It's been a long time coming, but Saints Row IV finally made it to our shores. Somehow. Some way. Now that you have it, was it worth the wait?
A confession: I've always been a bit of a Saints Row detractor. The first was a pretty lame Grand Theft Auto clone and its sequels, no matter how outlandish they become, were always tarred with that brush for me. I understand the series began blazing its own trail, that with each sequel became more outlandish, and sort of began to define themselves as this 'stupidly fun' alternative to an increasingly somber GTA series, but it never clicked with me.
But, regardless, it has become increasingly more difficult to actively dislike the Saints Row series. Not liking Saints Row is akin to being the party pooper. Do you not like fun, Mr Mark Serrels? Do all games have to be serious? Why can't you just loosen up you big sweaty idiot?
Well, I don't know. I've just always thought that it's far more fun to talk about what you did in Saints Row than it is to actually do it. It's fun to facebook/tweet/message, 'OMG, just sprayed a city in shit using a sewage truck. God, isn't Saints Row so zany!' Actually doing this in game, however, just feels isn't that interesting or rewarding because the core systems in the game just aren't well put together. As crazy and outlandish as Saints Row becomes ('OMGLOLZ playing as a weed smoking POTUS just bitch slapped the Secretary of State') that core is missing.
So Saints Row IV, to me, is the Scary Movie of games. Derivative to begin with, getting crazier and crazier with each new sequel. I've just never understood it and, with Grand Theft Auto V a day from release, I'm not sure I want to either.