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. As a sequel, Saints Row 2 features all new customization options and a much larger city.
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. You could play Saints Row 2 straight down the line, po-faced to the extreme, but doing so wouldn't do the game justice.
Summary: When the original Saints Row came out two years ago, it served to placate fans until Grand Theft Auto made its next-generation debut. Saints Row's deviant destruction didn't push the boundaries of what to expect from a free-roaming urban assault game, but it did provide an enjoyable outlet for consequence-free chaos while never taking itself too seriously.
Pros: Tons of variety, Zombie Uprising is awesome, Co-op mode is a blast, You can throw people 20 feet
Cons: Frame rate issues and tons of pop-in, Friendly AI is frustratingly stupid, Multiplayer is forgettable
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.” For instance, the original Saint’s Row was responsible for the now standard GPS feature and even multiplayer online functionality.