In a way, this is a repeat of what Saints Row did two years ago. It came out after Rockstar had upped the ante with San Andreas, an undeniably brilliant and uneven bit of work. By being designed first and foremost as a solid game rather than a bunch of "wouldn't-it-be-cool?" concepts, Saints Row trumped Grand Theft Auto.
And here they are again. Once more, Volition has trumped a flawed Rockstar masterpiece. Let's hope these leapfrogging accomplishments continue. Because there's really only one winner when you compare brilliant, flawed games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Saints Row 2: those who play them.