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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2008-10-17 / Published by THQ

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      13.06.2012 11:04
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      its not a techniclly amazing game but is just fun and thats all i needs to be

      Saints row 2 if you dont know is an RPG that is most similar to grand theft auto. Liberty city is replaced by steelport and Niko bellic is replaced by a customised character of your choice. The game begins from the end of saints row when you go to jail and slip into a coma. Saints row 2 sees you waking up in jail where you choose your character and begin the first mission. Jailbreak.

      First of all the character creation is one of the best in a game i have seen. You can change anything. Fat, thin, bearded, cockney, monkey suit. Its the first indication that Saints row 2 is saying to you do whatever the f**k you want.

      The first mission sees you grabbing a shotgun, killing about 50 prison gaurds then jumping in a boat with a 50 cal from and shooting down police choppers on the way from the alcatraz like prison island. The first impressions i got were well it doesn't look amazing, compared to gta 4 it is far below the bar but then that doesnt matter because you rarely have time to stop and take in the view. you will be too busy killing hookers or pimp slapping pedestrians. In any case i think games have lost the plot a bit recently. If i wanted to play an ultra realistic version of life i would turn off my playstation, i play games to emmerce myself in a fantasy world where anything is possible.

      The missions like any RPG with the main story missions and many more side missions. The difference here is that you need to fill up your respect bar before you can continue playing main story missions. That might seem like an annoying system but personally i don't mind when the side missions see you hurting yourself for money, driving a rubbish truck and spraying s**t all over the city and taking an attack helicopter to escort a drug dealer. I did not get bored at any point in the game and got about 30 hours of gameplay out of the game.

      The story is nothing special and neither are the characters arn't much better but none of that to me matter. If you want to play a game in which you have to think tacticlly and looks amazing don't go for this. But this game involves no thinking, just plain fun.

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      21.05.2011 00:18
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      Better than Grand Theft Auto 4 by far.

      Could Saints Row 2 be the new Grand Theft Auto? It's entirely possible, because whereas Grand Theft Auto 4 was a more realistic game than its predecessors, Saints Row 2 showcases all the explosions, humour and general silliness that made the Grand Theft Auto series fun. Saints Row 2 takes place six years after the events of the previous game, which saw the game's protagonist apparently killed in an explosion. But as it turns out, they survived the explosion, instead ending up in a coma. They wake up to find that Stillwater, the city where the game takes place, has a changed a lot. A huge corporation, Ultor, has taken over much of the city, and the parts that they don't own are run by three gangs. Unsurpisingly, the protagonist doesn't take too kindly to this, and decides to put things right.

      Which is where you come in. Playing as either a male or female character, you have to take back the city, piece by piece, mission by mission, till your gang reigns supreme. Your character isn't exactly an upstanding citizen, but I guess if you'd been betrayed and blown up by your former gang, you'd be a little annoyed too. I should warn you that Saints Row 2 is not for the faint of heart. While much of the violence is over the top and almost cartoon like, there's a few nasty moments. My personal favourite is the moment when one of the gang leaders ends up being tricked into running over his own girlfriend in a monster truck. That's not to say they didn't have it coming, though - many of the characters in this game are such nasty pieces of work, your own character included, that their demises can only make the virtual world of Stillwater a better place.

      Like Grand Theft Auto 4, Saints Row 2 is an open world game. You can roam around the city at will, either on foot, or in any number of cars you can 'borrow' from passing drivers. You can go swimming or steal a boat, and take to the air in a helicopter or plane and parachute back down to earth. You can't leave the city as such, but it's such a huge place you really won't want to. In fact there's just so much to do in Saints Row 2 - there are a huge range of activities you can participate in. You can roam around the city devaluing propert with the use of a sewage truck, cause as much destruction as you can, try to make money by faking an accident and generally get up to as much mayhem as you see fit. Okay, you can't take virtual friends bowling, but why would you want to when there's so much more fun stuff to do. And you can spend ages customising your character by buying clothes and other items from the in game stores. There's even a 'zombie uprising' game you can play which pits you against ever increasing waves of the living dead.

