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  • Summary: 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. The Saints are kings of Stilwater, 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 a new city, playing out the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen. Strap it on. Expand
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  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Third may be dumb fun, but it's the smartest realization of the sandbox spirit we've seen in a long while. [Holiday 2011, p.72]
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    90
    Main story missions traipse from one outlandish setup to the next. Blowing stuff up with a helicopter or getting your game show on with Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax, which felt a little more more like a realized version of Smash TV, or just clearing out rival gangs, it's a good assortment provided you stay on the story path.
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    89
    The third Saints Row is solid proof that GTA ins't the only sandbox game out there. Dirty jokes, nice storyline and full-packed city ensures that you won't get bored at Steelport City. Haters gonna hate, but that's their loss. [Dec 2011]
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    85
    Volition succeeded in making its joint even more enjoyable: updated graphics and over-the-top missions make it a lot of fun to play, especially with a friend. It probably lacks in innovation when compared to its predecessor, but it's a chapter of the saga you don't want to miss.
  5. Nov 25, 2011
    80
    There are no heavy plots to become embroiled in, each mission is essentially just a method of throwing you into another zany situation and then rewarding you for getting out of it. That's the strength of this game: that it just wants to make you smile.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    With all of these things in mind, I respect that Saints Row: The Third might not be a game for everyone. Specifically, those who do not find joy in the act of inflicting terrible, fiery, dildo-y pain on whatever innocent polygonal creature happens to wander too close to their personal blast zone will probably not get much out of Saints Row's unrelenting dedication to preposterous anarchy. It is a game specifically designed for annihilation junkies, those who can embrace the idea of an infantile playground of seemingly infinite obliterative pleasures. For those who prefer their games a tad less absurdly--perhaps needlessly--violent, any number of other games this fall will likely suit your fancy just fine.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    60
    Not even half as crazy and daring as it likes to think, but instead a dispiritingly conservative collection of bland third person action and missed opportunities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 118
  2. Negative: 12 out of 118
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    This game is tons of fun and has a great deal of hilarious antics and variety. It's like GTA on steriods and stays fresh throughout the the campaign. Fun for hours! Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    Worthy upgrade frm sr2. Its only gta fanboys who are going to dislike this game. It the best open world experience for me at the moment. Gonna have loads of fun towards 100% completion. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    awesome game. better than san andreas. wy do the critics score this so low? not as good as skyrim but way more fun than mw3. mw3 is garbage and it gets critical acclaim. hurrah fanboys yoru driving good developers into unprofitability because youd rather fork over the cash to a company who cares only abotu seliing you the same crap year after year cough infinity ward activision cough cough Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2011
    9
    Stupid, Crazy over the top fun. If you want a serious sandbox game, this is not the game for you. If you wanna DDT a hooker and shoot people while falling from an areoplane then this is the game for you. With great customisation for your character as well as your car and also leveling up this game isn't short on depth. If you're the sort of person that get's easily sided tracked in GTA and ends up getting arrested for blowing away someone who bumped into you in the street, this game was made for you. Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Well... I've reviewed this game before, but my mind has changed. So after being used to Saints Row 2, this game is not totally fit as an Saints Row game In my opinion. If you're used to SR2, the whole game, seems like a different concept. This makes me feel more in the direction of an arcade/humor type game, which in details, you could say it is. The story doesn Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2011
    8
    this was more important to me than uncharted 3, and i will say that despite some bugs and quirks, this game is an amazing and immersing experience. the trophies are easy to get if you're looking for trophies, but the game is a great open world experience with plenty of nods to the previous entries in the series. don't let this one slip through your fingers. Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2011
    0
    Holy Cod this is a horrible game. GTA with training wheels. No challenge or suspense whatsoever. Just a goofy and carelessly programmed sandbox game. However, there is one caveat: if you have the brain of a 6 year old, this game will provide almost limitless entertainment. Lots of colors and wacky stuff and "humor" geared towards hateful/depressed people and bigots in general. Expand

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