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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. PC PowerPlay
    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 343
  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 6, 2013
    10
    Weird. Everyone seems to rate this against SR3 2 etc. I never played those. Looks like I picked a good time to find Saints Row, because thisWeird. Everyone seems to rate this against SR3 2 etc. I never played those. Looks like I picked a good time to find Saints Row, because this one is just excellent. The humour is fantastic (even if you've never played the others). The variety and scope is awesome. It's just insane, stupid, over-powered, well cooked fun from start to end. I reckon there's about 40 hours+ game play just in the single player, and I really was sad to reach the final mission. That's a sign of a good game in my book.

    If you want reality and no super powers, go pick up one of the thousands of "be a soldier" games, or dig out the GTA series. This isn't them. It has super powers, it's not meant to be realistic. It's just meant to be fun. It succeeds.
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  3. Aug 21, 2013
    9
    @killingspree didn't you gave SR3 a 10 ?

    The game ist just what I expected. Chaotic, over the top and pure awesomeness. Just the game's
    @killingspree didn't you gave SR3 a 10 ?

    The game ist just what I expected. Chaotic, over the top and pure awesomeness.

    Just the game's engine could use a few updates.
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  4. Oct 21, 2015
    8
    Saint’s Row 4 is a GTA-themed sci-fi superhero sandbox game.

    Yes, really. Chock full of pop-culture references, jokes, crude humor,
    Saint’s Row 4 is a GTA-themed sci-fi superhero sandbox game.

    Yes, really.

    Chock full of pop-culture references, jokes, crude humor, parodies of other intellectual properties, and general silliness, this game is a farce wrapped up in a superhero sandbox/sci-fi/GTA theme. The game does not take itself seriously at all, and yet, has remarkably high production values; the characters are fully voice acted, Keith David is your vice president, and you can eventually recruit Santa and Mrs. Claus as sidekicks.

    The main attraction of this game is its over the top ridiculousness. The game starts out with your character breaking into a nuclear weapons facility to stop an insane general from launching a nuclear weapon and destroying Washington DC, and it only goes downhill from there. The protagonist is a sociopathic street-thug-cum-actor-cum-politician, who puts his ex-street thug friends in charge of the country.

    And that’s just the first chapter. After that, aliens invade, everyone gets abducted and stuck into simulations of their worst nightmares – the protagonist gets stuck in a cheerful 50s-themed world – and eventually the protagonist breaks out, breaks into a GTA-themed simulation, and then frees all his friends from similarly ridiculous nightmare scenarios based on everything from fighting a gigantic can of soda to a 2D-beat-em-up to an old-school wireframe video game world. The protagonist gains superpowers over the course of the game, allowing him to completely turn the GTA-themed sandbox on its head, largely ignoring vehicles in favor of running around with super-speed and super-jumps and super-gliding, running up the sides of buildings and bouncing around the city.

    The actual gameplay itself is often fairly mediocre; it mostly plays like an over-the-shoulder 3rd person shooter. And yet, the sheer ridiculousness of the scenarios, the constant comedic banter between the protagonist, his teammates, and the enemy, and the general lack of the game taking itself seriously somehow combine to make the game a generally enjoyable experience. The game is at its worst when you are slogging your way through waves of rather uninteresting enemies, but fortunately the protagonist is generally so overpowered after a while that apart from a few missions where you have limited weapons, you can pretty much crush them easily. The actual sandbox aspect of the game is fairly weak; there are a bunch of missions which more or less serve as practice for various bits of the game, as well as challenges which push your ability to complete tasks with various superpowers or weapons or vehicles to the limit, but on the whole most of these are fairly inoffensive, and they aren’t repetitive enough to be annoying.

    So, is it good?

    I’d say on the whole that it was an enjoyable experience; while the gameplay may not have been the best, the sheer chutzpah of the game actually made it pretty fun, and you never knew what ridiculous task you’d be up to next. The game does its best to make you feel powerful, and the game is, in the end, a power fantasy, an ego trip, and a comedy all wrapped up into one. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and neither should you, but on the whole, it was well worth it.
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  5. Aug 25, 2013
    7
    Saints Row 4 is basically Saints Row 3 with cheat codes (ie Superpowers). It is the exact same city, same quests, same characters, and sameSaints Row 4 is basically Saints Row 3 with cheat codes (ie Superpowers). It is the exact same city, same quests, same characters, and same level of ridiculousness.

    The two things that are different are that A) now you have superpowers; and B) it is surprisingly less sexy. If you liked SR3, this is just a "$50 quest addon pack." But as a stand alone game if you've never played Saints Row before it's a great game that is fun, silly, and a bit over the top at times.
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  6. Jul 1, 2017
    6
    (Single player only review)
    Story: 4
    Gameplay: 7 Characters: 6 World: 7 Music: Graphics: 8 Optimization: 8 Value: Not worth the
    (Single player only review)
    Story: 4
    Gameplay: 7
    Characters: 6
    World: 7
    Music:
    Graphics: 8
    Optimization: 8
    Value: Not worth the original price ($60)
    Art direction: 6
    Enjoyment: 7
    Overall: 6
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  7. Feb 7, 2019
    0
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    - vše je špatně
    - zadarmo drahé

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