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I bought this game around a year ago, review is slightly late but not everyone would have played this yet. Saints Row: The Third is basically a GTA (Grand Theft Auto) that doesn't take itself seriously at all. This is a great thing!
A little insight into the game. The third street saints are a household name with their own toys, energy drinks and power. No one seemed to match the saints... up until the Syndicate come on the scene and take out their leader Johnny Gat. The first mission that starts all this is a bank heist that the saints carry out, the police seem to be against them now and they've gone too far this time. This seems strange to them as they are kings in this city! The story has many twist and great unusual things that happen long the way, it is so out there and weird that you grow to be so into the story and don't want to put the controller down. This is just the introduction to the game, won't go too far into it.
Gameplay: This game has hours and hours and hours of gameplay value but gives you the option to just do story missions if you so please. I personally chose to do everything the game had to offer while playing co-op with my friend. It kept me interested for so long and I did not feel like I had to do it, I wanted to do it and had fun while doing it. You have the story missions that you activate through your phone, you have assassinations, car jackings, side objectives (such as get 500 kills etc.)
You can do little side activities too for money and respect. You use money to buy gun ammo, upgrades, properties, buying stores to get discounts etc. Respect is used as a level up system you can buy character upgrades once you are at that respect level, for money. It is well balanced and you cannot be too overpowered but you definitely feel it.
The game also is very diverse as what happens in the story will affect you when you are in free roam or doing other missions. At one point a special security force enter the city the name escapes me at the moment but they make things so much harder when you get police notoriety they are a lot more violent and hard to escape and makes car jackings a lot harder.
At another point in the game zombies come onto the scene and take over an island, this is only one island so it doesn't affect too much but I found it a funny and great development.
Some of the side activities I really liked are:
- Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax: which is styled on a game show where you go through the compound shooting mascots and boards for ethical and unethical reasons, it is a great minigame of sorts.
-Insurance Fraud: You have to go infront of cars and get knocked down and ragdolled around to gain money, insurance fraud. It is very simple but surprisingly fun and quite hard towards the last levels.
-Trail Blazing: You drive on a ATV around a track and have to drive into fire and other objects such as cars to get more time on the clock, it is hard to get used to but very fun once you are.
-Snatch: You go and pick up' ho's' from their pimps and drive back to a location, interesting way of basically doing a snatch and grab activity and the AI aren't stupid either so it can be a challenge.
This is just 4 of the activities there are around 10 just the rest I didn't really find that special, but still enjoyable. Got repetitive after a few though.
Another feature of the game that will be constantly around you and interacting with you is the gangs of the saints row world. They are:
3rd Street Saints: This is obviously where you will come into play, you are the leader of the saints and are warring with the syndicate for control of steelport. The syndicate is made up of three gangs. The syndicate as a whole is run by a french villian, Philippe Loren.
The Morningstar: Their gang colour is red. Which just means their cars and things such as that will be red. This is the gang that Philippe mainly looks after along with the DeWinter sisters. Their specialist is a sniper that is very accurate and very deadly. Can kill in shots, very good idea to take him out as soon as you see him (specialists are in every gang, they are the mini boss of sorts within each gang)
The Deckers: Their gang colour is blue. They are the hacker type gang led by the nerd Matt Miller who is a very .. vibrant character and a funny showdown happens with him later on in the game. Their specialist is a girl that seems to run really fast and can seriously hurt you and knock you over which can get very annoying and got me killed quite a few times.
Luchadors: Their gang colour is green. They are led by killbane, he will ruin a lot of your plans and is a great developed character. Their specialist is someone with a grenade launcher who really isn't that hard to deal with, and you can then pick his gun up after which is pretty fun to use!
STAG: This is the final gang. They come in at a certain point in the game and replace the normal police, they are a lot more dangerous and harder to lose than before so doing activities that get police heat is wise to do before they come in.
I've explained a lot about the game but now I'll get down to the positives and negatives that I generally found throughout the game.
Starting off positive the world is massive and there is so much to do or so little if you don't want to. You aren't pressured into doing anything that you don't want to, if you wanted to just follow the story the whole time then you could, the game is smart with this. The dialogue doesn't get on your nerves like some games it stays fresh and comedic throughout. The character development can be brilliant and you really feel enticed by the game, wanting more. It's not one of those games that you can only play for a while and then get sick of. I would also say the music (radio stations) in the game are good. There are minimal glitches in the game and the missions do not seem repetitive, level design is not lazy. All in all I'm very impressed with the game as a whole.
