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#1 Posted by paparoach (98 posts) -

Heard so much about this game on the bombcast that I finally decided to give it a try, in anticipation for GTA5. I played up until the mission that you free that big naked russian guy, and I have to say that I am profoundly disappointed.

First of all, the graphics suck and the framerate is bad (I am playing on PS3). Second, all the missions thus far have been really boring, and most of them seem like they are setting up side activities. If that's the case, I hope this stops soon. Third, I fail to see the "dumb", the outrageous, the "they went all out" that the GB guys have been talking about. It's all pretty standard gangster stuff, and all the characters are bland as hell.

It doesn't help that I am not fond of the gameplay either. Enemies take to many bullets to kill, are all basically the same male and female clones and the weapons suck. And the sound design for the car engines and ambient sounds is abysmal. My guy's voice (I chose the british guy is really not that great for me, either.

So, please tell me that there will be better stuff coming up, cuz I really plan on finishing the game (it's free on PS+), but if it doesn't get any better I might be burned out. For the record, I loved GTA4 and Sleeping Dogs is probably one of my favorite games of all time.

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#2 Posted by falserelic (5768 posts) -

People like the goofyness of it.

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#3 Posted by IBurningStar (2275 posts) -

Keep playing.

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#4 Posted by theoracleofgame (129 posts) -

I can't really convince you otherwise about the core gameplay, but I can say this: It gets goofier. Far, FAR goofier. As the game progresses the combat itself becomes less and less important as you get better weapons, health, etc. It's worth seeing through to the end.

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#6 Posted by JasonR86 (10183 posts) -

The writing is the best part. The rest is ok.

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#7 Posted by Stonyman65 (3711 posts) -

Keep playing. You haven't seen the good stuff yet.

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#8 Edited by GunslingerPanda (5253 posts) -

A lot of people love it. I'm not into it at all despite loving SR1. People like different things, hey ho!

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#9 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7632 posts) -

Expectations is the key here. When I first played it two years, I went in with hardly any expectations and was pleasantly surprised. When you go in expecting the best more than often you'll be let down. Really though, sometimes games just don't click with people and that's okay. The reason why I like it is because of the writing, tone, and sheer goofiness.

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#10 Posted by Jaytow (794 posts) -

It's good, it isn't the best game ever but it's good. SR1 is still the best in the series if you ask me.

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#11 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

I can't teach you to be cool, man.

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#12 Posted by fatalbanana (858 posts) -

I think the all the hype set up by Jeff and the others causes unrealistic expectations to people that haven't played it and at this point makes is hard for the game to live up to all that's been said about it. It is crazy, extremely over the top, the humor hits more than it misses, the game play is fine but its definitely not the draw, I found the characters great and absurd. It gets better the more you get into it but chances are if your not into it now you wont be later even though it gets way crazier.

I played it on the PC around the time of release so I didn't see any frame rate problems and it looked pretty damn good at max settings. I don't recall any of the bad sounds with the cars and stuff that you mentioned I thought the sound design was fine.

I suggest you stick with it, it's definitely worth finishing. The game play gets more enjoyable the more abilities and specs you unlock and the story gets so crazy its hard not to enjoy it. I haven't tried to go back and play it yet but I imagine the beginning can be a bit of a slog to get through but yes, the missions that introduce the side quest show up once and the "real game' gets moving soon after.

It's a great game, at least when I played it, its not perfect but I think its worth playing through.

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#13 Edited by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

Its the humor, and it is pretty damn funny. The gameplay however is extremely generic and bland. Verging on bad at times honestly. The humor makes up for it, but it is overpraised here on GB. Still worth playing though.

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#14 Edited by Slaegar (865 posts) -

Well the graphics and framerate are bad on all the console versions. The 360 version has even more problems. Its really a game that shines on the PC and looks pretty nice (even has directx 11 support). Even on the PC it demands a lot of power. My HD 7850 can't run it on max without the framerate dying.

The fun part about the game is that it plays better than GTA4 (which was a mess) and makes fun of the story of those games. Even though its silly things like the Power mission make you feel like a bad ass even while its very goofy.

Also this

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#15 Posted by RainbowCarnage (105 posts) -

You can wear women's' lingerie.

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#16 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

I thought it was bad. Others find it zany.

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#17 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

Dildo jokes or something IDK.

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#18 Posted by Rafaelfc (2237 posts) -

If you have to ask then this game is not for you, sir.

