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After the happenings of Saints Row: The Third, the Saints gang extended their reach and the protagonist became the President of the USA. Unfortunately during a press conference, disaster happens: aliens attack the White House, kidnap the Saints and trap each in their personal, indefinitely looping nightmare. Fortunately Kinzie, the group's hacker, rescues the protagonist and together they flee into a space ship with the goal to rescue the rest of the gang. The majority of the game it spent in an open world simulation of Steelport, the location of Saints Row: The Third. There is an extensive character creation which allows to tune every aspect of the protagonist's look and the choice between seven voices (three male, three female and Nolan North).

Saints Row IV continues the course of its predecessor into over-the-top action and humour. The twist of this game is that the protagonist receives super powers within the simulation, e.g. super jump, fast running or telekinesis, which help with moving fast and killing aliens which replace cops as law enforcement. Those powers make driving practically unnecessary, but the player may still hijack and use cars. Third-person fights with melee and ranged weapons still play an important role.

Like all Saints Row games, it features various side activities which can be activated in certain points of the game world. Then the game switches to the mini game and after completing it, the player is rated with either bronze, silver or gold medal depending on the performance. While some of the games are known from the predecessors, e.g. fraud or tank mayhem, the majority are new and are designed around the superpowers. For example, there is a race in which the player needs to solve a running course as fast as possible and another one requires to jump precisely on platforms. While those mini games were an essential part of the main mission line in previous Saints Row games, this time they are only required for the team members' side quests. The main storyline features varied missions which mostly involve moving to a point and killing everything in sight, but also various sequences parodying other genres like side-scrolling brawlers or top-down shooters. Additionally there are other side activities like collecting audio diaries or destroying the aliens' infrastructure points.

While the members of the team need to be saved from their nightmares in the simulation, they are physically trapped on the main alien ship. To save them, the protagonist visits the ship a few times during the main storyline without having superpowers available - but sometimes a mech instead. Otherwise, the real world only plays a minor role: the simulation can be exited to walk around the ship and talk to the team members. Besides starting missions, the only purpose is to parody the Mass Effect series and its romances.

Progressing in the game gives rewards: experience points (used to unlock personal upgrades like better damage resistance or more damage with certain weapons) and cache (used to purchase weapons, ammo and weapon upgrades) is rewarded for all actions in the game, but of course finishing missions and activities is most profitable. New super powers are automatically unlocked during the storyline, but they also have upgrades like sliding through the air after a super jump or more damage for blasts. These upgrades require another currency: small glowing balls which are all over the city and need to be collected. Some powers also can be modified in effect, e.g. the blast can be set to fire or ice. The mobile phone is used to requesting unlocked cars and unlocked homie helpers (the main crew receives super powers when finishing their side quests), looking on the map or playing licensed music in the background.

Multiplayer is either playing co-op during the campaign (the second player basically replaces the homie) or starting one of two competitive activities.


Saints Row IV Windows The crazy running and jumping are too hard to resist
Saints Row IV Windows Main menu
Saints Row IV Windows Dressed as a peg-legged pirate. Visiting a quiet, picturesque bar
Saints Row IV Windows Wreaking havoc in a robotic armor!

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Alternate Titles

  • "SRIV" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Saints Row Three Point Five" -- First working title
  • "Saints Row: The Third - Enter the Dominatrix" -- Second working title
  • "Saints Row: Part Four" -- Third working title
  • "Saints Row 3.5" -- First working title - alternate spelling

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Critic Reviews

Impulse Gamer Xbox 360 2013 9.8 out of 10 98 Windows Aug 28, 2013 9.5 out of 10 95
Polygon PlayStation 3 Aug 14, 2013 9 out of 10 90
games xtreme Xbox 360 Sep 03, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Aug 26, 2013 8.1 out of 10 81
Giant Bomb Windows Aug 14, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Spy PlayStation 3 Aug 14, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Aug 14, 2013 15 out of 20 75
TheSixthAxis PlayStation 3 Aug 14, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 3 Aug 20, 2013 6 out of 10 60


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Play this game! 4 Lain Crowley (6783)
May 07, 2014


Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition

Saint's Row IV has probably the most expensive limited edition ever released. It's known as the "The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition (or the Million Dollar Pack)" and no it is not a joke! The contents of this edition (as advertised by Deep Silver) include:
  • A copy of Saints Row IV: Commander in Chief Edition
  • Virgin Galactic Space Flight
  • Full-Size Replica Dub-Step Gun
  • Hostage Rescue Experience
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Spy Training Day
  • Personal Shopper
  • Capsule Wardrobe
  • 7 Nights at the Top Royal Suite at the Burj-Al-Arab, Dubai
  • A week for two at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC
  • First class flights to Washington, DC and Dubai
  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  • New Toyota Prius + 1 Years Insurance
  • A Years Super Car Membership
Apparently, only one unit of this edition was up for sale directly from Koch Media (owners of Deep Silver and Volition). According to Deep Silver Volition in 2020, nobody bought it.


  • Steam Awards
    • 2017 — The 'Suspension of Disbelief' Award — Nominated

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