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Submitted by TheSuperior 721d ago | opinion piece

Saints Row 4- The Problem and How it Will Likely Be Solved

Saints Row is part of a fast growing series in the gaming industry. It was started as an open world crime game where the player’s created character gets involved with a gang called the Saints. As the story progresses into Saints Row 2, that same character becomes the leader of the gang, being one of the most ruthlessly violent characters around. With the releases of Saints Row: The Third, player expected that same aggressive feeling. Fans craved the brutal character that they created, that they became. In order to attract a new fan based developers, Volition, and publisher, THQ, decided to take this serious yet humorous franchise in a new direction. While fans of the series longed for the next installment of the Saints Row series following how the games were in its past, what they were given was something totally different; a funny, cheesy storyline and so much outlandish content that the game was about making a fool of yourself more so then being the well respected kingpin as the player was before. (PC, PS3, Saints Row, Saints Row 2, Saints Row 4, Saints Row: The Third, Xbox 360)

TheSuperior  +   721d ago
I am so much more of a hardcore fan of Saints Row and wouldnt mind if the trashed the story from Saints Row The Third and continued off of Saints Row 2. I understand how the new fans feel though and think Volition should find a balance with a hardcore story and funny activities in Saints Row 4.
WeskerChildReborned  +   721d ago
Agreed, i'm wondering how the enter the dominatrix looks on SR4.
Blaze929  +   721d ago
yeah i dont know what they were doing or thinking with SR3. SR1 and 2 both were great games. Then SR3 you start off as actors in a movie scene? Its like they were just trying to hard to be over the top

I know it was bad for me when I reached the end and never realized what happened to Gat....
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doogiebear  +   721d ago
I think saints row 4 should be more like SR2 also. Maybe Volition should make a spin-off series just for the immature slapstick loving fans of SR3. Time for SR series to get gangster again, like SR2 is.
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TheGrimBunny  +   721d ago
I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS GAME.. me want release date!
JellyJelly  +   721d ago
Saints Row The Third was one of the most entertaining games I've played this gen.
user5467007  +   721d ago
They should always appeal to their loyal fans first, if new fans like Saints Row enough they'll just fall back onto the new changes and accept them but trying to accept old fans to accept new out of place changes just won't work.

I enjoyed SR3 but I felt like I was playing a new IP, it was too wacky and over the top...plus the map size had became smaller.

Like The Superior has said above I'd rather they play SR3 off and continue from SR2. Hell even if they did it as "I had the strangest dream Gat" I would be cool with that.

They need to ignore SR3 and go back to what made SR2 so fun. Hell SR4 could be about Dex.

I just think at the end of the day, a person who has played SR and SR2 would be a fan but can you really listen to new fans first who have only played SR3 because of th new changes. Surley people who have played SR1 and SR2 are bigger fans then new fans...

Jeez a lot of developers are selling out and giving their loyal fans the middle finger when they make a sequel. I'm going to be scared getting interested in a new IP now incase they ruin it with a sequel which plays nothing like wha I played in the first game.
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HiddenMission  +   721d ago
It really seems like THQ has to do some soul searching and balancing act to figure what the franchise should stand for. I think the outlandish departure was to help differentiate Saints Row from GTA.

I think they really need to look hard at appealing to the core and to the new with maybe two different experience wrapped up in the same package.

They must also remember you can't please everyone and trying to do so is like trying to herd cats...good luck with that.
iamnsuperman  +   721d ago
Making it even more ridiculous
doogiebear  +   721d ago
That wasn't super, man.
theWB27  +   721d ago
I enjoyed SR3 thoroughly and thought about checking out 2...just hadn't got around to it. I've heard it's better as stated above.
MWong  +   721d ago
It's a big difference in the tone of the game from SR1 & SR2 to SR3. I loved SR1 & SR2, liked a lot of SR3 (the intro, payback missions and art style) but, it was a huge change from the 1st 2 games.
BigStef71  +   721d ago
As a loyal SR fan since the original game I was really disappointed that the story in SR the third had nothing to do with the first two games and that the new city felt empty compared to stilwater. I just want SR4 to please the hardcore fans of the series like myself and move back to stilwater lol
THESHAUNZY  +   721d ago
I liked Saints Row 3 but it was my first Saints Row game >.<
tigertron  +   721d ago
I'm a Saints Row newcomer. I haven't played the first two but I loved The Third. It didn't take itself seriously and I had a laugh playing it. It had all the fun GTAIV lacked.

I could go zombie hunting with Burt Reynolds and a dildo for God's sake.

I'd like more of the same.
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doogiebear  +   721d ago
Hell no
SheaHoff  +   721d ago
Interesting decision!
Decaf_PIxel_Kat  +   721d ago
I think that its sometimes okay to experiment when it comes to a sequel. When people say they want a sequel, what they tend to really crave is the feeling they had while playing for the first time. To keep the game from being a carbon copy of its predecessor, developers experiment with new content. Sometimes, it's for better and sometimes it's for worse; and sometimes you get SR3. Perhaps, they can tone down the wackiness just a bit or offer it as DLC.

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