Saints Row 2
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Saints Row 2 brings true freedom to open-world gaming. Players can play as who they want, how they want, and with whomever they want in this sequel to the much acclaimed and tremendously successful Saints Row.
Set years after the original, the player finds himself in a Stilwater both familiar and strange and challenged with bringing the Saints back as the rightful kings of Stilwater and bringing vengeance to those who wronged him.
Limitless Customization: Play as fully customizable characters that are male, female or something in between.
Vehicles can be visually customized as well as performance tuned.
Cribs and even gangs all have an amazing degree of detailed customization options.
Multiplayer: Co-op full story campaign has seamless integration (for example one player drives while the other shoots).
Competitive MP pushes the boundaries of immersion in a living Stillwater environment fully populated with police, innocent bystanders and rival gangs.
Killer Combat and Awesome Vehicles: Planes, helicopters, motorcycles,boats and cars can be piloted and used as weapons. On the ground new combat options include melee, fine aim, and human shield.
Freedom to Explore: More missions, activities, diversions, races, weapons, vehicles, cribs, city districts, and interiors than ever before. Over 40 story missions with additional bonus missions take place in a transformed Stilwater that is over 50% larger than before.
Oozing with fun and laughs from every square inchsycomantis1991 | May 14, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
Saints Row 2 is a gem of a game in my opinion. It's starting to head towards the full-on parody style that the third and fourth games became synonymous with, but it's still somewhat grounded and reality and not so over-the-top that you forget about the story and why you're doing what you're doing. That being aid, the story is better than it gets credit for. It's quickly engaging and personal, while not so serious that it's jarring when it makes you roll on the floor. I personally think this is the funniest game in the entire series. It doesn't really as much on being crazy for laughs as the games that would follow, and more on the characters themselves, as well as names of many places and easter eggs you find throughout. Also, I'll never get tired of one of my favorite opening missions in gaming history. I almost forgot that the character customization is glorious, and I had more fun with it than I did with The Third and IV. This being said, the gameplay is still solid, and I love driving in this game (something GTA is only now beginning to grasp), but the combat, while still fun and playable, has become sort of clunky compared to the more polished later games. That's honestly the biggest negative I have. There are few games I've put as many hours into, not even a GTA game or Skyrim can compare, and it's still great fun, a sublime comedy, and glorious mayhem.
She's dead, JimLSD | April 19, 2015 | See all LSD's reviews »
SR2 used GameSpy for multiplayer, and GameSpy shut down last year. That means no more multiplayer, which was honestly the main thing about SR2. Playing bumper cars in attack helicopters, pimp slapping each other around the map, or just playing the story mode in co-op -- it was all insanely good fun. But now that's over :( Even before the multiplayer shut down, SR2 had its own plague of issues. It was a horrible port to the PC, and the team that did it (CD Projekt RED) completely abandoned the game. Performance is a mess, the game's locked down tight (which makes modding close to impossible), and most horrible of all, the driving controls are the worst i've ever seen in a game. If you tap A or D, your car'll do a 90 degree turn. So essentially, without the multiplayer fun, SR2 is just a poorly ported mess. There's still some fun to be had, but you'll be on your lonesome instead of blasting it with friends...