• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2006
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 262 Ratings

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  • Summary: Welcome to Stilwater, a city where the streets are everything but tranquil. Divided by rivaling gangs, you’ll need to adopt savvy street smarts to build respect, make money and gain notoriety, let alone stay alive. As a member of the 3rd St. Saint’s, you need to push back against a cityWelcome to Stilwater, a city where the streets are everything but tranquil. Divided by rivaling gangs, you’ll need to adopt savvy street smarts to build respect, make money and gain notoriety, let alone stay alive. As a member of the 3rd St. Saint’s, you need to push back against a city looking to wipe you out, in order to rise up the ranks and eventually control the streets. If it takes theft, extortion or tried and true brute force, then that’s what ya gotta do. Only then will you rule the streets. BUT watch your back – on your purpose to rise as the city’s controlling syndicate, reputable and powerful gangs, including politicians have you in their crosshairs. [THQ] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  1. This is a game guaranteed to offend and entertain in equal measure, but it is emphatically not for children.
  2. Play Magazine
    90
    The nature of the game's free-form design coupled with its devices also make it an extremely personal experience, more so than any of its predecessors. [Sept 2006, p.50]
  3. Game Informer
    88
    The one area where Saints Row really goes outside of anything that "GTA" has to offer is through its amazingly diverse and highly enthralling online. [Sept. 2006, p.95]
  4. The missions to the story are extremely well designed, and the tasks are considerably varied. The shooting missions are joy to behold too, set out in true 3rd person shooter style with no automatic lock on. But once all the razzmatazz of the story has gone, and the dust has settled on “the Row”, there isn’t enough variety to keep you coming back.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    80
    Solid - but lacks the intelligence of "GTA"... Without a doubt, Saints Row's biggest contribution to the genre is multiplayer. This also happens to be the most fun part of the game. [Sept 2006, p.8]
  6. Volition tries and fails to re-create GTA’s sense of style, but their attempts at humor, from the naming of the businesses to the radio commercials, just comes off as even more derivative and less-inspired than its current gen doppelganger.
  7. netjak
    22
    I don't want to see anyone play this badly built junk even once, let alone own it for the "joy" of multiple playthroughs. The single player experience was so bad I refused to even try the online mode. I don't want to see anyone else go through the pain of being tempted with such an immersive experience just to have it ripped away by the shortcomings of whoever was responsible for these game-breaking glitches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 68
  2. Negative: 4 out of 68
  1. BlueFalcon
    Nov 9, 2007
    10
    I hope gta4 is this much fun. At the moment this is the best game on the xbox 360 (yes better than gears of war, yes better than halo 3, and I hope gta4 is this much fun. At the moment this is the best game on the xbox 360 (yes better than gears of war, yes better than halo 3, and yes better than bioshock, oh and yes better than the orange box). To address some other comments i see... after 30+ hours of gameplay I haven't come across any noteable glitches. Calling this a gta clone doesn't do it justice. It improves upon the sandbox formula in a lot of memorable ways. Expand
  2. ShannonH.
    Jan 14, 2007
    10
    This game is the best game you can do so much more on saint row this is the best game ever.
  3. Apr 26, 2020
    9
    The gameplay is very fun. The city Stillwater is great and fun to explore. The story is awesome.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Apr 23, 2007
    8
    I'm pretty sure everyone has already made the point clear that this game is a "GTA Clone". And I would agree, but I think this game is I'm pretty sure everyone has already made the point clear that this game is a "GTA Clone". And I would agree, but I think this game is funner. Sure, Grnad Theft Auto is fun, and I like it better, but this game is just fun. Riding the sidewalks and watching the people fly is very satisfying, where on GTA the people have a set motion that they will go through, thats horrible and stupid. Whehn you hit someone with a car they dont just flatten out and stay in the same positon. If you're going for Story then choose GTA. But if you want some fun go with Saints. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2021
    8
    Saints Row was a way to wet your pallet until the new GTA arrived and did a decent job doing so.
  6. Dec 14, 2011
    7
    Great fun, though a little repetitive, especially doing the activities all the time. But at least the game lets you explore outside the mainGreat fun, though a little repetitive, especially doing the activities all the time. But at least the game lets you explore outside the main story. Some bugs here and there, but overall a very entertaining game. Not of the same quality as GTA IV, but the developers knows it, and wanted to make a game that was more over-the-top than taking on the realistic approach. Expand
  7. Jan 27, 2016
    0
    This game SUCKS!!!!! why would anyone want this game? The **** in saints row 3 r better than this game this game is so boring and the graphicsThis game SUCKS!!!!! why would anyone want this game? The **** in saints row 3 r better than this game this game is so boring and the graphics suck ass. Halo 5 is better than this **** dont buy this game because it sucks trust me the cheat codes make the gAMe even MORE boring wtf is this it sucks dont buy it please!!!! Expand

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