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SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD

CRASS, ex­ploita­tive, de­struc­tive, aban­doned: to say that Saints Row: The Third (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) is Grand Theft Auto turned up to 11, would be putting it mildly.

It would also be slightly in­ac­cu­rate, as while Saints is a sim­i­lar sand­box, it’s com­pletely un­leashed – the de­vel­op­ers run wild with what­ever insanity they please. In this third se­ries en­try, the Saints gang finds it­self en­joy­ing celebrity sta­tus – en­dors­ing fizzy drinks, sign­ing au­to­graphs, even hold­ing up banks for their fans.

It’s dur­ing one of these heists that they’re en­snared by a ri­val crim­i­nal gang, The Syn­di­cate, and find them­selves forced to re­build their em­pire, this time in a new city, Steel­port.

As with most slap­stick come­dies, the joke wanes even­tu­ally, ex­pos­ing ba­sic AI flaws and repet­i­tive mis­sion de­sign.

Yet it’s not ev­ery game that lets you oblit­er­ate cars with “apoc­afists”. – Michael Plant, The Independent

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