If you had told me last year that I would have access to amazing games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, and Uncharted 3, yet only play Saints Row: The Third (SR3), I would have laughed and taken you off my friends list. Well, I would've had to eat those words, because that is now my reality.
I have never laughed so hard and felt as addicted to a sandbox game as I have with SR3. I start to watch the city and how it reacts to everything, from random people getting pulled over by the police to Professor Genki, (a man in a cat suit with his own TV show), going on a random killing spree. I could spend all day posing for pictures with people, performing wrestling moves on old women, and calling in airstrikes to a gang of Mexican wrestlers.
Even though this is a sequel, you don’t need to play the first two to get into the story; they refresh you from the beginning. The Third Street Saints have gained a reputation as the best in Stillwater. They have now taken the nation by storm with a great marketing staff and stores that sell their logos and likeness. They are gangsta celebrities; when not taking over the streets, they are signing autographs or doing product placement in Japanese commercials. They are both loved and hated the world over as other gangs get jealous and want a piece of the pie. You can guess where that goes next.
The first thing you do is bring your custom character to life. There are actually a ton of different options; gender, hair, and clothes are at your disposal. You can even change your characters voice. I started with a Zombie voice that just yelled and mumbled, which was great until I realized I would like to know what he is saying. Seriously, even the subtitles just say “mumbles” when he talks. Once you have your character, you can upload them to the community and others can download your creation as well.
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The gameplay of Saints Row is very similar to GTA in the form of a living, breathing world. When walking down the street, people will recognize you. NPCs may even want you to pose for pictures, and what better way than giving a DDT to a helpless old woman.
The missions in SR3 are plentiful and include everything from survival missions to escort missions. Even insurance fraud scenarios that were in the previous releases made it into this latest installment, and they are still super fun to play. You can buy property and make money off of the businesses by the hour as well as get discounts for being the big boss. You go on missions for all kinds of different characters like Ex-FBI agents, pro wrestlers, and a pimp with an autotuned voice (my personal favorite). His intro to the game is one of the most outrageous moments I have ever had in a video game experience, yet so fitting to this game. Warning: as the screen shot below indicates, this video is not safe for work or those easily (or even moderately) offended. Language, sex, guns ..... you get the idea.
If you write this off as another Grand Theft Auto cash-in, I challenge you to give this game a try. It will be more than worth your time. If anything, GTA should take a cue from The Third Street Saints.
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