Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Friday, 02 December 2011 12:00
Saints Row: The Third is an easy pick for GOTY. The game is packed with content and its the ideal way to enjoy a game. Once I started playing I couldn’t stop.
So what does Saints Row: The Third do well? First of all its a sandbox game, packed full of customization, and the game doesn’t take itself too seriously. The plot can seem a little odd sometimes but I was so distracted by everything else in the game it didn't really bother me. The game picks up right after Saints Row 2 sort of as the Saints are forced to relocate to neighboring Steelport. Gamers get to take over the town and take down some new gangs.
The game looks and sounds like the last game. It has a cartoon-like feel that fits the overall theme of the game just fine. I don't think THQ was going for any sort of realism in the game. The explosions are just as big. The humor in all of its glory is still there. To top it off, THQ has done an amazing job inserting references to other video games and popular culture within Saints Row: The Third. I wish more games had these details.
The customization and sandbox play is where the game really shines. Did I mention there is drop in and drop out co-op on the fly? Customization is everywhere from dressing your character in the craziest of outfits to setting how they taunt and speak, to transforming any sort of vehicle and tinkering with your crib its all there. Its also fun to watch my hulk-like character complete with green skin in the cut screens. The sandbox play lets gamers seamlessly transition between story missions, to side missions which include assassinations, and vehicle thefts. There are other activities such as escorts, mayhem, providing protection, insurance fraud, as well as several others. I do miss the sewage sprayer and fight club stuff from the second game though.
There are a few things that bug me. Flying with helicopters and planes can be awkward much like GTA IV. Random NPCs will glitch out and disappear. Gang members and enemies will get stuck sometimes. But in the end the game is so much fun this shouldn't matter. The co-op is fun and it works better this time around than in the second game. I felt there was more to do and having someone to help you with missions can only benefit gamers. The “whored” mode is a blast as well. You can upload your custom characters and download other people’s saved characters.
Overall, SR3 is everything gamers were hoping GTA IV would be. SR3 reminds me a lot of GTA San Andreas. It puts the fun back into sandbox gaming. There are multiple checkpoints in every mission so gamers won’t have to back track 40 mins to try to finish something. Hopefully Rockstar sees the success of SR3 and implements some of this into GTA V.
What can I say? The game is well worth the full price and with the holidays coming it makes a great gift. If you have the time and want to play something that spits out fun then Saints Row: The Third is the perfect game. I have a feeling with the success of this game, fans of the series will see at least a few more Saints Row games.