Now to the negatives I mean the graphics aren't bad but are nothing special, we cant expect anything special though as for how big the game actually is. We also have to remember it was released in November 2011. I have mentioned that at some points the AI is brilliant but generally in random encounters they are very easy to outsmart, could be a glitch but some just stand there, always missing the shots. Then again when there a lot of enemies it can be too challenging as they surround and knock you over, so two sides of the spectrum here, not a big problem just something I noticed with my hours of play. My friends have said that things appeared out of nowhere for them while playing, this never happened to me so maybe it is something to do with the disc? I'm not sure about this particular issue.
All in all this game is a great addition to the series, it is worth of the title given and despite of the out of this world structure it is not unbalanced to a stupid level, may not make sense at the moment when you play it you will understand what I mean by this. I had around 30 hours of gameplay and completed it twice, once single player and the other playing the story through with a friend. Now you can get this game second hand at cex for £8 and new on amazon (the full edition) for £12... this is a bargain and a steal. Completely worth it!
Also sorry for me not posting anything for 2 months, work got on top of me. I won't be as regular as before but I enjoy writing these and hope to post at least weekly or similar to that.
When I first saw this game I was unsure whether I would enjoy it. After it being in the 'instant game collection' on playstation plus I decided to give it a go. The game has a nice storyline which is full of comedy. The idea of being able to create your own character with its own voice gives the character creator more of a sims feel. The mini games you can play are also very fun and entertaining to play, one mini game includes jumping in front of cars for insurance money. The characters and overall flow of the game is nice, animation remained smooth the entire play through. One thing I believe is a let down is only being able to have one other person in co-op mode.
Overall with a single player mode packed with comedy , good graphics, great mini games and fun ways to customize your character. I believe this game should be on any gamers shelve! Worth the money.
With all the shooters and games that takes themselves too seriously, it's nice to find something that is all about having a laugh and blowing stuff up - and isn't afraid to shove it in your face. Saints Row: The Third is an open world game, very much like Grand Theft Auto... and yet so very, very different.
The Third Street Saints are a gang that have become household names, with their own toys, energy drinks etc. The opening sequence sets the tone for the whole game, throwing you into an impossible bank heist carried out in the most over the top style, huge shootout and bizarre getaway. You play as The Boss, leader of the Saints who is completely customizable (more on that later), and you must lead your gang as they move from their hometown of Stillwater to the top of the pile in a new city Steelport. But the three resident gangs aren't going to make your life easy, each of them in control of one section of the city; there's the Luchadores (masked Mexican wrestlers who controls the drugs in town), Morningstars (European businessmen who control the weapon trade), and Deckers (cyber-punk Tron character look-alikes who hack and launder money for the other two gangs). But the fun doesn't stop there... zombie outbreaks and a souped up army arrive later in the game to make your life hell. There's a good variety to the missions (which while becoming a bit samey in the middle of the game, do get more interesting when the zombies and army arrive); you leap out of a plane to engage in a freefalling firefight, breaking into an army base to steal explosives in order to blow up a skyscraper, skydive into a penthouse filled with enemies, race through a Tron inspired cyber motorcycle section and more. There are twists and turns as you approach the end, culminating in two equally ridiculous endings (you can easily go back and make the other choice so you can see both the endings).
Outside of the main story there are plenty of activates to keep you going like Insurance Fraud, where you must cause yourself a set amount of damage (measured in dollars) by letting yourself get hit by cars and rag-dolling to allow the pain to go further, or Guardian Angel, which puts you in a helicopter with a rocket launcher to protect your fellow Saints on the ground. There's also weird missions such as driving a car at high speed with a tiger trying to maul you from the passenger seat (never let that kitty call shotgun!) and Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax, a reality-show maze of deadly traps and enemies, in which absolutely everything is fair game to kill. Except pictures of pandas. because killing pandas isn't ethical.
