Saints Row 4 reviews beam in

The Saints Row 4 reviews have arrived; who does Volition’s super-powered instalment fair?

August 17, 2013
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Series developer Volition is once again bringing the chaos and hilarity to the open-world of Steelport, and the review scores have already started rolling in.

The fourth entry sees the head of the notorious Saints gang be elected as president of the United States, but things get a little complicated when Steelport is attacked by an alien race; but does a bizarre combination of alien weaponry, superpowers and foul-mouthed jokes make for a great experience?

Saints Row 4 currently holds Metascores of 87, 85, and 77 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively. On Gamerankings, the PS3 version holds a percentage of 79.71%, the Xbox 360 version sits on 85.60% and the PC edition is flying the flag at 87.80%.

Check out what the reviewers are saying:

IGN: 7.3/10

“With its recycled map and wildly overpowered abilities, playing Saints Row IV feels like a lot like enabling god-like cheat codes in Saints Row The Third and going absolutely nuts.”

Joystiq: 5/5

“I was worried that Saints Row 4 would never be able to live up to Saints Row: The Third, that its status as an expansion-turned-full-game would translate to a sloppy experience built on filler and same-y gameplay. Thankfully, Volition’s skill for building a living world, lovable characters and ingenious gameplay is as sharply honed as ever. Be it in Steelport, a computer-generated simulation thereof or the very depths of outer space, the Saints rule everywhere.”

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Official PlayStation Magazine UK: 6/10

“Occasionally excellent, often mired in mediocrity, Saints Row 4 is inferior to Red Dead Redemption and even five-year-old GTA IV in almost every way. And while you’re always likely to miss when comin’ at the kings, Volition’s effort still falls short of the more cohesive Sleeping Dogs, the expansive frolicking on Just Cause 2’s Panau and the polished pantomime of Infamous 2.”

PC Gamer: 90/100

“It might not have the sheen of Grand Theft Auto, but Saints Row IV is both gloriously stupid and stupidly good.”

GameInformer: 8.5/10

“Despite a few frustrations, glitches, and questionable design decisions, Saints Row IV is still a ton of fun to play through – whether solo or in the series’ returning co-op mode. Vehicles may not be as exciting this time around, but the thrill of soaring through the skies and navigating with ease makes up for it.”

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VideoGamer: 8/10

“Saints Row 4 is a comedy gem; built by creators that are clearly on our side, and totally in love with what they do. It’s pretty easy to love them back.”

Gametrailers: 7.1/10

“It’s a classic ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ scenario and it’s easy to think of other franchises that do every element of Saints Row IV better than it does. That isn’t to say the game won’t keep you entertained, but hopefully the next Saints outing is as refined as it is irreverent.”

TheSixthAxis: 7/10

“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.”

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DigitalSpy: 4/5

“Saints Row 4 may not be perfect, but it will, at least, be remembered for its brazen video game parodies, over-the-top set pieces and outrageous weaponry, rather than being a poor man’s GTA. This, in itself, is a certifiable step in the right direction.”

Kotaku: Yes

“I can forgive SRIV its grievances because, ultimately, I don’t care what the game has me doing-racing, destroying, hijacking, hacking for the thousandth time. As long as I can customize my character to my heart’s desire, shoot my overpowered guns to infinity, and make things explode with my superpowers while bonding with my eclectic crew of badass friends in worlds that could only exist in a Saints Row-branded Matrix, I’ll take your bugs and your repetition.”

Polygon: 9/10

“In almost every moment, Saints Row 4 feels like playing a cheesy superhero movie. Tied together by parody and pastiche, the whole world is just an excuse to throw gameplay variety at the player, and I felt like an over-powered badass throughout. It’s not sophisticated or subtle, nor does it want to be. And the game’s open stance on character customization and gender let me play the way I wanted to. Saints Row IV made me feel superhuman – and that’s what this kind of game is all about.”

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The ultimate guilty pleasure that is Saints Row 4 will launch on 23 August 2013 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

More on Saints Row 4:

Saints Row 4: 90 minutes of gameplay released

Saints Row 4 confirmed, release date revealed

Saints Row 4 coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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