posted by IrishNinja3010 (SAINT CHARLES, IL) Mar 2, 2012
Member since Sep 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Start with a bang, then go from there. That's the best way to describe it. The first mission shows exactly what you're in for with this game, involving a bank heist while disguised as, well, yourself. Subtle. Move on to jumping out of a plane, falling through the wreckage while shooting bad guys to catch your homie, dropping them, then (um, skydiving?) through the same plane before finally touching down in Steelport, your new hometown.
From shooting mascots during Genki to beating gang members to death with a giant purple...marital aid...this game is everything you'd expect from Saints Row, and then a bit more. The vehicle customization is back and better than ever, the gangs more ridiculous and awesome as ever, and all the best activities and diversions (with one exception) returning, this game is literally all about a good time and then some. For pure, unadulterated fun, there's no better game out there.
This game is in my permanent collection, and for good reason. The visuals are solid, the gunplay has been improved, and the controls are tight. Simply put, this is the most fun I've had with a game in years, and you would be doing yourself a major discredit if you don't at least give this game a shot.
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
First off, this is an awesome game with a ton to offer, especially offline. The Campaign mode alone is very large and has some awesome aspects from jumping out of a helicopter to a penthouse roof and mowing down gang members upon arrival, free-falling out of a jumbo jet while avoiding its cargo, and 'surviving' an onslaught from the futuristic swat team. The other offline mode is the 'whored' mode which is essentially a random arcade survival mode with endless rounds that produce a unique challenge every time.
Don't get me wrong, this game offers endless hours of fun and gameplay, but the repetitive vulgarity and unnecessary off color situations detract from the game.
The M rating is an obvious hint from the get go, but the primary difference from it's main competitor in the GTA series is that there is no realism to the game, to include the weapons and gun play. This can be very fun for a while, but becomes frustrating during the more difficult gang fights as your are overwhelmed fast with the ridiculous firepower and are essentially forces to duck and run until health comes back.
The graphics aren't a whole lot different from SR2, but you can definitely see the similarities in the character models in GTAIV and the blur effect in vehicles. It is a definite step up from the previous two, but still has more of an arcade feel to it.
This game was loads of fun, but i strongly suggest renting and testing if the over the top humor and gameplay is what you are looking for as I feel many GTA fans will get bored. Overall a very well made game, just try before you buy!