Review by: Mack
If you enjoy your visceral action-adventure games with a comedic twist, please read on. Saints Row: The Third is, in a word, ECPLOSIVE! The game picks up a few years after the action packed ending of SR2. The Third Street Saints have gone above and beyond a typical street gang and are now heroes and a household name. Instead of staying in Stillwater, the majority of the game takes place in a new metropolis called Steelport. After being set-up and kidnapped by a rival gang called the Syndicate, you’ll have to fight for your life to survive in a new city.
The graphics in SR3 are astounding! Every texture is colorful and in full HD. There’s a significant lack of glitches that I experienced from previous titles and you’ll be happy to know that there’s very little lag. All the jokes are back, and the visual humor is still in full effect, though not as much as the last title. I was saddened by the fact that there were less cut-scenes available in this title.
The game-play is very fun, and the variety of characters, enemies, and “homies” make the end-game worth it. A fun feature is character creation. There’s only 4 different stores to choose fun, but a huge variety of clothes among them. You can change the actual character model and voice at anytime, which gives diversity to the madness.
Vehicles shine out: Cars, , motorcycles, fast cars, trucks, SUVs, Boats, Helicopters, jetbikes, planes, and VTOLs. Many of these also have fun and deadly arms attached. Speaking of arms, there’s a choice variety of lethal weaponry available to your character. You can call down a shower of missiles, turn you’re foes into a literal explosion of blood and tissues, beat down old ladies with a dildo bat, and much more. A favorite tactic is a new feature that allows you to perform special melee attacks on enemies and beat them down with your bare hands.
The story is the most bittersweet part of Saints Row, however. The writing is superb and the dialogue is second to none. Sadly, there are a lack of missions here. Each mission is long and well plotted but I felt that I didn’t have as many things to do as I had previously thought.
The soundtrack is epic, though it seems like they left out a lot of pop music. I really did enjoy OFWGKTA and G-Eazy’s tracks and the story had some major use of Kanye’s Power. The electronic tracks really shine here though, providing great background music when slaughtering the citizens of Steelport.
All in All, this is a gem of a game and well worth your Money. I cannot stand games with boring moments, and this kept me going the entire play-through.