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 pushed to challenge its originality in a lot of areas.
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. This game is the best the series has to offer, and while I spent less than 30 hours with it, I could easily have doubled that playtime just by futzing around in the world. It’s a place I want to visit again and again.
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. With Saints Row 3, the studio went all out and it seemed like there was nowhere to go for the Third Street Saints gang, which became a multimedia empire.
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
Review: Does crazier mean better for Saints Row 4?
1 September 2013
Excerpt: Volition has made a bold leap with Saints Row 4 , opting to choose the humorous path to Grand Theft Auto's more serious tone. Completely abandoning any sense of realism – the little that it had to begin with – the developer has taken the franchise to new heights with the inclusion of aliens, super powers, and dubstep.
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. The frame rate remained pretty constant, even when it seemed like the entire screen was exploding, or when I was running at hundreds of miles per hour through city streets leaving a trail of destruction in my wake.
Pros: New gameplay options make this silly series even more fun. Great writing and customisation options.
Cons: Some of the side missions become tedious after a while.
Excerpt: There’s always been something about the Saints Row games that prevented them from greatness, in my mind. Although the second and third games are fun enough open world romps, they were always missing that special something that made them “must plays,” or “instant recommendations.
Excerpt: It's become commonplace in the last few years to poke fun and lampoon the video game industry. Games like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Deadpool made their mark at the expense of the games that came before it and even supposedly serious games like Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and PayDay 2 have taken their fair share of shots. So what's a series like Saints Row to do when their bread and butter seems like the latest fad? Go Bigger. Go Bolder. Do what no one expects.