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If there was any question in your mind what this week's Game of the Week was going to be then you clearly haven't been following my Twitter feed. Frankly, I'm hurt, but that's beside the point.

I've been enjoying Saints Row IV for the better part of a week now, and within an hour of playing I already knew I loved it. I was a big fan of Saints Row III to begin with, but given everything that went down with Volition and THQ over the past couple of years, along with the fact that much of this content had originally been intended as DLC for SRIII, I had been a little worried that IV would be the first step into decline for the series. I am happy to report that my fears were completely unfounded. Saints Row IV is more fun in almost every way than its predecessor.

But, if goofy fun in a grand open world isn't your kind of thing, this week also offers The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. The troubled XCOM game that was completely over-shadowed by the Firaxis reboot last year, and frankly that I never though would see the light of day, hits this week. More recent trailers for the game finally make it seem like its found its niche in the franchise, but I can't shake this bad feeling that it's not all going to pull together the way I would hope.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist, on the other hand, seems to be getting some decent pre-release buzz, and early reviews have been generally positive. It rounds out another surprisingly busy August release list.

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