You have to give credit where credit is due. The Saints Row franchise has come a long way since it arrived in 2006. After a rocky start, the “GTA clone” came unto its own starting with Saints Row 2. It accepted that it was similar to GTA, and improved in the action set pieces and increased the humor. Then, 9 glorious years ago, the developers took Saints Row 2, turned up the action and humor to 11, and gave us Saints Row The Third.
If you have never played Saints Row the Third, you are in for a treat. Our “heroes,” if you want to call them that, have changed since Saints Row 2. Their street cred is all but gone as they have turned their attention to endorsements, movies, clothing lines, and energy drinks. They are even developing a movie about their criminal past. Unfortunately, some heavy hitters show up and disrupt their new way of life. Your task is to help bring credibility back to the Saints and show the world they hit harder than ever.
When we say GTA clone, we mean there is an open world with countless activities. You can disrupt local gangs, take on countless side missions, change your appearance, steal cars, and live out your wildest dreams in the city of Steelport. You can purchase an arsenal of weapons ranging from tactical rifles to…a dildo bat. Yes, that’s right – a dildo bat. This is where Saints Row takes a sharp turn away from GTA clone and into a whole different experience.
Not only are the sex jokes rampant, but the missions you can take part in are over the top. Take some of your early missions. First, you fly a vault out of a Syndicate controlled bank and take out enemies while riding on top of the vault. Later, you go into an army depot guns blazing and steal remote-controlled missiles. And yes, you use them to take out multiple tanks and trucks. And a little after that, you skydive into a penthouse, kill all the bad guys, then hunt down a person of interest in a helicopter and shake him down to figure out how to dismantle a bomb. And trust me, the missions get more and more intense.
At the time, Saints Row the Third was jam-packed with content, and the remaster has everything including all the DLC from the original release. Content alone, Saints Row the Third will bring multiple hours of entertainment. But the key question is – how does the remaster look and run?
During my time with the game, I was pleasantly surprised by the remastered graphics and lighting. As with any remaster, it’s not completely perfect, and some assets look a little out of place or not as detailed as others. For example, some faces in cutscenes looked a little off in terms of clarity, and some shots in the nighttime were not as detailed as the day. But I didn’t find too many of these instances, and overall there is a definite improvement to the lighting, colors, and overall HD quality. I was impressed by how nice it looks compared to the original.
With that being said, I do want to give a word of caution. The framerate is unlocked on the PC version of the remaster. So if framerate is something you need to enjoy a game, then purchase the PC version. My stance is this – I grew up playing consoles, so 30 fps on a console is not a deal-breaker for me. Yes, it would have been nice, but the game as-is on the Xbox is playable and still very fun after all these years.
Saints Row the Third: Remastered is one of the better remasters on the market. Overall, the improvements in graphics are very noticeable and appreciated in my opinion. Fans of the series will appreciate jumping back into the game after all these years, and it still provides hours of content and entertainment. It’s not perfect (and some of the humor is a bit outdated), but this remaster is worth picking up, especially if you are a fan of the franchise.
And don’t forget – picking the Ric Flair taunt and greeting will improve your game experience tenfold. It’s science, so don’t bother arguing with me about it.
Saints Row the Third: Remastered arrives May 22nd, 2020 on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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Over the top action
Hours of content
Improved graphics and lighting
Framerate on consoles
Outdated humor (all the bad jokes are few and far between)