Average User Score: 3.3Nov 29, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Does it innovate much? Quite a bit, but not enough. Is it still fun, of course!
If I were green to the Modern Warfare franchise, I would have rated this higher, however, I am not. This game has gotten pretty stale imho. Infinity Ward, your new killstreaks, perks and gametypes may be new but it doesn't change much for it to be considered something amazing.
Story: To be fair, time was spent on this, so I'll give it a go. The story is a globetrotting adventure that takes you everywhere from New York to India. While the amazing set pieces may blow you away, the story however, is pretty crappy. The amount of death and destruction has pretty much made me care less when some of the characters die. Frankly, I replayed MW2'sand COD4's campaign a few times, but I don't really care for this one.
Gameplay: Slick, tight and well controlled. It's just how a quasi-realistic FPS is supposed to be.
Multiplayer: Ah the draw of the game. I'll be fair again and I'll announce some of the changes. New perks, new weapons, new equipment (tatical and lethal), weapon proficencies, strike packages blah blah. IT is quite a large amount that was added. But then again, it doesn't really reinvent itself to be groundbreaking. The game is somewhat harder than before and quickscoping at close range seems to diminish in frequency. Also, it seems that they have tweaked the guns so that they are effective at their respective ranges only. Rifles are for medium, SMGs for short and snipes for long range. Picking something unsuited for your range type will leave you somewhat out gunned. Also, a new breed of overpowered weapons seemed to emerge. (Type 95s and akimbo FMG9s). However, with all those changes, you'll find that playing it would induce a "been there done that" feeling.
Sound: Nothing to complain about, the soundtrack is well composed and brings about the mood of the game. Voice acting isn't really bad, just fine. I do miss Sergeant Foley's constant "RAMIREZ!" soundbites though.
Community: :'(… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Nov 29, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have always been a GTA fan, and this is the first Saints Row game I've played to date. Simply put, the game is just pure unadulterated fun boiling onto the point of sheer ridiculousness. Story: The story isn't really as good as GTA to be frank. It seems like a melting pot of various Hollywood cliches and sheer ridiculous moments. If you are looking for a story to be told, GTA would be a much better option.
Gameplay: An absolute blast. VTOLs with microwave lasers and plasma rockets, a rocket launcher which fires squealing octopi which mind control people and explode with the press of a button, hover jets, WACKY, AMUSING AND FUN CHEATS (Ahem, GTA IV) and more. There's almost unlimited things you can do in Steelport. And it sure won't get old soon. My only gripe is the overuse of the action button. Often, the game doesn't know what you want to do because the action button "E" has too many functions. The game might make your character hold someone hostage when you want to get in a car for example. Not really gamebreaking, but kinda annoying sometimes. I guess there are some bugs here and there. For example, there is one mission where you have to escort some chick from the passenger bay of a helicopter. In my first playthrough, the heli got stuck and crashed into some building. This caused the game to complete the mission prematurely and I missed out on the later part of the mission. Again, small annoyances.
Graphics: Many other games have done better in terms of graphics, but it seems reasonable to suit the game. Explosions are nicely detailed, character models are well done, and cars look quite cool. Steelport itself looks quite beautiful (not as well done as GTA IV's Liberty City though). Something that bugs me is how vehicles and pedestrians pop in constantly. This doesn't make Steelport look like a city, more of a crazy playground.
Sound: Voice acting is top notch, except for Zimos, whose autotune may either annoy or amuse you. (It annoyed me ): ) Guns, explosions, crashes sound powerful and fun, making your experience as enjoyable as ever. However, my only gripe is the radio. I just don't like the selection of songs and the lack of interesting stuff there.
In all, a polished game that should be worth a buy. Don't expect a GTA when you play Saints Row, you'll find a fun, crass, over the top and immature game.… Expand