Grand Theft Auto IV took the award-winning series in a new direction, but that didn't exactly please everyone.
It's why we asked if you thought GTAV should erturn to its cartoony roots , and recommended that if you like that zany, unabashed style, you should check out Saints Row: The Third .
Interestingly enough, if you're a fan of Volition's over-the-top, completely unrealistic craziness, you'll be happy to know that Saints Row 4 (you know there's gonna be one) will be very much the same. According to what Volition design director Scott Phillips told BeefJack , fans don't have to worry about Saints Row going all gritty and authentic like GTA.
"I think with The Third we’ve definitely defined the sort of game we want to make. This is the open world we want – we want our players having fun when playing our games, and we want that to be our focus as a studio and as the Saints Row team."
When asked if the next title would amp up the insanity to even higher levels, Phillips said that as developers, they have to take the next step. And that step involves more totally offensive (in a good way) content, and not a switch to the hardcore realism we might find in GTAV. Finished Phillips:
"I mean, I think you always have to take the next game to the next level, you want to maintain the feeling of the previous game but expand it in new directions. And I’m sure we’ll come up with ideas that will push that boundary."
Well, it's nice to have contrasting sandbox games, don't you think? A little something for everyone. Volition and THQ will keep enticing you with ridiculously loopy street violence and pornstars, while GTA will go all epic and dramatic on your ass. Nothing wrong with either.