AceGamez Review: Saint's Row 2

AceGamez: " Comparison is something that happens a lot in the videogames industry, for many reasons. Probably the biggest one is that the best titles in each genre provide a benchmark against which to measure new games and if one game is a second-rate rip-off of another then you're clearly better off sticking with the original. However, the obsession with comparison can get a bit out of hand; after all, there's tremendous scope within any given genre and at times it simply isn't warranted. I mean, would you really compare Serious Sam to Ghost Recon or Burnout to Gran Turismo? Saints Row 2 is a great example of misguided comparison, because while on the surface it looks like a GTA clone, it's so different to the latest iteration of Rockstar's infamous series that to draw comparisons with regards to gameplay would be unfair to both titles. Still, if you really want a comparison, here it is: if the two games were action movies then GTA IV would be The Bourne Ultimatum and Saints Row 2 would be Commando - they're both very entertaining in completely different ways, so rather than picking favourites or making unwarranted comparisons, why not just sit back and enjoy the very different experiences that each has to offer?

There are many reasons why Saints Row 2 is without doubt a very different animal to Grand Theft Auto IV and one of the best things about THQ's latest is that it's filled the gap that GTA IV's ultra-realistic approach has left in the sandbox action game genre. Whether you enjoyed the direction that GTA IV offered or not, Saints Row 2 hearkens back to the glory days of GTA III and its slightly cartoonish uber-violence, but in terms of content, violence, action and depth it leaves GTA III bullet-ridden and bleeding on the street. There are more than enough original ideas to give Saints Row 2 its own unique personality, one that's unashamedly loud and frenetic and excessive; building upon an already solid foundation, the folks at Volition took everything that was great about the original Saints Row and enhanced it, resulting in a game that's bigger, funnier, slicker, more varied and more entertaining than its predecessor."

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