Reviews for Saints Row IV

90

Light-hearted mayhem

DowntimeGuys | March 31, 2014 | See all DowntimeGuys's reviews »

Foreword: I am reviewing the PC version of the game. Apparently the console versions have some frame rate issues in the open world.

If you've ever played a previous game from this series, you probably know what to expect from this game. The jokes in the game can sometimes be a little crude but it all depends on your sense of humour. Personally I enjoyed every minute of it when some moments that had me genuinely laughing out loud.

Being the fourth instalment in the popular open-world series, the developers at Volition added many new elements to keep the gameplay fresh. The biggest addition is that the main character now has super powers. The game is set in a virtual world similar to The Matrix, in which you play as the President of the United States who's been abducted by an alien overlord known as Zin. Being set in this computerised world has given the developers creative freedom to add ridiculous gameplay mechanics without the need for explanation beyond "it's part of the computer program".

The first super powers you're given are the ability to perform a super-jump and super-run. These allow you to transverse the open world at increased speeds and avoid the annoying time wasted going from point A to point B in a vehicle. This is where the game starts to shoot itself in the foot.

There are a variety of vehicles in the game as well as the ability to customise them using garages scattered throughout the city. The player is never really encouraged to use these vehicles as the super powers are a much faster (and fun) way of traversing the map. It's a shame that some poor art designer has wasted their time on vehicle models and customisation options that will only be discovered by about 10% of the players. That's my only real gripe with the game though, and that's not even a real issue as it's not a lack of content but the fact that some options are overshadowed by the super powers.

Overall this is a fantastic game, with some truly creative weapons and dialogue. It's also quite a long game, and those completionist out there will find themselves spending 50+ hours to find all the collectables.

80

Fun, with a great sense of humour.

TETfromLondon | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »

After a fairly mixed response to Saints Row 3, the developers probably felt that they needed to do something more to differentiate Saints Row 4 from the other competing open world games. Therefore, they chose to go for aliens and super powers. The main problem with this is that it could very easily have alienated (no pun intended) the series' fanbase. However, I personally believe that this is a very good addition to the series, for various reasons. Firstly, the superpowers are extremely fun to use, and makes gameplay very enjoyable. There is also the humour. The writers seemed to realise for this game that there is more to comedy than vulgar humour, and there were a lot of extremely funny jokes and parodies in this game, as well as some excellently timed music in the missions.

There are, however, a few issues. There are a few bugs, and graphically, the game isn't great. That's only a minor issue, but it's worth noting. More annoying, however, is the shimmery pixel effect that happens around buildings and civilians fairly often, just to remind you that you're in a simulation. This honestly gets annoying quite quickly, and unless you're playing the PC version, you can't mod it out. There is also the fact that it is the same city from SR3, although this isn't a major issue as exploration of it is completely changed thanks to superpowers. There is also the fact that most vehicles are completely useless. The side quests are also very repetitive. However, none of these issues make the game bad, and it is still well worth buying.

92

Who Needs Superman?

13th | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all 13th's reviews »

The silliness of Saint's Row knows no bounds. Straight from the start this game had me in stitches. I had to pause the game at one point as I really needed to laugh and I didn't want to miss any of the action in the game. Saint's Row IV put's you in the shoes of the President of the United States. And that is pretty much as serious as the game gets before the silliness that we have come to love the Saint's Row games for takes over. Pretty soon you will find yourself being given super-powers to wreak havoc on aliens, civilians and pretty much anything else you can get your hands on. But if you get tired of using your super-powers, you can steal a car and speed around the city and play some of the cracking mini-games that it has to offer. One of my personal favourites is being given a UFO and told to destroy as much as I can. The silliness is also included in the weaponry as well. I couldn't stop giggling when I was given a gun that can create black holes and suck unsuspecting civilians, cars and aliens into the black hole I had created. There is so much packed into this game it is hard not to give you a reason why you shouldn't buy it.