Saints Row IV Review - Hilarious and Over The Top

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Saints Row IV Review - Hilarious and Over The Top

Over the top action, melodramatic alien overlords and Keith David. What's not to like?

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I was so worried that was just going to feel like it could have been a lazy add on for The Third.

Glad to see that I'm wrong and that I pre-ordered it~ =)

Was this review played on PC? The PC history of SR ports has been... spotty, at best. It would be nice for confirmation it's actually going to run before I put in a preorder, although this review is a good sign.

Edit: I am bad at reading comprehension. Apparently it is. Awesome.

Falterfire:
Was this review played on PC? The PC history of SR ports has been... spotty, at best. It would be nice for confirmation it's actually going to run before I put in a preorder, although this review is a good sign.

According to the line at the bottom of the review page, it was based on the PC version of the game.

So it's "the warriors" meets "the Matrix" but with space aliens... and Keith David.

Well the customization is still way bellow SR2 and Kieth David is a cocktease.
Still... If they're not even pretending to be a gang war shooter anymore.

Did they really use the same map from SR3? Am I the only one who finds that really lame? It wasn't that great a map. I felt it was kind of flat compared to the one in SR2 getting into a big firefight in one location was much like getting into a firefight in any other location. Definitely not a good enough map to recycle. I'm going to rent it but its going to have to be 'DAMN!' good for me to buy it.

But the main question remains: is Alex Mercer in this?

Good to see that the Saints Row series isn't dead yet.
Also it seems to be returning to it's former glory (Or surpassing it) in this latest game. Well I'm guessing that because it seems to be earning high reviews from everyone, even our own Jim Stirling on Destructoid.

Well I'm glad I went back to Preorder it in Australia.
And I shall look forward to that DLC alien probe. HAH~

Now I just need to wait ... I hate waiting.
I wonder if people will call it Saints Row 3.5 after all of this?

spunkgarglewiwi:
But the main question remains: is Alex Mercer in this?

No, the main question: is Burt f--king Reynolds in the game?

So you mean the doomsayers that claimed it was Saints Row 3.5 without ever trying it were wrong?

You don't say? <nic cage face>

Man, I hope I get a tax return or something. I don't want to wait for a sale.

From the early release gameplay videos I've seen, SRIV appears to parody the following games: Prototype, Mass Effect, Far Cry: Blood Dragon, and XCOM: The Bureau. It looks brilliant!

Yes, yes, mayhem destruction super-powers dildos boom kapow blam. Much crazyness everywhere. That was never really in question. I just want to know if the storyline is as horribly borked as SR3.

Alright, that clinches it. This just took the top spot on the "MUST HAVE NOW" list...

JarinArenos:
Yes, yes, mayhem destruction super-powers dildos boom kapow blam. Much crazyness everywhere. That was never really in question. I just want to know if the storyline is as horribly borked as SR3.

According to Metacritic, it is.

Of course, if you're looking for something story-driven and well-written, you're in the wrong genre.

No mention at all of game length? I'm worried.

romxxii:
No mention at all of game length? I'm worried.

Official Xbox Magazine says that it took them 25 hours to do the main and side missions, not including going all completionist on the map itself.

You should've said mini spoilers or something I didn't want to know anything about the story til playing the game now I know there's a rocket somehow involved in becoming president.

MinionJoe:
From the early release gameplay videos I've seen, SRIV appears to parody the following games: Prototype, Mass Effect, Far Cry: Blood Dragon, and XCOM: The Bureau. It looks brilliant!

Don't forget Infamous!

I loved the last two SR and Infamous games, so it's nice to see them in the same place. :D

Wait, you won't be able to romance Keith David?
Welp now I know that I won't be getting this game. Damn it Volition! D:

In all seriousness, great review, it is making me consider picking it up(which is better than "never going to get it"). Probably when the price goes down a bit.

Totalbiscuit just uploaded his WTF of it.

It's a Frankenstein monster of a game that wants you to have fun was the gist of it.

lacktheknack:

romxxii:
No mention at all of game length? I'm worried.

Official Xbox Magazine says that it took them 25 hours to do the main and side missions, not including going all completionist on the map itself.

So it's somewhere between the first game and the third?

lacktheknack:

romxxii:
No mention at all of game length? I'm worried.

Official Xbox Magazine says that it took them 25 hours to do the main and side missions, not including going all completionist on the map itself.

Ok, that seems reasonable enough. Wish it were a bit longer though. It took me 30+ hours to finish The Complete Package, main quest and side missions, no completionist fluff.

