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Saints Row is one of those games which you were never to sure about; I mean in the run up to its release Volition released new screenshots and fact sheets to tempt us. The one question running through every gamers mind though was simply 'is Saints Row another GTA wannabe?' Things didn't get off to a good start for Saints Row as it was originally meant to be a release title and even though everyone seems to say 'as long as the game is good I don't mind how long it's delayed,' what they are in fact thinking is 'ah damn it, not another delay.'
As for Volition they are the guys that brought you Red Faction II, Descent, Summoner and The Punisher (a game which is so underrated). So what could they do with Saints Row that Rockstar hadn't already done with GTA?, well 360Monster went and found out.
The first thing you will do when you start the game is create a character and the level of customisation involved is reminiscent of EA titles like Fight Night 3. You can change everything from your characters build to the amount of fat in your cheeks. You will find yourself spending a good hour just making a new character, there is so much to edit. Of course for those who don't care about the look of your character you can simply choose a set character model and you'll be on your way.
Once you have made your fiddy cent look-a-like you will be thrust into the volatile streets of Stillwater. The first thing you will see in the game is a nice little cut scene, this is merely an info video to let you know what gangs you will be facing up against. Once the cut scene is finished you can either go off and raid some gun shops and shoot some hookers or you can join your new gang the 3rd Street Saints.
To join you simply have to kick the crap out of some of your fellow gang members (talk about getting off on the wrong foot) which again is not that much of a challenge more of a tutorial showing you how to beat people up. [Who said computer games were not educational? -Ed] Once you're in the 3rd Street Saints you can start earning money by completing missions or activities and by god there's a lot of work to be done before taking control of Stillwater. Activities include 'escort' which is where you have to protect a hooker and her client from the paparazzi, you get the usual with this one, by that I mean car chases with press vans on NOS while your passengers make rather loud noises.
Next you have 'Drug Trafficking', this one you don't even have to drive, you simply have to protect your drug dealer friend from being killed, you don't even have to leave the car to complete this one. You also get the 'Chop Shop' where you find cars and chop them up for money, 'Hijacking' where you half inch a nice car and sell it to a garage, 'Destruction Derby' which doesn't need much explaining and 'Hitman'... well if you need me to explain that then you shouldn't be buying Saints Row.
By far the best activity is Insurance Fraud, you have to make money by diving in front of cars and you get bonuses for hitting ambulances and police cars. It's just hilarious watching your limp body fly through the air after being hit by a rival gang member driving at 210mph, then it's even better watching your bank balance grow with the injuries. The side missions themselves will keep you happy for a good twenty four hours at least.
The campaign on the other hand is in fact quite immersive, you have to try and take control of Stillwater by defeating the High Rollerz really they are nothing but boy racers...codename CHAVS. The Los Carnales, who are just a bunch of high rolling Spanish guys trying to pick a fight with anything that moves... codename hamsters. Finally there's the Vice Kings, these guys are the creme de la creme, they live in penthouse apartments and have some really blinged out rides and ladies at there disposal. They are led by the kingpin of Stillwater, Benjamin King who is in fact voiced by the kingpin from the daredevil films Michael Clarke Duncan.
Another thing to note about the campaign is that you have to earn a set amount of respect to play out certain missions. Sometimes you will have no respect and the only way you will be able to carry on with the story mode is by first completing a few side missions. Now this is great as it means that neither the side missions nor story mode can truly be completed without doing a bit of both. A great idea which will see you travelling all over the map whether you like it or not.
That brings me on to my next topic the voice overs and the list is long and filled with some well known actors and actresses. Keith David who starred in one of the coolest ever movies The Chronicles of Riddick plays your boss Julius and also features in the Saints Row TV adverts finishing them off by saying "you ready for this playa?". Johnny Gat is voiced by Daniel dae Kim, for those who are staring blindly at the screen he's the Chinese guy in Lost.
David Carradine, Tia Carrera, Freddy Rodriguez, Clancy Brown and many other famous faces voice various characters within the game. The thing about having famous actors doing voices is that when you hear them in the game you immediately relate to them, what's more without knowing it you will, in some form, become attached to certain characters as you will feel you really do know them in some way.
