Glad I'm not the only one who thought SR4 was best. I know that SR3 reviewed better on console, but 4's PC version has the highest meta in the whole series at 86. 4 was an absolute blast to play between the superpowered gameplay and the humor. I wish they'd give it a remaster like 3 got just so I could play it for a 3rd time and still get achievements for it.
I really think they are making a mistake if the SR5 leak is true and they are retconning 4 and making 5 a more serious game. They teased a great time travel plotline at the end of 4, why waste that? There is so much potential there between time travel into the past and into the future, so many different settings they could do with different maps, gameplay and combat styles in different time periods. You could bring the powers back for futuristic settings using the super-power mech suit from the end of 4, or write some kind of super-power serum into the storyline. The sky is the limit with Saints, it's not like fans take the writing all that seriously, the fans just want to have fun.