To “activate the full online experience” of THQ’s wacky Saints Row: The Third, players need to download an Online Pass that’s included with all new copies of the game.
Saints Row: The Third released Tuesday for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Online Pass unlocks two game modes included on the disc, online cooperative play and “Whored Mode.” Developed by Volition, Inc., Saints Row 3 allows two people to play the story mode together through online co-op.
Whored Mode sends waves of enemies at players as they try to survive as many rounds as possible. The name is a play on the popular multiplayer “horde mode” featured in titles like Epic Games’ Gears of War 3. Whored Mode can be played by yourself or with others over the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. There’s no competitive multiplayer in Saints Row 3.
If you bought the game used or borrowed it from a rental service or friend, the Online Pass costs $9.99 on PS3 or 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360. On Microsoft’s system the 316 KB file is a 25-character code that can be redeemed in the game’s menus. There’s no free trial for The Third’s online modes.
On Xbox 360, players also can’t do system link– locally connecting two 360s to play together- without redeeming the Online Pass. When players select the system link option in the game’s menus before downloading the voucher, a prompt tells them to punch in their Online Pass code. Some players don’t have Xbox Live Gold or the ability to connect to it in their area, so they prefer to play co-op and multiplayer locally. This is one of the first instances where sections of a game normally accessible offline through system link are completely blocked out without an Online Pass.
Saints Row 2 released Oct. 14, 2008 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The game has both online co-op and competitive multiplayer but doesn’t use the Online Pass.
THQ began its own Online Pass system in May 2010 with UFC Undisputed 2010. The pass cost $4.99 (400 MS Points) to unlock the fighter’s online multiplayer. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 released October 2010 has the “Online Axxess” for its multiplayer, which increased THQ’s pass price to $9.99. Other THQ games like the March release Homefront also use the Online Pass to lock out its online modes.
In addition to the Online Pass, THQ and Volition have a Season Pass of downloadable content savings for Saints Row 3. For $19.99 (1600 MS Points), players get three announced future add-on releases spanning into next spring. The Third is one of few games on the market to have both an Online and Season Pass. In September, THQ CEO Brian Farrell said the company has around 40 weeks of downloadable content planned for the latest Saints Row.
Watch the video below to see all the crazy things you can do in Saints Row: The Third:
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