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Saints Row IV (PC/PS3/360)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

Has the Volition's dev team learned from the mistakes of Saints Row: The Third? Has THQ's bankruptcy and dissolution in January 2013 and its subsequent transfer over to Deep Silver, as its publisher, had a impact on this latest Saints Row installment? Read on and find out.

Before I begin, I must state that I have not played any of the previous titles. The only real knowledge I have is that the previous game let you use a giant dildo as a weapon. Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand. The story takes place five years after the events of Saints Row: The Third's "Save Shaundi" ending. You, as the leader of the Third Street Saints, are elected as the President of the United States.

After an unknown period of time, an alien invasion occurs, which results in both you and your merry band of misfits getting kidnapped by the Zin race and their leader, Zinyak. For whatever reasons, you are transported into a virtual version of Steelport, think of this as "The Matrix," where you are able to use super powers to fight against the Zin empire.

Many of the characters, former friends and foes alike, from the previous titles are included in this game. Some of which are Benjamin King, former leader of the Vice Kings gang, becomes the President's Chief of Staff. While Pierce Washington has been appointed the Communications Director. Additionally, there is Kinzie Kensington, a awkward FBI hacker, and she becomes the White House's press secretary. She is sadly often tasked with clearing up the mess left behind by the President's verbal missteps:

    "Kinzie, what's the right context for, and I quote, 'I'm the patron saint of America! We should probably look into changing the Pledge of Allegiance to One Nation, Under Me'?"

    - This quote is taken from the opening scene of the game.

Like many games in this genre, there is a huge amount of character customization. To be frank, I generally pay no attention to the feature in most games because I am just bad at designing a unique character. As such, I tend to do with the default designs that are available. However, in this case I was able to start the game with my cousin. I must say that we both had a total blast at creating our character. We used the default male president template with a few edits, and decided for ours to have red-colored facial hair with matching nail polish.

We also played around with his voice, and that was an event in itself. It made us laugh for nearly 30 minutes. We went with a extremely high pitched voice, think of the sound one makes after using a balloon full of helium on oneself. I suggest that you do not select such a voice because, to the best of my knowledge, you are NOT able to change it later....same goes with the nail polish. After several hours of not noticing, sorry but with tons of things to do it happens, I finally found out I could visit a surgeon which allowed me to change both my high pitch voice and nail color.

You have the same degree of customization in other things besides your character. You are able to tailor both your guns and vehicles to suit your tastes. In regards to the guns, you are able to use classic gun skins that any gun user knows. You are also able to use gun skins that do not represent the gun you are using. For example, you can use a rubber band gun skin on a Tommy Gun. As for your vehicles, you can do most of the vehicle modifications that you can do in real life.

This game has a variety of weapons that are at your disposal. As one would expect, the game has the basic weapon types that we all know about: Handguns, SMG's, alien weapons and sniper rifles. One must also not forget the "exotic" weapons, which thankfully are also at your beck and call. One example, which is easily my favorite gun, is the dubstep gun that makes everyone dance....UNTIL THEY DIE!!!!!!. I have added a video of this awesome gun on this review, it’s the very top video. It’s a truely enjoyable gun to use and you are also able to change the music that the gun plays.

However, a truly "exotic" weapon is a anal probing weapon, sorry but I do not know its name. As the name suggests, this gun fires a weapon that hits your enemies in their rear ends. This gun is so "exotic" it was one of the reasons that this game was banned in Australia. Sadly, at the time of the posting of this review, I was not able to get and use this truly "exotic" weapon.

Just like you would expect from an open world game of this type, there are literally countless things you are able to do. As such, I won’t bother writing it down and will allow you to find the things you like and dislike doing in this game. Overall, the gameplay is pretty straight forward. Using all the various powers, weapons and other features is simple. My only issue is that I was not able to edit my button layout, but this is just a minor issue.

I also love the fact that you are able to "save" any vehicles that you are driving. At any point later on, you are able to "load" any of the vehicles that you have previously recorded and they will appear in front of you within seconds. This means that you do not need to always steal and drive vehicles that you do not want to drive but instead drive your favorite vehicles.

Anyone playing this game will undoubtedly have a blast. My cousin and I sure did. I would recommend this game, and without a question you will definitely get the bang for your buck with this purchase. I enjoyed everything from the story, its gameplay, vehicles and weapons. I expect that anyone who buys this game will not second guess their decision.

Final Note: I expect that anyone reading this review knows, but just to make sure, this is a very mature game and is NOT for minors.