Saints Row: The Third Review
Posted March 15, 2012 by Jallen (167)
When the first Saint’s Row came out, it was not much more than half-hearted clone of GTA. Both series evolved in different directions with GTA IV taking a more serious tone (and not always to the pleasing of its players,) while Saint’s Row 2 seemed to focus more on over-the-top stories and violence. Saints Row 2 did pretty well as a game though it had its flaws too. However, since the beginning of last year, many fans have been anticipating the release of Saints Row the Third.
Praise the Lawd and pass the ammunition!
The story takes place after the conclusion of Saints Row 2. Your character has gone from being a washed-up gang leader in a coma to being on top of the world with a partnership with the Ultor Corporation, your own branding, your own energy drink, and celebrity status. So what do you do? You rob a bank, things go wrong, another rival gang tries to muscle you, blah blah blah, and you leave the sunny California-like atmosphere for the dingy, East-Coat industrial town of Steelport (I find myself thinking of Pittsburg, though I’m sure New York is the inspiration).
Instead of the Statue of Liberty we have the…Steelworker of Despair?
Notice that I don’t spend too much time focusing on the story. The reason for this is that the story seems to be an afterthought. It doesn’t even try to be realistic, but instead focuses on the over-the-top qualities of Saints Row 2 and ratchets them up quite a bit. Like it Saint’s Row 2, you create your character, assign him/her a voice, and then the story progresses. You steal cars like before, though you can either open a car door the conventional way, or with a button combo, your character will jump into the passenger window or the windshield in a rather comical way. It can actually be handy if you are in a fire fight and need a fast escape.
In this city, there are three principal gangs. There are the Deckers, who are basically hackers (though the soldiers have plenty of guns). There are the Luchadores, who appear to be wrestlers with guns and big trucks. Finally, there is the Morningstar, who is the oldest gang in the city, and are pretty much the top dogs in Steelport. Each gang has their own style and vehicles, much like the previous game.
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