Saints Row: The Third Review Roundup
Saints Row: The Third is out now. I’ve spent about an hour with it, and I was surprised at just how f–king bats–t crazy it is. But you don’t care what I think; here’s what the reviews are saying:
Official Xbox Magazine — 9.5
Feels like a game whose designers have found the note-perfect tone for the series while also wielding their own talents with razor-sharp precision. It’s the game Volition – a studio whose successes go back 15 years to the original Descent – was born to make.
GameFront — 90/100
Saints Row: The Third isn’t the best game of the year. It hurts to say that, because one wants one’s favorite thing to be the best thing also, but OK, it’s not the best game. However, it is absolutely glorious, and for all its faults, it’s always fun and always insane. Buy it. Buy it now. In fact, stop reading this review and open your wallet, OK?
The Escapist — 4.5 stars
Steelport is a glorious sandbox with fun around every corner and the well-written story and easy-to-use design make Saints Row 3 a fantastic package.
Game Informer — 9.0
As much as the game made me laugh, it wouldn’t deserve such high praise without solid gameplay at its core. It may be easy to get distracted by the nonsense occurring onscreen, but Saints Row: The Third is thrilling as an action game. Missions vary wildly, and they’re almost all bombastic, popcorn-movie affairs.
GameSpot — 8.5
Fantastic missions, outrageous weapons, and awesome vehicles make the open-world mayhem of Saints Row: The Third an absolute blast.
IGN — 8.5
Saints Row: The Third gives the people what they want and drops us into an open world adult theme park where we can treat ourselves to delightful acts of bloodshed and perversion. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and only asks that you don’t, either.
1up — B+
Lackluster side-content notwithstanding, Saints Row: The Third is so crazy and over-the-top that you can’t go wrong with this game — provided that you’re the sort that would appreciate the game’s knowingly juvenile sense of humor.
Giant Bomb — 4 stars (out of five)
It is a game specifically designed for annihilation junkies, those who can embrace the idea of an infantile playground of seemingly infinite obliterative pleasures. For those who prefer their games a tad less absurdly–perhaps needlessly–violent, any number of other games this fall will likely suit your fancy just fine.
CVG — 7.0
Some amazing moments… and some truly abysmal ones. Saints Row: The Third is wildly imaginative and frequently entertaining, but a lack of technical polish and weak combat overshadow its achievements.
Destructoid — 7.0
A game that aimed to be the most outrageous chapter of the series has ended up, if anything, as the least remarkable.