Certainly better looking visually in some departments.
Movement around the world is smooth and pleasurable.
Insanely fun and addictive.
A few bugs stop play at times.
Can get repetitive in certain sections.
Saints Row IV Re-Elected Review
Earlier this week I reviewed Gat Out Of Hell, the stand alone expansion for Saints Row IV, that allows you to shoot the Devil in the face while flying around a hellish version of Steelport. Now I have revisited Steelport and the Saints in the re-mastered version of the original Saints Row IV in Saints Row IV Re-Elected. When I first played Saints Row IV on Xbox 360 I was surprised and delighted by the utter madness of it all, including it’s over the top humour, terrifically entertaining side missions, and the most original weapons you can find in a game. Needless to say I was eager to try it on the new generation of console, hoping for a new visual feast and a slew of extra content courtesy of all the previously released DLC being added into the mix.
For those of you who have not yet had the chance to sample the insanity that is Saints Row IV, I will give you a quick re-cap on the storyline. The Saint’s popularity has risen to such heights that you now find yourself as the President of The United Saints Of America. A position of authority and many choices, for instance just walking to your office can see you curing cancer, punching a dickhead in the head, and finally heading off to party for a while. This of course is just a simple walk, and happens in the first few minutes of the game, before all hell breaks loose and the world is invaded by aliens. Zinyak has taken over with his legions and beaten you to within an inch of your life before throwing you into a virtual world where everything seems hunky dory. You soon find out you are actually in a game within a game, and you have to break the system in order to get back to reality and save the world from Zinyak‘s domination. Still with me? Good, because I got lost around the second sentence! Over the last year, gamers have been bombarded with these re-mastered games, bringing our Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One simply because of the backwards compatibility issue between the two consoles, most of them calling themselves the definitive edition or ultimate edition simply because they include all of the previously released DLC for that game. Saints Row IV Re-Elected does that exact thing, adding in all the previously released stuff on top of the game, for gamers this is a great deal as you are basically paying the same price as you were for the original game without all the trimmings, on the other hand does this justify buying a game twice just so you can play it again on your new console while it gathers dust on the shelf beside your Xbox 360?
For me the answer to that question is a definite, yes. Saints Row IV Re-Elected has noticeable changes when compared to it’s Xbox 360 counterpart. The lighting and shadows are much improved, as too are the character models which are much richer and deeper in detail. Traveling at speed across the map also produces better effects thanks to the frame rate and depth of colour now produced by the game as a whole. Not everything however is what you would call re-mastered and some of the game still looks decidedly last gen, although disappointing, it did not take away from the fact of how ludicrously fun this game actually is to play. Many people in the past called the Saints Row franchise a GTA clone in a different setting, but ever since the direction the game took after Saints Row II it has made its own fan base and distinct style. Saints Row IV never apologies for its over the top humour, or its apparent nods to how insane its own storyline actually is. Traveling around this virtual Steelport, and using all manner of weapons and powers to destroy everything in your wake, has a certain appeal but soon becomes repetitive. Thankfully the game is packed with side missions, a solid ‘save the gang’ campaign and enough insane in the membrane weapons to keep even the most sadistic gamer happy as he ploughs through the virtual world he has been thrown into. Playing some of the included DLC will definitely give you even more of a look inside the twisted brains at Volition, I mean look at “Enter The Dominatrix”, and that song near the end of it. All of the additions that come with Saints Row IV Re-Elected are there to provide a more insane, fun and totally entertaining experience, one that will keep you happily pressing buttons for days if not weeks.
I will be honest and say that I am not a major fan of companies doing the whole re-mastered thing, it just stinks of easy cash for them while taking advantage of us as consumers. Saints Row IV Re-Elected, however, has changed that view for me slightly. Never before have I played through a game twice and enjoyed it more the second time round. Some games need to be brought forward onto the new generation and this was definitely one of those, it may not be the most visually striking re-master you have seen to date, but it is definitely the only one I have completely enjoyed and will continue to enjoy. There are the odd few bugs holding it back but these can be easily patched in the weeks to come. Saints Row IV Re-Elected as a game is bonkers, everything it does, it does to entertain the player. Volition has a winning formula when it comes to this franchise and I can’t wait to see where they take it from here. Combine this with Gat Out Of Hell and you have a recipe that looks like it came from the gaming kitchen of Heston Blumenthal.
Saints Row IV Re-Elected Review
23rd January 2015