Achievement Preview Spotlight: Saints Row IV

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Shhh!!! Can you hear that? It's that glorious sound... almost like a chorus of techno angels crossed with the sound of a titanium golf club perfectly striking a ball, and mixed together with just a hint of dubstep and a faint echo of the "Achievement Unlocked" sound.

That's right, gamers, we've finally (FINALLY!) gotten to the good part of the year. The wasteland of summer has passed us and we have officially hit the sweet spot where all (well, most) of the year's most anticipated retail games begin to drop. Next week we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR big games to feast upon. As such, it was a really hard decision picking out which one to feature in the Achievement Preview Spotlight... but then I got smacked around with an over-sized sex toy and the decision became apparent.

We're talkin' Saints Row IV.

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The game has been in the hands of reviewers for a few weeks already, and we've got a gracious look at all of the achievements. Of the 50 achievements in SRIV, only three of them are secret and can easily be revealed at this time, so completionists can get a full preview before deciding to buy. With a game in a series as patently nuts and fun as Saints Row, I'm going to hold Volition to a pretty high standard in terms of achievement wackiness and creativity. Let's see if they hit the mark, shall we?

I'm going to kick things off with a look at an achievement that almost gives the achievement team an instant fail... if only so things can go up from here on.

Saintified in Saints Row IV
Saintified18 (10)
Create and share a character online.

Look, both you and I know that these achievements are gimmes. They're easy points. That doesn't make them right. With an open-world action title like this, your focus should be on having fun in the world and going nuts, not spending time uploading a character. While there are a ridiculous amount of customization options (and you already have access to the Inauguration Station that allows you to create your character early and/or download your character from Saints Row: The Third to use in SRIV) this achievement space could have been better used on something absolutely nuts.

Speaking of absolutely nuts, this next achievement is more like it.

Don't Look Down in Saints Row IV
Be airborne during Super Jumps for a combined 10 minutes of gameplay.

I think it's safe to assume that a lot of you will be Super Jumping your way through SRIV, meaning that this achievement should pop relatively early. Its super-low ratio amongst those with an early copy is pretty much indicative of the fact that this is going to be ridiculously easy... and fun.

Continuing on the ridiculously fun route, this next achievement may take some grinding, but I will almost promise you that it will be worth it.

Where's My Cape? in Saints Row IV
Purchase all Super Power upgrades.

Yes... yes... yes... The only way this could have been better titled is if it were called, "Sylar Who?"

I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but I think most of us can agree that having a maxed-out super hero character is going to be not just awesome, but wicked awesome.

You don't get to the fourth game in a series without building up some lore, some stories, and a backlog of friends. This next achievement has to be direct result of that.

Back in the Day in Saints Row IV
Spend 2 hours outside of missions with past Saints Row characters as your homies

With such a nutso game, you'll probably want a small spot of downtime, making this achievement a little attractive. For those who don't need no stinkin' downtime, I assume you can just idle-box this for two hours while you go sky-surfing, or sharknadoing, or whatever.

While hunting down collectibles can suck, the title of this achievement makes it worth mentioning and praising.

Ooo A Piece of Candy! in Saints Row IV
Find 100 Data Clusters.

If you don't know what this is about... well... enjoy about 45 seconds of non-sequitur.

When it comes to the achievement destined to have the biggest ratio, there are several candidates, but I'm going to go out on a semi-shaky limb and give this pop the leader position in the clubhouse.

The Challenge King in Saints Row IV
Complete ALL of the Challenges.

Without seeing the full challenge list, this bet is speculative at best and there are other very-high-value pops out there, but knowing the nature of open-world games one can guess that there will be a good list of challenges and some of them will be quite ridiculous.

Speaking of those other high-value achievements, your eyes should splash to I Am Become Death (Kill 1000 Aliens with any combination of Super Powers), The Whole Story (Find ALL Audio Logs), Experimental Tech (Kill 25 Aliens with each: Dubstep, InflatoRay, Bounce Gun, Disintegrator, Abduction, and Black Hole), and Fourth and Forty (Spend over 40 hours in the Simulation)... yes, you read that right 40 hours. That final pop almost got the Grand Poobah award, but the way I see it, 40 hours is not ridiculous for a game like this and, if any of you guys were really hard up to pop it, you can probably idle-box it while curling, crocheting, or extreme dog grooming... I seriously have no idea what you kids do with your time.

It almost goes without saying that when it comes to a game like this, achievements are almost (almost) secondary to running around and going nuts, which I assume most of you will be doing the second Saints Row IV drops next week.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.