I've already talked about the voice covers, but there is also a radio system much like GTA in Saints Row. I am a bit cheesed of though as one of my fave aspects with the 360 is the fact you can plug your iPod in to the USB slot and let rip, so it baffles me as to why Volition couldn't make a radio station for your music, instead I have to pause my personal music when a cut scene comes on and it can get really annoying. There are of course multiple radio stations for those without MP3 players and the music includes rock, pop, classical and much more and it also has various interviews some of which are a laugh to listen to.
The next thing to think about is in-game customisation and just like your character customisation there's a lot on offer. You can pimp your ride (I came up with that myself...I mean it...now lets watch some MTV), this includes adding spoilers, body kits, decals, window tints, rims (including really cool ones that don't stop spinning, get this they call them 'spinners') and of course every cars caffeine Nitrous Oxide aka. NOS.
You can also customise your clothes from boxers to boots. Various shops within the game sell different clothes. The list of accessories include belts, trainers, boots, baseball caps, top hats, baseball shirts, basketball jerseys, jeans, suits, leather jackets, sunglasses and much much more. If you want to buy some bling you can buy various pieces of jewellery like crosses or jewel encrusted guns to hang around your neck. That's not all; there are also tattoo shops within the game where you can add anything from flaming skulls to Ak47 to your body. I myself am partial to the huge tribal tattoos, but there's something for everyone.
On the whole the game is pretty big, it will take you a good week or two to complete the main single player mode, but it will take you a lot longer to finish off 100% of the game. The campaign is immersive and will see you playing out all sorts of missions from taking on hundreds of guys with nothing more than a baseball bats, where as others will see you simply taking out a single set target. The side missions are also good fun and are great for earning more respect to play more missions and also even better for earning more cash to spend on that Rastafarian hat you've always wanted.
Graphically this game looks amazing, I'm trying not to compare it to GTA, but compared (good start) to GTA it's a lot better. The character models are smooth and run walk, jump and fall without any unusual glitching. Also the little things like fences, walls, trees all look amazingly detailed. This extra level of detail was probably the reason the game was delayed for so long, but looking at it you realise that it's worth the year long wait.
The explosions are also mouthwateringly good. Watching a car explode after pelting it with a round from an AK47 is nothing short of awesome. Chain reactions is even better, multiple explosions despite at times slowing the game down look unbelievable. Again trying not to compare it to much to GTA the explosions in GTA were a tad lifeless and the resulting wreckage looks pretty crap to be honest, but with Saints Row the flames, smoke and wreckage all look... well believable.
Not forgetting the games ragdoll physics which makes things like dying look cool (I couldn't have made that sound any more morbid). The ragdoll physics is best seen when you go full speed into a head on collision with another car and the other driver will fly through the window and his limp body will float over your windscreen up towards the heavens as if it were high on Red Bull. It also makes the insurance fraud activity look unbelievably funny and is worth buying the game just to watch your limp body get run over by twenty two cars and an ambulance.
Sadly I did notice a lot of slowdown within the game, this can happen at anytime anywhere. It's probably because of the fact there are hardly any loading screens, but to be honest I'd be much happier with loading screens as the slowdown is unbearable, it ruins a great game when it does happen.
Control wise the buttons are all arranged very neatly. Things like changing a weapon have been made so simple by simply pressing B and using your thumb stick to select a weapon or D-Pad to eat some food. The cars also handle quite nicely, each car is unique enough to have a favourite, I myself love the HammerHead it's quick, excellent at drifting and quite tough. The drive by shooting system is pretty cool to; you can shoot at any angle, anywhere with a nice selection of weapons.
The game itself will last for a good few weeks if you go through all the side missions as well as the story mode. What's more the games lifespan is increased furthermore by a pretty neat online multiplayer section of the game. Ranted at the moment it is plagued with lag, but after a patch or two it will be as streamlined as a Shelby GT500.
