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Average User Score: 7.4Aug 27, 2013Let me preface this by saying that I was not a fan of the previous Saints Row games, so if you were, this review probably does not apply toLet me preface this by saying that I was not a fan of the previous Saints Row games, so if you were, this review probably does not apply to you and you will likely have a good time. Buy it. If you haven't played Saints Row, or if you slightly disliked the previous games, read on.
I was first introduced to Saints Row in a sort of middle period after having finished GTA4 and waiting anxiously for GTA5 (which I am at the time of writing still doing, but not for long). It's pretty obvious from the get go what the purpose of Saints Row is; it's like GTA, only a lot more fart jokes, explosions, nudeness, unrealistic characters and so on. If playing a game that essentially feels like nothing but a developer sandbox for six hours because you love explosions, Saints Row is fine. It is entertaining in that way.
The problem I have with Saints Row is that it has no compelling characters, and no compelling plot. I will say that I have no problem understanding why this is, the plotlines are by nature ridiculous and over-the-top, but for me personally I just can't become engaged in a game that literally does not have a story.
For SR4, you might say it has a story. I would say the story is a thin film, present only out of necessity, to tie together the millions of popular culture references (do a barrel roll!) and "crazy" events throughout the game. It's obvious that the point here was to make a game that was as crazy as possible, and that's fine. It's true to its roots, because this is what Saints Row has always been about. However, the bottom line for me is that a game without a story is just as bad as a movie or a book without a story. I wouldn't want to watch a movie with 90 minutes of fart jokes and pop culture references either, where it feels like the plot was constructed on top of cramming all that stuff in to make it sort of fit.
So, if you're like me and you need an engaging story and characters that have more complexity than a sack of potatoes to get you through a game, I think this game probably is not for you. This game is for the choir, those that already know and love the Saints Row series. It's not for me.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jul 7, 2013Granted, this DLC is only the price of about a beer or two, but I honestly think I would have enjoyed a beer more. Maybe it's just the factGranted, this DLC is only the price of about a beer or two, but I honestly think I would have enjoyed a beer more. Maybe it's just the fact that the original game is so well made and gave me so much for the money I spent, but I can't help but feel that this DLC is way too thin. I'm still OK with having bought the game because I feel like I have supported a studio that I really like, but that shouldn't be a reason to buy a game.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.8Feb 16, 2013I tried really hard to like this game, being a huge fan of the Tropico series, but this game is just awful. The gameplay will bore you toI tried really hard to like this game, being a huge fan of the Tropico series, but this game is just awful. The gameplay will bore you to death, the graphics are all right but the game somehow manages to combine lack of content with making the maps feeling cramped. Comparing it to Xcom like some attempted buzz for the game has done is just a joke. Stay far away from this game, or try the demo if you want to experience what I just described first hand.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Dec 30, 2012Amateurish at best. The game greets you first of all with a notice that autosaves are not a part of the game, so "don't forget to saveAmateurish at best. The game greets you first of all with a notice that autosaves are not a part of the game, so "don't forget to save manually!". Obviously an easy way out for lazy developers, and let me say, there seems to be plenty of those. After the awkward controls, the sub-par voice acting and the ridiculous first tutorial plotline (a trained monkey steals a necklace by cutting glass with a diamond) I just turned it off.
Sherlock is a great franchise and you should be ashamed for this.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Aug 19, 2012I've never been so disappointed with a sequel in my life, and I'd like to think that it's not only because Diablo 2 was a great game, but alsoI've never been so disappointed with a sequel in my life, and I'd like to think that it's not only because Diablo 2 was a great game, but also because this one is really bad. Blizzard is slipping in all departements, the story is just lazy, the characters are mostly flat and boring and they actually built this game on the premise that you'll play it over and over again anyway.
Here's a tip: the reason people played Diablo 2 over and over again for years and years wasn't because that was the only way to get good gear, or to change the difficulty (absolutely horrible that you can't start on harder difficulty in this goddamn game): they did it because the game was great fun to play in the first place.
My respect for Blizzard is severely damaged, and I won't be buying a game from them again anytime soon.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jan 5, 2012Skyrim is, as many have pointed out, a buggy game. The plot isn't very innovative, and it didn't even have to be, they could have just made itSkyrim is, as many have pointed out, a buggy game. The plot isn't very innovative, and it didn't even have to be, they could have just made it a bit more believeable. The conflicts between the Empire and the Stormcloaks seems basically to be based around "we don't like eachother", and the main antagonist is a dragon that wants to destroy the world for no particular reason.
Skyrim could have been so much better if they wouldn't have rushed it out, there are numerous quest bugs and some of the gameplay is really frustrating at times. While the scenery is beautiful, you sometimes can't seem to escape the fact that the engine feels dated. The entire game seems based upon going to dungeons that are suitably claustrophobic for the game engine (although not always, to be fair) and fetching object X to progress the story.
If you're aiming for an immersive single player experience, you shouldn't build it around quests that seem more like taken from World of Warcraft. The Fallout 3 and New Vegas games were a lot more immersive with a lot smaller game world, even if they also suffer from the same syndrome of having an absolutely horrible main quest.
In short, if you enjoyed Fallout 3, Oblivion and all the other games based on essentially the same engine, you'll like this. It's worth the money, but I don't think it deserves much better than a 5 seeing as how the whole franchise seems to degenerate and Bethesda seems to be phoning it in with increased frequency.… Expand