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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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  1. Negative: 65 out of 295
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this game is sooooo awesome...i hardly get any chance to sleep...the focus on powers really adds some spice to the game. the only bummer is that the Earth got destroyed, so in the next Saint Rows game,i dont expect to be on Earth Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    10/10 Stupid in the best way. Saint's Row IV delivers an amazing experience that's not easily surpassed.

    Saint's Row IV. Many words can
    describe this game but only one rings true for it's entirety. Stupid. Now stupid may be an ugly word, but in the context I am using it, it means complete and utter brilliance. Volition know they're game isn't serious, and they embrace it. The aliens, the weapons, the Nolan North voice option, all of these factor into the game's complete self criticism. It's as if Volition said "Saint's Row is stupid, lets make it even more stupid" and it worked brilliantly.

    Enough praise for now, let's get to the game itself. Saint's Row has undoubtedly improved itself since it's last outing. The Third was by no means a bad game, but Saint's Row IV improves upon it astronomically. More guns, more vehicles, more mini-games, more stupidity and who could forget the super powers, which are the most interesting part of this new game. The game play has been significantly improved and made more challenging, the player now has to collect Unreal style health pick-ups seeing as the health regeneration feature has been reduced greatly. This adds an extra layer depth to the previously simple fighting mechanic, it also makes it's game play so much more intense than games like Call of Duty or GTA V. The new blast mechanics force the player to strategize, balancing their now limited health and usually taking on five or more enemies at once can be a real challenge so when you see your freeze blast recharge fully you'll breathe a sigh of relief and shatter some New mini games have been introduced, along with an Olympic medal style ranking system which encourages player to replay until they earn gold.

    But the main, crowning feature of this game, are it's superpowers. Not just the powers themselves but the nooks and crannies that come with aforementioned powers. The world now has much more verticality, collectibles are on the 22nd story of a building or in between massive industrial chimneys. A massive new upgrade tree, along with the Saint's standard upgrade tree seen in every game. With each data cluster, the player is that little bit closer to unlocking a desired superpower or additional element for their blast power. Finally, it's plain and simple fun just to fly around the city of Steelport.

    The narrative side is where this game has completely overdone the stupid. Aliens attack and the Saints are the only thing that can stop them. A lowly gang of gangbanger/celebrities/politicians etc etc, are now tasked with the protection of the human race. Sounds completely ridiculous, well that's because it is. It's also the most entertainment I've had since, well, Saint's Row 2. The characters are over the top, the jokes are at times subtle or extremely distasteful and in your face, but always make you laugh. To be frank, this game perfects what gaming should be. It's cut all ties to reality and sanity, it's taken the "Who the Hell wants to plays a game for realism" approach. This game makes you feel like a complete badass, and there's nothing wrong with that. The writing is witty and would make any middle aged man chuckle with glee thanks to an absolute tonne of 80s references (play thermonuclear war). At the same time, any immature little brat like myself would find most jokes hilarious. This game isn't afraid to outright steal from other games, fans of Mass Effect might notice a certain cameo appearance and even a wannabe Normandy, inFamous and Prototype fans will definitely see some obvious similarities. But it's all done with self awareness, Volition knew what they were doing, and even went so far as to extend the reach of their plagiarism. It is perfection.

    Issues include some shoddy graphics as the game is still running on an older engine, but anyone who buys a game for graphics is as bad as someone buying a book for its cover. There are glitches, but they were relatively small and easy enough to handle. Some of the flying is hard to control when playing on PC, but works wonderfully with a controller.

    In the end, Saint's Row IV is worth your money, time and effort. It's unparalleled obscurity and stupidity are only starting points for why you should play this game. It is an unforgettable experience, in the best way.

