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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: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  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. Mar 1, 2022
    10
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  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. Nov 23, 2010
    9
    If your inserted a blank Blu-Ray disc into a PlayStation 3 and your PlayStation 3 started to tell jokes and start rampaging around the roomIf your inserted a blank Blu-Ray disc into a PlayStation 3 and your PlayStation 3 started to tell jokes and start rampaging around the room putting on random clothes and then spits the Blu-Ray disc out again, Saints Row 2 is probably what you would end up with. This game is a silly version of Grand Theft Auto and because of this, the game is so much fun to play. The game is set in the fictional city of Stillwater and the game basically plays like any sandbox game you've played with a huge city to explore and find hidden areas. There's the main campaign in which the story centers around your character and your gang known as the Saints, try to bring down 5 rival gangs and reclaim Stillwater through a variety of missions which include shooting, driving and the odd protecting and destroy mission. The game play is your standard Third Person Shooter and at times it really works well: Take out enemies using a selection of weapons or take them on with hand to hand combat. The driving stages feel great and instead of being limited to firing your gun out the side of the car while your driving (Like in the PlayStation 2 stages) you can now aim and shoot through 360 degrees and with a handy cruise control feature in each vehicle you drive, you don't have to keep the car moving and concentrate on shooting your enemies. The graphics are great but lack detail and it can be glitchy sometimes. The story mode is fast-paced and full of comical cutscenes and great voice acting. An addition to the story mode, there are activities to take part in which add to the crazy factor of the game. There's Fuzz, where you play as an undercover cop and try to capture footage for the TV Show known as Fuzz by apprehending your suspects with different weapons. Then there's Trail Blazer where your on a quad bike covered in flames and have to race through checkpoints smashing into cars and barrels and setting pedestrians on fire to gain time and money. There's even more ridiculous activities to try and you earn respect from them so you can move on to the next mission in the story mode. The brilliant thing about this game is the customisation options. Unlike Grand Theft Auto 4, you aren't limited to playing one pre designed character. Before you start the campaign, you can choose what your character looks like. You can choose if the character is male or female, their build their facial features, their voice (a selection of 3 voices for male or female), hair style and colour, their taunt and normal facial expression. The wealth of customisation options is staggering and you can really put your creation skills to the test with this game. Create the most sensible character or create the most outrageous character ever. You can even customise your vehicles though not to the degree of Need for Speed: Underground. The shops throughout Stillwater provide even more ways to customise your character with clothes shops and Jewelery shops. There are a healthy amount of vehicles to choose from and unlike Grand Theft Auto 4, you can pilot a jet! Feel bored and want someone to play with? Get connected to PlayStation Network and double the amount of fun you'll be having by playing with a friend on online co-op which allows you to complete the campaign or activities together. Or you could just mess around a bit, causing destruction or telling people to f*** off with your taunt (or what ever your taunt is). The online multiplayer is basic team-deathmatch and can provide you with some entertainment or a mode called "strong arm" in which two teams fight for control over a neighbourhood. Saints Row 2 is a lighter, more hilarious game than Grand Theft Auto 4 which doesn't take itself too seriously and is a game that nails the definition of a video game due to guaranteed entertainment and limitless customisation. Expand
  5. NikoJ.
    Nov 5, 2008
    9
    I totally agree with Eric. U can't compare SR2 and GTA IV, cuz their like totally different games and SR2 is NOT trying to be like GTA I totally agree with Eric. U can't compare SR2 and GTA IV, cuz their like totally different games and SR2 is NOT trying to be like GTA IV. Well, what I liked about specially about this one was the huge amount of stuff that U can do between the storyline missions. This is actually pretty likely the only thing I didn't like about GTA IV: After the storyline theres basically nothing U could do! About the graphics. People diss SR2's graphs cuz their not like as realistic than the GTA IV's ones, but I think that that wasn't even in the mind of Volition when they started making SR2. The graphs of SR2 aren't that bad, theyr just different from them (a bit of toony look on 'em.) Actually I personally think that U can't compare them at all! The fysics aren't seriously as good as GTA IV's euphoria ones, but they still do their work just fine. What I specially liked about the guns of the game is that there are very many types of weapon, when compared to GTA IV, which has got just pistols, rifles etc. "usual guns", so I think that the weaponry is basically better than GTA's one, but then the fysics of the weapons are better in it. The AI is way back from GTA IV's one, and the story and the characters of GTA are much better. The storyline of SR2 is - as it's predecessors - pretty messy and kinda like unfinished. Another thing I liked about the game is the way U have to gain respect before U can go on with the missions. What I specially DIDN'T like about was the mass of bugs and glithes the game has on it's knees. It's really anoying when the buildings, vehicles and people like appear and disappear randomly at times, and it's in my opinion the only thing that almost ruins the fun. Many people have been dissin' the controls, but I liked them actually. The driving of the cars doesn't feel that great at firs, but U'll get use to it. Well, that was pretty much about what I had to say. Atleast I don't remember anythin' else what to say (Well the online-game sucks), but what the heck, I'm still in love with it thought I got this like couple of weeks ago. I'd like apologize people for comparing this wonderful but freekin' glitchy game to GTA IV, but I know that most people do it, and wanted to show them with this that Saints Row 2 IS NOT GTA IV! Have fun Fossu. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2012
    8
    Saints Row 2 is an insane amount of fun! The story is actually decent considering what the game is about, the graphics look dated now thoughSaints Row 2 is an insane amount of fun! The story is actually decent considering what the game is about, the graphics look dated now though (2012) but they're still playable. You can spend hours just messing around on the islands its great fun and easily worth buying as it's cheap now :) 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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