Saints Row 2 PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Saints Row 2 is set years after the original Saints Row in a Stilwater both familiar and strange. The explosive conclusion to Saints Row has left the player wounded, betrayed and thirsty for revenge, and now it's time to take back the city that has forgotten him. A sequel to the firstSaints Row 2 is set years after the original Saints Row in a Stilwater both familiar and strange. The explosive conclusion to Saints Row has left the player wounded, betrayed and thirsty for revenge, and now it's time to take back the city that has forgotten him. A sequel to the first open-world title on next-generation consoles, Saints Row 2 features all new customization options, including gender, age, voice, crib and gang customization. The sandbox just got larger with a totally transformed and expanded city of Stilwater, offering all new locations to explore with new vehicles, including motorcycles, boats, helicopters and planes. Saints Row 2 is playable online in 2-player co-op through the entire single-player campaign or in the all new open-world competitive multiplayer mode never before seen in the genre. [THQ] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Let’s be clear: Saints Row 2 isn’t a genre-changing experience. But the game is also wickedly fun.
  2. It does lack GTA4’s overall polish and sense of parody, but it at least doesn’t it take itself too seriously and there’s something to be said for absurd levels of comic violence. Crucially, what the game sets out to do best it does do better than the GTA series, and that’s depth of customisation, structure of missions and online co-op.
  3. In single-player and in co-op, Saints Row 2 is one of the most ridiculous and enjoyable games of the year. Some will dismiss it as GTA's "gangsta" offshoot, but they're missing the point; with its immense scope, fun physics and focus on entertainment over realism or grit, Saints Row is what GTA would have become if Rockstar North had followed Vice City to its pimpin' conclusion.
  4. Saint' s Row 2 is ridiculous in the best sense of the word. It´s funny and wild, and its sense of humor and scope makes it too far from GTA IV, wich is more solemn and occasionally even sentimental. This is a title that could have been unforgettable if it would have achieved a more solid sense in its irregular sections, despite of that is still very recommendable for the fans of the Sand-Box genre.
  5. Saint's Row isn't a very original game. It's a tweaked version of the previous game that offers a lot of fun, especially with a friend in the coöperative mode. Everyone who missed the useless violence in GTAIV will be very satisfied with Saint's Row 2, since that game basically is about just that.
  6. 79
    Anyone disappointed that GTA IV left behind most of the silliness and anarchy of its PS2 past will love Saints Row 2, but don’t expect anything especially polished. It’s rather too similar to its prequel.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    50
    To be fair, this is a game that degrades everyone. [Dec 2008, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. JamesD.
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    I am not joking when I say this is the most original PS3/360 game out there. Rather than go through all of the things that ake this game so I am not joking when I say this is the most original PS3/360 game out there. Rather than go through all of the things that ake this game so brilliant I would rather tell you everything that makes this better than GTA IV. Bfore that let me just clarify that I know well that this game looks dated and has numerous bugs, but my score makes these elements irrelevant. Firstly you remember in GTA IV where serbian fag Nico has to do all those tutorials on how to implement the game mechanics effectively? Saints Row 2 wastes no time in letting you fuck shit up with intent. You don't get your cousin phoning you up ever 5 mins asking you to go and collect his dirty landerie from his gay sailors house. Basically what I'm getting at is that GTA IV desn't know what it wants to be at all, Saints Row 2 goes 5 steps ahead by having a naked superman fly out of a jet and land ass crack first on a police officer. Game conventions mean nothing in Saints Row 2, that's why its so good and fun to play, not to mention all the side missions you can embark on. Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2012
    10
    Games don't need to innovate. Thats only a bonus. This game does what open world gang shooters should do. With nice looking graphics, an openGames don't need to innovate. Thats only a bonus. This game does what open world gang shooters should do. With nice looking graphics, an open world with a ton to do, and nearly maximum customization, its one of the most fun games of its entire genre. Expand
  3. AndrewL
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    Captures and fine tunes everything that made GTA: San Andreas so perfect. Standard storyline aside, from the high level of customization to Captures and fine tunes everything that made GTA: San Andreas so perfect. Standard storyline aside, from the high level of customization to the colourful surroundings, Saints Row 2 really is one of the better games on PS3. Expand
  4. Dec 31, 2013
    9
    Remember Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on the Playstation 2 (or Xbox)? This is that, but it's on the Xbox 360 PS3 and PC, and hilariousRemember Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on the Playstation 2 (or Xbox)? This is that, but it's on the Xbox 360 PS3 and PC, and hilarious quirkyness thrown in. That's a good thing. A REALLY good thing. It doesn't throw in to much humour either so it doesn't feel like one big joke (unlike one of the later games in the series) if you don't have this game, you need it, get it. Get it. GET IT. GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITT. Expand
