Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Nov 21, 2011
    95
    In conclusion, Saints Row the Third is a fun and extremely ridiculous game. It's definitely the most fun I've had on the PS3 for quite some time and it's great that Volition have taken the piss out of the gaming world with this release.
  3. Nov 28, 2011
    94
    I'll be honest: Saint's Row: The Third really surprised me. It had all the strikes against it: I didn't care for the first two games in the series, I'm not a huge open world crime fan and I've been feeling less positive toward games that are shocking for the sake of being shocking. Somehow, the game's huge ability to entertain and bewilder the player forgives all that in my book, and even after finishing the main game, I'm still having a blast just bouncing around Steelport.
  4. So over the top it makes Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay look restrained. This is an absolute laugh riot throughout. [Dec 2011, p66]
  5. Jan 18, 2012
    90
    Saints Row: The Third is a video game, and it revels in that fact. Along with providing one of the best story modes of this hardware generation (complete with co-op), it comes with near-limitless ways for players to make their own fun when that story is exhausted, or when they want a break from the rollercoaster. These days, most video games do not live up to their original asking price. Saints Row: The Third does, and then some.
  6. People who fear that half of the missions will be things like 'pick this guy up', 'deliver that package', needn't worry. Ninety percent of the story consists of missions full of tension and over-the-top action. There is hardly any filler. [December 2011, p.46]
  7. 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.
  8. 90
    A game that begs to be held to a different standard – that of no-holds barred, explosive, offensive, vulgar, hilarious fun. It never takes itself too seriously, and while there is a plot, you are entertained by it and not necessarily engrossed in it like in GTA IV and its expansions. This is a game you boot up when you just want to have fun causing as much mayhem as possible in almost any way you can think of.
  9. 90
    An interesting story, varied and over-the-top gameplay, and entertaining weapons helps drive the sandbox genre to new heights.
  10. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    Saints Row keeps getting better with age, or should I say, with the element of "crazy." More intense, more chaotic, more bizarre; Saints Row: The Third offers up a sandbox of celebrity driven gangsters caught in the ultimate gang war.
  11. Nov 12, 2011
    90
    Any game that lets you play as an obese woman with metallic skin, purple Mohawk, pink thong, no top and a love for streaking and slapping guys around the face with a giant purple dildo bat is okay in my book. If intelligence is cyclical then Saints Row The Third is so dumb that it's smart.
  12. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    As much as the game made me laugh, it wouldn't deserve such high praise without solid gameplay at its core. It may be easy to get distracted by the nonsense occurring onscreen, but Saints Row: The Third is thrilling as an action game. Missions vary wildly, and they're almost all bombastic, popcorn-movie affairs.
  13. 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]
  14. Nov 18, 2011
    88
    It is not a revolution for sandbox games, but it makes the most of their possibilities to make crazy and fun things, in an open world full of cool and bizarre features. Those who are looking for a compelling story should consider other games, but Saints Row: The Third is the best in providing crazy fun.
  15. Nov 17, 2011
    88
    The Third keeps everything that made the first two Saint's Row funny games, and twists it even more to achieve the best game in the series.
  16. Nov 13, 2011
    88
    A bona fide blast. It's shameless, vice-ridden, and insanely violent, but because there's nothing gritty about the production, it somehow feels almost lighthearted. You just have to take things with a grain of salt.
  17. Nov 7, 2011
    88
    It has its issues, it has its drawbacks, but Saints Row: The Third is an utterly wanton, totally ridiculous bag of laughs. It's difficult to dislike anyway, and even harder to dislike with such an enjoyable, escalatory campaign. Great stuff. [Issue#211, p.72]
  18. Nov 22, 2011
    86
    If you ever wanted to know what it's like to beat up passer-bys, defend yourself against rivals and use a giant sex toy as a weapon, this is your best shot. Lots of humor, a great coop mode and a bunch of side quests will bring joy to the players, there's no doubt about that.
  19. Nov 30, 2011
    85
    Saints Row: The Third goes back to the roots of gaming. It is pure fun and doesn't take itself too serious. If you want a cool game that does not involve complex storylines, then Saints Row: The Third is a must have.
  20. Nov 25, 2011
    85
    Saints Row: The Third may not be the balls-out, fun-filled romp that Volition intended, but when the game hits its highs, there's really nothing else out there that can match it. Come for the takeover of Steelport, stay for the creative mayhem.
  21. Nov 20, 2011
    85
    Saints Row: The Third takes everything your teenage self found awesome and distills it into a single, outrageous game.
  22. Nov 15, 2011
    85
    Fantastic missions, outrageous weapons, and awesome vehicles make the open-world mayhem of Saints Row: The Third an absolute blast.
  23. Nov 15, 2011
    85
    Saints Row: The Third does deliver what players are looking for when they purchase the title. It can be said that the developers poured over the game design and completely removed anything that would be considered boring or tedious, and replaced it with pure amoral mayhem.
  24. Nov 14, 2011
    85
    Saints Row: The Third released during the biggest gaming week of 2011 – and is sure to be overshadowed.by the simultaneous releases of Skyrim, HALO Anniversary, and previous games like Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. But gamers would be remiss in overlooking this fantastic experience, because all morality aside – Saints Row: The Third offers dozens of hours of unbridled and entertaining sandbox gameplay, the challenging and humorous Whored Mode, and some of the best weapons and vehicles available.
