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Mixed or average reviews - based on 63 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 63
  2. Negative: 8 out of 63
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  1. Aug 22, 2022
    95
    Volition’s gamble to reset and reground Saints Row pays off generously. A visual delight, with plenty of gameplay mechanics to keep players goofing off for days, and the Santo Ileso setting is one of the best in video game history. Sure, the shooting gets redundant after a while, but with so much to see and do you can go hours in between gun battles. Saints Row manages retain what players loved while feeling fresh and new. Other reboots, take note – this is how you do it.
  2. Aug 22, 2022
    90
    This was a necessary reboot, now Saints Row feels more realistic. It strays from the crazy and fun roots of the original. Customize every aspect of our character is awesome but unfortunately it is not a perfect game. Still is our favorite open world game about criminals and is back with more perks than before.
  3. 85
    A really, really fun experience that is getting sh*t on for no reason other than groupthink, herd mentality and people on the bandwagon.
  4. Aug 22, 2022
    84
    Although Saints Row may fall short in some technical aspects, it is still incredibly fun. We enjoyed character customization, controls and some mission design.
  5. Aug 22, 2022
    84
    With minor swabs the Saints Row reboot maintains the madness of the series, delivering entertaining, effectfull action and humorous cutscenes and dialogue with a myriad pop cultural references. It is still not on eye level with GTA, but especially concerning customization of characters, cars or weapons, Saints Row sets a new standard for the genre.
  6. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    Combining the realistic settings from the series’ earlier titles with the over-the-top style of entries that came after Saints Row: The Third, this is an excellent reboot. That being said, a lack of polish in the gameplay department and low quality localization for Japan cannot be ignored.
  7. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    This is not by any means a revolution for the franchise, but Saints Row is all about fun, and we’ve had a lot with this new entry.
  8. 80
    Saints Row is a necessary reboot for a series that was getting out of hand (pleasingly so, but still), and Volition has made smart decisions in retooling the origins of the purple-clad gang without losing that silly, violent, and crude spirit. It leaves room for future improvement and escalation, and that’s an exciting place to put the Saints in.
  9. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    Although hindered by technical issues and packed in an overly inflated map, building your criminal empire via driving and shooting your way through Santo Ileso is a molotov cocktail of fun – made more so with the wealth or perks, skills, and customisation options at your disposal. Be that as it may, it’s the modern take of the Saint’s Row series’ signature writing and tone – carried through an entertaining story and its lovable characters – that shines brightest.
  10. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    The Saints Row reboot doesn't rewrite the franchise's playbook, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is a fun-filled playground of carnage and destruction.
  11. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    What the Saints Row reboot truly reminds us is that -- whatever situation they may find themselves in -- the Saints do it for each other. 2022's Saints Row is less about reeling it in and more about coming home. And in the house that Santo Ileso's Saints built, "damn, it feels good to be a gangster.
  12. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    In many ways, Saints Row is a game that looks back on its past with reverence, trying to keep much of what worked in the past while updating it for a new generation of players (and consoles). It manages to do it with many more hits than mistakes, but it's still a game that shouldn't please any player. If you are a fan of its tone and proposal, it is undeniable that there are dozens of hours of fun here.
  13. Aug 23, 2022
    75
    This installment of Saints Row delivers on the fun factor, but it's not quite the groundbreaking change what the fans of the franchise might expect, so we'll see what happens in the next chapter. An entertaining way to kill time while great open world proposals like Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2 or GTA VI itself arrive.
  14. Aug 22, 2022
    75
    The new Saints Row is a breath of fresh air for a franchise that really needed it. After long years of idleness, it comes back with a banger. Yes, it will be compared to GTA V. Yes, it won't please some people that thought it would/should be straight like the first entry of the series. And, as almost every open-world game, it experiences some technical difficulties. But once you play it, you'll probably enjoy it. Loads of missions, excellent customization options, great level design. Saints Row is fun again, and that's everything we could ask for.