  5. NikoJ.
    Nov 5, 2008
    9
    I totally agree with Eric. U can't compare SR2 and GTA IV, cuz their like totally different games and SR2 is NOT trying to be like GTA I totally agree with Eric. U can't compare SR2 and GTA IV, cuz their like totally different games and SR2 is NOT trying to be like GTA IV. Well, what I liked about specially about this one was the huge amount of stuff that U can do between the storyline missions. This is actually pretty likely the only thing I didn't like about GTA IV: After the storyline theres basically nothing U could do! About the graphics. People diss SR2's graphs cuz their not like as realistic than the GTA IV's ones, but I think that that wasn't even in the mind of Volition when they started making SR2. The graphs of SR2 aren't that bad, theyr just different from them (a bit of toony look on 'em.) Actually I personally think that U can't compare them at all! The fysics aren't seriously as good as GTA IV's euphoria ones, but they still do their work just fine. What I specially liked about the guns of the game is that there are very many types of weapon, when compared to GTA IV, which has got just pistols, rifles etc. "usual guns", so I think that the weaponry is basically better than GTA's one, but then the fysics of the weapons are better in it. The AI is way back from GTA IV's one, and the story and the characters of GTA are much better. The storyline of SR2 is - as it's predecessors - pretty messy and kinda like unfinished. Another thing I liked about the game is the way U have to gain respect before U can go on with the missions. What I specially DIDN'T like about was the mass of bugs and glithes the game has on it's knees. It's really anoying when the buildings, vehicles and people like appear and disappear randomly at times, and it's in my opinion the only thing that almost ruins the fun. Many people have been dissin' the controls, but I liked them actually. The driving of the cars doesn't feel that great at firs, but U'll get use to it. Well, that was pretty much about what I had to say. Atleast I don't remember anythin' else what to say (Well the online-game sucks), but what the heck, I'm still in love with it thought I got this like couple of weeks ago. I'd like apologize people for comparing this wonderful but freekin' glitchy game to GTA IV, but I know that most people do it, and wanted to show them with this that Saints Row 2 IS NOT GTA IV! Have fun Fossu. Expand
  6. May 9, 2011
    9
    Living in the shadow of GTA isn't easy and Saints Row 2 has been finding that out but make no mistake Saints Row 2 is not a GTA imposter asLiving in the shadow of GTA isn't easy and Saints Row 2 has been finding that out but make no mistake Saints Row 2 is not a GTA imposter as suggested, it deserves to be treated on its own. And on its own its a damn fine game! Yes, its insane and outrageous but that means only one outcome... an all round fun experience. In order to fully appreciate SR2 you have to let all serious things go and just embrace whats on offer. The story of SR2 picks up from where the original left off, you have been in jail in a coma. After a jailbreak you realise that The Saints are no longer the dominating force in Stilwater. A new group Ultor now leads the way. It isn't the strongest of storylines but the missions are a combination of madness and brilliance as you take down three rival groups in any which shape or form you choose. Visually its safe to say that SR2 is a million miles away from the likes of God of War or Uncharted but don't let that hinder you, although you way wtiness a few bizarre glitches even now and then! Gameplay is just awesome! Really, GTA may win in terms of graphics and looks but the gamplay is quite repititive but Saints Row is enticing and always offers something different from blowing people into smithereens from a step away, to protecting or gaining strongholds. If the single player mode doesn't occupy you (really?) then their is plenty of DLC available to be played as well as online co-op amongst things to enjoy! In all honesty Saints Row 2 is one of the most underated games and for that fact you don't really know what your missing out on. And based on the price that SR2 is selling at right now I couldn't recommendit more! Expand
  7. LukeD
    Nov 4, 2009
    4
    annoying controls and bad gameplay, its kinda like a bad GTA San Andres

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