Saints Row has made a huge impact in the gaming industry as this bizarre yet unique action-adventure RPG title like GTA, but a lot more crazy. And with no new GTA title to be released any time soon, it’s like a perfect time for Saints Row to fill in the gap. And that’s exactly what the developers had in mind but even before its release, people were absolutely bashing the game.
There have been a lot of heated arguments going around all over the internet about how the Saints Row 2022 remake has just made things worse. And it seems the arguments go beyond the game’s initial bugs and glitches. People are worried it’s going to be yet another Cyberpunk 2077 in 2022.
So, what exactly went wrong and why is Saints Row getting so much hate? Let’s find out!
What Went Wrong?
When Saints Row, the original, was released back in the day, everyone just considered it yet another GTA clone with a different story and crazy gameplay mechanics. But with new entries in the series, players grew to like the game for its humor, which sometimes got edgy but nothing too woke. The gameplay mechanics also grew more insane but the story kinda made sense.
This is what attracted a lot of players to buy Saints Row in the first place and now with the reboot, developers are trying to build upon it. But it seems, they might have overdone a thing or two, because players are not happy. Many have criticized the game for being “too woke”, by having this kinda dark sense of humor that they find offensive in many ways.
And to be honest, this is not the first time that Saints Row has gone over the top with its humor that often makes female characters subject to violence and disrespect. Personally, I think the humor in the reboot felt a little overused and out of place. The jokes felt quite obvious and forced, which made them lose weight.
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But there’s more to it, players are also not happy with the new cast of characters in the game as they didn’t resonate with the whole flow of the game when showcased in the first minutes by Volition. But that wouldn’t be fair to judge too quickly before the game’s release. There are a lot of things from the original Saints Row games that are still there, like the absurd, over-the-top gameplay mechanics, subtle jokes hidden in the environment, thrilling combat, and tons of fun side activities.
However, I think this criticism is a result of all the bottled anger that many Saints Row fans have been trying to keep down since all the changes that they’ve experienced in Saints Row 3 and 4. And finally, before the game was even released, they were letting it all out, and well, some of the arguments are quite valid because Saints Row has actually been covering some of the racist and sexist stuff by justifying it with humor.