*Please Note: This Review May Contain Spoilers for Saints Row IV*
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
Developed by Voliton and High Voltage Software
Published by Deep Silver
*Huh, It’s like I’m in a Video Game, Wink*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected sees the leader of notorious gang; The Third Street Saints (The Player) annihilating a threat posed by long time enemy Cyrus Temple which after saving the planet gains the leader the right to rule as President of the United States of America however these celebrations are short lived as 3 months later, the planet gets invaded by an alien race known as the Zin who with their leader Zinyak destroys the earth after abducting all the humans who they deem worthy of keeping. After escaping from the Alien spaceship, The President with the help of Kinzie, Keith David and the rest of the Third Street Saints set out to get revenge for the planet and maybe even reunite with long lost friends.
As with the previous version of the game on PlayStation 3; Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is an open world third person shooter/action game that takes the wackiness of the highly successful Saints Row The Third and cranks it up about 10 notches. One highly notable new addition to the game is Superpowers which inside the reality matrix created by the zin grants the player numerous different elements such as Fire, Ice, Electricity, etc… which they can unleash in multiple ways. There is the Blast power which allows the player to shoot different energies from their hands to attack or even stun multiple enemies. The Telepath ability allows the player to move objects, enemies and more with their mind using the power of telekinesis which can lead to some rather fun outcomes. The stomp ability is probably by far my favorite since the player can stomp the ground with an element of their choice and wipe out numerous enemies and vehicles in the wake of the move. Finally, there is the aura ability in which the player bursts with elemental energy causing said energy to catch on to enemies and shields upon close contact. Other superpowers at the characters disposal is of course super jumping, flight and even super speed.
The game once again features all of the staples of the Saints Row games including side activities involving Tanks, Insurance Fraud, Mayhem and of course, that twisted cat; Professor Genki who returns with Mind Over Murder and Superpowered Fight Club. In addition to this; All the stores require the player to hack into the store’s mainframe which involves a pretty fun pipe mini-game. One thing I will say about this Port of what I considered a great game on PS3 is that it runs a lot smoother than the PlayStation 3 version of the game which at times did have a tendency to lag, unfortunately however I did encounter some similar glitches to the PlayStation 3 version of the game which I encountered such as my character falling through the ground into a never-ending abyss (Until I restarted from the checkpoint by pausing), My character’s hair disappearing randomly at times in cutscenes and the worst of the 3 which I was hoping wouldn’t happen with Re-Elected; My PlayStation 4 crashing at least twice while running the game however it did only happpen a few times and the game has run perfectly fine since however as this is a review; I must make note of everything.
As with the PlayStation 3 version of the game; Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has one of the best voice casts I’ve seen in a video game in a very long time with the game featuring the heavy hitters Troy Baker, Laura Bailey and Nolan North all being voices for the player character (Once again customization is available) aswell as Yuri Lowenthal, JB Blanc and even some big name celebrities such as Keith David, Terry Crewes, Neil Patrick Harris and Roddy Piper. The game also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve seen in a game in a long time with songs from big name artists such as Aerosmith, Nero, Thin Lizzy, Ludwig Van Beethoven and a lot more. The sound section of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is truly one of my favorite aspects of the game.
While Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is a port; The visuals are still not quite as up to scratch as they could be considering the game’s competition in the port market (In particular; Grand Theft Auto V) however the visuals on the game have been upscaled so even though the game is not as good looking as it could be, you can definitely see the difference between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions. As I mentioned under the gameplay section, There is a recurring glitch from the original PlayStation 3 version in which my characters hair decides to vanish during cutscenes and even when the character has his/her hair coming out of the simulation; The model on the character looks a little bit jagged. As I said, I wasn’t expecting visuals like The Last of Us or even Grand Theft Auto V for that matter however I do think they could have been altered a lot better.
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has so much replay value with the many collectibles in the game’s open world of Virtual Steelport plus add in the insane amount of side activities and missions, mini-games, the actual story missions and then of course the trophies/achievements for the hunters out there and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has well over 4o+ hours of content for you to enjoy. Even then, if you were to finish up anyway, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is just an insanely fun game to run around in anyway making it an enjoyable experience you won’t really want to put down plus the DLC missions help to enhance the enjoyment; especially since 1 mission involves riding a raptor that sings Walk The Dinosaur in a Gollum voice.
All in all, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is just as enjoyable as it was on the PlayStation 3 with the fun and familiar gameplay; the plethora of content to divulge in and of course, the music and it all runs smoother to boot however the game really should have got rid of the glitches and problems that it had on the PlayStation 3 and so unfortunately brings the game down but otherwise a great port and a fun game which Saints Row fans can be happy about.
My Score = 7.5/10
- Hilarious Story
- Great Gameplay
- Phenomenal Voice Cast and Soundtrack
- Plenty of Replay Value
- Game runs a lot smoother
- Graphics sometimes appear jagged
- Insurance Fraud
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is available now for PS4, Xbox One and PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Deep Silver for supplying us with the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.