In my time playing Saints Row, the pre-release build offered a couple of Side Hustles to take on. These missions are your more typical side quests scattered around the world. One Hustle called “Riding Shotgun” started with a drug deal gone bad, which resulted in me acting like a human turret on the top of a moving car. While I had experience jumping onto car roofs for wingsuiting, “Riding Shotgun” gave me the proper proof-of-concept for how I expect to spend most missions in co-op: Laying down fire from a dangerously fast vehicle while my friend tears through the streets.
The other Side Hustle, “Pony Express,” was my first experience racing across the city, making my way to the end goal of delivering a package within a set amount of time. It’s a fun town to drive around, with plenty of creative off-road options to take, which was perfect for the suped-up dune buggy given to me to complete to job. On one run, I stuck to a shallow waterway and then followed some train tracks, circumventing the busy streets and giving myself plenty of room to boost through the desert while injecting the engine with NOS. However, the more direct path through Santo Ileso’s streets requires more precision for weaving around other cars in the road and most likely gets you to the destination faster when done well.