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This game is just the best. A brilliant story with great jokes picking apart all the 3rd-person shooter/open world games out there like Grand Theft Auto, it tells the tale of a nameless man who is the leader of a famous and prestigious band of thieves and murderers. These cut-throat maniacs are celebrated and revered as Gods in the surreal world of Stilwater. After you crash-land in the city (literally) you have to fend off rival gangs (and later the police operation S.T.A.G.) and fight your way to the top.
The gameplay is excellent and although it is quite repetetive (shoot this, shoot that), the hilarious dialogue that accompanies everything more than makes up for any of the games shortcomings.
Unfortunately the game does have shortcomings, and it has quite a few. Firstly, as mentioned, the game is quite repetetive. There are no stealth missions, or any kind of deviation at all from just shooting the Hell out of everything that moves. Secondly the graphics. They are meant to look caricaturised which comes off well but the quality of everything is quite low. Considering rivel game Grand Theft Auto, and other XBOX games like Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider, I really think they could have done more. A third niggly point is the cars. They all handle unrealistically and I think they're supposed to, but it isn't obvious what they're trying to do - either they messed up the handling completely, or it's a deliberate joke. It's not made clear which.
Overall this is a brilliant game and one I would play again and again, especially since the game has player-made story decisions which always go down well in a video game.
Saints Row: The Third (Referred to as Saints Row 3) is one of the more interesting games that I have played. It is the third in the series of (currently) 4, and I guess you could say that the games follow on nicely from each other. It always was going to be a tricky feat to follow on a crime story like the Grand Theft Auto's. Saints Row, as well as following on a good storyline, also packs in loads of little features so you can have hours of game-time fun. I have completed the story but the activities and challenges are something that I've only just stepped my foot into. As a crime game, Saints Row can be categorised along with Grand Theft Auto, and for a good laugh and for the less serious gamer, Saints Row for me comes on top.
The storyline is fantastic. Unlike most other games, your end is not destined from the start. The decisions you make during the story affect the end. You get thrown into Saints Row 3 in true Third Street Saints fashion. The Third Street Saints are the gang controlled by you and the "own" Stillwater which is the city where Saints Row 3 is based. The first mission really sets the tone for the game with some hard hitting, gritting crime, a bank robbery... Which (as usual) goes wrong and a few of your gang members including "the man" Johnny Gat, end up in prison, although you don't really get much of an insight as to what has happened, so if you're picking up Saints Row for the first time, you may find yourself a bit lost.
As with all the other Saints Row games, you have 3 gangs that you need to get rid of to regain control of the City, moving on from the Sons of Samedi and companions you now have The Deckers, Morningstar and The Luchadores. If you choose to get this game then you'll love the conflict you have with the leader of the Luchadores, Killbane. You get some phenomenal gameplay while battling with him!
The gameplay will completely blow you away with the massive updates from the prequels. From the weapon arsenal to the new look upgrading, you will not be disappointed. One new feature is the ability to upgrade your weapons. I think this is brilliant because you can choose your favourite weapons to upgrade and not waste money on weapons you don't use. One upgrade I would recommend would be the flash bangs. For the small price of around $75,000 you can fully upgrade them to "Fart in a Jar" which is exactly what it says on the tin. Instead of throwing flash bangs at your enemies, you will be throwing Jars full of fart!
The most frequently used part of the game is either the driving or the fighting, both of which are very good. I'll start with my "nit-picky" points. In the fighting/shooting, especially when free falling or moving, the crosshairs are very unstable which makes it somewhat difficult to shoot the enemies at points. Apart from this I would say that both are great. I have nothing to pick up on during driving and 95% of the time, the combat is fantastic.
The missions gain you both cash and respect. When you start off you earn approximately $2,000 per mission and once you get a bit further through the game you start earning $16,000 upwards. With the cash that you earn you can do many things. I started off by buying some real estate and shops, which give you an hourly income which you can collect from your mobile. But you can also upgrade cars, upgrade weapons or purchase upgrades for yourself.
