Haven’t you ever wanted to be the President. With super powers? Fighting aliens? Of course you have.
That’s why Daniel Kaszor thinks you’re going to love Saints Row IV.
Here’s a taste from his review:
It isn’t that Saints Row is silly, it’s just that the entire world, the entire universe, centres around the wants and desires of you as the player.
Of course, most games at least try to be like this. After all, the world of the game exists for your enjoyment. However, in the world of Saints Row, and in Saints Row IVespecially, the entire fiction is reflexively aware of this fact.
It makes sense in this world that you’re the President because wouldn’t it be badass if you were the President?
It makes sense that you get superpowers, because wouldn’t it be cool if you had superpowers?
It makes sense that cult-movie legend Keith David (playing himself) is your vice-president because wouldn’t it be absolutely perfect if cult-movie legend Keith David (playing himself) was your vice-president?
This singular focus on giving you awesome moments manifests itself in a few ways: the first is that the story warps itself to fit your id. And it seems to have an almost preternatural sense for what would be the most cheesily appropriate garnish to whatever you’re doing, be it a perfectly timed musical nod to Armageddon, a “dubstep gun” that charges up but doesn’t fire until the drop, or an entire radio station DJ’d by Riff-Raff.