Online you can play with up to 12 players in all and against all or team based matches. There are tons of matchtypes including good ol' deathmatch where the aim is to kill stuff using you homies as backup. Pimp my Ride is also pretty neat, in this you have to collect money by stealing jewellery then using that money pimp up your ride, first one to pimp their ride to the set level wins. There is also Protect the Pimp where one of your team mates or you yourself become a pimp and have to live out the onslaught from the other teams, then the pimp will switch to the other team and your job will then be to kill the pimp. There's a couple more, but I found that those three where the best to play.
You can also play co-op games with a friend, again this is a great feature and it is great fun going around Stillwater with a mate killing every Tom, Dick, Harry and Wilma. Ok so the online is at times horribly laggy, but once the glitches are ironed out it will be unbelievably addictive online, even now with all the lag its still playable enough to be fun.
Overall the game is unbelievable fun, the story mode is immense and immersive and will have you playing until the sun has set and risen again. The side missions also add to the lastability of this game with great activities like Hijacking and Hitman, it is truly awesome. It looks like a next-gen game and considering I hated the GTA series I was surprised by just how much better Saints Row was. Despite the screen slowdown, online lag and a couple of other missing features this is a damn good game and is definitely worth its £50 price tag.
Saints Row was the XBOX 360 alternative to GTA with very much in common with its far superior cousin. Set in a large-scale city, the game follows a traditional routine that sees you starting off as a virtual nobody before you eventually build up your crinimal empire and take over the underworld. Though a slightly older game now, (there is a more recent sequel, Saints Row 2, that was released only a couple of years ago) it is still quite fun to play and combines some of the best elements of the GTA games without any of the padding that Rockstar tend to bulk out their games with!
This is very much like San Andreas Lite without any of the vast expanses you often had to cover in that game to reach any kind of life! The ability to change not just your appearance but also a full list of your facial features is another neat little touch that just edges it above Rockstar's baby which is its main competition. Some of the missions are not as complex as in GTA and the graphics are really not up to much in comparison but still, this has a charm all of its own!
Would I recommend it? Well, it won't take up big chunks of your life like any of the GTA's did but it is a good little game to dip in and out of as there are plenty of amusing side-missions to keep you going that include jumping in front of cars to claim compensation and causing a set amount of damage within a certain time frame!
I enjoyed this but found it a pale comparison to any of the GTA's basically because I am such a big, big fan of those games and Rockstar in general! Still, this isn't half bad and, being an older game, you can now pick it up for a minimal amount of cash!
Overall this game is not perfect but it is a lot of fun!
Saints row is a 3rd person action sandbox style game in the city of stilwater. Similar to the GTA series the game follows the main character in a city making a name for himself. The game starts of with character customization and then finds himself part of the saints gang as they fight against other gangs in the hopes of controlling the city. The main story is well done and doesnt bore you even for a second as you are eager to find out what happens to you gang as the game progresses
You will be pitted against the other gangs as you wrestle and controls more parts of the city with each mission. You will also have to be vary of cops with your wanted rating and the increased attention it brings at later levels. As in the GTA series you can control every vehicle in the city from cars, to buses to boats. You can also just choose from a variety of weapons and take the enemies/cops on foot.
Endless customuzation is present in terms of clothes which add to your repect rating which helps unlock more missions. There is a huge amount of sidequests in the game from driving to protection of others.
The graphics are good and better off than previous GTA games. The music is good with audio tracks but the voice acting is top notch. A number of famous actors have lend their voices to various characters in the game.
There is an endless amount of stuff to do in this game from main missions to just causing mayhem with a rocket launcher. If sandbox games are your thing then definetely see yourself spending hours on this.
Saints Row is truly fantastic, it's a bit old now but is still quite fun. Its basically just a fun not so serious version on GTA, i have got an achievement for playing this game for more than 20 hours (loser!) and i have enjoyer 95% of it.
The graphics on this game are also something that is good for an old game. The scenery is very good and the characters look amazing. My favourite part of the graphics are the cars because you get quite a lot of variety.
The gameplay is most probably the the best bit about the game, simply because the game has a certain feel to it, i love the way that you go into a big gang shootout and have to go and pay $450 to fix up your car!
The sound quality on SR is quite good, the character graphics match the sound, This is key to making amazing characters, the sound effects are quite cool, the crashing sound doesn't sound too over the top unlike some other games.