      Should you eventually get round to undertaking the actual missions, you'll find that they're every bit as much fun as the activities. They're challenging, though you never feel you've hit a brick wall, and can have you doing pretty much anything at all. The stronghold missions from the last game have also been improved - previously, if you wanted to take over an enemy gang's stronghold, you had to go in and kill all the gang members. Which was fun once, but it got pretty tedious when you did it for the tenth time. But this time around, each enemy stronghold also has its own unique mission which, when completed, with give you control of that territory which it turn funnels money into your bank account. There's also a very nifty drop-in drop-out co-op mode which lets someone on another Playstation 3 jump into the game and help you out if you do find yourself getting stuck, which again is a huge improvement from the previous game.

      Admittedly, Saints Row 2 doesn't look quite as Grand Theft Auto 4, but it does come close. The city looks fantastic, especially at night, with the various neon signs turned on. The frame rate's pretty respectable too, even when there's a lot going on onscreen. Which is definitely a good thing, since the game is geared towards causing mayhem and having things judder to a halt the when you cause a massive explosion just wouldn't do. Saints Row 2 also excels sonically - the voice overs acting is all top notch, and the game's soundtrack is great too. What's especially surprising is that there are six different voices for your character, three male and three female, meaning the same set of dialogue had to be recorded six times. Saints Row 2 has clearly been a labour of love for its developers.

      That's not to say the game isn't without its flaws, however. One minor gripe is that there's no talk radio station in the game. There's plenty of humour in the game as a whole, but the talk radio stations from Grand Theft Auto 4 and Saints Row 1 were always good for a laugh. A more significant complaint is that there are fewer versus multiplayer modes in Saints Row 2 than there were in the previous game. Aside from the co-op mode, there's deathmatch, team deathmatch and a 'Strong Arm' mode where you compete to take over a neighbourhood by completing activities. But the highlight of the previous game's multiplayer mode was 'Blinged Out Ride' which saw you collecting cash in order to pimp out your car and drive it to a particular point in the level without it being destroyed. That mode is absent from the game, though I suppose there is the possibility of it being added later as downloadable content.

      I could go on for ages about Saints Row 2 - but there's way too much to the game for me to cover it all. It's so much fun to play, whether you're customising your car, throwing people into traffic - yes, you can do that - or just running around the streets causing chaos. It's well worth the money and the chances are you'll be playing it for weeks, if not months. Saints Row 2 is the game that Grand Theft Auto 4 should have been, and deserves a place in every gamer's collection.

      (review by me, originally posted on Freeola)

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      17.05.2010 00:42
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      A fun, enjoyable game that should appeal to all the fans of the Grand Theft Auto series of games

      Saints Row 2 is a third person shooter game very much in the style of the Grand Theft Auto series of games, with the emphasis being on exploring the large sprawling city you inhabit, however where Grand Theft Auto 4 sought to move into a more realistic and believable environment Saints Row 2 instead decided to throw itself whole heartedly into the more irreverent and wacky nature of sandbox gaming and it is this comic sensibility that makes Saints Row 2 so enjoyable.

      The basic storyline is your standard ganster adventure game which I am sure would be very familiar to all of us, your character has just been released from prison and is now working very hard at various criminal activities to restore his gang's strength and reputation back to what it once was. This is achieved by completing various misson's, as you can imagine this usually involves kiling some rival gang members.

      As with the Grand Theft Auto games, you can steal any number of different cars, bikes, helicopters, and airplanes to help you in your exploration of the great city of Stilwater. And to help you with your criminal activities there is a massive arsenal of weaponry available to you ranging from the usual pistols, shotguns and rocket launchers but along with this go some unique weapons only Saints Row would seek to include, including Pepper Spray, Sledgehammers, and even a Giant Foam Finger to pimp slap people with, and even Shock Paddles to bring those you decide to kill back to life.

      The game was rightly praised for the high levels of customisation and exploration which it provided to gamers but it also rightly recieved criticism for its poor enemy artifical intelligence and a considerable number of glitches present within the game.

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      18.04.2010 12:26
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      Get your gang the respect it deserves in this quality PS3 game.

      THE SUMMARY
      This games tag line is "Free Your Inner Sinner" and free it it does in a glorious endorsement of gang warfare. This is a fantastically fun Grand Theft Auto style game for the PS3. I loved it.

      THE STORY
      As a former member of the Saints gang you wake up at the start of the game in a prison after an explosion on your last job. Little do you know but you have been in a deep coma for years and in this time the world has changed. The Saints have disbanded due to the lack of your leadership and have now been replaced by a load of new gangs in town. Its time to take the town back and gain the respect you deserve.

