Have you seen the recent Saints Row 2 trailer that makes direct comparisons to Grand Theft Auto IVto show why it’s more fun? It’s more tongue-in-cheek snarky than truly nasty, but apparently it prompted one analyst to counsel investors to take it with a grain of salt.
Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey said that going toe-to-toe with GTA IV on content is “an unusually pompous position… considering GTA IV is estimated to be the highest grossing 1st week entertainment release of all time”.
Hickey also nodded to GTA IV‘s Metacritic-leading score, and maintained his “conservative” estimate for Saints Row 2 sales, “in light of mediocre game previews and a delayed release in-part from quality concerns”.
In general, it seems a bit of a risky strategy for any title to compare itself, even jokingly, to a sales record-smasher like GTA IV. When I spoke to THQ during their preview event, though, a rep told me the aim was to show what was different about Saints Row, not necessarily to make superiority claims.
Hickey: Saint’s Row 2 ‘Pompous’ To Attack GTA IV [Gamasutra]