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