As you fight for control of the city, you meet some great characters who join your gang from a Russian with superhuman strength who is philosophical to the oldest pimp in town who only speaks with an auto-tune microphone. The characters all around are funny and interesting, and the voice acting is top notch. The character customization, both male and female, for The Boss is incredible. There is almost nothing that you can't change; you can make them look, sound and dress however you want, which can lead to you creating the weirdest looking characters you'll ever see in a videogame. Male and female options are interchangeable; you want a blonde bimbo with a deep male voice? You got it! Want to see your man grunt like a zombie while dressed in a cowgirl outfit? Not a problem. From animal suits to your birthday suit (with built in blur for all those naughty bits), there's not much this game doesn't have & you can spend hours fiddling with how you want your character to look. And if you get bored with anything about your character there's plastic surgery and clothing to be bought from stores all over town, so you can change up your look as often as you please. But what makes this customization even more ridiculous is how serious all the other characters act around you, they look and talk to you exactly the same whether you're butt naked or sporting a giant bobble head. This kind of freedom, and complete lack of seriousness, is the embodiment of the entire Saints Row: The Third experience.
The customization isn't just limited to your character, if you don't like the look of your car, you can take your ride to any mechanic shop (Rim Jobs, there is humour everywhere in this game) and change its appearance in a number of ways (colour, rims ) as well as upgrade the handling and such things.
You start off the game with your typical game weapons (pistols, submachine guns, shotguns, RPG launcher) and they only get bigger, a device which allows you control of a UAV loaded up with missiles, or more bizarre, a giant purple dildo (cue many fun times of running around beating people up with a dildo... don't judge me, you know you want to!). You can spend money to level up weapons until they become instruments of ridiculously awesome destruction, for instance a max level gun can set your enemies on fire or blow them sky high, and spend reputation to unlock other upgrades like unlimited ammo, the game's "cheats" system.
As you progress through the story, you become the proud owner of a large and varied assortment of vehicles that includes things from your basic cars to a helicopter gunship and jet plane, and even a tank. All the vehicles handle well, the airborne controls can be a little tricky at first, but you'll be banking your jet around the skyscrapers with ease in no time.
There's plenty of mayhem to be done in Steelport on your own, but throw in a co-op partner and it just gets bigger and better. You can run off and do your own thing, or stick together to cause chaos, the game doesn't shoehorn you into actually playing missions together. You can do story missions (as long as your partner is at the same place as you) and there are co-op specific activities.
Now to the downsides. The enemy AI is dumb, they spend too much time standing out in the open waiting for you to kill them to make the combat much of a challenge, although when the game throws a lot of enemies at you at once it can be tricky to not get surrounded. It's not the greatest looking game in the world, there's not huge amounts of detail gone into the environments and there's quite a bit of texture popping and elements such as trees and pedestrians just appear from nowhere when they load.
Being the third game in the series must mean that they are all a success and will be improving through every game. I didn't play the first one but did play the the second one which i loved. Then the Third one which i love. Also, if you get the online pack with it. You get Saints Row 2 for free on the PSN store (not sure whether this is the same for Xbox 360). The game is great fun, missions are good not too hard but do take some time getting through some of them. There is a big range of guns, cars, airplane/helicopters available which you eventually unlock. The packs for it are also very cheap ranging from 90p to £3, they give you guns and people etc. Would definitely recommend it especially with some of the current offers stores do on it. NOTE: the free Saints Row game is only available till March so download it quick. Enjoy
Developed by Volition and Published by THQ it is the third game in the incredibly insane and hilarious sandbox adentures of the Third Street Saints. Corrupted by fame and exposure that comes with being celebrities and sell outs. They are then suddenly brought back down to earth after The Opposing gang The Syndicate take out their leader
The aim of the game is to build up resources and muscle to take out the three opposing gangs and claim Steelport whilst watching out for the powerful goverment recruited soldiers who are trying to stop the in gang fighting.
Now if this was Grand Theft Auto you would start from the very bottom and slowly but surely work your way up to become a crime deity with a large house, and with enough helicopters and weapons to take out San Marino and startle Luxembourg.
But with Saints Row you are given everything within the first couple hours. Instead of your chacrater being a down on his luck freelancer you are just simply a badass with everything at his or her beck and call.
