When Saints Row: The Third hit store shelves in late 2011, it hit the sweet spot between solid sandbox gameplay and pure absurdity. While similar games have taken a darker, serious approach, it would be nearly impossible to play Saints Row: The Third without grinning ear-to-ear the entire time. A successful launch and decent sales led to a host of post-release DLC being released, and fans (myself included) were more happy to pay extra for this. While the quality of the additional content wasn’t necessarily on par with the full game, it still provided some enjoyable missions and some hilariously goofy additions. Those who have yet to experience the game are being given added incentive to do so, thanks to an upcoming re-release from THQ and Volition, Inc.

Dubbed Saint’s Row: The Third – The Full Package, it will deliver exactly what the title suggests. You get the full retail game, all of the DLC expansions and a wealth of extra in-game content. Here is a glimpse at what this new edition will include.

  • Three previously-released DLC mission packs; Genkibowl VII, Gangstas In Space, and The Trouble With Clones.
  • Items packs such as the Shark Attack pack, Special Operations pack, Witches & Wieners pack and the Genki Girl Vehicle pack.
  • Every available weapon, outfit and vehicle that the game designers could pack in. Why spend your in-game money when you can have it all from the beginning?

In short, Saint’s Row: The Third – The Full Package is a “Game of the Year Edition” of sorts. We tend to see these released for select games, presumably ones that achieved solid retail and DLC sales. They present a great value for newcomers, since you get all available content at a discounted price. Speaking as someone who got burnt out on sandbox crime games last generation, I can say that Saints Row: The Third completely won me over. The abundance of toilet humour, the nearly unrestrained ability to dress up (or dress down) your character and action movie-inspired missions proved to be a winning formula. If you haven’t played it yet, consider it a high recommendation.

Saint’s Row: The Third – The Full Package will be released in North America on November 6, 2012, and on November 9 in other parts of the world. It will be available across the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms.