Ah, another game that I didn’t pick. Yes, I was a bit busy last Tuesday, so Blair kindly stepped up for WeView duties and selected Saints Row: The Third. It’s certainly a fine, fine pick, even if it didn’t seem to entice too many people into joining in.
Although I tried the demo of Saints Row: The Third back at EGX last year, the full game isn’t something I’ve gotten around to playing just yet; my backlog is worryingly large and I don’t really want to add to it. However, it is a game that’s very firmly stuck in my head; the sheer overblown, ridiculous nature of the Saints’ adventures in Steelport firmly gluing it there. It was therefore with some keenness that I opened up the comments to take a look at the community’s opinion of the game.[drop2]As soon as I took a peek at those comments it was like being hit by a wave of positivity. yogdog got the ball rolling by instructing everyone to buy it, before saying that “The game is just brilliant fun, pure and simple.” and that it took him “back to the good old days of GTA San Andreas and thinking about it, it’s probably even more fun that that!”
Skipping ahead a few comments, including passing by nofi who seems as tempted by the game as I am, MrJimmy threw his tuppence in, calling Saints Row “one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played in a couple of years”, as well as continuing the GTA trend by noting that the game “shows Rock* where GTA should have gone”.
The GTA comparisons didn’t stop there either, with theberzerka calling the antics of the 3rd Street Saints “everything that gta should have been” and more generally saying the game is “Over the top, balls out fun”, a statement it would seem it’s hard to argue with.
Saints Row: The Third even seems to have pleased the notoriously picky Tuffcub, a man who normally seems to go against much of the community. The week he seems a little overly pleased though:
Wandering around Steelport in aresless chaps, whacking policemen on the head with a giant purple dildo – what’s not to love?
Indeed Tuffcub, it’s hard to complain about a game that lets you do that.
There was one man who wasn’t too pleased with the game though, and that was OneShotWook. His main complaint seemed to be about that overblown nature that everyone else loved, seemingly stating that the ‘zany’ activities cover up any real depth. He went on to liken it to pop music, calling it “irritatingly catchy for a weekend then you never want to hear it again.” He did confess though that he suspects he’s “too damn old and this isn’t aimed at me.”
Our final comment this week comes from psychobudgie and whilst I don’t necessarily condone their idea, it really did have to be quoted. As yogdog suggested, it was comment of the week.
Get someone else to buy it and then steal it off them. That would keep more in the spirit of the game.
And with that said, it’s time to move onto the verdict. This was a pretty simple one after the split verdicts of the last two weeks. With twelve of you taking part this week, just one selected Rent It as their verdict, and the remaining eleven gave the game a rating of Buy It. So what are you waiting for? Go get your hands on a copy.