Excerpt: It’s fair to say that the Saints Row story is a tale of a franchise copycat that went on to create it’s own identity. From its obvious GTA roots of open world, sand box comedic violence, Saints Row has grown an identity that separates itself so far enough in another direction that you’d be hard...
Summary: Saints Row IV may have the best open-world sandbox gameplay in existence. That doesn't mean it's necessarily the best game overall - there's more to it than the sandbox, and not all of it holds up - but it does mean it's a hell of a lot of fun to pick up and play.
Summary: If you’ve actually read this far, then you know what I’m about to say: yes, Saints Row IV is worth every single penny of $50. To be honest, I was surprised to see the price that high—I was expecting it to be $40—but it’s still worth it nonetheless.
Excerpt: As I dodged a superpowered furry’s second attempt to throw a car at my face with the power of his mind, I had to think long and hard about the many atrocious ways I could end his life. Will I shoot
Summary: This game is perfectly built for the 10-year-old inside of every one of us. If you enjoy mass mayhem without the need for consequences, this is definitely going to be the most fun you have had in ages.
Conclusion: It may not have the glitz and glamour of GTA 5, or have a ground-breaking story like Mass Effect (talking the original, not ME2 or 3, those were... well let's just say they weren't up to par with the first.) Anyway, my point is that the game's not trying to be something it's not.
Excerpt: Future installments, however, went into a completely different direction in terms of story and tone, as developer Volition wanted to share just the basic mechanics with Rockstar's GTA, like the open world or the focus on crime. Besides that, the emphasis was more on fun than on gritty realism.
Pros: +Super powers are awesome, +Lots of varied missions, +Plenty of impressive activities
Cons: -Co-op lag is present, -Missions where you can't use your powers are a bit disappointing, -Some awkward scripting during story sequences
Excerpt: An amazing addition to the Saints Row series! It doesn't take itself seriously, and you should not either. Full of laughs and over the top humor that any true gamer with a gamer’s humor will get and laugh out loud.
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings on the way the game looks. I wasn’t a big fan of the dark and gloomy visuals of the simulation, but the way every texture shimmers every now and then as the computer program occasionally slows up is pretty cool.