Saints Row: The Third Review
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.