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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 celebrityYears 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: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    93
    Saints Row The Third surprised the heck out of me. The GTA comparisons are inevitable, but they are vastly different games. While both hold a mirror up to reality, the reflections are vastly different. As absurd as GTA gets, it still keeps one foot firmly planted in reality. Saints Row has taken a flying leap off the roof of reality, howling the F-bomb while chugging a licensed energy drink all the way down… and I wouldn't have it any other way.
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    90
    Some teething issues aside, Saints Row: The Third offers up an expertly mixed concoction of hilarity and stupidity that's arrived just in time for the silly season.
  3. Jan 18, 2012
    90
    This game is magic. Occasionally offensive and funny magic, but magic nonetheless.
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    85
    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.
  5. Dec 2, 2011
    85
    Fantastic missions, outrageous weapons, and awesome vehicles make the open-world mayhem of Saints Row: The Third an absolute blast.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    83
    It's mad. In fact, it barely makes any sense at all. But for all its wonky bits, there's an odd charm to Volition's decision to leave nothing on the drawing board. It's not the largest sandbox, but it is packed full of brilliant toys. Saints Row: The Third's commitment to unrestricted, ridiculous fun is unflinching, and the product is a city full of glorious slapstick debauchery.
  7. Dec 16, 2011
    70
    Volition wrote a more or less coherent story, squeezed 101% out of the "sandbox minigame compilation" concept, improved the physics engine, and finally made a decent PC version, but the end result feels too derivative and forced. The surprisingly short single-player campaign (15 hours if you're not trying to comb an entire map) doesn't help.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 342
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    Game of the Year, GTA on steroids. This game is explosive, fun, and takes gaming to a level we have never seen before. This game is the badGame of the Year, GTA on steroids. This game is explosive, fun, and takes gaming to a level we have never seen before. This game is the bad boy of the gaming industry. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    10
    I've played many GTA games and a lot of old open world adventure games in the past, and I must say, this turned out to be a very fun andI've played many GTA games and a lot of old open world adventure games in the past, and I must say, this turned out to be a very fun and casual game.

    A game that truly fulfills any ego to occasionally go out and smash around stuff with absolute impunity or speeding through traffic in total road rage without any hesitation of destroying anything or losing anything significant value.

    To get there, you'd have to first earn your way up, but the gameplay is so laid back that you really don't have to take anything seriously, and that is true even in co-op with your friends. Even if a particular mission fails, there is no heavy penalty, everyone keeps all the guns and cars they've collected and everyone can feel free to retry at their leisure. No pressure at all, which is a total refreshment for all the serious and heavy gaming expects everyone to heavily invest in a gamble to risk losing one thing or another. Not that it is a bad thing necessarily, but it really relieves the hassle of that in this casual environment.

    The story itself is relatively short, but that's only to provide an introduction into this sandbox world I believe. The main focus was never really the story, but the world itself. The story however, is just content to introduce all the game mechanics SR3 had to offer. Not to mention the wackiness and humor that you just won't get to see on a regular basis. Pimps riding on chariots? A giant ball of yarn wrecking havoc? A game show devoted to slaughter mascots? Not intended to humor children and mindful sticklers, but if you were, you wouldn't pick up a game about gangstas in the first place, unless your only intent is to patronize it.

    Overall, it is a game that's well deserved its full marks, simply just because it has managed to capture this player's undivided attention until all missions and almost all achievements (96%) have been completed for 252 hours.
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  3. Nov 15, 2011
    9
    I've missed playing a sandbox game of this caliber since GTA IV. While the comparisons are inevitable, they are vastly different games. SRT 3I've missed playing a sandbox game of this caliber since GTA IV. While the comparisons are inevitable, they are vastly different games. SRT 3 is all about over-the-top ridiculousness which is evidenced by the character customization options, weapons, environment and mini-games. If you're in the mood to just cruise around Steelport and cause havoc of epic proportions while still navigating the campaign then you'll want to pick this up. Of course the game has its faults but the sheer amount of absurdity that is possible easily picks up the slack. Expand
  4. May 1, 2014
    8
    Totally over the top and lots of fun. A well implemented weapon and ability upgrade system keeps you playing. From zombie invasion to BurtTotally over the top and lots of fun. A well implemented weapon and ability upgrade system keeps you playing. From zombie invasion to Burt Reynolds, this game has got it all. Check your GTA egos at the door. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    8
    I hated the previous SR efforts but this game is worth buying. The combat system is now spot on with a robust weapons cache and decent enemyI hated the previous SR efforts but this game is worth buying. The combat system is now spot on with a robust weapons cache and decent enemy AI. Driving is much improved and almost up to the level of GTA4 though I've hit some glitches (eg vehicles going through guardrails and getting stuck in the pavement). Missions are fun, story is fun, love the character designs. My main disappointment is with the NPC civilians who are either slow to react or don't react to the mayhem around them. When hijacking a motorcycle with a passenger on back I would expect some sort of reaction but he just sits there quiet as I kamikaze into a wall. Fire a gun near a crowd and they just continue going about their conversations. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    7
    Very funny game, not technically perfect, but original and with a great work behind. I loved this game.
  7. May 13, 2021
    0
    I've decided to play Saints Row: The Third recently to completely turn off my mind and relax. Of course with my luck, it was horrendousI've decided to play Saints Row: The Third recently to completely turn off my mind and relax. Of course with my luck, it was horrendous experience for me. Let's begin, shall we? At first we're getting hit by cringeworthy story full of crony bad language straight from kindergarten. I thought, perfect! Some stuff to laugh at and chill. Plot, yet another time, lasts only for prologue, which can't even be called real prologue. All happens is they decide to rob a bank by carrying out vault with helicopter. Does not make any sense? You'll get used to it cause the game is telling the player only this type of **** and it's only going to get better, just the tip of the iceberg, trust me. It's getting the seal of crap from me for being probably worst TPS videogame ever imo. Shooting is very broken, there is no recoil at all, screen is not even shaking, sfx is also lacking, so shooting is as bad as it could be, flat as pancake. Enemies? Their intelligence oscillates on the level of hard water stains in toilet bowl, you can unload 20 bullets into one individual and he will only swing around like someone pulled his leg. Developers knew it would be too easy to kill foes so they implemented god awful hitboxes. Headshots are pain in the ass. Driving is a real chore, it feels as you're not driving vehicles but curling stones on polished ice. Most cars don't have good top speeds; when you're driving fast it usually feels very slow all of a sudden. What on earth is wrong with the audiovisuals? Fullpriced videogame from 2011 looks and sounds like not well oriented modded heap of crap form 2004. Gameplay itself is nothing but pietism, of course sarcasm. We're forced to play in act for a movie, left to take part in obstacle courses for TV-show, slap people with giant **** fight using septic gun, driveby or burning. Complete an utter retardation! I was playing for five hours straight and decided to stop. I wanted to cry, this all pissed me off so much. Who do they think I am? 100% moron? Ok, you might want to crossify me for this review, but get it - I have low tolerance for **** this is it. Overall plot and setting is so edgy, they're basicaly saying "We're so hip we do whatever the hell, realism is for **** and **** After I discovered I passed only the first half of all story missions, I dropped it. What a load of bullf*ck after all that pumping action where everything was exploding, the city was collapsing, they just halt it with no reasoning and you're back to pimping mission, cause pimp you've just met at the bdsm club decided to let you do the job cause he is too lazy for it this time. F*ck you Deep Silver, never again. Expand

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