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This review is from: Saints Row: The Third (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I have a confession to make: I don't usually buy this sort of game and I'm definitely not its target audience, being more of an old-school RPGer. It just so happened that I was in a gaming doldrums of sorts, willing to try out something different, and let myself be dazzled by all the hype surrounding SR3 as well as the flashy aesthetics surrounding the game (great job from the marketing department, it has to be said).
Contrary to all expectations and much to the surprise of those acquainted with my tastes, this... ended up being a lot of fun. A whole 40+ hours lot of fun. The story is largely forgettable, the graphics aren't really up to today's standards - for an updated engine, no less - and the game can be a bit too silly at times, but it really just is a *fun* game. It gives you all the toys you could want on a city-sized playground and simply lets you have a go with the playstyle you feel most appropriate. A retro cybersteampunk dilletante? Check. A matrix-style vamp femme fatale? Check. Jason Statham wannabe? Check. Hardcore gangsta rap pimp with a zombie voice? Check. SR3 lets you go wild with your in-game persona and that's just the beginning. The over-the-top setpieces have been lauded time and again, and rightly so, and the voice acting is all-around excellent, with the main character voice sets (all six of them, plus zombie grunts) filled to the brim with personality, almost granting a new experience all by themselves should you choose to have another playthrough with a different voice.
Saints Row: The Third is not the type of game you commend or respect. It doesn't want to be respected, nor does it need to. It's unapologetic in its craziness but somehow manages not to be gratutious on its own (that's up to the player). What it lacks in memorable characters it mostly makes up for with nice character moments and a number of quotable one-liners. It's an easy game with fluid controls and a gameplay that seldom - if ever - gets in the way of fun and will never be a top game contender in any chart, nor will it be fondly remembered as a great piece of storytelling. It's the gaming equivalent of the craziest, booziest night out you've ever had, of which you can only recall bits and pieces.
And that is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2012 02:51:02 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 17:35:39 BDT
Full Time Geek says:
Computer games can be many things other than simply fun. They can have incredible music, astounding visuals, memorable characters, and a developed storyline. Games are pieces of art, and I happen to think that RPGs are the most artistic of them all. It takes the aspect of gaming to another level and allows you to fully emerse yourself in a world as a fully customisable character that you can tailor to your liking. RPGs give an immense freedom in the game like no other genre. So, if anything, RPG players like the reviewer and myself should be commended for playing the games we love, not called 'nerds' and 'losers'. All in all, I agree with this review entirely, but I would give the game 4 stars. Bravo to the reviewer for a thorough explaination of the game's qualities and drawbacks.
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