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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] Expand
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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: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  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. Jan 30, 2018
    10
    you know when your were a kid and you played games you weren`t allowed to play...Saints row 2 was one of those games and man I still love this game.
  3. JedBeetle
    Feb 4, 2009
    10
    This game is rated pretty well, but it's still severely underrated. It's one of the most fun games released in 2008, and the co-opThis game is rated pretty well, but it's still severely underrated. It's one of the most fun games released in 2008, and the co-op play makes it a must have for friends who like to play online together. It is the best co-op game for 2 players currently available on the ps3. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2021
    9
    One of the best sandbox game ever created with An amazing story too, The best improvement that this game has over the GTA games is that placeOne of the best sandbox game ever created with An amazing story too, The best improvement that this game has over the GTA games is that place like a third-person shooter instead of a auto lock on shooter , And what about driving into game it is not realistic at all and you can pretty much made some insane Drifting with all the cars but that just makes it more fun,
    , PS3 port is not the worst but it has frame rate drops like most of times
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  5. Aug 5, 2011
    9
    Given how I enjoyed playing sandbox games like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, TESIV Oblivion and Fallout, I decided to give this gameGiven how I enjoyed playing sandbox games like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, TESIV Oblivion and Fallout, I decided to give this game a random chance after I was pretty much done with other games despite watching the trailers and going "What year was this game released again? You sure it wasn't made for the PS2 instead?" Anyway, got the game on discount and after completing this game, I must say I was truly satisfied and I come to see the fine differences between SR2 and GTAIV. While GTAIV focused on a more being dark and mature theme. SR2 is entirely the opposite. Sure, it adopts the same open-world concept. Punch a guy on the street, taunt a pimp and get your butt kicked, it's all up to you. But I'll tell you what SR2 does (which GTAIV doesn't) that makes SR2 good enough to avoid itself being labelled 'the poor man's GTA'. You play the head of the 3rd Street Saints taking on the other factions to reclaim the territories of Stillwater. You can customise your character's facial and body appearance, clothing, voice, taunts, figthstyle, walking style etc. It can look like you, your favourite actor, or Niko Bellic if you still think this is GTAIV. The cutscenes are more over the top, and you'll probably go "Wow! That's bad*ss!" in most of them, or get a good laugh or two in others. The side characters are hilarious and likable, more so than the ones in GTAIV. Another thing that stood out having your own gang members who usually hang out in cribs or the Saints headquarters, and you'll be able to recruit up to 3 Saints to join you on your missions. You can also choose your gang style (attire), vehicles, sign, and taunt. Outside your main mission there are lots to do, there's street racing, boat racing, driving a helicopter, spraying cr*p on people and buildings, being a bodyguard for a celebrity, pimping, demolition derby, you name it. Now, the bad part, the graphics as I said are bad. It looks like it wasn't meant for current gen consoles. Poor AI and the poor combat controls makes shooting ugly to feel and look at. Multiplayer is also poorly implemented and it's nowhere near the excitement you'll get when playing online in GTAIV or RDR. There's no trophies in this game for the PS3 meaning that you'll probably have less of a reason to complete the sidemissions and activities. My final statement, try to enjoy SR2 for what it is rather than trying to see how it fails to be GTAIV. You get a good story, a more enjoyable and less serious gameplay, likable characters, and the feel of running a street gang. It's definitely worth giving it a shot. Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2011
    8
    im actaully suprised hear THQ did a pretty decent job with this game . it picks up right where the first one ends . every thing you worked forim actaully suprised hear THQ did a pretty decent job with this game . it picks up right where the first one ends . every thing you worked for in the first is lost and you have to reclaim it . its a good GTA clone that in some ways does it better . i live the creat a charicter mode its pretty deep . the story is fairly decent and the missions pretty fun . the biggest down side is you are still in the same city . i mean this could have just been a expansion pack for the first one .still its fun game . Expand
  7. Jan 8, 2021
    0
    Daveion Duran-Saints Row 2 is an absolutely mesmerising experience. Whether it is exploring the city, throwing pedestrians off of bridges, orDaveion Duran-Saints Row 2 is an absolutely mesmerising experience. Whether it is exploring the city, throwing pedestrians off of bridges, or just causing downright mayhem. It's a pleasantly fun game and one that will keep you occupied through till the 2010s if not longer. You are also able to change ur character model between male and female and able to mess with everything on the character. yes, even ur genitals. This game is just all-out destruction another version of GTA. A long story that will make battle the streets of the city and make the Saints the top gang. Expand

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