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Saints Row 4 developers respond to Cliff Bleszinski comment during Reddit AMA

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Posted by: Tate Steinlage

Saints Row 4 is certainly a unique game. It’s not everyday that developers are producing a game that includes a dildo, dubstep rifle and power up that allows you to run one-hundred miles per hour up the side of a building, but that’s exactly what makes Volition’s upcoming sandbox game, well, so interesting.

In fact, the team’s development and PR antics have swung people in all sorts of directions, including that of Cliff Bleszinski, former Gears of War developer, who criticized the usage of the infamous dildo in the game via Twitter.

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During a recent Reddit AMA, Saints Row 4 senior producer Jim Boone and design director Scott Phillip responded to Bleszinski’s comments using Hollywood as an example, while echoing the type of game Saints Row 4 is compared to Grand Theft 5, though Rockstar's title wasn't specifically named .

"I think of this along the lines of motion pictures," Boone said.

"I just can't imagine Hollywood suddenly deciding that movies like The Hangover shouldn't come out because it is immature. Sure, it may not win an Oscar, but it sure is funny as hell and amazingly entertaining. People won't all feel the same way about that movie as I do, but that doesn't mean the movie shouldn't be made."

"[Bleszinski] said he felt SR would've been better if it had been a Michael Mann/Heat-esque bank robbery type of game. Somebody else already makes that game and spends four times as much money to make it with a staff four times our size," Phillips added.

"We need to make Saints Row, not a game someone else is already making. As Jim said earlier, you wouldn't want to see the same movie over and over again; sometimes you need a drama and sometimes you need a comedy, and Saints Row delivers something that players clearly want and aren't getting elsewhere."

Does Cliff Bleszinski have a point, or do you side with Phillip and Boone? Let us know by commenting below.

Source: [Reddit AMA]

Tags: Saints Row 4, SR4, gaming, video games, Saints Row, Volition, Reddit, AMA

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