In all SR is amazing i would probably score it 9.5/10, You can buy it nowadays for £5-£15 there is a sequel which is currently valued at £30, although SR2 is better than SR number 1 is better value for money.
From the second i got onto this game i knew that i would probably not turn it off for the next couple of days. This is mainly due to the fact that it had a brand new feel for me as opposed to the GTA games, lots of different stuff to do including more in-depth customization of a variety of things such as, cars, facial features etc and one thing that i was quite surprised about was the option to buy weed from the liquor store in a few different forms. The territory aspect of the game was very impressive, although, GTA: San Andreas already had this covered i found it to be more entertaining in the long run in Saints Row. Another thing i noticed was how much attention had been paid to the tiniest little details like puttin a bullet through your tv and having it crackle and smoke. All in all i found this game to be a very refreshing break from the GTA series and i will definitely be buying number 2.
Saints Row, homage or shameless rip-off? Ironically it's probably the fans of Grand Theft Auto who'll be most vocal in either ripping it to shreds or admiring it for being just like their favourite crime sim. One thing's for sure. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Saints Row team must sleep in monogrammed Rockstar PJs.
You play as a nameless up-and-coming hoodlum in the tough ghettos of Stilwater. Having a tag or even a personality doesn't matter, because you're just a bad guy. And those two words sum up everything there is to say about you.
Stilwater's hood is reasonably proportioned, about the same size as GTA's Vice City. You're free to explore the entire map right from the start, and all of the hundred-plus side missions are also immediately available. That's cool, because you can dip into one of the better challenges like Insurance Fraud or Demolition Derby and instantly impress your mates with some of the high spots. Driving around the city streets is an exciting experience for the first hour or so. It takes about that long to see the major landmarks and for a malignant sense of over-familiarity to seep through the seams. Stilwater is an unremarkable place, notable only for being a realistic depiction of inner-city USA. Aside from the superb RoboCop-style steel mill, there's nothing that hasn't been seen in every other sandbox crime game. As a result, it can't be appreciated in the same way as other iconic game worlds like San Andreas, Silent Hill, or City 17.
It's extremely next-gen for the sheer abundance of high-res texturing. Stilwater looks damn crisp. And although it's hard to keep count, the diverse range of pedestrian characters and vehicles is particularly generous. Yes, Saints Row is exhaustively detailed, but unfortunately it's prone to pop-up and a temperamental framerate in equal measure. It seems you can't have your layer cake and eat it.
In some sections, you find yourself in the passenger seat with the AI behind the wheel. Frustratingly, it often gets stuck on scenery, especially if it's been bumped off course. There's not much you can do, apart from abandon the vehicle. This is often at great personal risk. Whenever the AI is in the driver's seat, you know it's exactly that. Finishing these missions is more down to luck than skill.
Stilwater's cops don't seem too clever either. There were many occasions where we gunned enemies down in plain view of a patrol car and they didn't bat an eyelid. Either they don't mind criminals killing each other, or they're just too busy eating doughnuts. Your homies are much more attuned. They'll follow you around on command and will automatically target the person you're attacking. It's a good thing that you always feel more comfortable with a few punks on standby.
Stilwater is arguably a more versatile sandbox than the likes of The Godfather or True Crime. But there still are some really serious limitations compared to GTA. There are invisible walls stopping you getting up onto the mountains or from swimming out too far. You might also be surprised to hear there aren't any motorbikes! The worst offender of all though, is the lack of controllable planes or helicopters. Discovering these in San Andreas opened it up to new and exciting possibilities. Their absence here is Saints Row's most disappointing step backwards.
The controls and gameplay are spot-on, despite being occasionally hindered by the stuttering framerate. Thankfully, the pacing is less staccato. Having filled your respect meter by completing a side-activity, you can take on one of the more serious story missions. The learning curve is good and there's a fair amount of variety.
The best part of the game isn't a story mission at all. It's a challenge called Insurance Fraud, where the objective is to leap in front of speeding vehicles. The more injuries you sustain and the more witnesses you clock up, the more you earn in damages. Adding OTT ragdoll to a funny situation makes for easily the game's best moment. Anyone who remembers Destruction Derby on the PlayStation will also get a kick from the motordrome. Here you take part in a 12-car demolition derby. It's unpredictable, it's chaotic and it's a stack of fun.
