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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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  1. Negative: 67 out of 313
  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. 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
    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 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 22, 2014
    8
    This game was a lot of fun. It may have just started as DLC using basically the same game world as Saints Row III, but who cares? If it ain'tThis game was a lot of fun. It may have just started as DLC using basically the same game world as Saints Row III, but who cares? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Saints Row IV is a bit too wacky with the whole sci fi space invasion story, but the zaniness still makes me laugh. Watching my character blow up the town in some hologram of what looks like an episode of Leave it to Beaver is just the first of many hilarious moments. The action is as smooth and adrenaline-fueled as ever, amplified by your new superpowers. The problem is that these powers make the game too easy and also causes you to bypass certain gameplay elements that made Saints Row III such a blast. For example, I didn't bother to collect and upgrade cars in SR IV because of my super speed and ability to fly long distances, so why bother? Still a great time to be had, though, with plenty of jokes and sight gags, hysterical interactions between your character and the SR crew (Shaundi, Kinzie - who's a riot, Johnny Gat, etc.), a fun if ridiculous story, and of course, getting to blast tons of enemies and blow things apart in every way imaginable. And if you think the main plot is absurd, play the DLC How The Saints Saved Christmas, it doesn't get any loonier than that! Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2013
    7
    This game is great. The only bad thing is, the game is pretty much Saints Row 3 but with aliens. The graphics are he same as SR3. and so isThis game is great. The only bad thing is, the game is pretty much Saints Row 3 but with aliens. The graphics are he same as SR3. and so is the gameplay. But still, this game is pretty good and pick it up if its on sale. Expand
  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. Oct 31, 2013
    0
    This was short, shallow and felt like SRIII DLC.

    The world was shallow and depressing (a la The Matrix), the music was genuinely bad and
    This was short, shallow and felt like SRIII DLC.

    The world was shallow and depressing (a la The Matrix), the music was genuinely bad and there was ZERO end game. The days don't pass and it's always dark. You can do something about that later, but not automatically.

    Even while playing the campaign I felt alone; your associates are made of paper and lack the personality and humour they had in III. At one point you and your associate get into a discussion over an actual plot hole the writers thought it'd be cute to acknowledge the plot hole, make a joke of it and steamroll it rather than fix it. How insulting like I'd just pay for DLC and not care anyway because I'm too stupid. After all, all a blind consumer needs is someone to kill and something shiny to kill them with.

    I really felt as though this were less a game and more an interface for DLC. They just made this game so they could sell me some imaginary clothes and cars for real money. I mean, that's quite often the case but you really FEEL it here- there's no attempt to finesse it, no effort put into earning it.

    Time wasted on this "game" is time better spent learning something new or improving a real world skill. This pissed me off.
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