Excerpt: First off, great game. Just like playing GTA, only better. Fully customizable characters. Ability to upgrade weapons. Everything you could want in a game if you like GTA. Only about a third of the way through it but would definitely replay after im finished.
Conclusion: In a time where gamers are complaining about not having enough unique content to play, Saints Row: The Third is a perfect option. It’s crass and unique, delivering an experience unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. This outing turns the knob up to eleven and never looks back, without fear or repercussions. For that, as well as its incredibly addicting and fun content, I applaud Volition Inc. Great job, guys. This is easily one of the best games of the year.
Excerpt: A lot of what makes Saints Row: The Third great -- and can we just call it Saints Row 3 from here on out? -- is the same stuff that made Saints Row 2 great . But a couple of important differences go beyond the upgraded graphics engine and the new gameplay features. The first is that it finally gets how to do characters. These aren't "real" characters, of course.
Excerpt: Saints Row has always been a counterpoint to the darker toned GTA IV and, with its sense of humour and action, is closer in nature to earlier iterations of Rockstar’s mega popular sandbox series. Saints Row: The Third is undoubtedly the first time that the series has truly found its own identity, being even more outlandish to the extent that drop kicking through a car window, for instance, becomes a common method of stealing vehicles.
Excerpt: The Saints Row series has always lived in Grand Theft Auto ’s looming shadow, not quite the black sheep of the open-world genre, but just a few wool-curls shy. Its third iteration bucks that trend, hard, shoving its crime-fetishism into natural light, and, boy, is the game blossoming.
Summary: Saints Row: The Third is juvenile, crass, frequently offensive and always over-the-top. The ESRB rating on the back of the game's case is filled with so many content descriptors that they scrape the edges of the logo. This game is aggressive about earning its M-rating. It's also one of the most entertaining rides I've taken this year.
Pros: Redefines "over-the-top" with every new twist and turn, Surprisingly likable characters complement a compelling narrative, Filled with clever nods to pop culture and geek culture, Whored Mode is insanely fun
Cons: Attempts at humor occasionally fall flat, Easily offended gamers are going to crucify this game
Excerpt: The Third Street Saints have come a long way since their conception back in 2006. Starting out as a goofy take on RockstarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s proud formula, Saints Row has progressively accepted its ridiculousness...
Pros: + Honed to perfection, + Side events are a blast, + Co-op is double the fun, + Absolutely ridiculous
Cons: More refined than remastered, Enemy spawning pools
Excerpt: You've got a lot of wonderful games to choose from this fall. Dovahkiin and crew are carving up dragons in Skyrim , you're finally going to get some use out of that stupid WiiMotion Plus over in the new Zelda , and you're comfortably getting called a full range of slurs by teenage boys in Modern Warfare 3 . Those games are all great, but they all take themselves a little too seriously.
Conclusion: Concept: Take the insanity of Saints Row to new heights in a new city
Graphics: Explosions and environments look great, but character models could use some work
Sound: Killing gangsters with lasers while listening to The Karate Kid’s “You’re the Best” or Rocky IV’s “No Easy Way Out” is incredible
Playability: Everything controls smoothly, regardless of whether you’re in an on-foot gunfight or piloting the Warhawk-like VTOL
Entertainment: Action-packed missions and...