      THE GAMEPLAY
      If you have ever played Grand Theft Auto you will be forgiven to seeing a great deal of similarities with this game. There is a handy tutorial mission at the beginning when you can familiarise yourself with the controls. The controls are well designed and very intuitive. You also get the opportunity to customise your own character making them a man or woman of varying physiques with corn rows or nerdy haircut.

      The actual game is all about demanding the respect you deserve. In order to undertake the main story adventures you are required to gain enough respect on your respect bar. You can gain respect by performing tricks in your car or by taking out a few gang members or cops. The main story is all about putting the Saints gang back together ,breaking you wingman out of jail and beginning to build your very own gang empire. You aim to crush your opposition as you battle for control of the streets. To help you along the way you have and huge and exciting selection of guns and launchers

      I loved this game it is just like the GTA games. The story and feel of the game will suck you into the on screen world and before you know it hours will have past.

      THE GRAPHICS
      The graphics on this game are amazing. The movement of the characters is extremely realistic although some of the characters do seem to fly up in the air a little when they are shot. It is all shot in a very cool style with some lovely cut scenes which add to the storyline. It is a game which looks very good and a lot of time has obviously gone into its development.

      THE SOUNDS
      The sounds on this game a cool from the moment it has loaded it will get you pumped and ready for action it is a great feeling. As with the GTA series as you travel around town in your car you get the choice of some quality radio stations. I love this feature and could spend some of my time playing this game just listening to the music. The music seems to focus on the Rap, Hip Hop and Pop genres.

      THE RATING
      I would rate this game 8/10 it is fun it is exciting there are lots of guns although it does glamorize gang warfare life style.

      WhiteMarion - KOTEJ
      "King of the Entertainment Jungle"

      Also Published on Ciao Under Name: www.kotej.com

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        31.03.2010 15:45
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        Great fun and worth buying for such a low price

        After enjoying the original Saints Row, I decided to purchase Saints Row 2 for my Playstation 3. This game has brought me hours of fun and very much reminds me of the famous Grand Theft Auto which everyone knows and loves.

        People typically look at the cover and say "it's just copying GTA", but if they should play it, I think they might change their mind. Although the concept is very similar (gang wars, flashy cars etc) there are a number of areas which I feel out-do GTA. An example of this is car customisation. In Grand Theft Auto, you can do some, but not a lot to personalise your cars, but Saints Row allows you to take it to a whole new level and customise the wheels, the paint job, the interior and much more.

        Your character is also hugely customisable. You can select whether to be male or female, tall or short, fat or thin etc, as well as ethnicity, hair style and colour, and facial features. You can also purchase tons of different jewellery and clothes for your character from various shops, as well as select the material, colours and patterns.

        As you earn money throughout the game, you have the option to purchase new homes. Some can be a small, 1 bedroom flat while others can be a huge, luxury condo! All of which can be customised by adding a new tv, office, or maybe a stripper pole if you really want?

        There are also a number of activities which I enjoy, such as Insurance Fraud. Here, you simply have to throw yourself in front of cars to claim insurance money. The more witnesses and the more severe the hit, the more money you earn. You are timed and have to act quickly to win the round and claim the money. This activity is guaranteed to cause plenty of giggles as you watch your character fling through the air.

        The only downside I can think of for Saints Row is the fact that it can be a little tedious. It's your gang vs 3 others, and taking each of them down can take quite a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the game, but did stop playing before completion due to becoming bored of fighting the remaining gangs.

        I would recommend Saints Row 2 though as it is extremely amusing and great fun to play. The game can also be quite comical in a number of areas (as you may have guessed by the insurance fraud description) and doesn't seem to be quite as serious as Grand Theft Auto.

        So, is it better than Grand Theft Auto? Well, I found the newest addition to GTA disappointing, and definately enjoyed Saints Row 2 more. However, if I should skip back to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, then GTA takes the cake.

        I give Saints Row 2 7/10!

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        10.01.2010 16:59
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        Excellent co-op mode if you have any friends.

        If you found the latest iteration of Grand Theft Auto a bit too serious and limiting on the gameplay front then have a look at Saints Row 2. Its what a next gen GTA San Andreas would have been like.

