This is my 1st Saints Row game iv played. Dispite trying to be as neutral as possible to all games as a reviewer, i couldnt help but get that 1st impression of what the game would be like from TV commercials, so i was never intending to actually get the game or rush out to review it. However after having seen a twitch live stream i regularly watch start playing it, i just had to try it out myself, it looked fun. And oh yes it was indeed a fun game, my 1st impressions were totaly off.
So the game itself, well in short its MAD. Its totaly OTT and thats a good thing. As this is the 4th in the series most people will alreayd know what to expect so ill just go through the Pro's and Con's.
Its crazy over the top and encourages wantant destruction and chaos just for fun.
You have super powers. :D
It rips some great aspects and features from great movies and games, and most importantly, does them right.
Has good overall customisation.
Co-op gameplay can be a blast.
For a game thats been made to have a good sized open gameworld and stay consol bassed, the graphics are not half bad.
Spec requirments are modest. Was able to run maxed out with 8x AA and even downsample at 2400x1350 resolution with a GTX 780 and only drop down to the 50's in FPS in rare casses, most of the time caped at 60 with around 75% GPU usuage.
As i usualy point out with 'most' games of the past 11 or so years, its too damn short. The storyline can be completed really quikly if you so choose (8hours, likely less). I personaly took my time and done about half of the side quests 1st and what not but i still managed to complete it in about 16 hours of gameplay.
Some of the customisation was lacking. Visualy you have alot of options but character size was not one of them. Additionaly there were limited voice options and only a very basic tone changer for the voices available.
The 'world' or in this case 'simulation' was restricted to one city, where as the storyline tells of many cities being hit by the invasion and many more people abducted, thus ..where are they, where are the other simulated cities? its somthing that was missed and could have been used to increase the length fo the story and thus the game.
The interections with the ships crew seemed great rigth at the start untill you realise they use the same lines over and over till the end of the game, nothing changes.
The Glitches. oh my yes the glitches(not the intentional 'simulation' glitches i might add). Such as it is with large environment open world games that are made with harsh deadlines like these, there are alot of glitches and bugs, nothing to game breaking, if u get stuck in an object or stuck in an animation simply reloading the last checkpoint, or saving then reloading will sort it out. But the fact they are there reduces any sense of 'quality feel' to the game.
Car physics. So with the introduction of the super powers, using a car is somewhat obsolete, however when u do use them, they have a very odd physics movement to them, u can almost move sidways with them, its not right and could have been done much better considering the amount of vehicles in the game.
Difficualty: This is a hard one, its a Pro and a Con depending on how far into the game you are. On normal difficulty as soon as u get ur super powers, the game turns super EZ mode, however as you progress through the game things start to balance out and become ...less easy. The final fight however has a totaly different difficulty level. All the way up to it the game was playing like any other game on normal mode from the 00's, easy bassicaly, but the final fights difficulty is totaly different. Im not saying its hard by any stretch, its just not expected.