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A Whole Lot of Crazy
, November 15, 2011
This review is from: Saint's Row: The Third - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
The best way to describe the Saint's Row series is if the developer's took a look at GTA: San Andreas and said "okay, that's great, but let's try for 40% more wacky" - and each iteration thereafter was just that much more absurd than the last. This is a good thing. GTAIV went the more serious route with a deep, compelling crime drama and a protagonist battling his inner demons... Saint's Row had you go into ragdoll mode to commit insurance fraud. It's a nice duality for this console generation.
Anyway, enough history as I'm sure since you're onto the third edition that you have some idea what the game is about. If you enjoyed Saint's Row 2, you're going to enjoy this game. There are some really, really weird new weapons (anything having to do with Professor Genki really), a new city to wander around, a lot more character customization, and just a lot of silly crap.
The actual gameplay itself is an upgrade to Saint's Row 2. Everything feels pretty tight, the vehicles and targeting systems are good, no complaints there really. The city itself looks great, it's big with a lot of varying areas and a lot of mayhem to be had, that's for sure. The soundtrack is a little over the top, it kind of makes me feel like I'm in an 80's action montage half the time... which is a good thing.
A big standout to me is the new upgrade system. You're able to accumulate an empire as you snag properties and can use the cash to buy health upgrades, weapon upgrades, clothes, etc. The initial character model creation has a ton of variation as well. Definitely a good move on the developer's part there.
The story itself is pretty good. It's not longer a three part thing where you go after each gang individually, it's more of a cohesive thing that goes throughout the game. If you feel like ignoring it, of course, go nuts. That's what sandbox games are all about!
I have two gripes though: the character models aren't as crisp as they could be. For the amount of customization available they could have made them look a little better. They're not bad... just not great either. In addition, they took out a few of the more interesting side missions from the last game (Fuzz and the Sanitation Truck one stand out to me) and kept the more mundane ones (Escort. Always with the pimps & hoes).
Regardless, the game is a lot of crazy. It's fun to screw around with for ten minutes or a few hours. If you're a fan of the series, definitely worth picking up.
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