Not everything in the script hits the mark though. The radio DJs are insanely derivative and don't even come close to being as funny as GTA's... or even funny at all. Yuck! Without a doubt, Saints Row's biggest contribution to the genre is multiplayer. This also happens to be the most fun part of the game. You can take your heavily customised character online to compete in 16 player battles spread over four game modes.
There's standard Deathmatch, a mode called Big Ass Chains, plus two excellent team games. In Protect the Pimp mode, one team has to escort an unarmed pimp to the level's exit, while the other team has to kill him. It's an elimination game where you only get one life, and teamwork is an absolute must. It's a real giggle to see your customised character running around alongside other unique players. If you're chosen to be the pimp, you can also kill people instantly with the devastating pimp-slap attack. The best multiplayer mode is called Blinged Out Ride. This takes place in massive outdoor areas where four players can jump in a car to perform some drive-bys. It's chaos as you try to earn enough cash to turn your car into the ultimate pulling machine.
The online modes work very well, even though the maps are a little uninspired. Im also a fan of the lobby system that allows you to play a mini-deathmatch while the next game is being set up. So Saints Row does deliver something new for GTA fans.
Saint's row is a Free-roam sandbox game very similar to the Grand theft auto series, You play in 3rd person mode in this game. In Saint's row you are a Gangster in the streets of America where Gangs rule the Night and day. At the start of the game you make a character and you play as him all the way through the game. You yourself are in a gang called the Saint's.
The graphics are pretty good in this game but they are not the best due to when it was released, If this game was released now it would have alot better graphics. There is quite alot of player detail in the game, The explosions are very good and the physics in the game are brilliant! But you notice the graphics are not top notch when you look at the landscapes and surroundings on the game. I have never had a freeze up or experienced slow rendering times.
The single player in Saint's row kept me occupied alot! The missions are quite unique and they have a ton of difficulty levels, some missions are really hard and some easy etc. In the single player you have 3 main story lines which are 3 enemy gangs. Also you have sub missions which can earn you in game cash and items that will help you along the way. Some of the sub missions are Hitman missions, Drug trafficking missions, Racing missions etc. The single player is very good and kept me playing until I completed the game!
This game does contain violence, Drugs references, sex references and Gun references.
Saints row is a Free Roaming action game exclusive to the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
In this game you work for a gang called the third street saints, your goal is to eliminate all the rival gangs and takeover the city of Stillwater.
The city is your playground, you can go anywhere and do anything you want at any time. This game draws much influence from the grand theft auto series, though it does not seem to be quite as fun. It is also missing flying vehicles like planes which made San Andreas and GTA4 so enjoyable.
It does do something new, as it has a multiplayer online mode. The latest grand theft auto has a much better online mode so it is nothing amazing.
If you simply must have a new free roaming game and have played all the others you probably will enjoy saints row.
You can get this game for around 10 to £20.00 which is reasonable.
Saints Row was the first game I bought when I purchased my Xbox 360. Like many people I was enticed by the idea of a Grand Theft Auto clone to keep me going for awhile until further GTA games became available. What I found was a game that stands up perfectly well on its own, a game that it would be unfair to compare to any of the GTA series, and a game that is incredibly fun to play.
Based in the city of Stilwater the game starts with your character getting caught in the middle of a 3 way gang fight. One of the gangs tries to run you over but the leader of the Saint's saves you. The game then starts with you having to fight a 'gang initiation', after which you go fully into the plot.
Unlike GTA Saints Row's main story never really deviates from a struggle for power and turf between 4 rivals gangs -
# The 3rd Street Saints - the gang you join, whose gang colour is puple, they plan to use gang violence to take back the streets from the other gangs and restore peace. They are the poorest of the gangs, based out of a church on the East side of Stilwater.
# Los Carnales - the hispanic gang (mostly columbians and dominicans), gang colour is red, and specialise in arms dealing and drugs, based around the airport and the run-down industrial areas of Stilwater.
