Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

OUT NOW / PS4, XBOX ONE DE­SIGN­ERS Anoop Shekar, Ryan Mc­cabe CAST Cherise Boothe, Mark Allan Ste­wart, Me­lanie Minichino, Salli Saf­fi­oti

A SAINTS Row spin-off, which should give fans of the se­ries some in­di­ca­tion of what to ex­pect — wall-to-wall third-per­son shoot­ing ac­tion (with the odd bit of driv­ing, ex­plor­ing and plat­form­ing thrown into the mix), spec­tac­u­lar boss-bat­tles, hu­mour of the toi­let-ori­ented va­ri­ety, pre­pos­ter­ously pow­er­ful guns and lots of ex­plo­sions. But here the game­play has been reimag­ined as a squad shooter al­though, bizarrely, it re­mains sin­gle player only. Still, the game’s core — shoot­ing the hell out of stuff to make it spec­tac­u­larly blow up — is sat­is­fy­ing to the point of cathar­sis. And while it’s never par­tic­u­larly smart, there’s the def­i­nite sense it’s the sort of game that will de­velop a cult fol­low­ing in the years to come.

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