The Saints Row series is best known for its wacky, puerile comedy and over-the-top gameplay. While the first two games adopted a more serious tone, the developer began to focus on including sexual weaponry, silly physics and a story which doesn’t revolve around gang culture as much. This allowed the franchise to offer a unique open world experience which didn’t simply clone the very successful GTA formula. In addition to home console/PC games, the studio also commission two handheld games.
The first was entitled, Saints Row: Undercover, but also referred to as Saints Row: The Fall. Sadly, this project never came to fruition and was cancelled during development. Initially, the plan was to simply port a working version of Saints Row 2 to handheld devices. However, the project eventually turned into a brand new title with its own story, characters and gameplay mechanics. If you’d like to read more information about the game’s history please visit here for some additional background information.
In a rather surprising move, Volition has created a playable ISO of the Undercover prototype and released it to public. At the time of writing, you can acquire the game from the links below:
The reason I say this is a surprising announcement revolves around the way modern publishers treat their intellectual property. There’s numerous examples of cancelled projects, and fan-remakes being removed from websites, and video services. I have to commend Volition for adopting such a consumer-friendly approach and providing an insight into what the game was all about. Perhaps, some very talented modders could complete the project or update the graphics slightly. In theory, this should work with any PSP emulator on the PC, or on a soft-modded PSP console. However, it’s still early days and I’m sure there’s going to be some problems running it on certain bootloaders or specific models. Thankfully, in time the community will learn the game’s quirks and how to make it run properly.