5 Things Wrong with Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

This article is dedicated to the true fans of the Saints Row series; the fans that have played the game since the beginning and the fans that realize how dramatic of a change the series took from who they were. This article is for those of you who would never dare call Saints Row a knock off of Grand Theft Auto and for the fans that are now feeling betrayed by the game they once dedicated themselves to. If this does not describe you and you jumped on the band wagon after Saints Row: The Third advertisements this article will more likely offend you than anything; so there is no need for you to keep reading. Volition sided with their new fans to gain profit. That was not a stupid choice for the company just a deceiving move to those of you that helped the company get to where they are today. For all of the fans that this does apply to; we are sorry for your loss. Also beware that this article will contain spoilers for Saints Row (1), Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third.

Saints Row IV has finally shown itself off a little with its first ever teaser trailer and slight plotline infromation. Fans of the series waited for months to hear about the next installment to the beloved series and the day had finally hit. To accompany a corny teaser trailer, featuring phony weapons and giant mascot energy drinks, came a little information regarding the plot. You are no longer a feared gangster. You are no longer the men and women who worked their way to the top by killing anyone that stood in your way but you are now the president of the United States. Instead of using insane amounts of brutality to kill your dangerous opponents you will be saving humanity from an alien invasion. At first sight the trailer was wished to be a joke, unfortunately this was last year’s April fool’s joke was made into a reality.

There are plenty of things that a true fan would view as wrong about this game; even at this point in time where only vague amounts of information have been released. What does the true fan find so wrong about what the company has done to a fan favorite game?

Superpowers

Saints Row IV Screen

In the fast-cutting teaser trailer a wide use of the main character using super powers has been noticed. Superpowers were introduced in the Trouble with Clones DLC in Saints Row: The Third. The main character was granted the right to use superpowers while tracking down a clone of Johnny Gat. This was corny, it was never a favored part of the game and it was nothing that particular stuck out as being a favored or memorable aspect of the game. This was one of those features that were so unfathomable that fans really just didn’t want to remember ever happened. Apparently, the superpowers thing must have really blown over well with the development team because they are back and to a much large degree than what was played in Saints Row: The Third. The powers won’t just be for DLC but they will be used throughout the actual game and they will be accompanied by other unrealistic things like spurious weapons and vehicles that will never exist.

When your characters were following Julius’s orders or taking over huge corporations by pushing CEO’s out skyscraper windows, did you ever think that character would turn into a fool? Did you ever once think cool actions like stuffing emesis in trunks and decapitating your foe would ever turn into a character that was so unbelievable that they were actually a super hero with powers or did you feel that your character was just one of the coolest people in the world? Players gre wfound of their Saints Row character because they were believable and just cool enough to know that whatever was being done on screen was humanly possible. Saints Row IV says ‘not anymore’ and replaces that once cherished believability with superpowers, phony weapons and unrealistic vehicles.

Becoming the President of the United States

Saints Row IV President

Instead of being a feared gangster your character will take the role of the President of the United States in Saints Row IV. Having a character that was vicious and underground was a strong suit in the first two games of the series. When that character decided to sell-out in Saints Row: The Third there was always a feeling that they did not enjoy that famous life style. With the small bit of Gat that was shown in Saints Row: The Third he expresses that he doesn’t not like what has been done with the Saints and the main character agrees with him. Throughout the game it can be hinted at that the character questions what is being done with the gang and these aspects are some of the only things that kept true fans hopping for the next game in the series. Now, instead of being somewhat disappointed in what they have become all main characters will be selling themselves out just a little bit more by becoming the president of the United States.

No true fan appreciates the game forcing them to make their character sell themselves out. That was one of the largest complaints with Saints Row: The Third because players wanted their character to remain who they were. A wise one once did not take the offer of 80-20 that did not work in their favor and now they are taking that respect and whacking it in the behind with a giant purple dildo.

Alien Invasion

Saints Row IV Alien

Saints Row IV has replaced the brutal gang vs. gang battles with the main enemies on the next game being aliens. Whereas players used to cherish the brutal lifestyle of the Third Street Saints and the way they handled situations with their enemies, that is all gone and replaced with aliens. The most complained about part on Saints Row: The Third was the ending where Shaundi was saved and the gang began filming a movie based off of aliens called Gangster in Space. To accompany this least favorite part, Volition released a DLC pack furthering the film’s production. Our question to the development team is, why would you take the part of your game that fans hated most and make that the primary objective in your next game?

