Saints Row is a game best known for its eccentric style and addictive game play. Of all the iterations, this one is definitely the most insane. By the time you’ve upgraded the different powers you’ll be doing high jumps that can clear blocks, sprints that pass any car, and making the block dance and explode with a dubstep gun. It’s like having cheat codes enabled by default.
Not everyone will be a fan of the full access, no holds-barred approach. If those features weren’t available, the game would progress very slowly. Since the Saints Row 4 world is so open, it would take too long to get from point to point using traditional methods like driving a car or sprinting.
The graphics throughout this game look amazing. For a large portion of the game you’ll be playing in a “simulation” designed by the invading aliens. This atmosphere has a neon glow / Tron inspired theme.
You have the option of playing the game full screen or windowed mode. The resolution and options chosen by default may be a little lower than what your PC can handle, but turning them up is not a problem. Putting the game in windowed mode can help you eek out better visuals albeit a slightly smaller screen.
The controls on this game are cumbersome by default, even with a controller. Of course any of the keys can be programmed, but it can be hard to decide the best configuration when first playing the game. You may have to switch between configurations to see which is the most comfortable.
Changing the melee key to “middle mouse” seemed to have the most fluidity. This isn’t a game where melee will be needed often, but it does help in certain situations.
Saints Row is smooth and easy to pick up on with any platform. During game play, you can press the “tab” button at any time to bring up the in game menu. From here you can view the map, choose your next mission, phone for backup, or spend your cache on upgrades. When you phone for backup, your “homies” will drive to where you are and protect you. They can also be upgraded.
Many of the side missions are unique. In one you’ll have to collect orbs as you super sprint through a city. Another involves stopping a virus from spreading by going on a killing spree.
You get to choose the pace of the game by deciding to play side missions or main missions. You can level up quickly by completing side missions, but the story won’t progress until you complete main missions.
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