  15. Aug 22, 2022
    75
    Saints Row is a game that becomes quite fun. It's full of great humor and some entertaining action sequences. Unfortunately, its open world can fall into monotony due to the repetition of its secondary activities.
  16. Aug 22, 2022
    75
    A known series makes its comeback to the scenes with a game which is, overall, funny, engaging and explosive in its own craziness. Too bad that there are too many bugs.
  17. 75
    Saints Row is the game to play when you want to turn your brain off and enjoy some mayhem. With many criminal ventures to run through, there is always something to do, some other bar to progress as you help the Saints reach their true potential. It’s a shame a few technical issues show up, but thankfully most of these can be overcome by restarting the game. This may not be as over-the-top as previous Saints Row games, but it could be the start of something great.
  18. Aug 22, 2022
    75
    Drawing on an arsenal of side missions that were already repetitive in 2013, this title is ideal for those who wanted that old GTA experience, but not for those looking for something next gen. Still, this comeback has things to offer: main missions often have great Uncharted-like action moments, customisation is still great and the story is so well written that I was left wanting a TV series. Saints Row is effective, but generic".
  19. Aug 22, 2022
    75
    Saints Row is not really what we can call a total reboot of the saga, but rather a soft-reboot: it is very similar to Saints Row The Third which, even if appreciated, is nonetheless ten years old. In fact, this is felt and this new adventure is still struggling to impose itself through its technique, its gameplay or its creativity which remain anchored in a certain immobility despite some novelties: it is however a game of effective action that never takes itself seriously, rather funny and with damn generous content, which we can never blame him for. Volition finally delivers Saints Row 3 with far-west sauce, which remains appreciable without breaking three pieces of dough for a gunslinger.
  20. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    Saints Row is fun, but it feels like it forgot that we are in 2022 and not in 2013 anymore, 'cause it really has nothing new or fresh to offer.
  21. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    The Saints have come marching in once again and while Santo Ileso offers a fun playground for these reborn renegades, it’s somewhat marred by a wealth of graphical issues, some underwhelming gunplay and a predictable narrative. Having said all that, you can customise your character into an orange, hurl yourself into traffic to make money and throw a self-propelled football at enemies to send them into space. It’s Saints Row as you remember, for better or worse, with a new coat of paint and refurbished for modern times.
  22. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    While much of this review may seem negative, there’s a lot to like about Saints Row. Its cast quickly grows on you, it has some entertaining set-pieces, and there’s explosive fun around every corner. Customisation is also a high-point: if you like creating zany characters, you’ll be in your element. But while in many ways this this the best Saints Row game to date, there are also multiple design decisions that pull it down. For a game all about building a crime syndicate, the fact that engaging in such activities feels so optional on the main path is a crime itself. It also won’t come as much surprise to Saints Row fans that this is just as scrappy as ever before. Still, it’s ridiculously enjoyable nonetheless.
  23. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    Saints Row is everything you’d expect from a new entry into the franchise: It’s full of larger-than-life story beats, a LARPing subplot, oodles of customization, and outlandish Skills to take down your enemies with. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means, your Boss and their three companions are where this reboot truly shines — and it’s a joy to experience Santo Ileso and all that it has to offer with them.
  24. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    Saints Row left me wanting more. Even the radio stations you can listen to and the track selection felt small in comparison to how bombastic of a soundtrack its past games had. While its side missions checked the open-world box of giving you something to do to keep you busy during or after you finish the story, most of them felt repetitive and only some truly captured the fun the games are known for thanks to some clever writing and line delivery.
  25. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    Saints Row is a largely successful reboot, even if it sometimes feels dangerously outdated in terms of open world design. Its story and characters can be hit and miss, but the experience is carried by fun gameplay and an endearingly dumb sense of humour. Despite the new faces, Saints Row is definitely still Saints Row — just bigger and probably better.
  26. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    Saints Row offers a fantastic sandbox full of opportunity and some great new gameplay additions, but its story and characters feel underutilized and neglected, making for a rather unmemorable experience.
