Saints Row review: A toothless reboot

Saints Row specs

Platforms: PC (reviewed), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Google Stadia
Price: $60
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Genre: Open-world, Action/adventure

The new Saints Row strips away the series’ signature excesses in favor of a more toned-down open-world affair. While you won’t face off against alien invaders or take a trip into Hell, there are still plenty of over-the-top moments, reminiscent of the franchise’s latter installments. Given how outlandish the series had become, I understand the need to pare things back. Unfortunately, the franchise’s identity has been all but lost in the process.

Saints Row is somewhat difficult for me to review. I’ve been a fan since the second installment, and always enjoyed how each entry tried to outdo Grand Theft Auto in terms of raunchy humor and ridiculous action sequences. The core gameplay this time around provides decent fun, but the bland, uninteresting characters and overall timid story prevented me from fully enjoying myself. That feeling admittedly stems from my expectations for the series, but even on its own, Saints Row is serviceable at best — and somewhat boring at worst.

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