Now that we’ve got Grand Theft Auto V out of the way, we thought we’d step back a month or two and look at Saints Row IV. Well, that and the fact you voted for it in the poll.
Saints Row IV is a bit different from GTA V though. It’s like that game if you turned the graphical settings to low and activated all of the cheats, then threw in a heavy dose of Mass Effect references. It’s a fun and self-aware attempt at comedy in a medium which often lacks a sense of humour.
Beyond all of the comedy there was also a good game to be found. Yes, it had its flaws and the side quests were absolutely dire, but zooming around the city at super speed or jumping over buildings was great fun. It’s perhaps the best super hero game released since Arkham City, and it doesn’t even have any established heroes in it.
I reviewed the game, and found something that was really great but suffered from some issues which were hard to ignore, so I scored it a good 7/10. I summed my review up by pointing out the lack of originality:
Saints Row IV is a really fun game but it’s nothing at all original. Perhaps that shouldn’t be said about something that’s one of gaming’s few examples of a parody, but it really falters at the times it tries to do something entirely original, whether that difference be within its own series, genre or gaming as a whole.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of hilarious moments and there’s a lot of new here in terms of Saints Row itself. If you enjoyed The Third – or just like having a bit of relatively mindless fun – then Saints Row IV is definitely for you.
I really enjoyed the sci-fi twist to the game though, and the interactive music was a brilliant touch, coupled with the fact that you could now listen to the at times superb soundtrack anywhere, even out of a car. Not that you’d be using vehicles much with all of your abilities.
The story missions were also fantastic, with some gigantic set-pieces, though the side quests were only present to elongate the game and definitely needed some more development.
But what did you think? That’s the question we ask every week, and we’ll ask it again now: did you enjoy the return to Steelport, or did the lack of innovation ruin the experience for you? As ever, just drop a comment below with your thoughts on the game, and we’ll round them up into a Verdict article next week.
Don’t forget to add a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end, so we can tally them up. See you next week!