help me feel the “spirit of Christmas”. It actually did with a funny but heartwarming story!

Plot

Shaundi, a Saints Row member, comes from the future to state that the world is in a catastrophe. Christmas has been taken over by Claws and there is no more cheer left in the world. The President, the custom character you play as, has to save Christmas. But, The President doesn’t care about Christmas. So they’ll need to find the Christmas spirit to help save Christmas.

Favorite Parts

I loved the theme of finding the Christmas spirit since I needed to also find the excitement I usually feel around Christmas. The President starts out by not caring, but slowly begins to like Christmas as they help Santa Claus defeat Claws.

I also loved that the enemies became gingerbread man and nutcrackers because it was really funny! The jokes they made about Santa Claus were funny too like Mrs. Claus being an absolute badass when she was protecting the workshop from Claw’s army. She really was “decking the halls”.

Claws Boss Fight

The final boss fight with Claws was really adorable! He was invincible and you had to break his defenses by spreading Christmas cheer. This involved lighting the Menorah, throwing gifts to people, and finally throwing gifts at Claws. It wasn’t a hard boss fight, but the theme was really cute because you basically destroyed him with kindness! Also the gifts were stuff that the Saints Row members wanted.

Ending and Rewards

The game gave out several rewards for completing different levels in the DLC like a Christmas Dubstep weapon, Christmas costumes like Santa Claus, Christmas helpers such as Santa Claus and Claws will help you in the main game, and Christmas vehicles like you can ride a flying reindeer.

The ending was my favorite part. The last part to saving Christmas was spreading Christmas cheer! The final cutscene involved the Saints caroling, making snowmen, and celebrating Christmas while “Jingle Bell Rock” played. It just made me smile and I started singing along!

After completing the DLC, I unlocked an activity called The Genki Holiday Special. You have to use telekinesis to throw holiday themed items such as a Christmas tree through hoops while on a time limit. I loved that the raised the pitch of the announcer’s voices so they sounded like elves and I thought it was an adorable activity!

I also unlocked Naughty and Nice where I rode in a sleigh while delivering coal and gifts to Steelport. I loved that Santa and Mrs. Claus talked to me while I rode the sleigh because some of the dialogue was funny. I laughed when Mrs. Claus berated Santa for leaving her with the elves while he got to take a joy ride around the world.

Saints Row Christmas Spirit

I enjoyed how this game helped me feel the joy of Christmas! The DLC was just long enough to keep me entertained without stretching out the plot. Each level was funny and has adorable Christmas music. The outfits allowed me to run around Steelport as Santa or Santa’s elves. I loved that the ending was all about spreading Christmas cheer!

What games do you enjoy playing around Christmas?

 

2 thoughts on “Christmas Games – Saints Row IV: How The Saints Saved Christmas

  1. Such a great idea for open world games to do a temporary Christmas patch or paid DLC as would seem an ‘easy’ way to tap into that festive spirit. Don’t seem to remember seeing it that much though, off the top of my head I do remember Guild Wars (and presumably WoW?) do or did a festive patch that allowed you to collect candy cane themed weapons and carry these over into the main campaign when it finished.

    For me its always a playthrough of Civilization over the Christmas period, not really ‘festive’ but fun over a festive week with family

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    1. I pick something different each Christmas! Saints Row IV actually did have candy cane weapons you can unlock too.

      It is nice to have Christmas traditions that you do every year like playing Civilization!

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