  27. Aug 22, 2022
    70
    After so many facelifts, there were fears Saints Row would fail to recapture the unconventional beauty of the earlier games, but this reboot proves how adept Volition is when it comes to reinventing their flagship franchise. This latest outing is my favourite game in the series to date, so while basic combat and dips in visual quality are disappointing, they did little to keep me away from Santo Ileso. You'll struggle to find anything ground-breaking though this sandbox is bursting with entertaining things to do, ideal for sharing with a partner in crime.
  28. Aug 23, 2022
    65
    Saints Row still doesn't understand that the video game industry has changed since its last installment and must remodel its structure from scratch. While the narrative and jokes are good and moderately coherent within the madness of the game, the mechanical basis of this does not help at all when it comes to creating a competent title and above all, remarkable or outstanding.
  29. Aug 22, 2022
    65
    Saints Row raises mixed emotions: on the one hand it has its moments when it is fun and manages to engage you in its criminal empire building fantasy. But for each high you have at least one low, that turns the game into a technical mess and makes you feel like you are playing a not so pretty GTA clone. The new direction, both visually and gameplay wise show a lot of promise, but the execution is severely lacking. With the so necessary bug fixes and some quality-of-live improvements, the new Saints Row can be a nice experience that won't innovate upon the formula, but at least it will offer fun moments.
  30. Aug 22, 2022
    65
    Even in the reboot, Saints Row offers wacky fun at times, but gets in its own way with grind and repetitive tasks.
  31. Aug 24, 2022
    62
    Saints Row consist of both good and bad parts, but the bad parts leave more of an impression on the player. It's a shame that while there is some genuine fun to be had with the game, it still doesn't live up to even the worst of what the original series had to offer.
  32. Oct 24, 2022
    60
    Saints Row had chance to be something much more, if only the team behind the game tried to take a more bold and careful approach.
  33. 60
    It was always going to be a difficult task but Saints Row feels like a game that doesn't really need to be. Even if the technical issues weren't a factor, what remains is an okay but fairly forgettable criminal escapade. The new characters felt like a party I wasn't invited to and whatever confidence the old games had has been sanded away. It's not awful but there was a massive sense of disappointment I could never shake through my playthrough. I wish this was better.
  34. Aug 26, 2022
    60
    Volition's name has always been tied with destructible environments, and Saints Row's reboot is no different. Unfortunately, that's not the only familiar thing as the level design, combat and gameplay mechanics are all mostly the same as almost 15 years ago.
  35. Aug 26, 2022
    60
    Saints Row could have been the reboot of renewal or that of consecration, but it will ultimately be that of semi-disappointment. Open world too classic, band of anti-heroes without real charisma, questionable artistic direction and lot of glitches spoil the gaming experience.
  36. Aug 23, 2022
    60
    The reboot of the series is not a bad game. In it's best moments it is goofy over the top fun. The problem is: These moments are extremely rare. Most of the time you're playing repetitive missions where you're shooting AI enemies who are incredibly stupid and the gunplay feels like straight from the year 2005. But the biggest flaw of the game is its' humour. It is funny at times, but never as hilarious as the old Saints Rows. It is a mediocre game with only flashes of what the series was beloved for ten years ago.
  37. Aug 23, 2022
    60
    Saints Row arrives as a new starting point for the franchise, but the final version makes us miss what the saga once was. Its problems goes beyond an open world that did not evolve the structure of the genre a decade ago.
  38. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    There’s a lot to like and a lot to laugh at in Saints Row as you raise hell around Santo Ileso with your unique boss. Collecting clothes and cars as you scale up your network of businesses is compelling as you accumulate wealth and solidify your spot at the top. But outside of the super set-piece main missions, it’s easy to bounce off the more repetitive elements of the open-world.
