Saints Row is a great game. As was GTA4. So enough with the comparisons and fan-boys arguing back and forth on which was better. Neither are. They're both great in their own ways. Now, on to the review.
The Negatives: Now if you're looking for a game with great graphics and physics, look elsewhere. The game runs on the exact same engine as Saints Row 1. Nothing has changed other than the addition of vehicles, weapons, taking hostages, and a new story line. And of course, online play and co-op. If you're looking for a game that requires thought and strategy, then REALLY look elsewhere. This game requires little to no strategy what-so-ever. It's simply run-and-gun. One of the characters even jokes about how little strategy is in the game during a cinematic. And if you're looking for a game with a great story-line with compelling twists and intellectual dialog, Saints Row will be the biggest disappointment of your life. The story-line seems to have been written by 5-year-olds who based the entire game off of the idea "Hey, blowing stuff up and shooting people is fun!" The story line is less realistic than Lord of the Rings for god's sake. it's quite pathetic. And after playing the game for more than an hour, I felt my IQ dropping.
The Positives: Despite all the countless negatives I've listed, this is a good game. And I really do enjoy it. No...really. I do. The gameplay (as outdated as it is) is actually is a lot of fun. But my favorite part of the game would be the customization. No matter your appearance, you can make your character look exactly like you. My other favorite thing is the sound track. No matter what you like, Saints Row has a radio station that you will love. My personal favorite being "Krunch 106.66" which plays death metal and hard rock. Also, I love that the programmers actually put a lot of work into putting good cheats into the game. Games don't really have that these days.
In conclusion; it is definitely worth a rent. Or possibly even a buy.
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I am so upset at this game I can't wait for a patch/glitch update! Hopefully it's not just me but I really haven't had a chance to play my copy of SR2 yet cuz the game keeps freezing up!!! I know it's not my system cuz none of my other games have frozen up ever!(rock band 2, silent hill 2, SC4 for example) I hope I'm not the only gamer out there that has this annoying problem!
The graphics are playstation one quality. The driving is incredibly arcade style. The vehicles turn so fast and awkward that it's hard to control. Vehicles dissappear right in front of you. A big dissappointment after the first one. I was a fan of Saint's Row, but not anymore. It's as if they didn't put any thought into the game. The only good thing they did was add more weapons. If you're looking for a role playing shooter game like this one, forget Saint's Row and go for Grand Theft Auto 4. It's 100 times better and more realistic.