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Saints Row 2 succeeds in being fun to play if you can get it working properly (see the link at the bottom of the review). If a grittier, less-campy version of Saints Row 3 appeals to you and you are patient, you might enjoy Saints Row 2 despite its defects.
Saints Row 2 Review (Spoiler Free) Story
Set after the events of the first Saints Row, Saints Row 2 (SR2) begins with the protagonist from the first game waking up from his (or her depending on your character creation choices) coma in a maximum security prison. After a daring escape, your character returns to Stillwater to find it has changed beyond recognition. It turns out that in the years your character was in a coma, the Saints dissolved and three new gangs have moved into Stillwater. Former Saints have been arrested or are in hiding, previously held territory has been divided among the new gangs, and the Saints are leaderless. Worse still, the mysterious Ultor Corporation has shown up and has its hands in everything from local government to law enforcement. Starting from the ground up, your character begins to rebuild the Saints yard-by-yard, taking over enemy gang businesses, disrupting vice operations, and being a general pain in the Ultor Corporation's side. Saints Row 2 sees the Saints stop at nothing to attain what they have in SR3. Gameplay
SR2 differentiates itself from its contemporaries through how it handles missions. The story missions are divided into threes (one for each gang) with one of the Saint's lieutenants handling each gang and can be completed in any order. Subsequent story missions must be unlocked through acquiring reputation. Reputation, cash, and character upgrades are acquired mostly through completing activities, such as impersonating a police officer for a COPS style TV show, committing insurance fraud, racing, joining a fight club, or using a sewage truck to devalue real-estate. The variety among activities keeps them from going stale, though there are a few that are more aggravating than the rest. In addition to activities there are lots of collectables to find as a few cribs to buy and upgrade, giving plenty of reason to keep playing. As with most open world games, your fun is increased when playing co-op though you should expect to play this with someone from your friends list since the online servers are no more.
A straight play-through without any lollygagging will take around 8-10 hours depending on your skill. Design
I cannot run this game at max settings but if I could, I imagine it would look decent for a last-gen game. Nevertheless, Stillwater is home to a variety of unique environments each with their own interesting sights and sounds. Downtown is bustling, the suburbs are quiet, and the projects are dilapidated. Guns sound powerful and explosions are devestating at times, ragdolling everything (even you) in their radius. Each gang has its own personality, ranging from cars to member clothing and weapons. The object physics in the game make it all the more fun, especially when most things seen on the sidewalk can be used as a melee weapon. The radio stations have their own personalities and can be quite fun to listen to on their own. Driving in the game is very difficult, especially in the case of motor cylcles which are hard to just keep upright. Ragdolling can be troubling at times too.
When I first played SR2, I could not progress in the game in its vanilla state. I had to download a mod that fixed the issues with the vanilla version. Buyers be warned.
Having to Install a mod in order to run would usually put me off of a game, but I am a patient person and am willing to do a little leg work if it means I can experience something unique. Was my money worth the time and effort? I would answer yes. The story in SR2 is the most interesting in the series in my opinion. Brutal at times in terms of its story, it feels more realistic than SR3 but is far from dull. As I said before, if you thought SR3 needed less panache and can deal with a little modding, you may find SR2 more satisfying despite its age.
The only mod I needed to download to get the game working was "The Gentlemen of the Row" mod. Here is a link to the thread that I used to get the game working where you'll find this mod along with several others that may interest you: http://steamcommunity.com/app/9480/discussions/0/846958724811426425/