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Well visually Jung, GTA IV is unquestionably in the lead, but Saints has more to do, there’s more to see, and you can do it with a friend at the same time. Despite the odd pathfinding glitch and low res-texture - I had more fun in Saint Row 2’s Stilwater, than GTA’s liberty city. So assuming multiplayer runs smooth, I need to give ‘Saints Row 2’ a 10 as well. They both deserve it.
Let’s be clear: Saints Row 2 isn’t a genre-changing experience. Arguably, it doesn’t do as much to propel the genre forward (in terms of story-telling, etc) as some of its peers. But the game is also wickedly fun. In terms of pure, unadulterated fun, Saints Row 2 is in a league of its own.
I remember the days when so many urban-themed games were slapped together haphazardly and phoned in. I'm really glad to see that the majority of these games have bottlenecked out to the point where we are left with the gems of the genre. If you've gotten your fill of Liberty City, I highly recommend relocating to Stilwater. Saints Row 2 is a diamond in the rough that has its share of blemishes - but in the end, it's still a diamond.
Saints Row 2 is the type of game soccer Moms will scream about. Why, I'm sure I don't know because it is clearly not for kids. Silly, Outrageous, Profane, Excessively Violent, Very Naughty, and Unapologetically so. And it is a hell of a lot of fun. I can't say though my character, dressed in argyle sweater vest riding a PeeWee cycle through traffic while avoiding pedestrians is the epitome of gangster. Just the opposite, in fact, which is what makes Saints Row 2 so entertaining. It is extremely funny to me to see my Mild Mannered well dressed character in such extremely over the top gangster life situations. There is no pretense here, the game knows full well it is silly. And if the purpose of a video game is to entertain, then Saints Row 2 hits it out of the park.
Much less serious then Grand Theft Auto IV this game offers more variety and customisation. If you liked Rockstars efforts this should also keep you entertained.
If it's not obvious by now, I absolutely love this game. The best compliment I can give is that when I'm not playing it, I’m thinking about it, and that is certainly the case with Saints Row 2. The game's engaging story line, great voice acting and mix of humor and mayhem kept me coming back whether it was to spend some more time stealing ho's, or participating in Fight Club or simply chipping away at the gangs that took over my fair city while I was away. Add on an engaging multiplayer mode and seamless co-op and you have sandbox game that can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the GTA's of the world. I loved GTA IV too, but I roll with a different crew now and it's Third Street Saints til I die. Stilwater represent!
Saints Row 2 isn't going to be the next Godfather, but it's not trying to be. If you want class and moral dilemmas with your gang warfare, then look elsewhere. But if you want explosions, revenge, sex, money, drugs and rock and roll, then a trip to Stilwater is just what the doctor ordered.
Open world games have some strong competition this year, but Saints Row 2 offers a unique, personalised experience that makes it a standout. And it’s not cheesy like the first Saints, it’s just fun with a fantastic soundtrack too, and I hope the multiplayer lives up to it’s promise. I’m giving it 9.
I loved the first Saints Row. At the time, it was the only next-gen game of its kind, but despite that there was something about the gameplay and the overall design that made it more attractive than any of the GTA games that had come before it. And now, even with direct competition, I find myself wanting to play Saints Row 2 more than GTA4. This game really packs in the action and does a great job of integrating the activities and respect system in order to unlock story missions. And the multiplayer for Saints Row 2 is far more engaging and addictive than Liberty City.
Saints Row is an explosive mix of gameplay elements that will always provide you with something to do, something to see and something to destroy. Go out and buy it, your PlayStation 3 deserves it.
Saints Row 2 is a huge improvement over its prequel in every manner, and has successfully carved its own niche in the sandbox crime genre. The co-operative play is almost certainly one of the best such experiences available on consoles, and the sheer variety of things to do in Stilwater is so deliciously satisfying that the technical hitches can be overlooked. It’s so fun, it’s almost criminal.
Rising above its flaws, Saint’s Row 2 is an addictively over-the-top sequel that proves that bigger is definitely better. With more side missions, deeper customization features, more vehicles and bigger environments, its easy to overlook the glaring flaws that do pop up on the PS3 version. In other words, a bus ride to Stillwater is definitely in order.
