Open World 101
HIGH The cast is incredibly diverse.
LOW The reliance on ‘go here and kill these guys’ missions.
WTF This came from the team that made Saints Row 4??
HIGH The Gat loyalty mission.
LOW Holding down the power button on my PS4 for ten seconds and hoping the crash hadn't screwed up the hard drive permanently.
WTF There are a lot of different Shaundis in this game…
HIGH Nearly everything unpleasant about The Third is fixed here.
LOW Steelport is still hella gross to look at.
WTF The ending features a scene so hideous I thought I'd gotten the bad ending.
HIGH THe film ‘A Christmas Story' gets much love.
LOW Clawz should have been more developed.
WTF Kinzie? Is that you?!?
HIGH The ‘deleted scenes’ premise and the stellar ending.
LOW The gameplay in the missions is kinda lame.
WTF The whole thing.
While the Saints Row franchise has always been irreverent and over-the-top, those who only see it as crazy are selling the series (and its developers) short.
HIGH "Asha, that lightbulb has a family."
LOW The disappointing "sidequests" are just groups of area-control events you would probably do yourself anyway.
WTF How do you get a simple concept like TK mayhem so wrong?
HIGH "Paula Abdul is my spirit animal."
LOW Frequent low-level glitches and technical weirdness.
WTF Seriously Volition… still no booty slider in character creation?
First, here's my take on Dragon's Crown for PS3/Vita, which you may have heard about thanks to the brouhaha surrounding the hyper-sexualized art style. Personally, I thought it looked great, although everyone has their own preferences. However, it's an incredible game regardless of what it looks like, and it's probably the best beat-'em-up that's ever been made.
Previewing Saints Row IV is a tricky proposition. There's a number of things I'd love to talk about, while at the same time understanding that these things are best experienced fresh.
HIGH One of the best extended opening sequences I've played in some time.
LOW the game fails to maintain that quality past the opening.
WTF No booty size slider—again?!? And Burt Reynolds?