As you've probably all known, I am a fan of the "Saints Row" franchise, but at the same time, I am very disappointed and let down by SR 3 and 4. I'm not saying those games aren't fun - they're certainly more fun and less disappointing than fucking "GTAIV". But this new direction the franchise is headed in is absolutely stupid. It's losing the whole gangster theme, which was what drew me to the goddamn franchise in the first place. Now they're turning it into yet another stupid sci-fi game to satisfy all the nerds - as if we don't have enough fucking sci-fi games already. At this point in the continuity of the story the Earth has been blown up so any chance of the game returning to its gangster roots has gone completely out the window. Volition better get their shit together and make the game like it used to be. Apparently they decided it would be better to take out everything that made "Saints Row" what it was to begin with and make it so that it only satisfies sci-fi geeks. (I'm not dissing sci-fi, I just don't like it as much as crime-themed video games.)
When I saw previews of "Saints Row the Third" I was very disappointed by the gangs. The gangs were stupid; they all looked like a bunch of Batman rejects. "SR4" SORT-OF made up for that mistake by having alien characters take on the forms of the Vice Kings, the Sons of Samedi and the Ronin. But other than that, it had a really stupid letdown ending and a weak cast of all-new characters. But of course the third and fourth titles drew me to them like a fly to a pile of shit with their fancy graphics, customization features and play controls.
I will say this though: at least "Gat out of Hell" was fucking awesome. I haven't finished it yet, but it still had so many improvements - one of which being that the city the game took place in wasn't as ugly and dull as Steelport. But at this point, I don't even want to see where the next game in this series will take place. Volition should just do the respectful thing and kill this fucking franchise already.