Although Rockstar seem content to push the genre closer to Hollywood, Saints Row 2 is most certainly a videogame and as such there's more "gamey" content here to enjoy. If you found the side-missions away from GTA4's admittedly stunning main storyline slightly monotonous, then Saints Row 2 is probably the perfect tonic. The action is over the top, the characters are larger than life, and more importantly the game is packed full of fun.
Saints Row 2 offers up a shooting and driving experience that is plenty of fun. Its story isn't as engrossing as that of Grand Theft Auto IV, but it's not that kind of game. It's self-consciously funny in its irreverence, and its low-brow humor will definitely appeal to much of its audience. That the developers saw fit to include full cooperative play as well as a wide array of competitive multiplayer modes makes this a good choice for those looking for more criminal misdeeds to perform after GTA4 has been relegated to the shelf.
Still, in single-player and in co-op, Saints Row 2 is one of the most ridiculous and enjoyable games of the year. Some will dismiss it as GTA's "gangsta" offshoot, but they're missing the point; with its immense scope, fun physics and focus on entertainment over realism or grit, Saints Row is what GTA would have become if Rockstar North had followed Vice City to its pimpin' conclusion. It may not have the graphical fidelity or the polish of its high-budget counterpart, and will be beaten up for that, but it compensates more than adequately by answering the crucial question - "is it fun?" - with an exuberant, sweary, two-fingered affirmative.
Saints Row 2 never aimed to compete with Grand Theft Auto; while the setting is similar, Volition's baby has succeeded in carving its own niche in the sandbox genre and establishing its own unique identity. Technical shortcomings aside, Saints Row 2's diverse cityscape, incredibly versatile customisation, varied missions, endless activities and solid core mechanics combine to deliver an experience that's funny, fast-paced and highly entertaining - so visit Stilwater today, you'll come for the carnage and stay for, erm, even more carnage!
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Saints Row 2 retains everything that made the original a great addition to the sandbox-city crime genre, and tweaks it even further. If GTAIV is the granddaddy of the genre, then Saints Row 2 is the young, brash upstart making a lot of noise to draw attention to himself. While it can be said that the game doesn’t do much to advance the genre into new territory, it does keep the tried-and-true formula tightly in tact while delivering a real blast of a gameplay experience. That is, of course, if you’re not the type of person that is easily offended by foul language, excessive violence, sexual themes and racist language. If you’ve read this far, chances are you’re the type of gamer who would consider those traits to be more like requirements.
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While – both graphically and in gameplay – Saints Row feels behind the standards set by GTA IV, it has an ace up its sleeve in the online arena: true online co-op. And it works. Going through the main story mode with a friend is a hoot, plain and simple, even if you might find yourselves getting off track in search of that elusive five-star wanted level. Is it genius? Probably not, but it’s a feature that will go far in further establishing Saints Row identity amongst gamers. While it might not be as important as some of this year’s big games, Saints Row 2 is a profanely good time.
Once again, from every angle, Saints Row 2 is golden (shiny like the box). You’ll drive around and conquer Stilwater for many hours to come. Once that is done you’ll fully enjoy the Strong Arm mode online with friends, or hang out with a friend and play it through again co-operatively. For those who can’t wait for the next GTA, and for those who enjoyed the first Saints Row, this game is a must have.
Saints Row 2 has built its own unique niche with a formula that has been closely scrutinized for being a clone of Grand Theft Auto. Saints Row 2 is an excellent alternative that has stepped out of the shadow of Grand Theft Auto making it perfect replacement for all the gamers who want to unload the madness like the GTA games did in the past. Saints Row 2 takes the formula of sandbox action shooters and adds a whole lot of crazy over-the-top insanity to the mix. Filled with fast gun battles, great co-operative gameplay, excellent bonus activities and an engaging story, everything is here for a fun night in front of the console and TV. Saints Row 2 isn’t a technical masterpiece, but the plethora of content out weights any minor flaws.
Like a bullet to the face, Saints Row 2 is a brash, over the top, occasionally childish but actually quite lovable foil to the convention-breaking seriousness of GTA. It isn't perfect, technical glitches and imperfections abound in places, but Volition score big with the explosive, water-tight action, the user-customisation elements and in offering such an incredible amount of content allowing players to spend tens of hours immersing themselves in Stilwater's many attractions. Bling bling.
