Saints Row: The Third Review

Character Customization

As with previous Saints Row games, character customization plays a large role. There are several clothing stores to buy gear for your Saint, and you can be either male or female from one of 4 racial backgrounds, pick a preferred body type and naturally, go crazy with hairstyles, facial hair, and makeup. (And do so at any time by visiting the plastic surgeon.)

As in SR2, you can choose 3 male and 3 female voice actors, however SR3 does a lot to give each a slightly different script. Story-based NPC dialogue never changes, but depending on which your voice, your character reacts differently to certain situations, customizing the story itself. And if you hate dialogue, pick the zombie voice and everything your character says will be “Uuggh uggh uggh”. Literally everything. Trust me, it never gets old.

SR3 also features enhanced RPG aspects. As you progress through the game you level up, and those levels unlock customization options, accessible through your phone, like health, more stamina and so on. Earning these upgrades costs money and time, but it’s more than worth it. Especially when you unlock the ability to have your homies bring a tank to you in the middle of a fight.

Activities and Diversions

When you’re not in the mood to complete the story, try out Diversions and Activities, side-quests that are staples of previous Saints Row games. Two diversions (hitman assignments and car theft jobs) are accessible through your cell phone. The Third, Gang takeover spots, are found in the game like the gang territory in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Activities are more varied. They include returning favs like Mayhem (causing much destruction for cash) and Insurance Fraud (faking injuries for cash) and Trailblazing (you ride around on a flaming 4X4, blowing stuff up and racing against a clock). They are as awesome as they were in previous games. But Saints Row: The Third has added a few goodies that top anything in previous games, like a parody of the Light Cycle in Tron, or Tank Mayhem, which gives you a tank and is as awesome as it sounds.

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10 Comments on Saints Row: The Third Review

fg

On November 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

TL;DR

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On November 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

intersting comment

Ok...

On November 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

The game itself is actually pretty fun, aside from the fact that my particular version seems to have a pretty serious glitch. The Escort mission for the guy who’s every line has been autotuned seems to be unbeatable because as soon as I start it, the game claims I have failed the mission before even hitting any buttons. I even tested it by starting the mission and then not pressing a single button and within 1 or 2 seconds the game claimed I had destroyed the vehicle. Also, the Guardian Angel Mission for the hacker chick (not Shaundi) also seems to be unbeatable, though that may be due to my own incompetence with a rocket launcher while sitting on the edge of a helicopter piloted by a fellow gang member. I hope that Xbox Live releases an update for the game soon to fix these problems, otherwise I will be out $60+ that I could have used for something much more useful.

Zee

On November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

As an immature, perverted 12-year-old at heart, “Saints’ Flow” just makes me giggle too much.

Seema

On November 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

I can’t wait to play this game. Batman? She-Ra? SEX?

Faisal

On November 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

Great review. Thanks for giving us something other than the formulaic reviews we see so often on other sites!

Nick

On November 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

When I’m in Guardian Angel mode, in the helicopter, I can’t get the guy I’m protecting to get in the car. He keeps hiding. What am I doing wrong?

shay

On November 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

To user Ok….
im having the same issues!! I can’t beat the helicopter mission for the hacker chick, and i am having the same issue with the escort mission- I wont even press anything and the second it begins I fail because I’ve “destroyed the vehicle”. This is annoying, I really hope they come out with some patches quick. Ugh.

PAL-18

On November 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Should i play either of the previous games before playing this? Will i lose any major storyline?

Okkkkk

On February 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Wtf.!!!!! Wat do I do wen it claimed ive failed the mission as soon as it startes on the mission Escort for the guy that uses the auto tuner (Zimos)!?!?