  39. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    I can understand Volition wanting to reboot the Saints Row series given the original launched all the way back in 2006. But the latest entry feels like a backwards step for the developer, with this release misses out on the over-the-top satirical humour that made the series so beloved. As a result, Saints Row now feels like a mediocre open-world action game, becoming just like all of the games at which the series used to poke fun. Mission objectives are bland and repetitive, while the story is boring and lacks cohesion. Worst of all, the slapstick jokes rarely land and are arguably more cringeworthy than they are funny. You can still have fun if you simply want mindless chaotic action, but I’d argue you’d have a better time with the likes of CyberPunk 2077 or even Saints Row The Third Remastered.
  40. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    Saints Row 2022 is a time capsule of a game and era many have moved past. Instead of building on the legacy of Saints Row, it feels like a tired retread of a game we already have.
  41. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    Technical issues notwithstanding, Saints Row is not without its shortcomings, but it succeeds more often than it doesn’t. Even with the release date pushed back it still doesn’t feel finalized. The tech issues can hopefully be ironed out in a patch or two, but the characters could have also benefitted from further development and being more fleshed out. Santa Ileso is a great open sandbox to explore, but it seems like a greater emphasis was placed on repetitive criminal venture activities and less on the more exciting story missions. Still, what Saints Row does well is it does very well with memorable missions after the Saints have started to establish themselves. The banter between characters is generally entertaining and a lot of the humor is derived from this series never taking itself too seriously. There’s a lot of potential with this reboot and new cast of characters, but it doesn’t seem like it was fully realized in this title, making it a game that’s fun for Saints Row fans, but isn’t the spectacular reboot we were hoping for.
  42. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    Ultimately, Saints Row may not be the grand return to the franchise that fans were hoping for, but that doesn't mean it's not worth giving a look. Despite a poorly-paced story with average characters, it still has a ton of content and a sandbox that is ripe for hours of co-op fun. Even if you're playing solo, building a criminal empire is empowering and elevates Saints Row beyond being yet another open-world crime game. If it didn't take some steps back or feel buggy and dated, this game would get a more glowing recommendation, but unfortunately, it doesn't hit all of its marks.
  43. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    My Saints Row experience was enjoyable and more than occasionally frustrating: at times it feels like Volition is on the cusp of a breakthrough in both social commentary and open-world game mechanics, while at other times it feels like it's upholding the status quo. I love the new cast of characters and what they represent to marginalized community members who will play this game, and the story is compelling enough that I persevered in the face of some irritating bugs. There's a solid game here, and plenty of fun to be had with the new Saints Row, but I find myself wishing the team had taken the concept and ran with it to the bank - before robbing said bank, of course.
  44. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    The Saints Row reboot attempts to reimagine the Saints' origins by transplanting them to a new, beautiful city. The problem is that the characters are uninteresting, the gameplay lacks originality or polish and technically the game sometimes shows debilitating bugs.
  45. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    You could consider Saints Row a love letter to a time when games worried less over quality and more about fun, but that doesn't excuse its faults.
  46. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    It’s been nine years since Saints Row 4, and this new entry feels like a back-to-basics reboot. But technical issues, bugs, and many more little frustrations conspire to make this a middling experience at launch. It’s unfortunate because when Saints Row fires on all cylinders, it’s an absolute blast with some truly lofty high points.
  47. Aug 22, 2022
    60
    Saints Row’s dynamic mission design and chaotic vehicular gameplay do wonders for an otherwise mundane open world experience, one that is sorely missing the iconic characters who brought the previous games to life.
  48. 60
    Saints Row is ready and willing to leap back into the mainstream, though it's unfortunately weighed down by a few odd design decisions and a handful of technical issues.
  49. As is, it’s hard to recommend spending $80 on this quirky but erratic crime saga. There’s fun to be had, but best wait for Saints Row to make its way to your subscription service — and maybe receive a few much needed patches in the process.
