Years after taking Stilwater for their own, the Third Street Saints have evolved from street gang to household brand name, with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobble head dolls all available at a store near you.
GAME NAME: Saints Row: The Third
PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3
RELEASE DATE(S): 17 Nov 2011
The Saints are kings of Stillwater, but their celebrity status has not gone unnoticed. The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute. Refusing to kneel to the Syndicate, you take the fight to Steelport, a once-proud metropolis reduced to a struggling city of sin under Syndicate control.
Take a tank skydiving, call in a satellite-targeted airstrike on a Mexican wrestling gang, and defend yourself against a highly-trained military force using only a sex toy in the most out- landish gameplay scenarios ever seen, igniting a city-wide war that will set Steelport on fire. Strap it on. – Quoted from Steam Store page for the game.
I pre-ordered Saints Row: The Third and played it from start to finish when it came out, both by myself and co-op and I thoroughly enjoyed pretty much every bit of it. This game is as insane as ever with a huge cast of crazy characters and loopy weapons. First of all I must say that the PC port of this game is done very well and it utilises Direct-X 11 with it’s own enhancements, a superb job was done of this port and rightly so after the abysmal Saints Row 2 port that was released in 2009.
The game starts off with The Saints ruling everything, they have merchandising deals and their own chain of stores, they are pretty much the richest of the rich. When I fired up this game and played through the introduction mission I wasn’t particularly pleased with the game as the first mission really angered me, it was easy, scripted, on rails and far too excessive, it’s like Volition wanted to cram as much as they could into the opening mission which to be quite honest they did cram a lot in.
The graphics on this game are pretty impressive, Saints Row 2 looked like arse considering when it was released but this game looks lovely, Volition really did do a good job on this one, the damage modelling on the cars is also a great big plus for this game as you can actually flatten cars with tanks! It’s almost a big middle finger to the damage modelling on Rockstar’s GTAIV.
The soundtrack isn’t the best in the world, Saints Row 2 had a great soundtrack with a wide array of songs that you would have actually heard of (mainly the 80s stuff, heh) but this game features a lot of obscure stuff and to be quite honest most of it isn’t very good. The voice acting is great just like it was in Saints Row 2 and the amount of characters you get to interact with and do missions for is really quite vast.
The co-op on this game is as good as ever, just like the previous Saints Row games, the co-op is a great place to mess about with friends or to do missions with friends. The cheats still exist in this game, most of the cheats from Saints Row 2 are there but there are quite a few missing like all of the car delivery cheats you could get in Saints Row 2, they’re all gone and the fact that THQ make you pay for some of the better cheats is just ridiculous, you shouldn’t have to pay for cheats in a game.
There are relatively few weapons in the game, even including the DLC weapons there are still only a handful of weapons in Saints Row: The Third but the way that THQ are marketing this game I can see more weapons being added soon through the usual daylight robbery tactics of DLC. The weapons themselves are quite unique in their own way, you have your usual bog-standard weapons and you have your insane, Saints Row style weapons like the Octopus Gun that fires an Octopus which attaches to someones head and causes them to dance, you can then make the unsuspecting victim either follow your orders and attack people or just explode into a huge red mist of blood and guts.
Overall this game is great and it’s as insane as ever, I’d highly recommend it to people with an open sense of humour because Saints Row: The Third is primarily what all video games should be and that is fun.
– Good Graphics
– Extremely fun
– Co-op is always a plus
– Great PC port
– Too much DLC
– Not for everyone’s taste
– Soundtrack isn’t good
Thanks for reading and good gaming.