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#19 Posted by Flappy (2415 posts) -

Sounds like you were a victim of the hype train, homie. I spent a lot of time with the SR series and I loved 3, but you can't go in there with crazy expectations. At the end of the day, it's an open-world game with a lot of charm.

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#20 Edited by Lego_My_Eggo (1275 posts) -

The humor is what it does great, everything else is basically good enough and nothing amazing. So if you don't find its style of humor to be funny yet, then everything else the game has to offer will just be "meh" for you.

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#21 Posted by korwin (3894 posts) -

People who open with "First of all, the graphics suck" generally don't have much to offer by way of an opinion.

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#22 Posted by kaos_cracker (985 posts) -

How do you not find the story kinda crazy and silly?

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#23 Posted by Slaegar (865 posts) -

@korwin said:

People who open with "First of all, the graphics suck" generally don't have much to offer by way of an opinion.

Particularly when playing on the ugliest version.

This Halo for the Atari 2600 looks like shit

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#24 Posted by Nitrocore (367 posts) -

I think the Giant bomb crew liked it a little too much, I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't see what all the hype was about.

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#26 Edited by Humanity (17296 posts) -

@paparoach: Not everyone will like everything. I do think they overhyped it a bit but underneath all the talk I found the gameplay to be really fun. It was the GTA4 that I wanted when I instead got a too-serious mess with an awful story and bad driving physics. Some people love GTA4, so who knows.

If it's not going to click with you in the next couple of missions I say just don't bother, it's probably not your thing, and that is totally ok.

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#27 Posted by Boom_goes_the_dynamite (963 posts) -

I feel like there is a new topic every month with someone asking to be convinced why Saint's Row the Third is good.

I enjoyed almost everything with the game, sure the side missions got old after the second or third time playing them, but the highs of the game greatly out weighed the lows. Including the writing, and off the wall craziness that so many games today lack due to the desire for realism and grittiness. So I guess part of my love for the game comes from the fact that it came out at the perfect time to help buck a trend, for me at least, and it played well on top of it all.

But you know...opinions? Those might be the answer for why you think one thing and others think another.

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#29 Posted by chilibean_3 (2279 posts) -

Standard gangster stuff? What kind of stuff do think gangs get up to out there?

But yeah, SR3 was my GOTY that year. Just a game all about fun and was pretty much exactly the humor/style I wanted. Some people don't aren't going to love it. It happens.

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#30 Posted by Milkman (19041 posts) -

I don't expect someone with the username "paparoach" to really get Saints Row.

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#31 Posted by ConfusedOwl (1175 posts) -

I don't understand these threads. You don't like the game and that's fine, you don't need anyone to convince you to start liking it because you've clearly made up your mind.

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#32 Posted by RedRoach (1401 posts) -

standard gangster stuff? really?

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#33 Edited by gogosox82 (457 posts) -

Because opinions that's why. And "standard gangster stuff"? lol there is nothing in the game that is "standard gangster stuff" other than the shooting and driving cars around. I think that's why some don't like it and why others love it. I thought it was good but its definitely over hyped by GB. Its a good game that is fun to play. Not amazing, or crazy, or pushed to 11 or anything like that. Just a solid, fun experience.

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#34 Posted by Scotto (1306 posts) -

@redroach said:

standard gangster stuff? really?

Yeah, seriously. Even the side activities aren't "standard gangster stuff" by a country mile. You know, typical banger shit like riding in a car with a tiger you have to keep happy, or driving a flaming 4x4, haha.

If the story feels like a series of side missions, that's probably because you're going through the one early part of the story that the GB guys criticized - which is the part where it makes you try all of the side activities once. Once you've finished that gauntlet, it goes back to being crazy again. And even then, the story setups for why you need to do some of those activities is pretty funny.

The action is just typical GTA-style action, though I don't get this idea of guys taking too long to kill. 2-3 shots will kills most people, 1 if you get them in the head. The STAG guys are a bit more resilient, but by then you should have upgraded your weapons anyway. The cars are way more fun to drive than in GTA.

At the end of the day, the insane story is what makes SR3 great. So many memorable missions, and hilarious song choices at just the right times. Killbane references the "Montreal Screwjob", for fucks sake. The voice acting is top-notch, too. You either get the humour, or you don't.