Aliens could be all good and fun to kill in other games but when you take a game like Saints Row and add aliens into that it just seems off. People grew to love the game from being real and funny at the same time. Volition forgot what real was and focused so much attention on funny that they lost sight on what their fans originally loved about their game. Unfortunately, the ones who have to suffer in all of this are the very ones who put the Saints Row series in the spot it sits today.

Lack in Fan Favorite Characters

Saints Row IV Screen

How much positive feedback do you think Saints Row IV would have gotten if their first teaser trailer was only a picture of Gat stating the words, “I’m back.”? Saints Row has forgotten how important the characters besides the players main create a character were and showed no sign of anyone remotely interesting returning in Saints Row IV. There have been everlasting questions present in the series revolving around characters that will probably never be answered and that’s all the fans really wanted from Saints Row IV. Whatever happened to Dex? Where is Donny? Will Gat ever return?

Not only are these questions unanswered but Saints Row: The Third took a turn for the worse with the change in Shaundi. A once fun loving girl that everyone felt a connection to turned into a diva who sought control and often time referred to you as stupid. They killed Shaundi at the start of Saints Row: The Third upon appearance and attitude change not at the end with an actual possible death. What’s worse the change in unanswered questions, the change in Shaundi or the sell-out of the main character?

Not Listening to the True Fans

Saints Row IV Screen

The worse thing about Saints Row IV is the fact that no true fan was listened to. While as there were doubts about how much a true fan would like Saints Row: The Third most everyone gave it an honest shot. It was a fine game, not what any true fan would have wished for; but there were improvements. What everyone wanted were the great improvements matched with the amazing plotline of Saints Row 2 but instead they got a game that doesn’t even deserve the title Saints Row. Saints Row had some of the most loyal fans we have ever seen. It was like they functioned like the gang they each represented. It was a community that was united and felt strongly about what they were experiencing but above all we were all proud to call ourselves Saints. Saints Row IV marks the first time that the fans aren’t untied. The true fans who stayed true to their colors feel betrayed. The new fans (once who only experienced Saints Row: The Third) don’t understand why the others are so angry.

We are heartbroken. There is no reason to buy a game that has shown such little care for those who helped get it to the point they are at. We are sorry Saints Row fans; you are cherished to us and feel your pain. Maybe someday Volition will realize how much sadness they brought to the only people who supported them through their slow beginnings.

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Author: Heather Spears View all posts by

20 Comments on "5 Things Wrong with Saints Row IV"

  1. Josh March 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    No true fan, try no true Scotsman. I can’t imagine what you’d be like if anything important ever happened if this is how you act over a game.

  2. Rebel Scum March 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    You complain Heather Spears but you’ll still buy the game.

  3. dakan45 March 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    “Not Listening to the True Fans”

    Yeah how about you GTFO and go play your precious gta v.

    Saints row MUST be this way to compete with gta v.

    • AnOddNumber March 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      SR doesn’t have to be a slew of immature content in order to compete with GTA. They are two completely different series; one of which changes everything each game, and one that,was, sticking with a set of characters throughout the series.
      And besides, the only GTA that SR is slightly in common with is San Andreas.

  4. l3lack_lvlagic March 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    amazing read, I completely agree saints row is not the same anymore.

  5. DarthDiggler March 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    This statement really bothers me….

    “That was not a stupid choice for the company just a deceiving move to those of you that helped the company get to where they are today.”

    As a consumer you aren’t buying things to ‘help’ companies. Companies provide a product and if that product provides you with value you than you buy it. It’s a transaction and a relationship but its not out of help. Its a trade off between your income and their products.

    If you don’t like the direction that SR4 is taking don’t buy it. Likely the reason that SR has changed so much is it hasn’t found a core audience yet.

    Being that the game is satire, I would suggest that you should assume that nothing will be sacred.

  6. Bless Money 612 March 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Join “Saints Row: Fan’s Choice” on FB. We feel the same way.

    This game not only went left field with their insane ideas, but then, they don’t even make it kick ass.

    If I’m going to have super powers and fight aliens, at least make it like Bad ass.

    Not, shrink rays, bright colors and shit like that.

    This game now caters to fucking 12yo’s.

  7. Chris March 19, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    thank you its nice to know others agree with i been a fan of saints row since the first one the main reason i got an xbox 360 and now i feel they dont care about the fans. saints row the third was different it was an okay game but zombies, giant dildos,tron rip off,aliens, all that stupid stuff is just simply gay they need to go back to their roots, saints row one was the best

  8. ryan0991 July 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Sure is No True Scotsman in here.