Saints Row 2 is a natural next step for the series. It offers a wealth of options at every turn and is the true definition of what a sandbox title should be...F.U.N., with emphasis on the F.U.
After having experienced Saints Row 2 in its completed form, we can honestly say that the guys at Volition have given Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto a serious run for their money (especially when you consider their development budget was a fraction of the size of Rockstar's). Every aspect of the original has been improved on. While the guys at Rockstar moved to a realistic, story-driven game and lost some of the humour and fun, Volition took those attributes and made them the emphasis. Saints Row 2 encourages crazy actions and mayhem all-round. If you're a fan of Saints Row or even Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row 2 is a must own.
Saints Row 2 is a great open world adventure game. The graphics, while not perfect, are very well done and the sound is amazing. The controls are easy to handle, ensuring you won't have to fight with the controller while you're busy fending off your enemies. More importantly, it offers enough different features and activities to prevent it from being overshadowed by the more popular Rockstar game. If you like open world adventure games, then you should definitely pick up Saints Row 2.
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Carving its own identity out of a genre that rarely sees any interesting innovation, Saints Row 2 manages to impress all on its own, independent of any comparisons that could be made to its more well-known gaming cousin.
Nach den zuletzt vielen Enttäuschungen hoch gehandelter Spiele bin ich bei Saints Row 2 absolut positiv überrascht. Das mag daran liegen, dass ich nach ersten Videos und Bildern von der Fortsetzung des Open World-Spieles wenig erwartet hatte. Zumindest in grafischer Hinsicht stimmt das leider auch, das Spiel sieht grausam aus. Doch die inneren Werte sind dafür umso gelungener. Dabei nimmt sich der Actionknaller erfreulicherweise selbst nicht ganz ernst und ballert euch eine witzige und actionreiche Mission nach der anderen vors Auge, so dass sich die technischen Mängel dezent in den Hintergrund spielen. Eine Konkurrenz zu einen GTA IV ist der Titel freilich nicht, dafür mangelt es neben der Optik vor allem an einem glaubhafteren Aufbau der Stadt und einer spannenden Story, doch als Sandboxspiel mit großer Spielwelt funktioniert Saints Row 2 blendend und stellt in Sachen Spielspaß locker ein Far Cry 2 in den Schatten.
Die Bewertung ist mir wahrlich nicht leicht gefallen. Wer nur auf die Grafik blinzelt, wird sich vielleicht angewidert von Saints Row 2 abwenden. Aber dann würde er ein tolles Spiel verpassen, dessen Stärken, so dämlich es klingen mag, im Inneren stecken. So viele tolle Ideen, so viel zu tun und so abgefahrene Möglichkeiten. Gerade auch bei der Charaktererstellung und Individualisierung. Gebt Saints Row 2 eine Chance. Je mehr Zeit ihr mit dem Spiel verbringt, desto besser werdet ihr es finden. Es ist ein völlig überzeichnetes und übertriebenes Abenteuer.
Saint Row 2 can easily be summarized: the idea was to offer gamers fun without too much seriousness. This goal is certainly achieved thanks to the frustrationless gameplay and the pretentionless world. A result of this is that the game isn't much more than a combination of generic models and assignments which are luckily flavored with a lot of nice extras, original missions and the necessary slapstick comedy. And sometimes that's more than enough for a successful game! As it it here!
So no, Saints Row 2 is neither better nor worse than its inspiration. It is a superior open-world shooter which stands proudly on its own as a slick alternative to the one that started them all. As good as the first Saints was, it released to no competition. Saints Row 2 arrives instead to face off against a crowded market and it’s still great fun to play. Flaws aside, the return trip to Stilwater improves on the previous one in every way, and it will definitely please action nuts looking for their latest sandbox fix.
Saints Row 2 isn't a GTA killer, but instead it's a GTA alternative. Players who enjoyed the action-packed moments in GTA will have an absolute blast with Saints Row 2. It's tough not to hate on the slightly lacking production values, but when you see the rest of the game it actually makes a bit more sense. The technical shortcomings are the only truly bad part of Saints Row 2, but the core gameplay experience is extremely enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and -- if you're a fan of open world games -- go out and pick up a copy of Saints Row 2. There's enough crazy-insane tomfoolery to keep a machete in the hands of even the most straight-laced citizens.
