This is a transcript excerpt covering the score awarded to Saints Row (2022) on the So Videogames podcast, episode 300: Kids In A Pit.
HIGH Great pixel art and a heartwarming story.
LOW The “recommended” control scheme.
WTF I love having literal trash as a shield.
Endless Cycles Of Life And Death
HIGH Beautiful aesthetics and world design.
LOW The rest of the game, mechanically.
WTF The underwater base world.
When I was young (and really, even as an adult in my early 20s) I wanted to write about games. Growing up in the mid-to-late 2000s, I was always reading gaming magazines that my parents would subscribe me to — specifically Game Informer. My love for the written word grew as I did and I always dreamt of having my byline on some big publications.
Come And Get Your Love
HIGH Breaking a pep-talk huddle and “Never Gonna Give You Up” blasts without irony.
LOW The performance mode on current-gen hardware leaves a lot to be desired.
WTF What the flark does “flark” mean?
HIGH The original Crysis is still both a technically and mechanically exceptional shooter.
LOW Way too much content missing to be considered a true “collection.”
WTF …Boy howdy, centering the series around a pandemic was a bad call in hindsight.
I’m Out Of Lawyer Puns
HIGH It’s still the best way to beat the hell out of people in modern gaming.
LOW Some of the original Judgment‘s nagging issues are still present
WTF …Is this series really ending because of pig-headed Japanese talent agents?
Point After Touchdown
HIGH There’s a move called the “Screw****er Death Kick”
LOW The open world traversal is downright awful
WTF Could we maybe get just one woman in a Suda game that isn’t a sexual fetish come to life?
HIGH Hyperfast, hyperaggressive fighting in abundance.
LOW Stage 9 Nagoriyuki is a crime against humanity.
WTF The White House sure has some interesting quirks to its design.
Kickstarter: Nothing Is Final Any More
HIGH A respectful ode to both the source material and a dormant genre.
LOW It’s not the most welcoming of titles.
WTF …Maybe going with “Final” was a bad naming convention?