Saints Row 2 is not pretty, it is not refined, and it is not realistic. "We're going for a very over-the-top feel," commented James Tsai, the game's lead designer, as GamesRadar chatted with him at THQ's yearly preview event.
The game is very over-the-top, both in gameplay and story, the latter of which has been criticized as an exercise in tired racial stereotypes and naive views of "street life." James disagrees. "It's about having fun. The gangs are very stylized; we're not going for real world gangs. It's like a comic book, like pulp fiction."