TeamXbox writes: "Maybe it's time we retire the phrase "GTA Clone". The type of open-world sandbox gameplay that Rockstar pioneered with that game has become so commonly aped that it's almost become a genre unto itself. In addition to plenty of excellent variations on the them of "go anywhere, do anything" gameplay in games like Mercenaries 2, and the fact that so many upcoming games like Far Cry 2 and Prince of Persia are adopting the sandbox structure.
But still, the Saints Row franchise is pretty obviously still the closest thing to GTA's original urban crime simulator in setting and theme. In fact, the first game's main claim to fame was that it beat the GTA franchise to the next generation consoles, giving gamers the first opportunity to jack cars, shoot cops and create general mayhem in a large open city environment on the Xbox 360. But to suggest it is a clone was to maybe give it too much credit."