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: Saints Row (PS5) – Seriously Dumb Fun Outweighs Dated Open World

The old dusty trail.

Believe it or not, it’s been nine whole years since Saints Row IV, and to be honest, not much has changed (minus the superpowers and alien invaders, obviously). The simply titled Saints Row is a reboot of the series, sporting an entirely new setting, new characters, and a fresh story — but the gameplay structure that the property has been peddling since day one remains. At its core, it’s a mission-based, third-person shooter with a sandbox setting — but this is a sandbox that feels like it’s flew straight in from the PS3 era of open world design.

The map becomes increasingly coated in activity icons as you progress through the main narrative, to the point where the map screen actually stops displaying certain types of markers, and moves them to their own separate tab. Here in 2022, it comes across as overkill — the kind of bloat that would make even a Ubisoft title blush. But through its consistently over-the-top gameplay and penchant for stupidity, Saints Row just about manages to get away with its brazen content padding.

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