A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Saints Row IV is an over-the-top game that lets you exercise superpowers, be the Commander in Chief, and kick some alien butt. It's a silly -- but violent and sexual -- game meant for adults only. You can kill aliens and humans (even innocent ones) with both traditional and fictional weapons and see ample amounts of blood. As you're a leader of the Saints gang, the game might be seen as glorifying gang life. The game has scenes of sexual courting, frontal nudity (but blurred-out in areas), and women with very revealing clothing. If that weren't enough, there are also scenes involving taking drugs and profanity-laden dialogue.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Despite some technical bugs -- which can be fixed with a downloadable update -- and some drab environments (not unlike in Saints Row: The Third), this adult game is a fun, silly, and action-heavy adventure in a sort of "guilty pleasure" kind of way. Between the zany story missions, humorous writing, and innovative combat abilities, Saints Row IV gets it mostly right -- if you take the game for what it is. Just when you think the action can't get more bizarre and intense, the talented developers at Volition throw in some extra twists, including robots, space stations, costumes, and unlockable superpowers. If you're of age, love shooters, and have a sense of humor, consider picking up this ridiculously fun but mature game.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, government, power structures
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation
Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, strategy
Communication: friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Deep Silver
- Release date: August 20, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Space and aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
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