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  • Summary: Saints Row IV is an open world game that continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level - the leaders of the free world. After a catastrophic alien invasion occurs where the aliens trasnport the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation, you must fight to free humanity from alien grandaddy Zinyak's mental grasp by ultiziling gargantuan superpowers. Escape the simulation that's trapped the Saints crew, or die trying. Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Aug 19, 2013
    100
    The consistent thrill of Saints Row IV is how it constantly, eagerly, happily, accommodatingly asks you “Hey, how do you want to break the game now?” And for a game so colossal, so occasionally dumb, so often colossally sharks-with-laser-beams-on-their-heads-that-can-also-breathe-fire-and-fly-and-turn-invisible-and-you-can-even-ride-them dumb, what an incredibly smart thing to do with an open world, a franchise, and a story.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    98
    Volition it seems has made a new standard in over the top…no really I don’t think you understand… they went over the top before. Now they had to raise the bar in standards as well, just so they could go over the top of that.
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    90
    A combination of sublime and ridiculous, Saints Row IV is outlandish fun. [Nov 2013, p.97]
  4. Sep 1, 2013
    88
    Overall Saints Row IV is a marvellously enjoyable game, while still suffering from a few of the complaints that the series has always had. The main quests are great, and although the side missions are not painful to play, they don’t pack the same punch. If you played and enjoyed Saints Row The Third, then picking up this sequel is a must. Equally if you’re looking for a game that lets you act like a badass with special powers, this might be a better superhero game than many others that are actually billed as such.
  5. Aug 14, 2013
    85
    Saints Row IV doesn't excel in terms of gameplay, but it hits a home run in terms of fun and laughter. The plot is both absurd and beautiful and the activities are so varied that one can easily forgive its faults. If you want a sandbox and you don't take yourself too seriously, Saints Row IV is a game you don't want to miss.
  6. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    We think there's a story in there somewhere. Saints Row IV is weird. Too weird, in fact. And we love it for that exact reason.
  7. Aug 14, 2013
    70
    The Saints Row saga can still be considered the most debauched franchise that lovers of free roamers could dream of. It has some good new ideas and the same shortcomings of the previous game, but it's a funny game nonetheless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 299
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    A LOT of people will be mad at this game. It is completely different from all of the ones before it, and it really shares little with the previous games in the series. If you didn't like SR 3 due to the sci-fi and super hero aspects, you might hate this game... a lot. If you're looking for something in the realistic criminal vein (ala Grand Theft Auto), you might hate this game.

    The changes here are immense. It's like being in a mish-mash of every science fiction movie out there, with lots of elements/ideas coming straight from the Matrix.

    Before you buy, check out some of the YouTube gameplay videos and make sure you're not going to hate it. If you go into this with the wrong expectations, you're going to be very disappointed.
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  2. Sep 27, 2013
    10
    A pretty cool game to play whenever you are bored. The massive customization system makes the game shine. The access to zany and fun weapons and powers also contribute to its success. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2013
    9
    Great humor + Great storyline + All Characters - Not too cool shooting - Still the same city (Steelport) - Not cool graphics verdict
    to have fun with this game you need to turn a blind eye on a few things but it is definitely worth playing
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  4. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    Before i start, if you are a big time saints row fan (Like me) and think this game looks OTT... Then you are right...

    But in a good way.
    When i saw SR4 gameplay at E3, man i looked at it and i said to myself "What the have they done to the series". Well, i pre-ordered it anyways because i was going to get it either way. Turns out this game is REALLY fun! I swear to god, running around with super speed and jumping uber high shooting ice balls at people is mega fun. Thanks to the developers for such an awesome and fun game. But as always, don't take my word, or any other word on it, i liked it but YOU may be different. If you like cheesy, OTT awesomeness, and super powers.. Get it nowwwww! Oh and don't worry, the game isn't in your face with Dubstep, luckily they have kept and added in some radio stations with some actual good music... Can't wait to hear 13 year old kids cry after typing that hehe :]

    8/10

    Pros:
    Fun
    Funny
    Good M/K Controls
    Superpowers (I mean come on, that's awesome!)
    Choice to keep music playing when out of the car

    Cons:
    £40 on Steam, seriously? Very expensive for a PC game that was DLC.
    Very similar to the 3rd game.
    Once again, the graphics are very bad, but hey, that's the current gen consoles fault.
    Story is lacking.
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  5. Sep 1, 2013
    7
    Prototype 3, starring Nolan North as Neo.

    The game is hilarious, fun, and a bit schizophrenic. It plays far more like Prototype than Saints
    Row, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you thought Saints Row 3 didn't take itself too seriously...this one is on a whole other level.

    Even on hardcore mode it's not that difficult, that's pretty much the only glaring flaw with it. There's also a few glitches like getting stuck in walls if you're slammed into them with a telekinetic blast, or enemies getting stuck in them if you slam someone into them with a telekinetic blast.

    If the game was harder I'd give it a solid 9/10, if it was harder and the glitches were polished out I'd give it a 10/10.
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  6. Aug 20, 2013
    5
    Saints Row the third with super powers

    whole review

    nothing else needed to be said i guess i'm in the minority of people who don't like
    the super powers and thinks they should of been kept as DLC not the main focus of the game, and the world is almost exactly the same only updated a little to accommodate super powers

    don't get me wrong the super powers are fun but i did not want that as the whole game i might as well go play infamous which does it better and is more original
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  7. Jun 23, 2014
    0
    This game has too many DLCs. Even though it is fun and looks good, the developer or publisher is trying to make the maximum money out of the game with annoying DLCs. Join the Anti-DLC-Force! Expand

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