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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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Score distribution:
  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: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  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. Kerbster
    Jan 1, 2010
    9
    Its not like gta 4 at all its not ament much less seroius and more focuseod on having a laugh and it works keeps you ocupied for hours
  5. Eric
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    Although the story in saints row 2 I feel is lacking, they try to make everyone seem totally badass, and It dosen't work out so well, Although the story in saints row 2 I feel is lacking, they try to make everyone seem totally badass, and It dosen't work out so well, because someone must be a weakling, the gameplay is amazing. This game is fun. Plain and simple, I understand people try to compare this game to GTA IV, but you just can't! While the games fork, and GTA IV goes the Serious live a good life route, SR2 just goes nuts! where else can you kill someone, after they ding your car, bring them back to life with your shock paddles and kill them again! SR2 is Literally just ridiculous, and that's exactly what I wanted, a wacky zaney crazy fun game. Get it, you won't be sorry. PS: Thanks THQ for not telling anyone about delaying the PC release... 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. LukeD
    Nov 4, 2009
    4
    annoying controls and bad gameplay, its kinda like a bad GTA San Andres

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