    -Kyle
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  3. 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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  4. Jun 9, 2014
    8
    Story:
    Years after the 3rd game, the Boss (you) has been elected President of the United States, with several members of the Saints acting as
    cabinet. While preparing for a press conference, the Boss is told that an alien invasion is coming. Just as the Boss is informed, the invasion begins, spearheaded by the alien warlord Zinyak, who captures all of the cabinet members as well as the Boss. The story here is stupid, corny, and filled with some cliches, but surprisingly I enjoyed it. You must understand that the game isn't taking itself seriously and that it's not trying to rival GTA 5. So it's understandable that the game isn't gonna have an in-depth interactive story with great writing. Despite this, I actually wanted to keep playing until I reached the end because of the Characters. Since most of the setting is in a simulation of Steelport (city) where you do missions as a virtual version of yourself, Volition decided to bring most of the cast from the 3 earlier games back, including villains. The actual setting is in a spaceship where your physical body can chat with your crew mates, romance them (Mass Effect parody), and do quests for them. All the characters are well voiced (including all 7 voice options for your character), the dialogue is funny and witty, all characters have nice backstory (mostly in the form of audio files), and the main villain is quite entertaining to watch. Zinyak sorta reminds me of Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2. Zinyak's the kind of villain who's funny, and someone who you'll like to kill when you get the chance. Even though the story is dumb, I somehow found enjoyment in it thanks to the well made characters. 8/10

    Gameplay:
    As if the story wasn't ridiculous enough, the gameplay takes the ridiculous meter, uses telekinesis on it, and shoots it towards the sky. If you thought the game was a GTA clone, then you'll be surprised with what you see. For starters, you can create your character with an impressive amount of options. On top of that, you get superpowers and outlandish weapons like alien weapons or the dubstep gun. You also get a variety of activities to do in Steelport like hacking, mayhem, fraud, blazin races, and more. Doing these will help liberate the simulation from alien control. There are also challenges you can do, up to 50 levels for you to rank up, and a check-list of upgrades (both player and superpowers) you'll want to get. There are also "side quests", but these are extremely repetitive and sometimes frustrating to play since all these quests involve you doing city activities and that's it. So while you're playing these side quest, you're also inadvertently liberating the aliens from the simulation. This means you're doing the same old activities over and over again, and not all of them work. I hated playing some of the "rift" activities as well as tk mayhem and stomp mayhem. Another problem is that the game is to easy on normal difficulty. Since you have super speed, cars are useless. since you have powers, calling in homies for backup is also useless since you can just use freeze or takedowns to win most fights. The quest variety comes from the loyalty and main questline. Here, Volution puts in so many references to movies, games, and other media that this game has been called "The Scary Movie of Video Games" by some. And that's what made these missions more entertaining then some of GTA 5's missions. Besides side quests and difficulty problems, the gameplay is ridiculously fun. 7/10

    Graphics:
    The game looks outdated, even with max settings. Lip-sync is off, animations look stiff and awkward, the PC version occasionally freezes for a few seconds, and it doesn't help that the night time setting can't change until after the story is over. Overall, very mediocre. 5/10

    Sound:
    Ignoring the dubstep which I hate, The actual score is really good with good techno music playing in the background of quests. It's sad that the radio songs aren't as good as GTA 5 though, but atleast we can listen to music OUTSIDE of our cars like in Watch Dogs. 7/10

    Multiplayer:
    The co-op is a ton of fun to play. Not only can you do the entire story plus all the side activities with a buddy, but you can also do some 1-on-1 competitive multiplayer with some game modes. If you're someone who doesn't have anyone to play with, then unlike Borderlands 2, you can actually play by yourself fine with no unfair difficulty increase. But if you can, play with a friend because the fun starts to multiply as you play. 9/10

    Verdict:
    Even though it's not the classic Saints Row experience that people were looking for, it's still a fun game with great multiplayer, good gameplay, and a surprisingly good story. Even if it's not as good as GTA 5 as many people would love to say, I still recommend you buy this, especially if you're someone who's tired of all these serious hyper-realistic games that seem to be the norm today.

    Rating: 8/10
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  5. Aug 29, 2013
    7
    Really good job by the Saints Row guys but definitely could have had more content. They built this game directly off of Saints Row 3, it was originally being created as DLC, and I got 100% before I hit 40 hours of play, and I afk a lot. Thats less than half the time I put into SR3, and they didnt even have to put half as much work into development. Should have been much cheaper and called Saints Row 3.5. Expand
  6. Aug 20, 2013
    5
    Saints Row the third with super powers

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    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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