Excerpt: We don’t get the recent GTA IV backlash. At all. GTA IV was amazing. Deep down, everyone knows it. Though even we’d admit that once you’d plowed through Niko’s story, what remained was hardly the greatest example of raucous sandbox fun... The anti-GTA IV, Saints Row 2 puts all this right.
Pros: 100% fun, Best co-op around, Allows tons of creativity
Cons: Technically a mess, Wafer-thin story, Not a looker
Excerpt: Saints Row 2 is set years after the original in a Stilwater that is both familiar and strange. The explosive events of the last chapter has left your character wounded, betrayed, and thirsty for revenge, and after a long coma induced sleep it's time to take back the city that has forgotten you.
Excerpt: The Saints Row franchise has unfortunately lived under the microscope as a one-off of the famed Grand Theft Auto series of games. However, the comparison is unfair, because as we have come to find out, …
Excerpt: We really hope Volition and THQ are fully aware of the game they've created. Saints Row 2 is a game that excels at being bad. Whereas Rockstar's GTA 4 did its very best to be the most accomplished, cinematic video game of all time, Saints Row 2 often goes in completely the other direction.
Conclusion: In my opinion, Saints Row 2 is not a GTA4 killer. It's a great addition to the series and one of the better games released in the Holiday 2008 period. SR2 will make many gamers happy whether they're new to the series or hardcore fans.
Excerpt: I've been reviewing games for 16 years. The entire time, I've tried to avoid using the word "fun" because it's so subjective. It's a fine concept when you're just shooting the breeze with friends. But as a critical observation, it's simply not helpful.
Excerpt: The Saint’s Row series has always been underappreciated. Though constantly overshadowed by the much larger and much more successful Grand Theft Auto series, Volition’s open-world gangster simulation gave more to the growing genre than most games dubbed “GTA clones.
Conclusion: Add to this a heap of inconsistencies (at times, weapons either do a great deal of damage or not enough, but rarely operate with consistency) and performance glitches (for example, the game froze twice, erasing all credits and forcing complete restarts) and “Saints Row 2″ amounts to one word:...