  25. Nov 11, 2011
    85
    News flash: people find sex and violence entertaining. Saints Row: The Third gives the people what they want and drops us into an open world adult theme park where we can treat ourselves to delightful acts of bloodshed and perversion. It doesn't take itself too seriously and only asks that you don't, either.
  26. 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.
  27. Nov 29, 2011
    83
    This is by far the best game in the franchise. You will have a blast playing through Saints Row: The Third and the so-called funniest game ever delivers on its premise. The graphical mediocrity is a shame, though.
  28. Nov 11, 2011
    83
    Lackluster side-content notwithstanding, Saints Row: The Third is so crazy and over-the-top that you can't go wrong with this game -- provided that you're the sort that would appreciate the game's knowingly juvenile sense of humor.
  29. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Saints Row is a playground for adults, a not so subtle satire of modern culture and entertainment. It's also the opposite of Grand Theft Auto. It's very rough around the edges, unfortunately, and isn't that much different from its predecessor. Still, it's proper fun.
  30. 80
    Saints Row: The Third is a consistently thrilling and addictive streak through the sandbox genre's most popular avenues, even if it is as shallow as the 'GTL' lifestyle it strives to promote.
  31. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    A superb "playground" for adults, that takes the gameplay from previous entries in the franchise and lifts it to new heights.
  32. 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.
  33. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    If you've played a GTA game before, you'll know precisely what to expect gameplay-wise from Saints Row The Third, and that in itself is a major recommendation in a GTA-free year.
  34. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    Saints Row: The Third is a love letter to gamers who enjoy crazy, over-the-top, and downright absurd action.
  35. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    The Beavis & Butt-Head, Jackass and Jersey Shore of video games is back, and it's just as crazy and tasteless as ever. And in a good way too. Only minor problems with controls and somewhat dated graphics prevents higher grades.
  36. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    Saints Row revises its structure and reduces its sandbox angle in favor of a more coherent and polished world and gameplay experience. The campaign missions are packed with fun, surprises, and new stuff, and worthy of praise on their own. Even though one will feel a little less free and overwhelmed with stuff to do than with the previous episode, the trade-off is worthwhile.
  37. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    Ceaselessly crass and juvenile it may be, but then Saints Row: The Third has no higher purpose than to entertain you in the most ridiculous way possible - though that in itself is a lofty ambition. Its surprisingly clever and thoughtful design ensures that it succeeds – and then some. It is, as I said before, very smart at being stupid.
  38. 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.
  39. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    It's juvenile, it occasionally objectionable (I'm sorry, I just don't like blasting away at bikini models, even if they are trying to kill me too) and sometimes after playing I feel like I should go take a shower. But I can't remember a game I've played recently that was so dedicated to letting the gamer have as much fun as possible any way they want to. And when it comes to having fun, Saints Row: The Third is like a big party that you don't want to see stop.
  40. Dec 13, 2011
    79
    Enjoyably playable but willfully stupid alternative to GTA. [Jan 2012, p.66]
  41. Nov 23, 2011
    78
    Saints Row The Third is a vulgar display of power, but is also full of not so funny gross sexual jokes and a lot of repetitive and boring missions. The rpgistic progression definitively works and actually it might be entertaining if you don't mind the cheesy storyline and the pretty broken shooting mechanics.
  42. Nov 15, 2011
    78
    The big issue I have with Saints Row: The Third is that it doesn't feel like its content, varied though it may be, has much of a purpose outside of the main campaign. The open world really seems to exist more as a way to prolong the experience by forcing a player to travel to the origin point for the next mission rather than simply having it begin outright.
  43. Nov 11, 2011
    75
    The Third can be funny for an afternoon or two, but its overexposed grossness simply cross too many borders.
  44. Dec 8, 2011
    70
    While not a groundbreaking game, it's interesting on its own merits, with a good setting and a colorful personality to match.
  45. Nov 29, 2011
    70
    Saints Row: The Third is a lot of fun, but falls short of what could have been. It lacks innovation, and that was something essential so that the series could get out of the shadow of Grand Theft Auto.
  46. Nov 15, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  47. What Saints Row: The Third is made for though, and where it really excels, is just messing around to your heart's content. Okay, perhaps not your heart – maybe the heart of some homicidal lunatic with a fetish for molluscs. Because from the Octopus Launcher to the Manapault (a car that lets you hoover up and then fire out pedestrians) to the Apoca-fists (which turn anyone you punch into instant man-paste) no game has ever given you such an eclectic toolbox to toy with.
  48. Nov 10, 2011
    70
    With its over-the-top action, Saint's Row: The Third guarantees a fun and engaging gaming experience that some may however dislike because of its many conceptual and artistic excesses.
  49. Jan 2, 2012
    60
    The final third of the game abandons grubby criminality for altogether more lurid, excessive and enjoyably silly climes, testifying to the fact that Saints Row is at its best when it rejects the expectations of the series and the strictures of the GTA format.
  50. 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.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 315 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 118
  2. Negative: 12 out of 118
  1. 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 Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    It's been a long time since i have had so much fun. Saint row the third is the sandbox game i was waiting for since GTA san Andreas, all the fun is back ! Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    0
    The game is far too short and the DLC pack is a rip off for $20, it's worth is at least $5. It's best to buy this game when the price gets low to avoid disappointment. Would make a good bargain game for later instead of wasting your money now. Get Skyrim instead if money is tight, HOURS OF FUN!. Full Review »