Posted: April 28
Looks better, sounds better, and feels better then original Saints Row games. Yet it has none of their charm. The dark feel, clever writing, and restraint. All gone. Ended by a single bullet to Julius' head. Instead of peppering a gritty story with obscure wacky moments, like in Saints Row 2, The Third prefers to drown you in them. Giant naked muscular dudes, ♥♥♥♥♥ bats, and pony shows. ♥♥♥♥ humour basically.
One good thing about The Third is that the side missions are no longer required to play through the main story. A wise decision, as having to grind tedious repetitive tasks to gain respect was without a doubt the worst part of the classic Saints Row games. Speaking of, many of the fun side missions from Saints Row 1 and 2 have been cut. The most notable being Septic Avenger, which allowed the player to drive a sewage truck and plaster rich ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s homes with human waste. Sound like fun? Well ♥♥♥♥ that! In The Third you get everyone's favourite, escort missions! In which you protect brain dead A.I as they hand out leaflets. What a treat.
Customization has always been a big part of the Saints Row games, and unfortunately it's also something that has been vastly reduced here. First your clothing options. You can no longer pick the angle of headgear, choose separate pieces of clothing, and socks seem to have been outlawed in Steelport. Now you choose a top, bottom, shoes, hat and glasses. The same applies to character customization. The gender slider has been replaced with standard male and female options. You can now only have an athletic build, a steroid abuser, or the fat equivalent of both. Saints Row 2 had a variety of different fighting styles and walking animations. The Third has one walking animation, and one fighting style. Want to pick a fighting style other then wrestling? Tough ♥♥♥♥. Want to walk like a zombie? Well ♥♥♥♥ you, we couldn't be bothered this time.
If you can put up with dated graphics, glitches, and an overall poor port. Then I'd recommend getting Saints Row 2 over The Third, and if you don't mind messing with mods. The Steam user IdolNinja has released an amazing mod compilation called “Gentleman of the Row” which basically did Volution's work for them. It gives us PC gamers a playable Saints Row 2.
If the idea of tinkering with mods puts you off, then go for Saints Row IV. Whatever you decide, be sure to avoid Saints Row: The Third.
Update: Since Deep Silver acquired the Saints Row license they have somehow managed to break the "My Steelport" section of their website. Which means users can no longer upload and download their custom characters.