Saint's Row 2 es ridículo en el mejor sentido de la palabra. Es un videojuego desenfadado, divertido y alocado; y su sentido del humor y prisma lo aleja mucho del solemne y ocasionalmente sentimental GTA IV. Estamos ante un título que hubiera resultado inolvidable de haber contado con mayor solidez en sus irregulares apartados, pero que no por ello deja de ser muy recomendable para los amantes de los Sand-Box.
Saint's Row 2 is as every bit as good as the first game despite its glaring technical faults. The missions are both fun and original, the action has never been more intense, and the co-op and multiplayer modes give fans many more reasons to continue playing for months to come. Volition has done a good job of going up against Grand Theft Auto and delivering a solid, enjoyable title that has enough flair and innovation to stand on its own.
Immoral, plein d’humour, varié, et provocateur : Saints Row 2 prend un chemin alternatif à GTA IV et ça lui réussit plutôt bien. Alors bien sûr, l’aspect technique est à la traîne, la prise en main pas très « next-gen » et le réalisme totalement banni de l’univers de Stillwater. Mais bon dieu, que c’est bon de s’échapper d’un immeuble en base jumping, que c’est bon de déguiser les membres de son gang en ninjas, que c’est bon de tabasser un vieillard en déambulateur, que c’est bon de prendre son pied dans un titre, certes loin d’être parfait, mais décomplexé, décomplexant et offrant des plaisirs virtuels aussi rares qu’illégaux. Sur ce, je vous laisse, j’ai encore trois immeubles à saloper avec mon canon à excréments…
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Der grösste Unterschied zu GTA IV fällt schon zu Beginn des Spiels auf: der eigene Charakter - ob Männlein oder Weiblein - kann zu Beginn selber kreiert werden, bevor sich der Spieler durch das Alcatraz ähnelnde Gefängnis in die Freiheit kämpfen muss. Dort angelangt, fühlt ihr euch aber bald wieder ein paar Monate zurückversetzt. Die Ähnlichkeit zu GTA IV lässt sich nicht wegdiskutieren. Es werden ebenfalls Autos geklaut, der Spieler hat wie im Vorbild eine fast unbegrenzte Bewegungsfreiheit mit vielen Missionen und die Technik ist gut. Leider ist diese nicht ganz auf dem Niveau des grossen Vorbilds und auch die Missionen sind nicht so ausgefeilt ausgefallen. Trotz der etwas umständlicheren Steuerung kann Saints Row 2 insgesamt überzeugen. Das Spiel ist actionlastiger - ja, noch mehr! - als GTA IV, hat mehr Untermissionen und es bereitet grossen Spass. Von mir gibt es also eine Kaufempfehlung.
The gameplay has been expanded but not evolved over the last in the series but there is plenty of destruction and mayhem to go around to care. Bugs and annoyances are still present for Saints Row 2 which is unfortunate because it hurts the game when the technical problems rear their head in missions that you need to accomplish to beat the game. Word of caution to parents, keep this game out of the reach/ear shot of children otherwise you'll have a lot of explaining to do. The game doesn't know the meaning of the word "limit" and will push limits further than before. No matter what version you get (PS3 or 360) you are getting a great package.
Saints Row 2 is geen wereldschokkende game. Het is een verbeterde versie van zijn voorganger en biedt je vooral heel veel mogelijkheden om simpele lol te hebben. En dat kun je in Saints Row 2, zelfs samen met een vriend in de uitstekende coöperatieve modus. Iedereen die het nodeloze geweld mist in Grand Theft Auto IV doet er goed aan Saints Row 2 aan te schaffen, want deze game draait daar volledig om. Technisch mankeert er nogal wat aan Saints Row 2, erg origineel is het ook niet, maar dat kan niets afdoen aan de enorme bak plezier die je met deze game kunt beleven.
Even though most of the in-game glitches are laughably bad, Saints Row 2 is still a hit. It's kind of like a plate of spaghetti without the benefit of silverware. Things are going to get messy and, for some, unconventional. Nevertheless, most of you will hunker down and eat it up.
