Saint Row Review: How Not to Make Open World Games

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Saint Row — a reboot of the beloved franchise created by Deep Silver Volition — had regained the trust of their fans after an initial reveal that seemed to worry them too much. The developers were able to create some buzz with a successful trailer, which made fans excited for its release. Now, after spending more than a week with the game — Saints Row releases on August 23rd for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X — I’m afraid to say that the fandom’s initial fears have come true. This new take on a life of crime for Saints is devoid of all the quirky features that really made it stand out and set itself apart from Rockstar’s GTA games.

The Saints returned to a new setting, the city of Santo Ileso. But it would have been better if they had stayed at home and thought about this trip. This may have prevented them from falling flat on their faces. Saint Row Puts you in the shoes of the boss. After being fired from a private military gig and your housemates abandoned by their gangs, you and your crew set out to set up your own criminal empire as saints.

Saint Row Offers multiple customization options for bosses, vehicles and weapons. I spent hours creating a library of custom designs for my character. Vehicle and weapon customization is also highly detailed. You can spend a lot of your time in the customization menu, which is probably the most fulfilling aspect of the game.

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Saint Row Review: Campaign and Crew

Saint Row An intriguing note begins with the betrayal of the boss and the destruction of Saint HQ. However, we go back in time to experience the events leading up to that moment. This premise could have been charming if your character motivations and your crew weren’t so shallow. The game fails to keep track of your progress as you increase the infamy of the Saints. For example, you can set up your criminal venture anywhere in the city as soon as you have the ability to build it. There’s no competition for ground with rival gangs, which I felt was a missed opportunity.

Just by sticking to the main mission, you will be able to complete Saint Row Promotion in about 15 hours. You can also set up a number of criminal enterprises throughout Santa Ileso, including the fan-favorite insurance fraud from previous games. The rest, however, involve either clearing waves of enemies or stealing vehicles. In fact, most of the story missions also fall into these two categories, making the entire game feel like a grind once you’re 4-5 hours into your playthrough.

Joining you on this journey is a new crew consisting of Nina, Ellie and Kevin. Each of these characters has a unique trait — Nina is your getaway driver/mechanic, Ellie serves as the brains of the operation, and Kevin is a party-throwing DJ/chef with tons of connections in Santa Aliso. The Saint Row The developer tries to add this deep bond of friendship between us and these characters, but never goes too deep into our history with them.

Saint Row Neither explores the characters themselves. After the introductory mission, they are there to send you on your next mission, or help you in battle if you choose to call. I never felt attached to my crew and the game never tried to take care of me.

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Saint Row Review: Graphics and Gameplay

Saint Row Not a visually-appealing game. It goes for the on-brand cartoony characters, but the world around them is dull. The game has many lighting issues. Draw distance isn’t all that great either, with things falling out of your field of view at times. It looks like a game that belonged to the previous console generation.

Disappointingly, it’s not just the graphics that feel dated — the gameplay is also stuck in the past. Saint Row You just have to stand in the open and exchange fire with the AI ​​which is brain dead even on higher difficulty. There are a few enemy types, ranging from grunts to armored mini-bosses, but most can be easily dispatched without much of a challenge. Also, firing is not satisfactory Saint Row — Even with improvements, they seem inaccurate and rarely do any damage.

You also get tons of special moves and an execution meter that fills up during battle. This execution helps you regain health, but ages after a few hours and breaks the flow of combat. Additionally, the animation can be choppy at times which makes this implementation look awkward. This unrelenting combat is definitely the biggest obstacle to enjoying it Saint RowI would have followed the grinding missions to expand my criminal empire, but the combat is boring to say the least.

Saint Row Not even a polished game. I’ve experienced game crashes, artifacts popping up on the screen, allies magically appearing in vehicles — the list goes on. Even my save files were corrupted after I spent a few hours in the game. There’s also a bug that stops your controls from working during missions, which was especially irritating because it caused me to lose mission progress several times.

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I had the most fun Saint Row His vehicle was in combat. Side swiping police or gang cars and watching them explode never got old for me. The easy drifting made me choose cars over wingsuits or helicopters most of the time. That said, most vehicles handle pretty much the same and all can easily drift. So, I’ve never been interested in building a car collection, because any vehicle can do the job.

Saint Row Review: Final decision

Despite calling itself a reboot, Saint Row Not surpassed by its predecessors. The game plays like a PS3-era title in every sense of the word. It’s not a polished product either — corrupt saves, crashes, visual glitches and bugs mar the experience at times.

The Saint Row The campaign starts off on an interesting note, but then fails to grab you completely without the tension and stakes. Adding to the misery is a bunch of drab characters that fail to appeal to any real emotion from the player.

There are some ups and downs Saint Row However, you can spend hours in the customization menu to decorate your characters, vehicles and weapons. The ability to store multiple character designs for your boss and switch them on the fly is a nice touch that most players will appreciate.

It’s mostly fun to wander around the desert landscape and city streets of Santo Ileso. Wingsuit also adds an exciting element to traversal Saint Rowhowever, most vehicles handle similarly and vehicle noises are less audible.

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Saints Row’s biggest failing in my opinion is the combat. The guns just don’t feel accurate and aren’t fun to shoot. Additionally, hand-to-hand combat is only present as an afterthought. The newly added executions look exciting at first, but become annoying and constantly break the flow of combat.

I really hoped to enjoy a life of crime Saint Row And the few moments where it clicked were hilarious. But, overall, it’s not a pleasant experience — not even if you decide to sell it. I recommend you sit this one out and save yourself both time and money.


  • Deep customization options
  • Running cars never get old
  • Fast loading times


  • Uninspired mission design
  • A drab supporting character
  • Shooting weapons is not fun
  • Execution breaks the flow of combat
  • Game breaking bugs, visual glitches
  • Graphics look old

Rating (out of 10): 4

we played Saint Row On a PC with AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7GHz, AMD RX570 8GB and 16GB RAM.

Saint Row can be purchased through on PC Epic Games Store Rs. 1,859 for Available on PlayStation Store Rs. 3,999 for PS4 and PS5. Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X users get the game for Rs. can buy in 3,999 onwards xbox store,


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