Saints Row 4 Preview: So Far, So Good, So Maybe

That said, I want to talk obliquely about these moments if only to get across that if anything works in Saints Row 4, it’s the sharp-as-nails wit that manages to be as smart and clever as it is dumb and obvious. To that end, here is something of what you can expect:

  1. Definitely make certain you test out all the voices during character creation. Like Saints Row 3, SR4 has a secret surprise voice that is ridiculous and hilarious. But while in SR3 it was the option to have a moaning zombie voice, in SR4 the joke rests entirely on the voice actor hired for it.
  2. A reference to a certain movie about asteroids from the late 90s that is both a fun pat on the head for longtime fans and a total mockery of the Michael Bay school of emotional manipulation. And it’s hilarious to the point I dropped my controller laughing.
  3. A really funny gag about the speed at which radio signals travel outward into space from Earth, which not only gives you all you need to know about how far from Earth the Zin forces have taken our hero, but how said hero apparently spent the 1990s.
  4. An absolutely brilliant moment early in the game that parodies science fiction and general culture of the 1950s, and also makes explicit some of Saints Row 4′s superficial Destroy All Humans moments.
  5. A very hard-to-find nod to Minecraft.

Again, if you want to know specifics, Google it, but I assure you these jokes are best experienced in-game.

In each instance when they appear, you’ll feel flattered for your ability to get the references, you’ll be amused at how the operative motto in the SR4 writing room appeared to be “We won’t say no,” and you’ll be giggling at the sheer absurdity of it. These scenes also show off how Volition really mixes up gameplay, with vastly different mechanics depending on the setting. And they’re gorgeous, painstakingly crafted moments from people who have clearly done nothing but ingest pop culture from the last 50 or so years regardless of quality. I thank them for their sacrifice.

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4 Comments on Saints Row 4 Preview: So Far, So Good, So Maybe

gasmaskangel

On July 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I’m a little jealous of all the game journalists who got their hands on the preview build because I’m really looking forward to SR4.

I understand why a lot of people had problems with SR3 and its wholesale embrace of wackiness, for awhile I was one of them. Then I happened to be in a foul mood one day and was going through my steam library looking for something to blow off steam and I noticed how many of my games take themselves too fecking seriously, how few seem to based on the idea of just having as much fun as possible. The last game I played all the way through was Metro Last Light and I don’t think I smiled once during the entire campaign.

I guess what I’m saying is if SR4 is a bloated retread of SR3, then at least its a bloated retread of something that was just pure balls to the wall fun.

mighty kids

On July 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm

did you ever get to play with the abduction gun in that new build ?

Dach

On July 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

Really . . . . Nolan North is the voice actor you alluded to.

Like it’s a supposed to be a surprise that Nolan North is in a video game?

Mccrackelz

On July 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

YOU GET A VESTIGIAL TAIL?! Wait…no, I gotta stop skimming.