Saints Row IV is a Mass Effect parody that wants to be a Sonic game. Pretensions to being an open-world crime simulator are finally revealed to be just that — pretensions. There are many games packed in here and very few of them care to make much use of the game’s supposedly core mechanics.
Luckily, all of those different games are pretty well done and the parody is hilarious. Does that make it right? Let’s talk about it.