  50. Aug 22, 2022
    55
    The feisty, distinct series was transformed into another run-of-the-mill sandbox game. New Saints Row is painfully unremarkable. The gameplay is pretty fun but repetitive and formulaic. The city – large but bland. The chaos – still present but kept on a short leash. As to the new characters, Volition must have recruited this grotesque, random gang in front of a Starbucks. What’s more, the AI is terrible and the whole game desperately needs patches.
  51. Sep 5, 2022
    50
    The new Saints Row brings you... well, more Saints Row action just a little toned down this time, which makes the inferiority to the GTA series more clearer than ever. Still, if you've been missing games of this type, it can be fun at least in short bursts.
  52. Aug 23, 2022
    50
    Saints Row rebooted itself and lost much more of its charm than it’d care to admit. The new heroes aren’t likeable, they aren’t funny, and the whole game feels stuck in the previous decade. And it’s full of technical problems, too.
  53. Aug 23, 2022
    50
    Saints Row could be something special. It really could, but Volition still doesn't know how to treat this franchise, placing it somewhere between Grand Theft Auto and Just Cause, never managing to leave its own fingerprints on the open worlds it creates. The Saints Row reboot is so similar to the original franchise in tone, gameplay and content that it leaves you wondering why it was even necessary to hit the reset button. There is fun to be had, but it's hidden behind bugs, repetitive missions and a detached story that doesn't know whether it wants to be a caricature of other plots or a candid tale about a group of friends involved in the criminal world.
  54. Aug 22, 2022
    50
    Saints Row had a unique opportunity to come back and be a good summer game. Most of the time, its fun, especially in co-op, thanks to his arcade feel and humour But there are too many flaws and way too many bugs to enjoy the title completely. Maybe some updates could fix things but not entirely.
  55. Aug 22, 2022
    50
    Unambitious, dated, and dreadfully lacking in polish, only series fans eager for more classic Saints gameplay need apply.
  56. PLAY
    Oct 15, 2022
    40
    he character creator still shines, but frustrating mission design and a disappointing plot make this reboot difficult to recommend. Far more sinner than saint. [Issue#19, p.92]
  57. Edge Magazine
    Sep 8, 2022
    40
    We could have coped with technical issues, curious UI choices and unsophisticated mission design had Saints Row given us even half as many memorable moments as previous entries "The Third" and "IV". We could even forgive a Portal joke that would have felt old hat a decade ago. But this whole enterprise feels misbegotten, even before the story goes wildly off the rails, belatedly introducing a new threat, before wrapping up with an ending that almost feels algorithmically generated. [Issue#376, p.100]
  58. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    The reboot of Saints Row is failing both as a reboot as well as a good game due to the game running poorly, a sandbox riddled with bugs and a boring story with just a few fun characters. Blowing stuff up is good and all, but Santo Ileso simply isn't a fun place to create chaos in. Driving the expensive cars is simply the best part, but steering clear of Saints Row at launch is by far the best way to go.
  59. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    The problem with the new Saints Row is not just that the characters are boring, or that the combat is by-the-numbers and benumbed by unempowering perks, but that the brief snatches of fun—the wingsuit deployed from a high rise, the hand-brake turn through a curtain of tyre smoke—are nothing new, and are done better in other games.
  60. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    If you find yourself in the right frame of mind, the unhinged nature of Saints Row can be cathartic, particularly if you find yourself in a good series of missions where the writing and humour aren’t too manic, and the action isn't too humdrum. In the end, Saints Row succeeds in recalling and refreshing the affable personality of the dormant series, but this reboot is simply a return, not an evolution.
  61. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    A tragically outdated open world adventure that almost has more in common with Goat Simulator than Grand Theft Auto, despite some moderately entertaining mechanics.
  62. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    Torn between two identities, Saints Row is a misjudged attempt at reinventing the series, instead ushering in a lack of mission variety and a tired narrative that fails to light up what could have been a genuine competitor in the absence of a new Grand Theft Auto. Those even looking for mindless fun will struggle to find anything here, even if Criminal Ventures and co-op play offer glimpses at what could have been. Back to the drawing board.
