Saint’s Row 2 (2008)

Info

Genre Period Developer Publisher Theme
Action, Adventure, Open World, Sandbox Modern (2001-2010) Volition, CDProjekt THQ

Deep Silver (Presently)

Organized crime, Thug life, Grand theft auto, Gangsters, Racing

Saint’s Row 2 is the second installment in the Saint’s Row series of GTA clone games. Although, these games are GTA clones, imho they are actually even more fun to play than GTA games. Maybe not as deep or satisfying as GTA, but definitely more entertaining. SR 2 is no exception. In contrast to GTA, you can create your own character as male or female with plenty of customization options. The character models are one of the best I have ever seen actually. In every other way it is basically like any GTA game, you do missions all around the city, some are story missions and some are optional side missions. Collectibles strewn around, gang turf mechanisms, and all the rest of it. Another important aspect in which it is different from GTA, is the ability to recruit upto 3 gang members as your followers, who can basically act as your bodyguards.

Game Assessment

Complexity Matrix 

Complexity Parameters Values (0, 0.5, 1)
Control Scheme 0.5: Moderately complex
Complexity 1: Quite complex
Story 1: There is a story
Lore 1: World of Saint’s Row
Immersion 1: Role-play level
Difficulty 0.5: Moderate
Learning Curve 0: Easy
Total Score 5/7: Heavyweight game 

Satisfaction Matrix

Needs Satisfaction Score (0-3)
Analytical 0: Not met
Creative 0: Not met
Mastery 2: Moderately met
Destructive 2: Moderately met
Entertainment 3: Well met
Pace 3: Well met
Horror 0: Not met
Total Score 10/21: Good Game

Game Review

TL;DR A very entertaining game with all sorts of whacky humor. If you are a fan of open world GTA like games, then you must get hold of this.

Pros

  • Create your own character
  • Lots of character customization options
  • Plentiful wardrobe options
  • Recruit gang members as followers to help out in combat
  • Good collection of vehicles
  • Whcky exaggerated humor

Cons

  • A bit short compared to what GTA games are

Game completed. Gametime 59 hrs.

Purpose – Entertainment

Gameplay – There is no complains in this department. It is just fine.

Graphics – Maybe falling a bit short for its time.

Performance – No issues for modern systems.

Entertainment – Very very entertaining. The humor is way more exaggerated than in GTA, and overall this game is super fun.

Plot (if applicable) – Plot is cliched but more or less okay.

Replay value – There is quite a bit of replay value, especially due to side missions and collectibles which you might miss in your first play-through.

Immersion – Good level of immersion due to highly customizable character.

Overall a very entertaining game experience.