GTA Clone? Shirley not?
ESRB Rating: (Mature) Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
Developer: THQ Inc
Video: HDTV 480p / 720p / 1080i
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Release Date: 29th August /2006
The city of Stillwater is home to four feuding gangs who have been at each others throats for many years now. The Vice Kings, the Westside Rollerz, Carnales and The 3rd Street Saints. It’s hard not to compare this game to the Grand Theft Auto series in which Saints Row was a huge obvious influence. However Volition have repeatedly stated that their game can hold it’s own against the GTA series. You know what? They were right.
Saints Row kicks off with a character creation screen, which you’ll see upon starting a new game. You’ve got a whole multitude of sliders which you can use to customise almost every aspect of your character. You could even make an exact replica of yourself, if you had the time and patience. This system is almost identical to that which is featured in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. My character ended up looking like a clone of Teal’c from Stargate SG1!
Once you’ve created your character, you’re thrown almost literally into the city of Stillwater. A cut scene plays out the introduction where you’re seen strolling down the street, and then bumping into a gang war between all four gangs. You’re luckily rescued by Julius, the leader of the 3rd Street Saints and invited to join them after a quick initiation trial. From this moment onwards you’re a part of their gang now and must help them reclaim Stillwater by taking over territory home to the other gangs. It’s quite hard not to mention Grand Theft Auto but it has to be done. Saints Row is extremely similar. Basically the game is built upon the very foundations that Vice City and San Andreas are famed for.