  63. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    It’s a below average open world game that’s stuffed to bursting with bugs, and the best thing we can say about it is that making our Tobias Fünke-inspired character crouch over and do the wanker gesture while he walked down the street made us laugh. Probably not quite worth the price of admission.
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  1. Aug 24, 2022
    There’s always self-doubt involved when you savage a game like this, but Volition had a second chance – to reboot a truly barmy franchise and do whatever they want with it – but any potential here has been squandered. A combat system with no satisfaction. A world with no immersion. Missions with no imagination. It’s a shame that this is what they came up with.
  2. Aug 22, 2022
    I can't help but admit I'm having a smashing time - quite literally - with Saints Row. Yes, the story is trite at times and yes, much of where that story takes you can feel a touch ridiculous, but it's to the team's credit that this deftly side-steps the issues of its predecessors and rarely feels gratuitous or malicious. The Saints Row reboot is self-aware and self-deprecating and if you're able to move past its prior reputation, there's a fast and furious shooter here that's worthy of your time.
  3. Aug 22, 2022
    Saints Row is a confusing game, on multiple levels. I can’t say I didn’t have fun with it—there’s a compulsive pleasure in open-world gaming that’s hard to tamp down, no matter how intent the game seems to be on keeping its players from enjoying themselves too much. (If you need a big map of stuff to checklist your way down, the game will absolutely scratch that itch.) Its tonal issues are, weirdly, a function of making its characters too likable, instead of not enough. And it desperately wants you to think you’re having fun, without ever providing concrete steps towards giving players more to do than function in a very rote loop. In hindsight, it reminds me a bit of the whiteboard that your business-buzzword-obsessed buddy Eli busts out early on, when the Saints are first figuring out how to turn themselves into a functional gang: Some big, flashy concepts; very few ideas on how to execute.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 945 Ratings

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  1. Aug 24, 2022
    0
    From not listening to their fans, to blatantly being insulting and arrogant towards them, the devs over at Volition put the final nail to theFrom not listening to their fans, to blatantly being insulting and arrogant towards them, the devs over at Volition put the final nail to the coffin of this franchise...
    They deserve everything that`s coming.
    Awfully written characters, poor gameplay, censorship among a bunch of other issues made this game the laughing stock of games this month.
    Exactly a year ago, once it was announced, they were warned but nooo.
    RIP Johnny Gat, Shaundi, Pierce and the OG Boss
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  2. Aug 24, 2022
    1
    Litany of bugs and terrible humor (if you can call it that) aside, the game is terribly written with very poor pacing, lackluster narrative,Litany of bugs and terrible humor (if you can call it that) aside, the game is terribly written with very poor pacing, lackluster narrative, and very flat characters - almost as flat as the world design. Speaking of which, the open world seems empty with barely any random events happening (think Witcher 3, RDR2, Ghost of Tsushima, etc... Goodbye 40 second rule...?). This is 2022 with an open-world and game design from 2008. Maybe that's what the devs meant by a "reboot".

    Giving it a 1 because the combat and atmosphere/visual design is pretty cool, if you can shut your brain down enough to enjoy them. Might have rated it higher if the developers weren't acting like children on Twitter, which put a sour taste in my mouth from the beginning, unfortunately. Not sure how insulting your fan base makes good business sense.

    Shame that developers refuse to learn from others' (much less their own) mistakes - which shouldn't be surprising considering CD Projekt is one of the developers listed for this project.
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  3. Aug 24, 2022
    0
    An absolute insult of a game. Horrible story and characters, outdated controls and gameplay that seems older than even the original game,An absolute insult of a game. Horrible story and characters, outdated controls and gameplay that seems older than even the original game, crashes way too often, glitches that literally break the game constantly. The only good thing out of this is the most likely Crowbcat video we'll get showing off how much of a mess this entire project is. Literally the worst thing i've played in the last 5 years, no joke. Full Review »