I am a big fan of the saints row series from the beginning and I was excited to get my hands on SR3. I was kinda worried though to hear that some activities were cut(hot fuzz,septic avenger, fight club, and demolition derby) and even more worried when they announced the 40 weeks of DLC plan but Volition made claims that they cut multiplayer to make the single player experience better. Sure, I knew they cut some things out but I foolishly believed that despite the "cuts" SR3 will have loads to do. Then came the release and 24 hours later I achieved 93%. 24 hours....93%...kinda short for a free-roam game isn't it? Slowly everything started to sink in and I realized that SR3 is the worst entry of the series. I made three points a few days ago why SR3 fails and I'll re-post them here with a few edits. Warning, there are spoilers and in these points:
First of all, the customization is watered down compared to the second one. In the second one, you could layer clothing which doesn't exist in saints row 3 nor does design patterns and there was a lot of clothing items to choose from in the second one but not so much in the third. I can't even make a decent Tommy Vercetti. The NPCs including gang members seem to have way better clothing items than the player! where's the ninja outfit or the pimp clothing? To Volition's credit they did include a cop uniform but the options could still be better.
Secondly, instead of having activities available from the start they are unlocked by doing the storyline which is fine but most of act one was activity tutorials. Also, even after unlocking all of the activities there seems to be a lot less activities than SR2.It makes me wonder if they plan to sell the missing activities as DLC.
Speaking of the story, let's move to my third point. The story could have been better. I know this is saints row but at least volition tried to make the story solid in SR2, not so much in SR3. remember that bad ass known as Johnny Gat from the the first games? He survived being stabbed and being shot in those games and held off a bunch of cops. In the third, he dies....off camera. You think that this is a trick by V so you wait til the very end hoping he comes back only to find out that he does in an insulting way for that character. Also, loose ends from the second game are completely ignore just so they wouldn't alienate new players. Thanks V, now you just alienated your current fan base.As for the other returning characters, there's only two(not counting Jane Valderama) which are pierce and shaundi. Once again, minimal returning characters due to not alienating the new fan base. As for Loren, let's just say his fate is lame especially since he was built up as the big baddie.
My next point is revolving around the star itself, not the MC but the city of Steelport. The city felt lifeless. Sure you would see a cop pulling over a car and a guy playing guitar on the street but that's it. There are no interiors except for your cribs and those idle animations that were in the second one(i.e. fishing when next to a pier) are not present. Also, there is no proper day and night cycles as it changes during missions and activities. Sure you have a lot of toys to play with but it's like playing in a sandbox without sand. It feels like thing were cut for DLC.....oh wait. That's right, they have planned for the 40 weeks of DLC!
Saints Row the third could have been an awesome sandbox game but with the cuts they made(likely in the name of "DLC") saints row the third fails. truth be told, I can't see why it's getting all of these good reviews. I would honestly rate it a 6/10 because of the above points and that reaching 100% can be achieved in a short time and that's without rushing through it! Once you reach 100% then that's it. I'll be honest, I never achieved 100% in SR2 but I still placed over 200 hours in playing that game. Ironically, as the saints sold out in SR3 so did volition. V got greedy and cocky so I ask you gamers who haven't bought this game yet to wait for a price drop and to those like me who were foolish enough to buy it on launch to not buy any DLC they send out. Thanks for reading!