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Saints Row: The Third
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3



Reviewed on: PC
Developer:
Volition Inc.
Publisher: THQ
Rated: "M" for Mature



CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

   
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User Rating:        6
   
Presentation: 6

You could nitpick on so many things here, but that wouldn't take away from the fact that Saints Row: The Third, with its fantastic visuals and use of music is miles ahead of anything that's come in the franchise before.

Gameplay: 5

Where the game really hits its stride is with the over the top action moments like grasping for dear life to a safe being lifted by a helicopter as you attempt to shoot out guards. Saints Row: The Third is to the series what GTA III was to Rockstar's franchise.

Lasting Appeal:
5

From getting cosmetic surgery to insurance scams and surfing on fighter planes, there's plenty to do in Saints Row: The Third. Add on multiplayer and whored mode (yes, you read that right) and Saints Row: The Third is quite the package.

Overall: 6
Thanks to a series of improvements and most importantly the series finally carving out its own identity, it's almost impossible to ignore Saints Row: The Third. It's a tongue-in-cheek thrill ride that gives the player ultimate freedom.
CHEATfactor: 6
 
 
   
     

In the past, THQ and Volition's Saints Row series has been the equivalent of the Scary Movie films. They take something successful and loved, in this case the Grand Theft Auto series and mock it for all its worth. Sure, it's passable, but it never sets its sights higher than being a goofy version of something that came before it. Until now that is.

With Saints Row: The Third, Volition has thrown caution (and pretty much everything else to the wind) and carved out a brand new identity for its goofy open world action game. Sure, you're still going steal cars and run amok in a large virtual city, but the heart of the latest Saints Row comes with its new over-the-top action move direction that's created some of my favorite gaming moments of this year. Perhaps it's fitting that Saints Row's defining moment came in its third game, just as it did for the series that it once emulated.

At the end of Saints Row 2, the Third Street Saints have defeated all of their rivals and have thus turned their once little street gang into a media empire. They're spokesmen for Japanese Energy drinks, they're on billboards - they're targets. It's in a routine bank heist, with an actor looking to “do some research” for the upcoming Saints movie that things go awry. The bank tellers begin to fight back and it's not long before the Saints find themselves in jail. Just when the Saints are beginning to doubt what they've become, an organization known as The Syndicate bribes the cops and lets the Saints out and the organization's leader, business man Philippe Loren attempts to make a deal with the Saints; give up two thirds of their revenue and he'll let them live. Of course, that doesn't sit well with our anti-heroes, who stage one of the most off the wall escapes in gaming history and Saints Row: The Third begins proper.

"...you'll be able to create some truly out there characters."

 
   

Well, to be honest, any Saints Row game before this one would have began there, but the moments before this scene set the stage for some of the game's big changes. You'll start by creating your character, and while not all of your options are open to you at first, throughout the game you'll be able to create some truly out there characters. I started out with a well-dressed and dapper Spaniard with a uni-brow and several moles, but as the game worse on he became something else entirely; a cross dressing clown with pigtails and blood dripping down his face. Saints Row: The Third truly lets players create whoever they want to be their lead character, including zombies. Yes. Zombies.

The core gameplay of Saints Row: The Third remains the same, take cars and run amok in an open world city while trying to make a name for yourself, and it's deeply satisfying - for the most part. The new city of Steelport is a large one filled with vastly different sections of the city, like the bustling downtown filled with lights and illuminated billboards, the residential section and the industrial section. I often found myself just finding cars and driving around the city, just to see what I could find. Handling is more forgiving like Grand Theft Auto III and it's spinoffs than the realistic Grand Theft Auto IV, so you'll be able to have a lot more fun driving around and not have to worry quite as much about taking those turns as 90 MPH.

Where Saints Row: The Third really makes its mark though is with its new over-the-top action sequences. Finally carving out its own identity, Volition has presented a number of high octane moments that are a complete blast to play. Take for instance that scene where the Saints attempt to rob the bank, it starts off as you'd expect, going through and shooting everything in your path, but it soon turns into something that like nothing you've ever played before. Before long you're jumping from building to building Uncharted style and hanging from a safe that's being hoisted from the building via helicopter. You'll also parachute into a crowded party and much more. It's almost impossible to play through these missions without a smile on your face - or much more, laughing loudly.

Perhaps that's the real genius of Saints Row: The Third, even while creating its own identity, the game never loses sight of its roots and never takes itself too seriously, keeping its comedy fully intact. The game manages to mock not only games like Grand Theft Auto but movies, music, pop culture and even itself. Throughout the game you'll catsit a lion, take out furries and even visit a Tron inspired world. I firmly believe that the real appeal of any open world game like this is to be the biggest douche-bag you can be, and Saints Row does that perfectly by allowing me to summon an airstrike against an entire city...while being completely naked.

"...has managed to integrate the music into the game's core experience."

 
   

It's also remarkable how Volition has managed to integrate the music into the game's core experience. Parachuting into a crowded party would be exciting enough with a royalty free guitar riff behind it, but when you put Kanye West's “Power” behind it, the scene becomes something different entirely, it becomes a spectacle. The game is filled with these moments, in fact one of my favorite moments of the year comes early in the game, if you turn your car's radio to a specific station, the characters will sing the entire song “What I got” by Sublime. When it happened, I had to stop what I was doing and just watch the game, it's an even bigger feat when you take into account that the game allows you to choose between three different voices for your character.

Aside from the game's main missions, there's tons to do in Saints Row: The Third. You can commit insurance fraud, surf on jet planes and even get a sex change. The game also features a number of different modes including the aptly titled “Whored Mode” (yes, you read that right) and a pretty fun multiplayer suite. Saints Row: The Third is an adult playground that drops you in and lets you do well....pretty much whatever you want.

In the past, it was easy to cast off Saints Row. It's just a funny Grand Theft Auto clone. It's uninspired. Now though, thanks to a series of improvements and most importantly the series finally carving out its own identity, it's almost impossible to ignore Saints Row: The Third. It's a tongue-in-cheek thrill ride that gives the player ultimate freedom. It may not be perfect but it's easily the best game of the series. 

 

CHEATfactor

CHEATS USED: Invincibility, Unlimited Ammo, Super Vehicles, Add Money

Saints Row: The Third gives you a lot of freedom to do whatever you want in a large city, but there's just one problem - there's repercussions and consequences for your actions. Throw all that out the window with the trainer from Cheat Happens. The cheats allow you to have even more freedom as you run amok like being invincible and having unlimited ammo as well as having super vehicles that don't get damaged.

My favorite cheat by far though was the add money cheat which opens up a ton of activities in the city earlier than you'd normally be able to, and that's important when you're trying to get a sex change...

 

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 atmar_king
 
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posted: 12/30/2011 4:14:55 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

very very enjoying scenes and vry good graphic also the best driving game I have ever played I have enjoyed it alot and going for a second finish of the game its really the best

 
 saurabhfzd
 
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posted: 12/17/2011 10:52:32 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

its such a fun....such a hilarious game. thoroughly enjoyed it. bang on Joe. u said it.

 
 tupper
 
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posted: 12/16/2011 8:08:27 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Great premise...hillarious acting....
such poor execution.
save game disaster....like playing ps1 games from 10 years ago.
seriously? this game could have had a savegame system like skyrim, but no! we're forced to play the same stupid levels (and they are stupid) over and over again, with no hope of saving...

 
 CCFDMAN1
 
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posted: 12/14/2011 5:34:53 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

All agreed on this review this game is addictive fun and beating the crap out of someone with a rubber dong is funny too

 
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