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This review is from: Saints Row The Third (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Ok, so it's totally over the top silly action that doesn't take itself at all seriously - but that's all it is - once you get past the over-the-top sweariness there's really not anything to it. The graphics and physics have improved from its predecessor and...that's it really.
The game looks relatively nice, but even with DX11 turned on the graphics aren't anything to get excited about. Other vehicles magically appear in your field of vision and crashed vehicles magically disappear when you turn your back on them for a second. Though vehicles do handle nicely and are fun to drive. The world itself is oddly lifeless with random NPCs just wandering around like zombies there solely for you to beat up or shoot or whatever and the interiors are generally very shoddy looking.
The story is like a children's Saturday morning cartoon with swearing and sexual references thrown in and is sadly lacking in actual humour - i.e. well written and witty dialogue (unless you happen to find prostitutes inherently hilarious). It's really just dull and unengaging cut scenes between missions.
Customisation options have sadly been cut down - no more crib customisation and the clothing selection is frankly dull and uninspired with less options than SR2.
The missions are ok but again nothing better than the predecessor.
For me, after the nicely executed opening segment, what the game is hanging itself on is it's over-the-topness and 'wackiness' - look beyond that and there isn't really much beyond some pretty average drive around fast and shoot stuff missions. No interesting characters, no interesting story, stripped down customisation and distinctly average missions. It's fun to run around doing wacky stuff for a bit, but there's nothing to keep coming back to once the novelty wears off. I didn't finish the main story because frankly I couldn't care less how it turned out and the missions weren't engaging enough to keep coming back for. Volition seem to have concluded that if they're as OTT as possible, that's all they really need - though it has to be said the positive reviews this game has got indicates that may well be a winning strategy for them.