GonzoGamer:
Did they really use the same map from SR3? Am I the only one who finds that really lame? It wasn't that great a map. I felt it was kind of flat compared to the one in SR2 getting into a big firefight in one location was much like getting into a firefight in any other location. Definitely not a good enough map to recycle. I'm going to rent it but its going to have to be 'DAMN!' good for me to buy it.

Not only did they recycle the map (and a lot of other assets), they turned it into a dark mess with red and blue highlights. The map really doesn't seem to be this game's best part.

I think I'll wait for a price drop before getting it. This game just seems way too disconnected. As TotalBiscuit said in his video about it, it's really a game that doesn't give a fuck and wants you to have fun. Nothing wrong with that, but I actually like games that do give a fuck. Also, the super powers seem fun, but way too OP, and I doubt I'll enjoy them for very long.

captcha: choco lazer boom

At least captcha is excited.

Your main page article header thingy uses Saints Row the Third artwork.

Other than that, I'm super excited for this. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend the New York launch event (just need to know what time of day it starts).

Saint's Row gets a 5 and Dragon's Crown a 3? Really, Escapist?

Just kidding, I respect your opinions. I didn't like Saint's Row The Third, but since one of my friends is buying 4 I will give it a shot.

GundamSentinel:

GonzoGamer:
Did they really use the same map from SR3? Am I the only one who finds that really lame? It wasn't that great a map. I felt it was kind of flat compared to the one in SR2 getting into a big firefight in one location was much like getting into a firefight in any other location. Definitely not a good enough map to recycle. I'm going to rent it but its going to have to be 'DAMN!' good for me to buy it.

Not only did they recycle the map (and a lot of other assets), they turned it into a dark mess with red and blue highlights. The map really doesn't seem to be this game's best part.

I think I'll wait for a price drop before getting it. This game just seems way too disconnected. As TotalBiscuit said in his video about it, it's really a game that doesn't give a fuck and wants you to have fun. Nothing wrong with that, but I actually like games that do give a fuck. Also, the super powers seem fun, but way too OP, and I doubt I'll enjoy them for very long.

captcha: choco lazer boom

At least captcha is excited.

Captchas get excited over anything.
I would definitely wait for the price to drop then. It does look like fun but yea, if it's in the same city, that's going to get old quickly. I refused to pay $20 for the GTA4 mission packs, I can't imagine paying $60 for what's essentially the same thing.
It's too bad. SR2 is one of my favorite games from this generation.
I'm hoping that if GTA V has absurdly priced DLC again that we at least get another city (San Fierro or Las Venturas) and a female character to finally play as.

Wait! You can make sweet love to anyone in this game except Keith David?! Thumbs down. ;P jk.

My club has a guy who gets games early, probably to review them too. I watched them play this yesterday. It looked pretty damn awesome. I was hesitant about the fourth installment, but now I can safely say I am excited. I can't wait to play it. I could have played it yesterday, but I'd rather wait until I get to play it from start to end on PC:

I really want this game but I will have to wait for a steam sale or something. It is 40 on PC and 30 on ps3/360.

WMDogma:
Saints Row IV Review - Hilarious and Over The Top

Over the top action, melodramatic alien overlords and Keith David. What's not to like?

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I really enjoyed Saints Row: The Third but one of the issues I had with it was the pedestrian AI. I try not to run over people if I can avoid it but in SR3, I'd be driving a tank down the center of the street and when people panic they get a direction set and run in that direction until outside the panic area. The problem is that they would often choose the same direction as my tank but a couple degrees off, meaning they slowly were edging their way in front of my tank. Then they'd die. I really hated how stupid they were programmed, people shouldn't be running in the way of a tank while panicked.

Anyway, did you notice any issues like that or did you not really spend that much time in vehicles due to the powers?

And so once again Keith David-sexuals are left out by game developers. Gotta say, that's pretty disheartening. I thought we were making progress on this issue.

JarinArenos:
Yes, yes, mayhem destruction super-powers dildos boom kapow blam. Much crazyness everywhere. That was never really in question. I just want to know if the storyline is as horribly borked as SR3.

According to the Destructiod review the story is really funny and very well written. The reviewer, Jim Sterling, was disappointed with the story in 3, so it looks like it's a big step up at any rate. Which is good, because 2 had awesome writing.

No romanceable Keith David?

ZERO OUT OF TEN, ZERO OUT OF TEN

But seriously, really psyched for this game. Shame it comes out 4 days before I leave for college.

In my opinion, This game is trying way too hard to have more variety than GTA,
that it forgot one very important thing for any sandbox game, interesting city to explore.
Tho, I like Saints Row's series because of its siliness.
Simply blame the new publisher for probably forcing this game out so early, it should have been a next gen release with a new city, too bad :(
So IMO, Not worth $60.

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