So, after months of waiting, speculating and pouring over the slow release of information, the scintillating tidbits that had me and my brother almost buzzing with apprehension, my copy of Saints Row 4 finally arrived. Actually, due to a delivery cock-up, I now have two copies. Let’s just say we wasted no time getting stuck in.
Just as you’re about to begin a press conference where you officially cure cancer (or world hunger - your choice) aliens fall from the skies and start wreaking havoc. Needless to say running the country hasn’t softened our leading sociopath at all- he (or she) jumps straight into action and makes a vain attempt to thwart the oncoming invasion.
In an effort to break the Saints’ wills, new leading villain Emperor Zinyak has locked each member of the gang is locked in their own personal hell and it’s your job - after breaking out of your own version of 1950s Suburbia - to bust your buddies out of there! Once free you’re taking refuge on a stolen spaceship and use a VR simulator to jack yourselves into a virtual Steelport where you have, alongside a cache of conventional and alien weaponry, an arsenal of SUPERPOWERS with which to cause chaos and eventually bring the simulation to it’s knees and take the fight to Zinyak.
Graphically this game is almost identical to Saints Row 3 - it never really was a contender for most realistic graphics and continues to follow this trend. There are some nice touches with simulation-Steelport’s graphical glitches. Reminding you that you’re in a computer. Sometimes though, these glitches can sometimes impede vision and actually ruin the experience.
The “Active” powers are your combat abilities and can give you a bit of an edge while fighting. First up is Blast - pretty simple the ability to throw fire, ice and mind control at your enemies, taking them down faster. Next up is Telekinesis - the ability to pick things up with your mind and throw them at enemies or over great distances. Stomp is a huge stomp of the floor creating a small earthquake, gravity disturbances and a shrink ray and dislodging lost code clusters. Finally there’s Buff a power that surrounds you in a cocoon of fire, ice and lightning which ripples out and hurts those around you.
On top of this it’s a fantastic fan service re-writing all the mistakes from the previous installment; Gat never died, Shaundi (Fun, sexy Shaundi that is!) also exists inside the simulation and they brought back fight club. I’d also asked for the insanity to be ramped up a notch - it has been - this game is bat shit crazy enough to have Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen running home to mummy!
Those of you who’ve listened to the IWGCast will be aware of my brother Brad and his inability to keep his mouth shut! This is what he had to say on the game: “Don’t take the game lightly, even with superpowers you die a lot so make sure you haven’t got shit guns.” Thanks bro!