Saints Row 2 may not offer a sizable leap in the sandbox genre, but that doesn't diminish its fun. From beginning to end, this is one of the most fun urban chaos games out there. The controls are so tight and the combat so satisfying, you'll frequently find yourself getting distracted from the campaign as you cause terror all over the city. With great cooperative integration, tons of unique activities, and a super cool zombie mode, Saints Row 2 will keep you happily creating havoc for a long time.
Should you buy Saints Row 2? It's down to what kind of gamer you are really. We loved it, but if you're someone who takes games very seriously and are looking for a nigh-on carbon copy of GTA 4 this won't be for you. If the idea of childishly laughing every time your character speaks in a completely inappropriate voice sounds fun, or you just want a game that positively encourages you to mess around, we can't recommend Saints Row 2 enough. It's more than a little rough around the edges, but don't let that stop you from playing what is a hugely entertaining, often hilarious action game.
In this way, on the surface, Saints Row is an easy game to hate. Actually, I have a feeling that a lot of players and reviewers will write this game off for the sheer stupidity at play at all times. But to do so would be a big disservice to a game that tries hard to do a lot of things and show you a good time. Did we have a good time? Definitely (and that's the key, isn't it?) – but it's done with the same level of sophistication as a 16-bit beat-em-up at regular intervals, blended with dozens of minigame distractions and a well-designed city to play around in. So it's big dumb fun, Saints Row 2 isn't going to redefine any aspects of game design - but in doing so it does deliver on Volition's biggest promise: Saints Row 2 isn't Grand Theft Auto.
Saints Row 2 won't receive 10s across the board like its comparative counterpart, but it will give gamers the opportunity to enjoy an open-world title that doesn’t become stale within a couple of weeks. With the inclusion of entertaining mini-games and an online co-op worthy of your time, Saints Row 2 shines through the cracks of a release calendar that includes titles like LittleBigPlanet and Far Cry 2. THQ and Volition have delivered a title that deserves a home in any gamer’s library.
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Saints Row 2, we repeat, is no GTA IV. It is a whole lot more of a relaxed and loose experience. It offers a very respectable single player mode and an especially deep coop game as added value. The mini games are fun most of the time and the main story is as gangster as it gets really. So if you enjoyed the first game and want to see out the story, Saints Row 2 is a must buy. Even if you just want to kill some time playing a well done game that’s more amusing than solemn, pick this one up. In general, Saints Row 2 does not have any severe weaknesses to deal with, but rather just a few problems in different areas bringing the whole experience down a notch.
Overall Saint’s Row 2 is a fairly decent, if slightly flawed game. The acting is lame and the swearing tiresome, some of the mini games do lack taste also, however if you enjoy jacking cars and shooting anything that moves then this game is definitely what you are looking for, just don’t forget to play Zombie Uprising.
It’s the kind of game that will hook a certain audience but will eventually grow wearisome for another, and it really just depends on your own personal taste. From a technical standpoint, this sequel isn’t overly impressive and even a flat-out letdown in some ways, but there’s no denying the underlying appeal. We can’t overlook that, but we’re not about to overlook the other stuff, either.
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If this game was purely a shooter, it would fail miserably! The graphics are not pretty and the simplistic combat is even worse. Fortunately for the development and production team, the game does capture a sense of mayhem and carnage that will undoubtedly find favor with its intended audience. But if you're looking for a more cerebral or skillful challenge, you may have to look elsewhere. This game is little more than a lowbrow, yet humorous, thug-life simulator.
Saints Row 2 fait partie de ces titres qui montent en puissance au fil des heures de jeu. Si les premiers contacts sont assez déroutants, tant par la stagnation technique que par la simplicité du gameplay, la suite procure de biens meilleures sensations au point qu'on a du mal à lâcher la manette. Son mérite est de conserver un style détendu qui conviendra aux joueurs en quête d'une aventure sans prise de tête.
Ultimately it’s difficult to see, really, what it adds to the original Saints Row, or indeed, the GTA-formula and the macho posturing and po-faced moral bankruptcy is likely to infuriate as many people as it enthrals. But Saints Row 2 demonstrates that there is still plenty of mileage to be eked out of open-world games, even the ones that aren’t GTA IV. There’s certainly enough here to keep any fans of sandbox violence entertained - just remember, don’t try it at home, kids, you’ll get sand in your eyes.