Upgrading yourself can be done in your mobile. You get a new thing to upgrade for every level you get. You increase your level by getting respect through missions or challenges. Some upgrades include better health or more hourly income. One upgrade that I was rather fond of was the upgrading of your "homies" so you can drag around more crew members to help you during combat.
As far as achievements go this game is a happy medium. Those Gamerscore hunters can get a healthy 300-400 through playing the game and for the more serious gamer 700 is achievable. However to get the full 1000, you're going to need a good set of skills. As it currently stands, I have only collected a mere 400 points from the game.
A feature that is continuous throughout the game is the crime activity. There will be about 30 gang members being hooligans in a park and you get some respect and $1,000 for going in and clearing them out. Do this any way you want to. I've been flying in a helicopter gunship, hovered low and sent a couple of missiles which made short work of the gang members, an easy $1,000! Along with this there are various collectibles that you can go around hunting for. I tend to leave finding them to luck, although there are plenty of cheats online that tell you exactly where to get each one.
The graphics, as with all the Saints Row games, are very basic. Many little graphic glitches and a poor looking sky are this game's biggest downfall. Saints Row's biggest competitor, Grand Theft Auto, have been coming up with some fantastic graphics in the 4th and 5th games, and Saints Row seems to have stuck with the basic and animated game. It is one thing I'd like to see improved in the Saints Rows to come.
In conclusion, Saints Row 3 would get my recommendation. For a great bit of fun and a laugh, if you don't mind the shoddy graphics, it is a great game, but for the more serious gamer who likes sharp graphics and a big challenge, I would suggest sticking with Grand Theft Auto. The game retails now for anywhere between £10-£20. At £10 I would definitely get this game if you haven't already. The game was produced by Volition, Inc. and I think they have done a good job!
If your a fan of the GTA series you will love saints row as its alot better than GTA4, the city is massive and you can get in any vehicle and use allsorts of weapons even adult shop toys to, the customization on this game is amazing you can repaint your cars and alter them as you wish and also change the clothes on your character, There is DLC for xbox i got one of the packs and i got a tank made of neon green cubes and it fires green cubes and makes a pong game sound.
Online is fun but the only problem with online is its only co-operative meaning max palyers is 2 unlike GTA4 where you can have about 10+ people in one room at any one time, There is one big issue that i have and thats the camera angles which is a big deal for me but it might not affect some people.
But overall this game is worth a rental and a purchase as its fun to just go around causing mayhem.
Saints Row the Thir3 Xbox 360.
Saints Row first came out in 2006, with the 2nd edition soon following. Now it's back for a 3rd time and better!
The game starts you off straight into the heart of a mission. The control interface isn't difficult to master and the shooting is very much like that of the well known GTA. At the end of the mission (not telling you the outcome so not to spoil the start of the game) you are introduced to the start of the story. You create and customise your characters to incredible detail. From changing the pitch or creating a zombie voice, to how big or small you want his man hood or her assets.
The game does hand out considerable comedy which I love, and gives that serious but light hearted approach to missions. The game steadily becomes harder as you progress. Not only because the number of enemies, but the type and equipment they have too. (lazer tanks are always scary to bump into)
If you buy the special edition version with the 'find professor Genki' you not only unlock his car which fires people, but also his outfit and mad style costume head.
There is also the chance to find the professor himself. If you do spot him randomly walking the street: chase him and take him down to receive a financially substantial reward.
The side mission and gang take down areas are fun to do.
The driving characteristics of the game are strange at first due limited throttle control but as soon as you start driving round. You simply have too much fun to notice.
The car upgrades are not as you'd expect. You can change the look of the vehicles for sure, but the main importance to me was the strength of the car. You can upgrade to bullet proof tyres and have the framework strengthened for ramming purposes. You can even get spikes to pop out your rims to loose those pesky police.
