The Digest had a short hiatus last month—in part because we all took vacations at various times, but mostly because we struggled to find three July releases that we wanted to talk about at length on videotape. August was a different beast. The struggle this time was narrowing the lineup down to just three titles, but we ended up with three very strong and very different games. First up is Saints Row IV, the satirical open-world game that I reviewed shortly after its release. Drew and I talk about the accessible nature of Saints Row’s satire and debate how much time is appropriate to spend in the game’s goofy character customization interface.
“Back to school” is the theme for the digestibles this week, and first up is Smucker’s PB&J-ables or whatever the hell they’re called. It’s an oversized ravioli of white bread with peanut butter and jelly inside. I should note that these sandwiches are supposed to be kept in the freezer and then thawed on a careful schedule in advance of eating. Instead, we threw them in the refrigerator a few hours before shooting—something the package specifically tells you not to do—and hoped that they would end up close enough to edible. We did this because we were busy and did not feel that eating pre-packaged peanut butter sandwiches should be more trouble than just making the sandwiches ourselves. We apologize to Smucker’s for the patently unfair conditions of this food-item “review.”
Here’s a fun fact! (The fact itself is not much fun, but it is a fact about fun.) In a subtle send-up of the video game industry’s “sequel-itis,” each sequel to Saints Row has had a different numbering scheme. There was Saints Row 2 (arabic numeral), Saints Row: The Third (written ordinal number), and now Saints Row IV (Roman numeral). How will the fifth Saints Row game be numbered? They’re running out of options!