  9. Arawhon July 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately, you arent the true fans that SR4 is appealing too. In fact, i would go even further and say you are but a minority opinion about the direction of SR. I love what they are doing with SR, SR1 was a glitchy boring GTA clone, SR2 was a fun romp thru gangland but still held too much GTA bullshit, SR3 was a huge blast of fun with its over the top action, crazy antics, but suffered from not enough customization, SR4 looks to be absolutely phenomenal and is going to be one of the funnest games I have ever played. If I want boring sandbox gang shooter, ill get GTA5.

    • AmuricanPatriot August 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      You’re definitely misinformed. Many people are disappointed with the direction this series has taken, and this game is saints row in name only. If you didn’t like the previous games then you aren’t a true saints row fan as the series has been essentially rebooted and no story aspects are tied back to the other games

      • Hal Sundance August 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        Aaaand you’re even more misinformed. Saints Row 1 was more or less a weak knockoff of GTA. Saints Row 2 started taking the series in a zanier direction (the sewage mission, perhaps?), but it still had a bit of an identity crisis, being all too similar to GTA. SR3 finally gave the series its own identity. It still had serious undertones, but the missions were wacky, off the wall, and most of all, fun. SR4 is capitalizing on that. You sound like you’re stuck on the first two games, so you probably haven’t even played the 4th one much if at all. It’s really, really well done. It’s silly, serious, batsh** crazy, but most of all it the gameplay is spot on. Best entry in the series, bar none.

        • AmuricanPatriot September 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

          Saints Row IV is probably the stupidest game I’ve ever played, and that’s all I’ll bother to say. You have the right to express your opinion, but the vast majority of people would agree that the first two games were the best in the series, especially Saints Row 2. The later two games don’t have anything in common with them, so they may as well be called something else entirely

  10. geeksrow August 11, 2013 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Arawhon you shouldnt be allowed to play video games tbh youre a fucking moron

    • Hal Sundance August 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Gotta love which comments get through moderation and which don’t. :)

  11. hatesSR3-4 September 6, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    If this game had a different name it would be just fine. Yeah it did start off as a GTA clone but in mho it kinda did it better. Atleast better then GTA4 . But now its a Crackdown , Infamous and Prototype clone .That is nowhere near as good as any one of them . Execution wise!!!

  12. KC97 September 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I just want the franchise to get some HEART again! JESUS! I actually CARED what happened to the characters in SR2 while i couldn’t give less fucks about what happened to the characters in SR3 because the story was so AWEFUL! Funny, yes, but it HAS to be more than jokes. There needs to be a story that GIVES A DAMN about it’s plot!

  13. Unknown February 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I never played the first game due to being on xbox. I played the second game at first I kinda got annoyed due to the rep you have to do in the mini games.

    After I got enough which was about 19x I was ready to plow through the main story it is by far one of the best open world games I ever played I tried to get into GTA and I could never get into it it was just plain boring.

    Saint rows 2 did a good job of blending comedy and serious into the mix. I played open world games before and they are nothing compared to this game.

    The city felt so alive you can go to people and when you mock them or trying to be nice there is a dozens of different dialogue you hear.

    There is a dozen of things you can do in this game you can make people fight each other which is always funny not to mention the music is fucking beast.

    I can not tell how many hours I clocked just by listening and driving around this is one of the best features I liked about this game.

    The characters had there own kind of charm it was refreshing playing the evil protagonist that actually felt evil you fuck with him or his people he would go after you and break you mentally and physically.

    That scene where the Boss had Jessica in the car and Maero killed her is what I’m talking about. Shaundi was one of few the coolest females I actually liked in gaming.

    SR3 destroyed her and the Boss the most out of all original characters the open world in SR3 was completely lifeless and I wasn’t into the game play.

    What’s the point if it lacked tension and was boring as hell it was a poor’s man suda51 and don’t even get me started on SR4 which it rip offs on several games like crackdown/prototype.

    I always find it hilarious how people still say the earlier games were trying to come out on it’s on but fail that is far from the truth at least for SR2. SR3 and SR4 ran out of ideas and didn’t know what the hell to do.

  14. Nom March 15, 2014 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I ain’t going to bother in buying SR5 and future games as I don’t want to waste my time playing them or my money.

    I own all 4 games and I wish I never bought SRTT and SR4 as those games are by far F**K UPS!

    VOLITION: BRING BACK SAINTS ROW OR KILL THE SERIES NOW!!!

  15. GolbezChaosLord April 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I thought the saints row series was about the 3rd street saints taking over a city not some stupid alien invasion. I love sr2 liked sr3.

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