The gameplay trailer that Rockstar released yesterday for Grand Theft Auto V was all kinds of impressive, and hype levels are unsurprisingly at critical mass. We’re swept up in it, too, and we gave five reasons why — if you had to pick just one — to choose GTA V over Saints Row IV.
But that wouldn’t be looking at the whole story, would it? After all, Saints Row IV still looks amazing. Given a set number of the right reasons — maybe five? — it might even be the open-world game to go with when it releases in a few short weeks.
Be Who You Really Want to Be
GTA V will feature three playable protagonists, and with Rockstar’s track record they’re probably going to be compelling, well-written characters. Michael, Franklin, and Trevor are hardly a beacon of diversity, though — all men, two of them white. Not terribly exciting, that.
If you want to play as someone that’s more you, Saints Row IV is the only way to go. Male, female, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, and anything in between is fair game, and that’s barely scratching the surface. About the only thing that you can’t change is the fact that you’re playing as President of the United States, but why would you? I mean…
Keith David is Your Vice President
Keith David has been certifiably badass in a number of different film and television roles for over 30 years, but gamers might know him best as the voice of Captain David Anderson in the Mass Effect series, or the Arbiter in Halo 2 and 3. He’s got a voice that’ll grow hair on your knuckles and brow just by hearing it, and this concentrated mass of machismo is your Number Two.
We can’t stress enough how amazing this is. Do you know how many other games, shows, and movies can claim Keith David in the role of vice president? Literally none. Keith David as Vice President Keith David. He’s barely even playing a character!
Grand Theft Auto always has a wide range of weapons and copious amounts of ammunition to match, but how crazy does it really get? Miniguns, rockets, and tanks are great, but they’re hardly unique.
Saints Row IV has some of the craziest weapons we’ve seen this side of a Ratchet & Clank game. The Inflate-o-ray lets you inflate an enemy’s head to preposterous proportions. The dubstep gun allows you to load dubstep into one end and shoot dubstep out the other. A goddamn ‘Merica Weapon. That’s to say nothing of the fact that you have superpowers that let you jump, run, and glide all over the city with ease.