Summary: Saints Row developer Volition loves Johnny Gat. Saints Row fans, in general, like Johnny, but Volition loves that psychopath, and it's been trying to share the love for three games now, only to have him overshadowed by the gang of puckish rogues we know today.
Pros: Wild, imaginative open world, Series' sense of humor keeps getting sharper, Flight is more exhilarating than before, Jay Mohr's Dane Vogel is a fantastic guide
Cons: Story needs room to stretch, Many characters are underutilized, including the leads, Too much emphasis on sidequests for content
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: I’ll save you some reading: if you loved Saints Row 3, then you’ll double love Saints Row 4. It continues the tradition of insanely over-the-top story and gameplay that fans of the series have grown to love. That’s not to say it’s just more of the same. No, sir.
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: An open world game where you have superpowers? Sounds like a winning formula to me. Volition must of thought so as well, when they decided to turn an expansion to 'Saints Row: the Third' into a full-blown sequel.
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