Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition and published by THQ. It is the third title in the Saints Row series. As in the previous games, the player-character leads the Third Streets Saints in a turf war against three rival gangs using a variety of weapons and vehicles in single-player and cooperative play. It was released on November 15, 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On May 10, 2019 it received a remastered Nintendo Switch port containing all DLCs.
On May 14, 2020, the game got a remastered version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, which contains enhanced graphics and all of the DLCs.
Why It Rocks
- Unlike the previous entries, this game takes a much more lighter and wackier tone that helps it to differentiate from other open-world games.
- Characters like Shaundi, Pierce and Johnny Gat return and look better than ever.
- Much more improved controls as you're given a Third-Person camera perspective and can now aim down the sights with the triggers rather than clicking the right stick.
- New types of weapons that are much more unique like the The Penetrator, Shark-O-Matic or Mollusk Launcher.
- Speaking of weapons, it's also the first game in the series to allows you to upgrade your weapons, further increasing their damage and accuracy.
- Great graphics, especially in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remasters.
- Memorable missions. In one mission, you're freefalling along with some vehicles while shooting bad guys. There's also a mission where you escape from a fetish club on a pony cart that's being pulled by your fellow gang member.
- Crazier customization, with a much bigger variety of clothing to accessorize your character with.
- Many unique weapons including the RC Possessor (you can control and blow up vehicles on foot with it), the SA-3 Airstrike (you can call an airstrike with it) and the infamous Penetrator and Fart in a Jar (ultimate upgrade for Flashbang grenades).
- New Activities like Tank Mayhem AND Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax.
- New interesting gangs to fight against. Instead of gangs fighting each other, they now all work as a single organization which makes it three against one.
- New range of vehicles to choose from with newcomers like Tanks and VTOLs.
- The DLCs add more crazy stuff to the game like the Manapult, new Genki Missions and TF2 hats.
- You can play the whole game in co-op with a lot less glitches and rampant AI from the previous game's.
- Despite not being able to replay missions, the is so addictive that you'll continuously start new games over and over.
- Hardcore difficulty is actually quite challenging at times. Expect to die a few times!
- Incredible soundtrack, especially the moment where Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out for a Hero plays.
- The remaster improves the graphical quality tremendously; lighting is greatly improved, textures are more real, and the character models are a lot better, ditching the cartoony aesthetic in favor of something more realistic; some characters like Shaundi and Kinzie are closer to how they look in their official artwork.
- One of the biggest complaints about the game is the lack of things that the first two games had, including:
- Steelport is way more lifeless than Stilwater.
- Many side activities like Crowd Control and FUZZ didn't make it into the game.
- You can no longer pick up items to use in combat like in Saints Row 2.
- Dumbed down customization. You can no longer set your character's walking style and expression. There are less options in clothes customization than Saints Row 2 and Crib Customization is completely absent.
- You can no longer derail trains.
- Fewer weapons.
- Fewer enterable buildings.
- The abilities to eat and smoke a joint are missing.
- Repayable missions were cut, so if you want to play the missions again, you have to restart the game from the very beginning, unless you mod the game.
- There is no day-night cycle, the time only changes every time you load the game.
- After the story is over, there is absolutely nothing else to do!
- Johnny Gat, one of the most iconic characters in the entire Saints Row franchise, is killed off in the first ten minutes (though he's later revealed to be alive in Saints Row IV).
- Sometimes the subtitles don't match up with the dialogue.
- Some new activities in the game are really bad (Tiger Escort, Guardian Angel...).
- For some reasons, Activities are part of the main missions which doesn't make sense since they're something you can do at any time.
- Some missions against STAG, the technologically advanced paramilitary troopers, can be extremely difficult. This is especially considering that their laser rifles can easily shred off a lot of your health.
- Not a lot of memorable missions as the previous games, with the closest ones being the first few missions of the game.
- It can take forever to upgrade your weapons and abilities due to the slow rate of earning money.
- You're not able to turn off dual-wielding, meaning once you've upgraded to that it'll stay as that.
- The Driving Mechanics, while not terrible, could be stiff at times.
- It got mixed reactions for shifting from a more grounded and gritty story to something more over-the-top, which became more apparent in Saints Row 4.
- Some of the characters' personalities have changed for worse, like Shaundi, who became a bit intolerant.
- Sometimes, the comedy can go a little overboard.
- There's not that many new missions compared to the previous game and some, like Snatch and Mayhem, have been dumbed down a bit.