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GF Rating
8.0

17692 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
6

Above Average

Too goofy for prime time

posted by davevandam (SOUTHINGTON, CT) May 29, 2009

Member since Oct 2007

Yes, SR2 is a GTA clone in many aspects, but it does enough things differently to make it a different experience from GTA4. The game has a much more arcade feel than GTA4, with regenerating health, character running speed that turns you into the 6 Million Dollar Man, and 90% of the cars with tight handling that would make Danica Patrick jealous. The game also doesn't have some of the hang-ups that GTA4 did, such as the whole "friend" system and repetitive side quests. Instead it replaces them with repetitive minigames, which while quite fun at first, quickly lose their appeal as their novelty wears off. These are very outlandish and include things like going on a "Cops" show where you get rewarded for beating up criminals, going around spraying feces on people and buildings from a septic truck, and vandalizing property.
The main issue with SR2 is that it feels out of place in this current gaming market. While the user customization is a very nice touch, where you can design your character with staggering amount of detail (even including how they talk), if you haven't played SR1 you'll likely not feel a real connection with your character since the game CONSTANTLY makes references to the past events under the assumption that you played the previous game, as opposed to GTA, where the character's back story is presented to you and unveiled. Also, the regenerating health, bionic abilities, and checkpoint mapping system where the game will guide to specific points during a mission make the game almost insultingly easy. Also, with it's very close ties to GTA's game engine, sometimes it feels like you're playing a sophisticated GTA mod as opposed to a whole different game.

All that said, SR2 is a game that requires a look. The more arcade feel and general juvenile tone may appeal to many who were turned off by GTA4's excess "realism" that was lost from GTA3,VC,SA. But do not expect the same level of depth and replayability that the GTA series is known for.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Customization Good, Gameplay Bad

posted by penguins43 (LEWISTON, ID) Jan 31, 2009

Member since Jan 2009

This game spent too much time worrying about your characters appearance and less about the actual gameplay. I spent more time trying to hop around my controller during fight sequences for the right button than enjoying the game. The drivinmg sequences are horrible. For a current generation system, the physics were awful. Maybe a Playstation or N64 they were good, but not the 360 or PS3. Not everything was bad, the character customization was very detailed. Most of the time, when I play video games, I dont need my characters chin to be disfigured or his/her face to have a funny expression on it. Plain white/black/caucasion or Asian would have been just fine. I didn't try it, but it would have been interesting to have tried to create a Metrosexual acting character, that option is a plus.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

I was fooled!!!!

posted by sohchx (HAGERSTOWN, MD) Oct 27, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

Wow!!! I was so siked to get this after owning the first installment,it was all for nothing.Graphically it does not shine at all,it feels like I am playing the original on xbox all over again,not 360.Story line progresses extremely slow and is confusing at times.There is tons to do in the game which I did like just like the first release so you won't get bored really.The soundtrack is subpar and not as good as it should be especially for the fact that it constantly repeats itself,play your own music from your hard drive trust me.On to online play....horrible!! The camera moves too fast,there is so much clutter moving around.You can't tell the difference between enemies and pedestrians on foot or in cars and during the matches the streets are constantly flooded with cars and people,kinda like a huge evacuation in one location.I'm sorry to say it but playing this made me go right back to GTA4.

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