This series follows the mischievous Third Row Saints gang and you are their nameless leader. At the start of Saints Row The Third, you’re at the top and the city of Steelport loves you. Unfortunately a rival gang, known as the Syndicate, soon threatens your glory. The overall plot may be cliché’, but there’s charm at its backbone. From nonstop over-the-top missions, to quirky characters all of which are voiced well, and a colorful city to play around in, the writers behind the game knew what they were doing. It’s not going to win any drama awards, but it’ll keep you engaged and laughing through the insanity.
At its core, SR3 is a third person shooter open world game. You take on missions to progress the story along with side missions to earn extra cash. The missions range from crazy to outright bizarre. In the end, it’s all about killing dudes, but there’s at least a variety of which I don’t want to spoil, as there’s a surprise behind every corner that’ll either make you laugh or raise an eyebrow. The actual mechanics are decent, but need some fine-tuning. A cover-based mechanic, for example, would have been nice. There’s at least a huge selection of weapons, vehicles, and powers at your disposal to keep the combat fresh.
SR3 is overflowing with content. You can customization your character’s sex, looks, clothes, and even their voice from an option of four per sex. You can also buy upgrades for your character’s abilities, vehicles, clothes, and guns. There’s a lot to do in the game which can easily take you over 30-40 hours. If you get tired of the single player campaign, there’s a decent multiplayer with a few twists on established modes like “Whored Mode.” There are a few setbacks however like glitches, frame rates, and few unpolished areas in the environments, but overall it’s made well for the amount packed inside.
Saints Row The Third is dumb fun. There’s a lot to enjoy in this immense package, but it isn’t for everyone and because of that and its flaws, it’s not perfect but very close. As an analogy, it’s a really good B movie. If, for example, killing zombies with a dildo bat doesn’t entertaining then this game probably isn’t for you. If that and everything else I’ve said does, then trust me when I say SR3 won’t disappoint your curiosity.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on February 8, 2012 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.