        For those people who have no idea what GTA plays like then this is an open world sandbox game. Do anything to anything, and play odd little missions to progress the storyline. The city you are based in is large, and so you need to steal your transport to get from A to B.

        The array of vehicles is vast (yep planes are available), mini games include base jumping, driving a flaming bike through a college campus (earning points for toasting the students!), and firing sewage at city landmarks.

        The best that GTA 4 offered was the odd vigilante mission and car jacking.

        The array of weapons is broader, and the best thing is that the whole game can be played in co-op.

        Sounds like somethings gotta give here, and there is a niggle which will put your style over substance brigade off a bit. The presentation isnt as solid as GTA. Its a minor offence though.

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          25.12.2009 23:06

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          A thoroughly entertaining orgy of carnage

          I enjoyed the first Saints Row game but was never enamoured with it enough to think of it as anything more than a GTA clone. Saints Row 2 to a degree attempts to do away with this myth by establishing its own brand identity, and although rough around the edges, it does succeed to an extent.

          I'll give credit where credit is due: while the premise is the same as the first game, they have really taken it in another direction with regard to non-linearity and ease of use. This game has a far more open-ended bent to it than the first game, beginning with allowing you to customise the appearance of your character (I used a guide online to make mine look like The Joker). What I do enjoy most about the game is its celebration of carnage: while obviously you have to do missions, they are rarely arduous or boring, and most of the game consists of cartoon-style destruction and blowing stuff up. What I also like is that it's a game made with the enjoyment aspect placed first, for if the game gets too hard, you can hike the difficulty down at any time.

          Visually, it's not really that great, but then it's easy to let the game off when the rest of it is so fun: there's so much packed within the game that its average graphics don't really matter, for they're more than serviceable while not exactly ground-breaking. The textures are decent but not much more, yet this game is more about its aesthetic style than its aesthetic DETAIL.

          The actual mission-based part of the game is quite linear, but there are so many surrounding side-missions and areas of customisation that this is a game I've come back to a lot. It is a great, unrecognised little game.

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          12.09.2009 17:10
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          £15 for a game that is very nearly better than Grand Theft Auto? Go. And. Buy. It.

          OVERVIEW:
          It's Volition, Inc.'s second game in the Saints Row series after the successful "Saints Row" for Xbox 360. This time though, it's also on Playstation 3 and PC. Like the previous Saints Row, it's set in the fictional city of Stilwater, but things have changed. The city is bigger than last time and the Saints Row area is under new ownership and very different. The customization in Saints Row 2 is fantastic; the amount of clothes from Saints Row has been increased greatly, doing up cars has also improved greatly and you can now choose what your gang members wear and what cars they drive. Another thing is your appearance; not only is there loads more stuff you can change about yourself (including what you sound like), but you can now pick what gender you are (although some of the cut scenes do look weird if you are a woman).

          GAMEPLAY:
          This is where Saints Row 2 scores big points. The game is so much fun. Whether it's going through the story mode, doing activities or just plain shooting random people on the street and running from the cops you'll have a great time. I believe the main negative of GTA IV was the gameplay and fun of the game; it just was too boring. Rockstar wanted to make the most realistic GTA game ever, and they did, but that also lost nearly all of its fun. Saints Row 2 isn't trying to be serious or realistic (when there are activities like driving a quad while on fire and driving into cars, people etc. it kind of gives it away) and that is what makes it fun. I don't want go and play pool with someone every five minutes. I want to push them in front of trains, dress up as a cop and chainsaw people, join an illegal fight club, get into a sewage truck and spray raw sewage over people, hold people hostage in cars, car surfing and lots more. Also the weapons on Saints Row 2 are great. Having two of the same guns at the same time is brilliant, using a samurai sword on a motorbike is cool and the defibrillators are great fun. One bad point though is that it can be very glitchy at times - stuff like cars magically disappearing - but it isn't massively disappointing, and definately doesn't ruining your gaming experience.

          GRAPHICS:
          The first thing you'll notice when picking up Saints Row 2 is the graphics, and how much they disappoint compared to Rockstar's GTA IV. Saints Row 2's graphics are nowhere near as good as GTA's and has the old "popping up buildings" thing going on. Despite this, it is a big improvement to Saints Row; the character's look much better, as do the clothes, cars etc. Overall they aren't the worst graphics on the PS3 (far from it actually), but when compared to Saints Row 2's main rival, GTA IV, it's 1-0 Grand Theft Auto.

