Indsendt: 20. januar
Saints Row 2 is, in my opinion, the best in series. While the original was clunky and the third and 4 moved in a new direction, the second game holds true to what the game is supposed to be: being a badass while taking over the entire city.
So you got blown up on a boat in the original game (which still hasn't made it's way to PC) and through the magic of science and technology, you're able to not only change your appearance, but also, apparently, your gender. You escape prison and are thrown directly into a gang controlled city while the Saints have long since been dead. It's your job to resurrect your former crew... or, you know, just run around, rob liquor stores, get high and screw around.
And that's what Saints Row 2 does best. It gives you an open playground to really just do whatever you want in. While newer games like GTA restrict the player to what they can actually accomplish, Saints Row just throws you into a living city, basically naked, and tells you "have at it". Go hold up a store and take that money to the casino and play some blackjack. Why not?
That being said, the game is dated and it shows. It's not the worst looking game, and mods are able to make it look better, but some mechanics are just tedious. Having to redo an entire mission because the police AI is acting stupid is a real chore. Forcing the player to do side quests to increase reputation so more main story missions can be done is a pain. No game should ever gate the player behind content through side missions and I'm glad to see that it was removed in newer installations.
For what Saints Row 2 is, a now 7 year old game, it still does a lot that even newer sandbox games are struggling with. It really is a shame that this series, in general, has had so much ups and downs. And the new direction being pushed is disappointing. But here's to good games that never get old, and let's hope we eventually see the original game on Steam.