Holy shit. Ho-lee-.
I couldn't believe my eyes. Goddamn Saints of Rage?! That they actually managed to replicate a mostly functional 2D side-scroller is one thing, but what especially impressed was how you still play as your character; no generic avatar, no default set of clothing, your entire appearance is replicated to a tee in its charming, pixelated style.
Franky the more and more I've gotten into SRIV the deeper I fall in love with it. Even though we all knew Gat was set to return, they done a great job in building it up by not only leaving him as your last recruit, but by playing the perfectly dramatic music as you bulldoze through a legion of Zin troops in your
robot power armour. Witnessing the pieces of Gat's own escape from his cell, to finally being greeted by the man himself was just so perfectly set up.
His omission, for as much as it sucked amidst SRTT, actually placed kinda helped in placing Gat into a sort of Legendary status, and it really got me pumped to finally be reunited with him. Explaining his disappearance via a premature abduction was also pretty cheap, yet still kinda brilliant and hilarious.
And I thought nothing could top the nerdgasm that Benjamin Motherfucking King's recruitment mission could bestow... Being invested in all of these characters and their story threads across the 3 prior games, it makes what is already a great game all the greater, and its overwhelming amount of fanservice throughout snippets of dialogue, to the audio logs, to all of the recruitment stuff...
I fucking love you, Saints Row IV. And there's still so much more left for me to uncover!
Oh, and Saints Row IV has sold over a million copies, and boy does it deserve it. I'll be sure to blindly buy the Enter the Dominatrix DLC once it becomes available, too. Despite the series' rocky quality level with DLC, I'd be OK in paying for it anyway regardless of how it turns out just as a means of giving a little extra thanks.