Posted on 11. Mar, 2012 by in Genkibowl VII | No Comments
Having launched awhile ago, Genkibowl VII became the first downloadable mission pack for Saints Row: The Third. After delivering a thrilling but somewhat dissatisfying performance in 2011, developer Volition looks to bring new life into the open world crime fest. Genkibowl VII is the first of numerous downloadable content packs due out in the year, and it certainly offers quite an ambitious load of content, though it is over rather quickly.
The name of the pack accurately describes its content: It provides a content of various Genki-themed activities, all of which are a bit insane. In total, there are four new fun activities to play. Having said that, three of them are just a revision of the activities that already exist in the game, and that is pretty disappointing to think about until you have had fun playing in the Genkibowl.
Genki Apocalypse is the first new activity, similar to the Super Ethical Reality Climax Activity that is already present in the city. With this activity, you must go through various corridors and rooms chock full of enemies, health options and targets. The same rules still apply here; earn money by shooting Ethical targets, enemies and Money Shot targets, and shooting a Sad Panda will cause you to lose money. In Genki Apocalypse, you will come across shark-infested areas in a jungle setting where you can throw your mascot enemies for added cash. Given the fact that the Super Ethical Reality Climax was one of the most enjoyable activities in the base game of Saints Row: The Third, it seems too obvious to mention that Genki Apocalypse is the best one of the pack.
Next on the list is a revision of the Escort side missions — Super Ethical PR Opportunity — except this time you get to drive around Professor Genki. In a similar vein to Escort, Super Ethical PR Opportunity is fun but can be annoying with the frequency of enemy cars slamming into yours. Fortunately, your car can come outfitted with flamethrowers, but not until you complete the activity once.
The next activity is Sexy Kitten Yarngasm, which is best described as a cross between Katamari and Tank Mayhem. Here, you get to roll a giant yarn ball all over the city of Steelport, crushing fences, mascots, vehicles and everything else that falls victim to your path. Simple fun, yes, but it provides a great spin on the existing Tank Mayhem formula.
Finally, there is Sad Panda Skyblazing, and it is certainly a unique one for this mission pack. Your characters packs himself or herself into a Sad Panda costume and dives from a helicopter. As you fall through the sky, you must slip through fire rings, bounce off of Ethical balloons and finally land on a rooftop where you can pick up a chainsaw and massacre mascots. It is easily the most unique and the craziest of the four new activities, easily fitting with the crazy nature that is Saints Row: The Third.
When you clear each of the activities, you will earn new homies, vehicles and outfits, so if you have been looking to add more bulk to your experience in Saints Row: The Third, Genkibowl VII just about does it; the only problem is the DLC should not take you more than an hour. Getting all of the achievements/trophies may take slightly longer, but that is all. With only two cases of each activity, the DLC is certainly light.
For seven bucks, you might be getting what you pay for, depending on how much you like the activities. After all, it evens out since most video games cost $60 right off the bat. While it is okay that these activities were not included in Saints Row: The Third right away, it would have been nice to see at least five instances per activity instead of a mere two.
Ultimately, Genkibowl VII provides good bang for its buck, offering quite a bit of fun, albeit just lasting an hour. The price tag will not be justifiable for everybody, but those who had a hankering for more activities in Saints Row: The Third would do well to pick this one up.