          STORY:
          Saints Row 2's story picks up right where the first Saints Row's cliff-hanger ended. You wake up from a coma five years after the happenings of Saints Row. Stilwater is a different place now, not only is it much larger than before but three new gangs are calling the shots; the Ronin, the Sons of Samedi, and the Brotherhood. When these three came in, the Saints didn't stand a chance. With no leader all they could do was drop their flags and hope they could get away alive. Your mission then is to bring back the 3rd Street Saints and regain your status as Stilwater rulers. After you defeat the three gangs, you then move on to fighting the Ultor company, a multi-million corporation who now own the Saints Row area, and are planning on destroying the Saints once and for all.

          The story overall is good, I really liked the characters in it (good to see the trigger happy madman Johnny Gat make a return). There are some great cutscenes, and every gang has at least one very good mission (although nearly every mission is good fun). Also there is an extra secret mission in the Stilwater police station that answers all your questions about the boat incident from Saints Row - mainly who did it - and also opens up a potential storyline for the third Saints Row (which I have heard has been confirmed). The one bad point of the story however, is that the three gangs don't really come across each other. It would of been nice to see something like that happen.

          SOUND:
          The sound of Saints Row 2 is very good, whether it's dialogue, listening to the radio, or the sound of bullets. First the dialogue; at the start you can choose from a list of voices for your character (including a rather funny cockney one), also when you're out and about causing havoc your character will say various things after shooting a person (e.g. "The Saints are gonna own Stilwater" or "You should've known not to mess with the Saints!"), this can get a bit annoying at times, especially after the story mode when you say stuff that doesn't really make sense, but nothing worth really moaning about. Secondly the music; SR2 has eleven radio stations, all with a pretty decent list of songs (the least amount of songs I could find on one station was eleven) so there is pretty much something for everyone, but if you're one of them people who like anything, just head over to one of the music stores (can't remember the name of them) and select which songs you want on you're in game MP3. The sound effects are very good in my opinion. The gun sounds are very good, explosions are just as great and a nice little extra is that people walking down the street will talk to one another about various going ons in the story, this also happens in the radio, you will hear news updates of things that you have done in various missions. A great little touch I believe.

          CONTROLS:
          The controls are exactly the same as Saints Row, so people who are going from the first one will have no problems whatsoever, although if you are moving from GTA IV (like me) it could take a short while to get used to. The controls are different to GTA, although some things are the same (such as entering and exiting cars). I can't say there is anything wrong with the game's controls because they are just what you want, and if this is your first time playing a Saints Row game, you'll have learned them all in no time.

          REPLAY VALUE:
          Now this is one of Saints Row 2's strongest point. After the story mode there is so much to do. Side missions are purely made for fun (and to get money and respect). Also if you feel like doing your favourite mission again, or just watching your favourite cut scene. Just head over to your newspaper section in one of your houses for mission select or head over to your TV for the cut scenes. Also to be found in the TV is a zombie mini game where you fight zombies with whatever weapons you can find.

          CONCLUSION:
          Overall Saints Row 2 is a great, great game. Good story, good gameplay, very good lasting appeal and so much fun.

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            02.06.2009 19:35
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            A must-have game.

            It was purely on impulse i decided to stump up the cash in a packed store to buy this game and i have to say it's been one of my best impulse purchases of all time. This is the game GTA should have been - ok it may not be as "beautiful" (if indeed you can call the beige and grey affair of GTA that) as its rival and it lacks some of the fancy flicks but where it comes up trumps is in the fun department and this is really the key to these type of games.

            The game is incredibly fun to play - it's like the guy at the party who doesn't take themselves too seriously and has probably had three or four too many. The mini-games are creative and allow you to unleash carnage in an almost cartoon violence way upon the unsuspecting residents of this gangland city. Not to mention the fun you can have fully customizing your characters every feature

            The makers of Saints Row 2 have given people exactly what they want from this sort of game - a fun, almost surreal experience where you can release a bit of stress and tension on virtual punchbags. Yes, it may not have the beauty and realism of GTA but it delivers a much better experience. And besides - who doesn't want to get their own back on the man by covering streets in raw sewage? Must-have.