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#35 Posted by Justin258 (14970 posts) -

If at this point you haven't started to enjoy the game, then just drop it. There are good parts of that game, but on the whole it's not a particularly good game for many of the reasons you stated. It's especially not a good game if the humor doesn't appeal to you (I need some clever with my stupid and goofy, sorry).

Also, how is rescuing a giant naked Russian guy "standard gangster stuff"?

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#36 Edited by Justin258 (14970 posts) -

If at this point you haven't started to enjoy the game, then just drop it. There are good parts of that game, but on the whole it's not a particularly good game for many of the reasons you stated. It's especially not a good game if the humor doesn't appeal to you (I need some clever with my stupid and goofy, sorry).

Also, how is rescuing a giant naked Russian guy "standard gangster stuff"?

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#37 Posted by Scotto (1306 posts) -

But yeah, SR3 was my GOTY that year. Just a game all about fun and was pretty much exactly the humor/style I wanted. Some people don't aren't going to love it. It happens.

I think Skyrim was still technically my favourite game of that year, but I was so happy to see Jeff go to bat for SR3 in the GOTY talks. And frankly, I think Brad/Patrick made a really lame case for Skyim, that dismissed anything wrong with it because of the game's scope and ambition.

SR3 was a close second for me. So many hilarious moments, and great writing. I can't fucking wait for SR4 in August. They look poised to do it again, based on what I've seen. Going to do the smart thing, and go PC-first this time. Framerate was definitely sketchy on consoles, for SR3. Game looks and runs great on PC.

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#38 Edited by ThePickle (4494 posts) -

It can be kind of hard to quantify. Just stick with it. I've got 70 hours on my first character and am 6-7 hours into a second playthrough.

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#39 Posted by Murdoc_ (803 posts) -

If you have technical issues with the game, play it on PC.

But other than that, if you're not catching what it's throwing, save your time and give up. I thought it was amazing from the get go, so apples and oranges.

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#40 Posted by davidwitten22 (1712 posts) -

In one of the first few missions in the game you drop you partner thousands of feet up in the air, fly through an airplane window, impossibly take out a gang leader while traversing this currently flying airplane, and then freefall and catch up to the partner that you dropped. If that's standard gangster shit, then you have some sweet ass gangsters in your town.

If this isn't flamebait and a legit thread, just stop playing. If you don't get it yet and actually think all those things that you've been saying then you're just not going to like it. Chances are you're playing it because it's free on PS+, so there's probably nothing stopping you from just not playing it anymore.

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#41 Posted by 49th (3712 posts) -

dildos and stuff xD and theirs a autotuned guy rofl

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#42 Posted by Scotto (1306 posts) -

@49th said:

dildos and stuff xD and theirs a autotuned guy rofl

Assuming this is sarcastic, it misses the mark by a wide margin, as to what a lot of people find hilarious about the game.

The dildo bat is way down the list, for one. Do you really think a dildo in a game is what made Jeff say "oh wow, game of the year"?

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#43 Posted by Jeust (11739 posts) -

Also, how is rescuing a giant naked Russian guy "standard gangster stuff"?

Not only that, but fighting along side a naked Russian dude, in a sci-fi compound. ahah

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#44 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

I enjoyed SRTT for its writing and a select few missions later in the game. Otherwise it was primarily a weaker SR2 for me, and was ridiculously overhyped by the staff.

Though with all you've said, I wouldn't recommend you give either of the older SR games a try instead.

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#45 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

For me all the awesome went away after I played it through once(well, I restarted last mission to get the different endings) the writing was funny and a few of the missions were alright. Now that was before all the Giant Bomb hype was even a thing but it was a fun time playing through it and doing most of the side stuff as well.

Also, Burt Fucking Reynolds

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#46 Posted by mikey87144 (2113 posts) -

I don't know what to tell you. I played it after hearing the guys on the Bombcast rave about it and thought it was beyond awesome. Keep playing though. the craziness keeps going up especially after you free the pimp.

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#47 Posted by Nightriff (7181 posts) -

A handful of the main story missions make the game worth playing, everything else I didn't care for.

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#48 Posted by zaccheus (2051 posts) -

I wasn't a big fan. There was definitely some great moments in the game, but it was way too much of a slog otherwise to really enjoy.

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#50 Posted by Animasta (14920 posts) -

I don't know why everyone's shitting on the gameplay, it's so much better than most of it's contemporaries (sleeping dogs does combat better, but...).