Saints Row IV Re-Elected

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Ridiculous, ribald action game full of mature content.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Though you're trying to save your friends and humanity, you do so by causing lots of mayhem and killing plenty of enemies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though you're fighting for your friends and the human race, you do so by killing numerous people.

Ease of Play

Simple controls that are easy to learn, though some moves take getting used to.


Gameplay is an almost non-stop shootout. There are lots of firearms and melee weapons used, against humans, aliens, and other opponents. The game shows frequent splashes of blood and gore, and screams from enemies are heard when killed.


There's nudity, dirty jokes, and sexual innuendo throughout the game. Many female characters are scantily dressed, and players can create a character with little clothing on.


There's frequent use of "f--k," "motherf--ker," "a--hole," "s--t," and other profanity through dialogue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters frequently drink or use drugs. They also frequently talk about drinking or using drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saints Row IV Re-Elected is a ribald, over-the-top open-world action game for The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The game is like Grand Theft Auto crossed with uncensored episodes of Family Guy and South Park. Players use a variety of weapons, including machine guns and ray guns, to kill numerous aliens, humans, and other enemies. The game's full of dirty jokes and sexual innuendo, and players can even create characters that barely wear anything. Characters also frequently drink and use drugs, or they talk about controlled substances. The Nintendo Switch edition also includes all 25 previously downloadable content packs that had been previously released for the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThatsmeandhim July 13, 2016

Not that bad!

A lot of people say over the top I was skeptical about it at first to but then my son showed me the story I said NO but then he said I'll just free roam be... Continue reading
Parent Written by15uckd1cks March 2, 2016


this game may be a little hard to grasp at first but I think that its ok for children. I think us adults underestimate out kids influences most kids know exactl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNumber42 XC September 23, 2020

good game, cursing, shooting, sexual content.

Everything GTA has, just very mild and with constant dark humor.
Teen, 16 years old Written byLooPooTheGreat May 11, 2020

Take it from someone who has actually played the game

It isn't overly violent, some blood and sometimes enemies explode into blood but the violence is in a comical style and not gory.
As for sexual content, al... Continue reading

What's it about?

SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED is a remastered version of the open-world action game with slightly better graphics and all of its downloadable content previously released for the title. You play the leader of a street gang who's been elected president of the United States, which is why you get blamed when aliens land on Earth and enslave humanity. But when you realize that you've been placed in a computer program à la the Matrix movies, you start to rebel against your alien overlords by becoming a trigger-happy superhero. Since it includes all of the downloadable content as well, this included tons of new weapons, costumes, and missions, like breaking out of virtual prisons and saving Christmas from being ended.

Is it any good?

Similar to Grand Theft Auto if it didn't take itself so seriously, these games are ludicrous, over-the-top, open-world action games. That not only means that in Saints Row IV: Re-elected you can go wherever you like, but there's probably something fun to do when you get there, be it a race, a gunfight, a challenge to your reflexes, or a collectible to, well, collect. But the addition of superpowers makes these games twice as fun, since you can now run like the Flash, jump like the Hulk, and blow away your enemies like Deadpool. What's also fantastic is that there's loads of additional content for players to dive into here, thanks to the inclusion of 25 downloadable game packs. Saints Row has always been known to have wild, over the top outfits, but now, you can wear pirate outfits, fight your way through a virtual prison, and find yourself in other crazy situations. 

Though the game is fun, it's also got some issues. Being superpowered, for instance, sometimes makes individual fights way too easy. You also end up doing the same things over and over, which makes it best played in small doses. Another thing that players should be aware of, especially if they're playing the Nintendo Switch version, is that the Joy-cons aren't as accurate as you would need them to be during hectic firefights. The best suggestion is to only play this game with the Pro controller, because otherwise you'll feel like you're constantly fighting to maneuver your character. If you can overlook these problems though, and you're looking for a mature, snarky adventure, Saints Row IV: Re-elected should get your vote.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the violence in Saints Row Iv: Re-elected affected by the fact that you're fighting aliens instead of humans? If so, why do you feel this way? Should you feel differently? Does it make a difference that some of the creatures are people, too?

  • How far would you go to save a friend? What about your family? What about the whole human race?

  • Which superpower would you like to have, and what would you use it to do?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love action

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