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4.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Lot of Crazy, November 15, 2011
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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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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 7:49:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 7:58:16 AM PST
Mr. JT says:
I really enjoyed your write-up about Saints Row (SR): 3rd - but the only thing that I had a issue with was this statement:

"...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."

Whenever a game has extensive character model customizations there will always be a trade off and it's unfair to expect it to have top notch detail (i.e. Gears of War, Uncharted). The model detail is far better looking then any other previous SR game.

I even found the hair physics to be superior to games that are generally perceived as "superior" to SR such as Mass Effect.

Good review, FANTASTIC game (this has always been a series I wanted to like but never could play for more then a few minutes before getting completely turned off -- It has won me over, Saints Row: The Third finally delvers goods just like those great Gary Busey commercials did.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 3:56:32 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 25, 2011 12:17:55 PM PST
Thanks 4 the review. I might pick up a copy now. I downloaded a demo of the character customizing feature on XBL and loved that mode. I made a guy and a girl. I figured that since that was so fun to do the game itself might be fun too and based on your review as well as others i've read, I think so.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 9:04:04 AM PST
Jason Bean says:
Good review! I have to agree I was also a bit disappointed with the side-missions in this game and I didn't think the new ones were as fun as the ones in Saints 2. Also I noticed character customization wasn't as deep either (you can't tweek the clothing the way you could in the previous games). But I agree this game is still awesome and definitely worth picking up!

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 5:07:16 AM PST
Very good description of the game. It is a great game, so funny and so much fun to play!!!! I have not played the previous two games, but I for one LOVED the "character models" in this game and I did not notice the "more interesting side missions" that were "missing" from the last game because I have never played them. I highly recommend this game if you like having fun!!!!

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 5:33:38 PM PST
David says:
getting a copy of SR3 now! price went down to 40 Bucks! good review too:)

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 9:25:21 PM PDT
FullMoon2015 says:
This game requires Steam on the PC. I'm assuming it does not require anything on the 360. Can you just put the disc in and play?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2013 10:37:19 PM PDT
Mr. JT says:
The one good thing if you do have Steam is that you can normally find it on sale for extremely low prices. I bought my Steam copy for about $3. There is a physical disc you can buy for the PC but I think it's just the software, and probably would still require some third-party DRM.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2013 7:19:09 AM PDT
FullMoon2015 says:
Okay, but you didn't really answer my question. Does the 360 version require Steam or any kind of internet?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2013 7:36:42 AM PDT
M. Mizov says:
No. Not necessary.
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