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            16.05.2009 00:02
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            brilliant game, a must buy!

            I am a massive fan of the grand theft auto series and I have to say saints row 2 is very much like it, only one thing this is even better by billions of times, this is absolutely brilliant and a steel for the prices you can pay for it now days as it has been out for some time now, warning as this does come with a rating of 18 which is needed as this game is very gory as you can use samrie swords and knives to kill people, you can frow people around and break their necks etc.

            another great thing is that you can also actually perform holdups on shops and force the staff to open the safe for a little extra money to make bug bucks fast, also keep a look out for bank armoured traucks as you can steal one and smash it up to robb all the money from it which can total to many thousands of dollars, this truely is a brilliant game with so much to do, the game play is never ending.

            great weapons, you can even use a chainsaw, vehicles are fantastic and so life like, I love the aeroplane jets and helicopters that you can actually jump in and fly, you can also jump out really high up and you can sjy dive then when you get closer to the ground you can open your parachute, there is no end this this game play and far to much to mention.

            overall a fantastic game, would recommend to all, friends and family, you have to buy this game, it's brilliant, believe me, I love it.

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              11.05.2009 19:29
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              A fabulous game!

              Saints Row 2 is the second game in the Saints Row series. Having not played the first game until recently I had no idea what the Saints Row games were like apart from a short demo on the XBOX 360 ages ago.

              Having played a small part of Saints Row I can now compare the two and see the huge differences in both games. Saints Row 2 is obviously much better - it has better graphics, better activities, more expanded activities etc.

              I love the fact you can be a girl character - that's what I hate in the GTA series that you can't customise your character - and I love all the clothes and style-points you can earn. A unique part of the game is earning respect to play missions and whereas it's difficult in the original Saints Row to earn a lot of money and respect it has been made so much easier in Saints Row 2.

              It's a really enjoyable game with easy-ish, short missions. Another comparison from the original is there are checkpoints in SR2 whereas in SR you have to start the missions from the beginning - which can get very irritating.

              I love SR2 and find it an easy game to "complete" - and by that I mean missions-wise. Once you've finished the missions there is still a lot to do - activities you haven't finished, places to buy, shops to hold-up etc. It's a game you can keep coming back to whenever you feel like it.

              The graphics and cut-scenes are fabulous. It's amazing how computer games have come on graphics wise and I wonder how it can get any better!

              I can't wait for SR3 and I have no idea how they can top SR2. My only bugbear is the races - and that's only because I'm rubbish racing around the streets.

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                Saint's Row 2 is a must buy

                Saints Row first started on the XBOX 360 in 2006 and in 2008 came Saints Row 2 on PS3 and XBOX 360 and in 2009 it made it's release on PC. Saints Row is a sandbox game in the 3rd person view.

                Saints Row 2 is back in Stillwater and the game takes place 5 years after the first game which your character known as The Boss was in a coma. In the prison you meet Carlos who helps you get out of prison to bring back The 3rd Street Saints. Johnny Gat, Aisha Troy Bradshaw who is the cop and Julius (who was the leader of the Saints in Saints Row 1) who only makes a brief appearance are the only ones from original game to make a come back which Gat is still badder then ever. 2 others join the Saints Pierce and Shaundi there is some funny stuff between these two such as Shaundi always stealing Pierce ideas which adds comedy to the game which is what I like.

                The gangs in my opinion are a lot more interesting then Saints Row 1 which I didn't really enjoy the 1st but these gangs add more of an impact to the game.

                The Brotherhood this gang appears to be one of the main gangs in the game so there is Maero he's big tattoos all over him. Then there is Jessica who seems to be dating Maero to be honest they look weird together but I like the way Jessica goes out of the game it was nasty but quite funny to see Maero's reaction. Donnie is also back from the 1st game but he's not really a main character in the game and only makes a few short come back before leaving the game. Michael Dorn does a great job on the voice acting for Maero his voice really suits the character.

                The Ronin is a gang that I thought they were the best these guys are an Asian themed gang sort of like the Yakuza only one thing I hate about them the samurai sword fights which does get annoying. However these are entertaining they are heartless but I did feel sorry for Shogo Akuji then again you shouldn't mess with Johnny Gat once you have seen what happens you will get what I mean.

