This is a transcript excerpt covering the score awarded to Saints Row (2022) on the So Videogames podcast, episode 300: Kids In A Pit.
The Third Is The Word
HIGH “Power” by Kanye West is the best superhero theme music.
LOW The treatment of women.
WTF I would exceed this review’s word limit listing all the WTFs here.
Ocean Man, Take Me By The Hand
HIGH I’m a freakin’ shark!
LOW That framerate.
WTF The story was… deeper… than expected
Fourth and F It
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…
In the minority
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.
Gettin' yo' ass on the nice list
HIGH THe film ‘A Christmas Story' gets much love.
LOW Clawz should have been more developed.
WTF Kinzie? Is that you?!?
Everybody Walk The Dinosaur
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.
Johnny Get Your Gat
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?