The cribs you unlock/buy during the game can be upgraded also. These hold your weapons, cars and even your personal attack helicopter if you so wish. Driving a small car into the elevator and driving it off the top, only to bail out with a cat bag parachute, then marking a target to try land on before hitting the ground is....... certainly a fun way to spend the rainy nights.
The Weapons: ...awesome to upgrade. Pistols can set people on fire and fling them up into the air with its power....or you could call in and airstrike to take on a brute. All entirely your choice.
The online multiplayer: It's great. It has a very smooth jump in jump out play to it, and even better, what you earn, buy or kill online stays on your single player profile too. So it certainly isn't a wasted effort like some online mulitplayers.
The graphics are good, and there's loads of colour. The weapons are effective and the driving is fun! As for the costumes.....well see for yourself ;)
Lead a gangster lifestyle with guns, nice cars and even choppers to top it all off. Bust through the streets in your nicely rimmed car with your team mates giving a fierce drive by on rival gangs. Theres so many weapons and buildings to buy you wont know where to start. You make money by completing missions and buying out business's...ohh and not to forgot the fun activities like insurance frauds or taking ho's for a drive with celebs. This game will keep you entertained for hours and its challenging also!
Id recommend this to anyone who likes driving games with a spot of combat and shooting. The driving on it is brill. And for all those's car fans, you can even customise your own car. With a nitro boost and fancy paint work. I loved this game from the second the first mission started where I was left hanging on the side of a building.
The first Saint's Row was relatively a serious game acting as a rival to the already established Grand Theft Auto series. Saints Row 2 poked fun at this genre of game and made it a little crazy and surreal. Saints Row the Third is taking the crazy and surreal-ness of Saints Row 2 to a whole different level to one that I would possibly say is too crude. This has everything you could possibly imagine such as sex toys, gimps, zombies, Tron, Mars, Lucha Libre, Hulk Hogan, Bert Reynolds, an auto-tuned pimp and even a nod to text based computer games in one mission. Beating to death a zombie with a dildo was something I enjoyed but guiltily, it felt as though this game was just too silly.
Violition's third installment of the Saints Row open world series, Saints Row: The Third, finds the gang have reached super-stardom status in the fictional city of Steelport. The game revolves around the gang's fight for ownership of the city with the player controlling the leader of the Saints criminal gang in third-person.
What struck me first was the reduced amount of customisation compared to the first two games to both character and vehicle however the developer did replace quantity with quality by adding fun features like a zombie voice you can plague your character with. I particularly enjoyed the humour in the game, Saints Row: The Third satirises everything from the current trend of survival modes in games (called whored mode) to the movie industry's saturation with zombie films. The structure of the game is the familiar main storyline missions accompanied by side missions and collectibles. Sometimes the player is asked to make to make binary choices which change the mission prize you receive meaning that there is an alternative playable storyline.
One of my biggest irritations of this game was the fact that there was no difficulty curve. The game presented you with most of the more powerful abilities and vehicles from very early on in the main storyline. I was expecting these to be taken away from me as this is often used as a plot device in games. This pretty standard structure to the game wasn't there and was sorely missed because it took away some of the incentive to play.
I was impressed by the technical quality of the game. Even on the 6 year old Xbox 360 the framerate remained constant even with multiple on screen explosions and there were no lockups or missions made impossible by pathfinding or scripting glitches. All in all a good game, that I can see myself going back to for a giggle if nothing else.
This game is much smaller than Saints Row 2 however the stuff that you get to do is more fun than in Saints Row 2, annoyingly that have got rid of the cop, ambulance and fire engine missions. Some of the weapons like 'The Penetrator' is so much fun to wield, the car remote controller is fun as well. The missions are so over the top however they manage to put it off (annoying though they can not be replayed unless you save before hand) Your character is amazingly customizable you can change everything from your hair colour to your sex at any time just as long as you have the cash. The insurance fraud mission is still there and it is just as fun as it used to be. There is also a 'Whored Mode' where you have to kill wave after wave of enemies using a variety of weapons. This is my game of the year because it is so fun and they have managed to make a game that I keep having to go back to.