Saints 2 relishes the hedonistic aspects of the open-world genre and does very little to punish the player for their repugnant behavior. It has plenty of innovation, and the excellence in the presentation makes the world of Saints 2 a great introduction for newcomers to open world games. It's not GTA, but it doesn't need to be.
Saints Row 2 is a very flawed game, but it does have entertainment value. For the player who has yet to tire of the genre, Saints Row 2 offers an abundance of activities and customization options. If you played Grand Theft Auto IV and didn't like the more serious direction it took the series in, you may enjoy cutting loose in Stillwater. If you have a friend whom you can trick into buying the game as well so you can play through it in cooperative mode, then you are likely in for an excellent time, provided you can both overlook the game's many issues. As my cliché-spewing Editor-in-Chief put it, Saints Row 2 is greater than the sum of its parts.
"Saints Row 2" é um jogo que vive à sombra de "GTAIV" e não conseguiu bem definir sua própria identidade, apelando para exageros e banalidades na tentativa de encontrar um público cativo. Tem muitos problemas técnicos e sofre por não conseguir marcar um visual único, mas traz conteúdo suficientemente divertido e variado para chamar a atenção daqueles fãs do gênero que já não têm mais o que explorar no jogo da Rockstar e buscam uma diversão mais inconseqüente e sem compromissos com a narrativa.
SR2’s sales might suffer because Mercenaries 2 arrived just before it. Both games are good, explosive fun, don’t take themselves too seriously and never let you forget that “it’s just a game”. And I reckon there’s room for GTA IV, Mercs 2 and Saints Row 2 on your shelf. They’re all fine examples of sand box games, and allow for experimentation and freedom, generally letting you do things that no other genre will. SR2 is technically less than sound, violent, tasteless, loud, bawdy - sexy even, but is seldom less than entertaining, and ticks a lot of boxes – I mean, how many games let you run around playing as a half-naked babe toting an assault rifle? Don’t let Gran see you playing it though.
Cependant, on prend son pied à mettre Stilwater sans dessus dessous et ce malgré un gameplay plutôt raide. C’est surtout grâce à sa durée de vie rallongée par un maximum de missions annexes que le titre de THQ tire son épingle du jeu. Plus d’armes, plus de véhicules, la présence d’un mode coopération et quelques bonnes idées ne font cependant pas tout. Si troisième volet il y a, espérons que les développeurs donnent enfin une âme au jeu, élément crucial qui manque actuellement à la série depuis ses débuts.
Certes, les missions principales manquent encore de variété, la réalisation reste très moyenne et l'originalité n'est pas vraiment son fort, mais Saints Row 2 réussit à se montrer vraiment grisant et prenant. N'en déplaise à certains, face à un GTA IV volontairement plus mature et au réalisme plus affirmé, la légèreté du titre a de quoi séduire. Suffisamment, en tout cas, pour en faire une alternative tout à fait remarquable au rouleau-compresseur de Rockstar.
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Saints Row 2 isn’t a GTA killer, that’s for sure. However, it stands well enough on its own due to its different take on this style of game. There are so many fun activities that you can take guilty pleasure in playing right from the beginning of the game, and you can go back to that shoot ‘em up until they’re all dead storyline whenever you want. I think I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t care for this game at all, because although it has numerous shortcomings when it comes to its graphical presentation, the game makes up for it in so many different ways that you just don’t care! This game is recommended to anyone who has ever played the original in the series, or wants something that’s a little more laid back than GTA IV.
Another solid outing for Volition as they've cranked out a game that is a lot of fun to play. The co-op features and character creator are great features but the game could use another level of graphical polish.
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There is no comparison to Grand Theft Auto IV in terms of gunplay, presentation, story, ambient city life, or driving. Rockstar has this beat by a country mile. But while Row’s lack of polish and rough exterior make it the less attractive choice from a technical standpoint, for those who felt shortchanged by GTA IV's scaled-back features (especially when compared to San Andreas), Saints Row 2 will help fill the void. Its relentless sense of cheesiness is also appealing, and you might be surprised at how much you'll laugh at some of the dialogue or situations. Think Tarantino over Scorsese, and you'll have a good idea at what the developers were shooting for.