Saints Row 4 was announced a little while ago with a very over the top trailer. I am a fan of the series, but what was said about the game following the trailer has made me slightly nervous. Volition, the developer of Saints Row has said that the game was originally intended to be Down-loadable Content (DLC) for Saints Row the Third, but they wanted to include so much stuff that they simply made it into a full game. This scares me a little because I am a practical person and want to get the most bang for my buck. If this game was originally just DLC, the amount that the game has been expanded is what is going to justify the price increase.
If you watched the trailer to Saints Row 4, then you will know that the game looks just as fun as the games that came before it. There looks to be super powers and odd weapons, which is in line with the direction of the series, which has gotten more and more goofy as the games progressed. From what I have heard, the game is going to focus around the third street saints, and follow them as they make a push for the White House. This will make the game interesting because the President has always been someone who is a law-abiding citizen and the saints have not always been ones to follow the law. So how this plays into the game will make it interesting.
So now that you have the background of what is going to take place in the game, we can talk about how much bang we can get out of it. The other Saints Row games have been pretty in-depth and had several different side missions as well as huge maps. Will there be a return of missions from the other games? I simply wonder this because the missions have only changed slightly from game to game, but now because the player is trying to take over a country , will these missions be changed? If the player is going to become the President, does this mean we will get to go to different cities? And if the game takes place over several cities, how big will these cities be, and how much can a player do in each city?
When the developer talked about the game there is not a whole lot to worry about, but when you look at what has been shown, it is a different story. The trailer looked very much like Saints Row the Third but with some more goofy stuff added. I have no problem with goofiness in fact it is what made me a huge fan of the series. But if all that is changed is the plot and the gear that you get, then I will have a serious problem having to drop $60.
Sequels don’t have to be completely different from its predecessors, after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, there needs to be enough content to justify the cost of a full game. With the Saints Row series, the games have not only looked better and better as the series has gone on, but they added and changed the game enough that it is almost unrecognizable going from game to game. With going from Saints Row the Third to Saints Row 4, I don’t know if there is going to be that significant jump in the look and feel.
Without that significant change though, there still may be enough content change that the price change is warranted. I mean, there are going to be super powers! Just adding super powers and changing the plot may be enough for the game to be different enough that it will see a change in the price. I’m personally going to wait until more information comes out about the game to make a final decision about whether it is going to be worth spending $60 on something that was originally going the be DLC.
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