                The Sons of Samedi are also quite interesting the Saints interfere with them getting drugs which is what they do supply drugs. The General is the leader voice by Greg Eagles the guy who goes Grim on the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Then Mr. Sunshine he is loyal to The General and I have to admit he is entertaining.

                Ultor the evil company which Dane Vogel is the main man which he wants to change Stillwater and make it a better place by cleaning up the streets and trying to make it a better place. The Saints don't trust him and like before the Saints are out to own Stillwater.

                Saints Row really stands out as you can customize your character by making your character white, black, Hispanic or Asian. The game also features 3 voices for male including the all popular British accent. The character customization is done great plenty of hair styles it's easy to change your characters face.

                Saints Row offers a variety amount of clothes which can be bought from stores around Stillwater. If you have downloaded the downloadable content you can get an Alien suit, Astronaut which you get a few others as well.

                The multiplayer is fun mostly the Gangsta Brawl match as it's a free for all match and you can stand a chance at getting some kills. Team Gangsta Brawl can be hard depending on who is with you and who your against if your with someone you know then you should fine. Stronghold has you doing various missions with your team racing, insurance fraud, etc. My problems with Stronghold is you never stand a chance your racing you have one side racing then some idiot will aim for other with a rocket launcher which really does my head in as your trying your best to help the team and some stupid person goes and does that but that's the what the games about at the end of the day. Saints Row 2 online is great since the patch Volition released it doesn't take long to enter a match anymore as a timer has been finally put there as long as 4 people are ready to enter a match you should get into a match no problem. Though I actually find if you do live in the UK your best times finding a game is on a night when the Americans come on. Playing Saints Row 2 I have actually made quite a few good friends over the Playstation Network more on this game then I have with any other.

                CO-OP lets you play with 2 players the mode is just like single player which you can play it with your friends or any random player. This mode is great but if the host pauses the game then it will pause for you which is what I hate. If you find the player annoying doing that all the time then you can kick them from the game.

                In Saints Row 2 you can customize your car add some nitro or hydraulics you can also change the wheel trims, change the colour of the windows so the customizing to your car is actually done good. Thought the game you will be buying cribs and you can also customize such as putting in a Piano, Stripper Poles, Big Screen LCD TV's, Pool table (but you can't play Pool), you can also change your gangs styles.

                In the crib Saints Row 2 also offers a mini game calling Zombie Uprising which your in Shanty town in the game you will have to try and survive about 6 waves of zombies. This can be difficult you have a limited amount of weapons you have to careful as zombies will try and throw pipe bombs at you and also the annoying zombies who run to you covered in fire. The mini games makes it a nice addition it's actually found at the TV in your crib.

                The game features activities and certain ones require to do different things such as racing, Fuzz which you pretend to be a cop for a reality TV show which is my actually one of my favorites, Insurance Fraud you play in traffic jump in front of cars and try and fraud your way to making money,
                Demolition derby, Chop Shop where you have to find certain cars, Mayhem this active is just causing as much damage as possible, Escort I don't need to tell you about that one, Hitman, Fight Club in this activity you fight the other fighters to the death you must survive a series of rounds. Saints Row does offer plenty of activities you must go through these to get onto more missions at time because you will need to build up respect.

                The controls in the game are easy to get used to and simple which is something I like it just didn't take long to get used to plus they weren't awkward. The graphics are not the best but still it doesn't make the game bad as the gameplay makes up for it to be honest graphics aren't everything. Something that anyone will notice is that if you see a nice car and you want it once it has gotten away its gone and sometimes cars disappear for no reason.

                The soundtrack is awesome the 80's radio station The Mix 107.77 nearly every song on that station I thought was great as I already knew the songs. GenX 89.0/ Ultor FM I like this station as well it does have some great music on it. The best thing about Saints Row 2 is you go to a music store buy the music then you can put what ever you want into it meaning you can listen to what you want something that Grand Theft Auto has never did. I mean Saints Row 2 has great music such as Duran Duran - The Reflex, Europe - The Final Countdown, Men at Work - Down Under, and when doing drive bys its good having a bit of classical music on in my opinion.

                Playing this game had me addicted to it the story as it was gripping and entertaining a lot better then the first Saints Row. When finishing the game I was disappointed as I wanted more I loved the game and the truth is I am looking forward for Saints Row 3 I am excited about it.