# The Vice Kings' - a mix of african-americans and white guys, gang colour is yellow. Due to their the fact they specialise in music and entertainment the Vice Kings' main territory is the commercial/downtown area.
# The Westside Rollerz - Mainly Asian-Americans and white guys, gang colour is blue, specialise in racing and cars, the northwest area of Stilwater.
Over the course of the game you will play missions, try and take enemy strongholds (one of my personal favourites), or complete activities.
Missions range from the usual petty thefts to ultra-satisfying killing and vandalism sprees. There is a hell of alot of them, and if you fail one no problem re-try at the press of a button with no penalty.
The activities range from working as a hitman which involves finding your targets (not as easy as it sounds) and killing them with a certain weapon, to 'Insurance Fraud' (Brilliant!) which basically involves you throwing yourself in front of cars or crashing your own at high speed so you can smash through the windscreen and filling up a damage meter (obviously you cant die while doing this activity). The rag-doll like physics of this part of the game are amazing and unlike anything used before in a sandbox style game (it's something Rockstar incorporated into GTA:IV no doubt influenced by SR). The activities are one of the best parts about this game, with good rewards once they are all completed, some of which like the pimp-cane shotgun are very handy in the main missions.
Your character is fully customisable, you start the game by designing your character, then once you have some cash you can get new clothes, haircuts, tattoo's etc. You have a personal MP3 player which can be used to play songs (mostly from recognised artists) bought from the Music Stores, or to play your own music downloaded onto your Xbox 360, a great feature.
The controls are easy to use, and the fact all gun use is free aim gives a very arcade feel to the game, although sometimes the camera pans around alittle slow.
The online part of the game has decent games (protect the pimp, blinged-out ride, deathmatch, team death match, and big-ass chain) but has always suffered from bugs and terrible lag. A patch did help slightly but you still often find people find ways to cheat by using the lag to their advantage with you sometimes being killed before you even see the opponent appear in front of you. For these reasons I wouldnt buy SR if you are only interested in the Xbox Live side.
Overall a great game that is alot of fun. Too many people will compare it to GTA:IV which isn't fair as SR came much earlier, and taken as its own is a game worth buying for any sandbox fan.
Saints row is a Third person Sand-box style action adventure game, the game is set in Stillwater, a large city, You play as yourself a character you make yourself and customize in many different ways. The game begins as you get caught up in a gang fight between three major gangs of the city, as one of the gang memebers attempt to take your life you are saved by the 3rd Streets Saints leader Julius. Julius is impressed by you and offers you a chance to join the gang but first you have to prove yourself by fighting against many other gang wannabes. After being accepted in to the gang you are given the choice of which gang you want to take down first with three to choose from its not long till city will be yours.
With many different types of weapons, cars and sidequests this game will keep you entertained for hours. The story line will keep you hooked to the edge of your seat till the very twisted end.
If GTA were on steroids, it would be called Saints Row. As much as I love GTA, and have played, beaten, and perfected almost every game, saints row beats out GTA by far. It took the gang theme of Andreas, and mixed it in there, the bad-ass attitude of GTA 3, and the fun factor of GTA Nice City and combined it to make one big super game.
You get to make choices up and down the game, what clothes to wear, what types of weapons you want/need. What missions to do first, what hideouts to take over, but the one choice you cannot make is what gang you are stuffed into, and thats the 3rd Street Saints. Sure the Los Carnales, Westside Rollerz, and the Vice Kings have better cars, colours, leaders, women, guns, hideouts and what have you, but the Saints needs a gem and happen to find you in cross fire.
Aside from the nice storyline that goes with the game (and twist ending with the Kings) there is really good online play. You have a variety of games from Blinged Out Ride (a team game) to Protect the Pimp where a team defends the exits so the Pimp Can't escape and the hitmen try to kill the pimp, or the pimp side kill everyone or escape.
So if you can't decide after an hour of looking at games (like every gamer) then pick up saints row, whip out that plastic, slide it through and play the game that is tearing up the rankings, Saints Row.
Note : Review for Saints Row 2 (which comes out on the PS3 as well) will be coming soon.