Character customisation is surprisingly fruitful with three different Male and Female voices available including a very amusing zombie option in which even the subtitles of your characters speech is kept in zombie. Apart from having a wealth of different clothes available and option to change the body shape of your characters body proportions there are also very interesting customisation options for your charter such "sexiness" which will alter the size of your characters...... package if you know what I mean
The missions are laid out in an interesting order you have your standard fifty or so missions which progress the games plot. There is much versatility in the missions they range from seizing opposition "cribs". Stealing military grade weapons and running your opposition gang leaders out of town and "hacking" in to the world's most powerful computer and you have your mini-game missions. The missions range from your standard escorts and retrievals to the hair brained self-inflicted ragdoll motions of Insurance Fraud in other words there is always plenty to do.
With the size and scale of the game you cannot expect too much in the graphics department. But even with my low expectations they are not terrible. Water effects are very pleasing and the tall skyscrapers shine brightly and gleam in the sky. Other detail such as facial animation, car details feels distinctly standard.
I personally found Saints Row 3 a tremendously fun game with attitude and humour a surprisingly interesting and coherent storyline with some impressive voice acting, mixed in with a variety of vehicles some quirky weapons and you have around 25 hours of pure unadulterated fun
The Saints are back! And this time.. they've gone a bit soft. Which is an odd way to start a Grand Theft Auto clone, but it's exactly what happens in Saints Row: The Third, or Saints Row 3. The game begins with The Boss - the character that you play - still firmly on top. He/she recovered from being blown up at the end of the first game and spent the bulk of the second gaming building up the Third Street Saints gang. Now, The Saints have become celebrities, more resembling a corporate conglomerate than a street gang. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when another group of gangs, known as 'The Syndicate' decide that the Saints have got too big for their boots and try to take The Boss out.
The Boss survives, but finds him/herself stranded in the city of Steelport, home of the Syndicate. It's up to you, as the boss, to take the fight to The Syndicate. You don't have to build your gang from the ground up, since The Saints are only a city away. But you do have to recruit some local talent to help you take on The Syndicate. This entails blowing up a variety of bad guys, stealing cars and getting up to all sorts of other shenanigans. If you've played Saints Row 2, you'll know what to expect. And if you've not, then imagine Grand Theft Auto if it was designed by a lunatic. This is a game where you can fire people out of a huge cannon, hurl yourself into traffic to earn points, leap through a car windshield to take it over and so forth.
One of the best things about Saints Row 3 - and 2 - is that your character really is largely amoral. I never felt my sympathy for GTA 4's Nico Bellic because he was always whining about how hard life was, yet he was participating in bank raids and carting heroin around at the drop of a hat. The Boss, on the other hand, is just a badass. Your badass, in fact, since you can customize your character to your heart's content. Although the character customization system, for example, has been toned down a little, so you can't choose as many character clothing options as you could in Saints Row 2. Nor can you replay the cutscenes to see how your different characters look during these scenes as you could in Saints Row 2.
In fact, that pretty much sums up Saints Row 3 - it's fun, but not as good as Saints Row 2. The way Saints Row 2's missions worked was that you'd have to participate in some whacky activity -such as faking injuries in traffic - to get enough 'respect' to play the main missions. The missions were divided by gang, so you could tackle each opposing gang's missions at any time. Saints Row 3 forces you to play the missions in a specific order, which takes a lot of the freedom out of the game. And while you no longer have to earn respect to play these missions, the game now forces you play the whacky activities as part of the main storyline, often for the vaguest reasons.
The graphics are fairly good - although they're not a massive improvement over Saints Row 2's. There's also plenty of gunplay in Saints Row 3 - and you even get to use some insane weapons such as air strikes and homing missiles. Although while Saints Row 3 may be madder in this respect, the game tries to ramp up the difficulty by throwing hordes of bad guys at you at once - whereas Saints Row 2's missions were more complex and generally more fun.
That's not to say Saints Row 3 is a terrible game - it's not. It's fun, especially if you can rope in a friend to play the game's co-op mode with you. And if you've played the second game then it does continue the story nicely. But if you've not played Saints Row 2 then you're better off with that game. Saints Row 3 just feels rushed - it's crazier in some respects than Saints Row 2 but in other respects it's not as deep or as entertaining. It's fun, but it could have been far better.
(review also posted on Freeola)