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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: 65 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Arguably, it doesn’t do as much to propel the genre forward (in terms of story-telling, etc) as some of its peers. But the game is also wickedly fun. In terms of pure, unadulterated fun, Saints Row 2 is in a league of its own.
  2. My main issue with the game is that while the element of ‘fun’ makes the game quirky and amusing to play, underneath I can’t find the defining factor as to why I don’t enjoy it as much. Whether it is because a certain unnamed open-world action title has already been released this year and showed us what the potential of the console can do; then perhaps that is why.
  3. Overall, Saints Row 2 is like a perfect movie sequel; give ‘em more of the same, but it’s got to be bigger, better, faster, and louder.
  4. Saint's Row 2 is as every bit as good as the first game despite its glaring technical faults.
  5. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    80
    A rough diamond, only a few strides behind the best games on the PS3 and 360, Saints Row 2 is a bit like the kid with the best trainers who still hasn’t learned to tie their laces. It’s all over the place, and frequently opts to cram more in where it should be refining what it already has, but overall you’d have to be a complete snob to not get a kick out of playing through it. And to play through everything on offer would take a very long time indeed.
  6. Saints Row 2, we repeat, is no GTA IV. It is a whole lot more of a relaxed and loose experience.
  7. Edge Magazine
    50
    It’s not necessarily badly constructed, but in many ways it is badly intentioned, failing not just because of its conga-line of racial and sexual clichés, but because of the way it makes it a little bit easier to criticise videogaming as a hollow and sadistic pursuit. [Dec 2008, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 66
  2. Negative: 6 out of 66
  1. LJH
    May 17, 2011
    10
    Ever thought gta is boring and sluggish well this is the cure. With dozens of side missions and a story that easily rivals gta and just causeEver thought gta is boring and sluggish well this is the cure. With dozens of side missions and a story that easily rivals gta and just cause for emotion. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    Enjoy the old GTA games? Cant stand the seriousness of the new ones? Saints row if for you. I can say this is one of the few games I have everEnjoy the old GTA games? Cant stand the seriousness of the new ones? Saints row if for you. I can say this is one of the few games I have ever sat down and played beginning to end several times over. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2015
    10
    All I have to say is that I've played it for over 80 Hours and I love it. So that is all I can say....
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  4. AshleyB
    Oct 20, 2008
    9
    People comparing this to GTA4 are going to have a tough time seeing the appeal of the game. While GTA4 took a solid series and refined it People comparing this to GTA4 are going to have a tough time seeing the appeal of the game. While GTA4 took a solid series and refined it into a cinematic, atmospheric experience, it left behind a lot of what made the GTA series just so entertaining: Rampant silliness. Saints Row 2 goes all out on remedying this by dropping all pretenses of being a serious game from the get-go. After making a character from a huge variety of options, you're thrown straight into the action, with a world packed with things to do. You can throw people a good 15 ft, use them as human shields, cheer them on, and you can't turn a corner without finding a new activity to do. Technically, SR2 isn't all that stunning and makes a poor first impression. The graphics seem poor and the vehicle handling is far too tight, with no real sense of weight, but despite sounding like major criticisms, you'd be suprised at just how easily you start to look past them when you're doing a handstand on top of a buddy's customised sports-car into oncoming traffic with the police shooting at you. Both GTA4 and SR2 are fantastic games in their own right, and chances are if you've completed GTA4, you're probably disappointed in things to do in the endgame other than going on huge killing sprees. SR2 is packed to the brim with silly things to do, and is a constantly rewarding experience. Add to this some extremely entertaining cutscenes and some very well executed voiceacting, and you have a game that, while certainly not beating GTA4 in polish, is a vastly more entertaining experience. Expand
  5. JobA
    Dec 9, 2009
    9
    Great game,great game,great game.I cant say enough about Saints Row 2.What happened with the expansions though?This game takes the sand-box Great game,great game,great game.I cant say enough about Saints Row 2.What happened with the expansions though?This game takes the sand-box idea and takes it to a whole different level.How can you play the Grand Theft Auto's after playing this game and Saints Row 1.I have GTA IV.I pop it in and take it right outof my 360.I cant stand that game at times.You have to be very patient with that game and accept the terrible controls,Lame missions.Honestly,i dont respect that game or GTA San Andreas.After Playing Saints Row 1 in 2006 it changes your thoughts and the way you play sand-box games.There is so much thought and perfection throughout this game it is scary.The graphics need to be fixed and a few other things but until Saints Row 3 comes out,you know what I'll be playing.The intelligence behind the makers of this game are special,wow.I give it a 9.7 Expand
  6. BrewsterS
    Jan 19, 2010
    8
    More fun than GTA IV but less polished. Reminds me of earlier GTA's where the focus was on having fun with your environment more than More fun than GTA IV but less polished. Reminds me of earlier GTA's where the focus was on having fun with your environment more than pushing story. Expand
  7. MarkF
    Oct 3, 2008
    0
    What the hell is this? It's not that much of an improvement from the first. Same horrible car handling, same ugly graphics just with a What the hell is this? It's not that much of an improvement from the first. Same horrible car handling, same ugly graphics just with a little bit more colour and it has copied a lot from GTA IV. What did they copy? They put the camera to the right side of your character, your character turns at an angle when he moves around and motion blur. You can't tell me that this isn't a plain copy of GTA just made worse. They shouldn't have bothered making a second one. Expand

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