Review by Ringlercorp
So the graphics in this game are really solid. The characters are unique and look good. The pedestrians in the game are well done too. You will sometimes see the exact same model standing side by side, however this doesn't happen nearly as much as the older sandbox games. My only beef with the game is the draw distance. While it's WAY better than the older sandbox games, it still has issues. You will see cars and people fade and disappear in the distance, and this gets worse if you are in a helicopter or flying a plane. Installing the game to the hard drive helps this issue.
This is where the game shines. Right at the beginning of the game, you are shooting your way out of prison. This game does not slow down for 20min cutscenes like GTA IV. To progress through the main story, you need to earn "respect" by completing diversions such as being a bodyguard for celebrities, starring in an episode of "Fuzz" which is pretty much COPS, or spraying fecal matter on houses and people.
Shooting people is fun and easy to aim. The driving is responsive and fun. You will find yourself forgetting about the main storyline to do other things like mug people, pick fights rivals gangs, completing diversions.
Lots of radio stations to choose from, all real songs from real artists. The commercials are hilarious. The voice acting is excellent, lots of celebrities loaned their voices.
Lasting Appeal 9/10
I have played the game twice all the way through, once as a male, once as a female. It takes a while to complete the main story and all the diversions. The city is a good size that has everything (trailer park, snobby downtown, airport, mall, university, stadium) you name it, they have it.
Customization 9 /10
If you are a fan of customizing your character, you will LOVE this game. There are several stores that sell a good variety of clothing, most of which can be modified, such as color or how you wear the clothing. You can also customize your "cribs", which are houses to be purchased all over the city.
There are tons of different cars, almost all of which can be upgraded and customized at your local mechanic.
This is my Game of the Year for 2008 hands down. Excellent game. If you like sandbox games then Saints Row 2 will not disappoint!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/09/09
Game Release: Saints Row 2 (US, 10/14/08)
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