                Saints Row also offers Downloadable Content which it's first pack was Ultor Exposed this featured the Saints teaming up with Tera Patrick to take down Ultor once and for all. In the pack it features about 5 or 4 new cars including one from Red Faction Guerilla, it also featured 4 new maps for multiplayer. The download content also featured 3 missions which for £6.49 on the UK Playstation Store I thought it was asking for a bit to much considering no one hardly plays on the new maps. Saints Row will offer another 2 DLC packs possibly later in the year.

                Overall Saints Row 2 proves to be one of the best sandbox games on the market and the truth is in my opinion Saints Row 2 is better then Grand Theft Auto. Saints Row 2 wins as it's crazy and it's fun while Grand Theft Auto in my opinion was weak due to it's realism and Liberty City been a boring city not forgetting your annoying brother phoning you all the time.

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                20.04.2009 19:59
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                Good Game Would Like To See What Else They Come Up With

                Saints Row 2
                This game derives from the drug culture, gang culture and the urban lifestyle of modern day New York or L.A or London perhaps.
                You take control of your character that you created from the very start. He/She wakes up from a coma in a state penitentiary facility located off the shores of the city of stillwater. You escape with the help of some harden criminals. Upon arriving back to civilized society you find out that your gang, is dead and gone. so this is where you work to create you own gang known as the 3rd street saints.

                With this story going on you travel through the city in Grand Theft Auto style mode, Free roaming through the streets, running down pedestrians, Mugging, Shooting, Driving and practically raising hell.

                Sounds like fun huh!?

                Well heres the thing, its pretty much Grand Theft Auto IV with a tad less detail to it. Whenever you step into a vehicle you'll here a vast amount of radio stations (all fake of course) blasting out famous music tracks along with tongue-in-cheek advertisements about useless products, the rhinoplasty advertisement and the Pretend-to-be advertisements were my personal favorites, along with krunch radio blasting out metal music from bands like trivium, lamb of god, the black dahlia murder and so on.

                So there are highlights to this games playability, along with side plots and vehicle design, this also shows you other ways to customize your gangs look, sayings, all the way down to how you walk.

                This is somewhat good and pleasing to whoever likes games that promote crime. But unlike grand theft auto (whose stories always leaves a message) This is nothing more than a game design to be sleazier than the competition.

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                  20.01.2009 18:52
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                  LIke a fun younger brother to GTA

                  I got this game as part of a PS3 console package but it was one of the reasons that I chose the particular package that I did - I had seen trailers for it on TV and wanted to get it as it looked to be quite like the Grand Theft Auto games and I'm a huge GTA fan.

                  I never played the first Saints Row but I have to say the second game doesn't disappoint. You take control of a gang member who has been in a coma in prison since being involved in an explosion. Right from the start the action starts as you attempt to make a violent escape from prison with a fellow gang member but when finally on the outside it turns out that your gang has all but vanished while you were inside. A huge variety of missions follow including racing, recruiting new gang members and much more as you battle to earn money, build your street image and style up again and regain your gang turf.

                  The game is very like GTA but doesn't take itself as seriously and gives the gamer more freedom. The map and in car GPS make navigating in the game easy and some amazingly inventive missions, such as riding about on a flaming quad bike or driving around the city in a tanker spraying sewerage at buildings keep the game interesting. Throughout the game there is the opportunity to customise everything from your crib to your gang members allowing a more individualised style of game.

                  The only downside I found was that the camera does not follow your character as he moves meaning that you have to be continuously adjusting your camera angle to see where you are going and what is around you.

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                  03.01.2009 23:13

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                  Very good game and recommended to buy!

                  Saints row 2 is an amazing game being similar to games such as GTA IV but in my personal opinion i believe that saints row 2 is better. This is because in saints row 2 you have more freedom to do what you wish and are able to do more things than in GTA IV. An example is that you are able to customize a lot of things for example your character, your crib and your vehicles. This is a feature that you are unable to do in GTA IV. Also in my opinion the weapons available in saints row 2 are better and also the missions are better making it overall a better game than GTA IV. The only disadvantage to this game is that the online modes are not that good as the online modes are quite hard to understand and on the online modes there is a limited weapon choice but appart from the online modes of the game, the game is very good. I recomment buying this and it would give you hours of enjoyment!

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