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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 mustSaints 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: 67 out of 325
  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 theA 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 13, 2013
    10
    hope saints row 5 just gets crazier. this is a game you call fun. not some lame serious aspect other games take. and for replayability athope saints row 5 just gets crazier. this is a game you call fun. not some lame serious aspect other games take. and for replayability at least you can continue playing after finishing and still have fun. those complaining should go back to the over serious gta games. game is also nothing compared to prototype. this is what prototype 2 wanted to be like. get bored with powers you have guns and can drive around. get bored of driving hey you can use your powers. i suppose this is a good example of why we can never have a true sandbox game. give people 2 options and they complain that its even there. 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
    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. Dec 29, 2014
    8
    Completely stupid but in a good way. The main quests are always fun and the humor is top notch, I guarantee you will burst out laughing atCompletely stupid but in a good way. The main quests are always fun and the humor is top notch, I guarantee you will burst out laughing at your computer (the voice actors doing the classical music radio are the best, you can really tell they had a good time doing it). There is a good amount of fan service and allusions to the previous games.
    The gameplay itself is pretty solid. There are very few bugs despite the game being a physics sandbox with superpowers. The game does get a little too easy once you're sufficiently upgraded.
    The only downside is that, while developpers actually made an effort to make secondary objectives seem important and fun (finally), it has made the main quest suffer from it and has made it very short as a result. I finished the game in 20 hours and did all the secondary objectives, I think it would take a little under 10 hours to finish the main quest, which is a bit short for this type of game.

    Good if you're a long time fan of the series and don't mind a very wacky atmosphere.
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  5. Sep 2, 2013
    7
    the idea is actually really good where you can have fun with your superpowers kicking zin's asses
    but as the game goes on it gets pretty
    the idea is actually really good where you can have fun with your superpowers kicking zin's asses
    but as the game goes on it gets pretty repetitive and annoying
    mission like disable 3 generators used again and again
    and your superpower like super sprint can get really annoying if maxed because you're just moving too fast lol
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  6. Dec 2, 2013
    6
    While this is a fun game to play it doesn't have that drive in it that lets you play it for hours, i recently bought it and after 2.9 hr iWhile this is a fun game to play it doesn't have that drive in it that lets you play it for hours, i recently bought it and after 2.9 hr i really had enough of it. Expand
  7. Mar 15, 2014
    0
    This game actually managed to be worse than Saints Row 3. Same stupidly degenerate humor, same bland and empty city. The plot is a terribleThis game actually managed to be worse than Saints Row 3. Same stupidly degenerate humor, same bland and empty city. The plot is a terrible ripoff of the Matrix with some of the most loathe some and simple writing seen in a video game to date, it almost rivals the stupidity of Far Cry 3's writing and plot, it's that bad.

    I thankfully didn't pay money to play this garbage, as it was free on Steam. If I had I would probably have to jump in front of a train to mend the dishonor and regret I bestowed on myself.

    The game is terrible, cheap and lazy. And it shows.

    Avoid at all cost
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