Thanks to the Humble Bundle/THQ offer I decided to try Saints Row: The Third. I've looked at screenshots of this before but it never grabbed me in any way. Now that I've logged hours and hours into this through Steam I can easily conclude that I've had a really fun time with this game which is more than I did GTA IV. I like that I can create my own character here, build and upgrade the gang, customize vehicles and the melee moves of the main character. The humor is stupid but it is kind of refreshing in a way to see how this game doesn't take itself seriously at all, to me it actually makes the style of game more enjoyable. The short cut-scenes and the characters starring in them are rewarding to watch as well. I enjoy the really crazy stuff that happen during missions and completely at random in traffic, something I had previously reserved as a GTA thing. Odd things happen in Open World games almost as a rule when the AI interacts with itself, but in games like GTA and Saints Row these 'incidents' can be hilarious to watch as they unfold.
It won't be long before GTA V comes out and my experience with Saints Row sets me up just right. If anyone wants a fun game to sink some hours into you should check this out through the THQ humble bundle.