When Saints Row was released fr the first time, it was 100% better than GTA San Andreas, but now we have GTA IV you had best leave this product in the Pre-Owned section of Game. The Graphics are very cartoony and the cops AI are rubbish, the Online mode is terrible. If I were you I would avoid it unless it is £5 at the boot sale. personally I would wait for Saints Row Two or purchase GTA IV, again in America, Guns blazing, Car jacking etcBased in a fictional city unlike GTA based on New York City, terrible music and gameplay.
Saints row is a great game which features the fun of arcady style fighting and driving with the graphics to add realism. the game shares many trends with grand theft auto and is just as fun. the selection of weapons impressed me the most, the maps are huge and this is helped the the selection of fast cars and bikes. the game isn't just free roaming. the campaign is surprisingly interesting with a good plot line and similary to GTA weapons and islands are opened as missions are achieved. the advantage of saints row over GTA is price most importantly, the game goes from as litlle as £10 up to a common maximum of roughly £30. any price at around £20 is an absolute bargain, however paying £30 is no diaster because the game can be more fun than grand theft auto. the graphics are great and gamplay can become additive, a great game to play with friends or to complete the campaign alone.
Saints row is a 3rd person "sandbox" game. This refers to the free roam and choices in gameplay. Playing a ganster in the streets of an american city. It is very much in the same breed as the Grand theft auto series of games. A game which involves guns, cars and more guns. This really is for the mature gamer and not children. There are many varied missions inlcuding picking up hookers, robbing banks and lots of murders. Once again: not for children.
However this is still a great game, lots of variety, bloodshed and great gameplay. The single player game is vast and has a great character customization system.
The graphics are excellant and the gameplay is fairly good. Its main problem is that it is not Grand theft auto. Everytim i play this game i think to myself, why would i play this when i have GTA. This game is over a year old and will Grand theft auto IV around the corner, i cant think of a good reason to choose this game over its vastly superior rival
Saints Row is a 3rd person action adventure game based in the fictional city of Stilwater. After an opening cinematic you have to create your single player character from a range of different customization options after this Stilwater is your playground. Similar to the GTA series you take on a role of a criminal taking on all enemies as you aim to take over Stilwater. There are main storyline missions that the player can progress through or there are a variety of side missions or activities that they can take part in. Stilwater itself is a very large city with different areas for you too explore like chinatown district and suburbs each having their own unique feel. The main story mission are nothing ground-breaking and the chances are you have completed similar missions in other games with follow, collect or kill the main object of most of them.
The side missions however can be excellent ranging from being a pimp to drug running, stealing specific cars and street racing. Two stand out activities are Hitman and Insurance fraud, Hitman gives you a list of people who you must kill using a specific weapon, it gives you the general area in the city they could be found and it is up to you to hunt them down and kill them. Though it can be frustrating finding some of the targets it is extremely rewarding when you finally get them. Insurance Fraud is particularly fun where you have to dive on front of oncoming cars to get injured and claim insurance, simple but still fun trying to get as much money as you can as you fly over dozens of cars as you get hit head-on by a high speed vehicle. More money is offered for distance and height travelled, number of vehicles involved in accident and number of witnesses there are.
There is a lot of freedom in Saints Row in that you can take part in these missions and activities in any order you wish. Your character can also take part in kidnapping if he chooses all they have to do is steal a car and drive of with the passenger in it to activate the kidnapping.
Most of the vehicles in Saints can be customised using chop shops in the city with the ability to change spoilers, roofs, hoods and even add nitrous and hydraulics as well as decals and paint jobs. Unfortunately there are no motorbikes, boats, planes or helicopters in Saints which would have added variety to the travel but you do have the option to call a taxi or get on a train to ease your transport needs.
The controls are not the greatest but do the job good enough but driving is just not fun and is sometimes a chore as the handling is terrible.
Online this game is great with a bunch of different modes like protect the pimp and blinged out ride as well as more traditional modes such as gangster brawl.
This game will no doubt be compared to GTA and be called a GTA clone but it has enough about it to stand on its own merit as it is just as good as GTA and in some areas even betters it and the multiplayer just adds to the fun