Most everyone knows that famous saying "It's good to be king," right? Well, in Saints Row IV, you pretty much are. More so than ever, that is. Sure, you've been a gang leader most of your life, but in the next (and possibly final) Saints Row chapter, Volition takes us to a whole new level of power and leadership. That's right: you will become the President of the United States.
At E3, I was fortunate enough to get some play time in with Saints Row IV, and suffice to say, I had a ton of fun. There really is no other way of easing into this.
Yes, Saints Row IV is very much like its whacky predecessor, so if you enjoyed Saints Row: The Third, then I'd wager you will enjoy the direct sequel. What makes Saints Row IV a sequel, exactly? At this point, the story doesn't seem to directly relate to the previous game in any way, but all the characters you recruited in the third game have crossed over into the fourth, and they acknowledge all the weird sh*t that brought all of them together.
Within the first few minutes of the demo (presumably near the start of the game), our Saints boss comments that being a gang leader was much easier than being POTUS. After Vice President Keith David helps you either cure cancer or end world hunger, aliens suddenly attack. Chaos ensues, and for whatever reason, your crew -- now your cabinet -- is abducted. Being the Saints leader, you decide big guns and a pair of fists should be enough to win the fight. Solo.
That, of course, doesn't end well, but what happens after your unfortunate defeat in a series of QTE-heavy sequences is left unknown. Because from there, I was immediately skipped forward to much further along in the game, when I had super powers... and a dubstep gun. Before you ask, yes, it does actually play dubstep when activated, in addition to firing a pretty nasty shockwave of sorts.
During this period of free roam and weapons testing, I was greeted by a familiar world, left completely at your disposal. Sure, the city has seen a few changes after the extraterrestrial overlords take over, but why should something so insignificant stop the President from having a little fun with his fellow Americans? And what could be more fun than blasting ice/fire/telekinesis at unsuspecting crowds? Nothing, that's what.
In the end, Saints Row IV is practically just like The Third in both look and feel, and everyone is recognizable from the last Saints adventure. Rest assured all your allies from The Third have returned, including the lovable Oleg. Think of it as getting the old band back together.
Saints Row IV will be out August 20 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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