Posts Tagged ‘Organized crime’

First, let me just state that this IS an RPG. It’s not an open-world crime saga like the GTA series. The screenshots and the videos might lead you to that assumption, but the fact of the matter is that this game has more in common with Final Fantasy than it does Grand Theft Auto.

This is a prequel game, so it takes place before all the other Yakuza games, which makes this a perfect jumping on point if you are new to the series. One thing that should be noted however (particularly if you are new to the series), there is no English audio in the game! Everything is spoken in Japanese, but it does have English subtitles.

The lack of English audio in the series has always been a love/hate relationship. On one hand, I enjoy hearing how the actors and game designers intended for the game to sound and it also adds more authenticity to the game. On the other hand, sometimes the subtitles go by so quick I miss what was being said(I’m not a speed reader, plus when i hear speaking, i get distracted from reading). On top of that, there are times when you need to read what’s being said while you are moving or performing activities which can be distracting(Like texting and walking, or texting and driving).

The graphics are fairly nice, though not as good as would be expected for a PS4 title. In fact, it looks like it could possibly run on a PS3 just fine.

Lastly, there’s no AutoSave feature(The game is very old school. It’s gameplay is deeply rooted in it’s PS2 heritage, and SEGA never never really updated the games mechanics and features. If it’s not broken, why fix it?) so you have to manually save at telephone booths scattered around the game map(They show up as S icons on your minimap) old school gamers may love this feature, other gamers might find it a bit of a headache..I personally have a slight issue with it! See, the game has a good number of random encounters, as well as long bouts of cut scenes. This means that if you are midway through a plot zone/ dungeon or whatever. You have to finish it before you can save your game! This could take awhile, and let’s be honest! Somethings require immediate attention! So, you might be forced to just shut it off and lose what progress you made, because there’s no payphone access to you, but hey! It beats writing down save passwords I guess, am I right?

On a side note, you could always just pause the game and put your PS4 into rest mode. Of course this “Method” isn’t ideal since if you lose power or the system somehow gets unplugged you lose progress. but it beats a 100% chance of losing progress by just quitting where you are.

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I’m not exactly sure how to review this game. Let me begin, by saying that I had never played the saints row games before. However, I saw some screenshots for Saints Row: The Third, and really wanted to check it out! Being the completionist that I am, I didn’t want to play the third, until I had completed the first 2.

I picked up all three games, and sat down for a huge Saints Row gaming marathon. The first one, I was quite impressed with, despite it being an xbox360 exclusive(I am not a huge fan of Xbox 360 anymore) It reminded me a little of San Andreas, except with better controls. The plot was good, it was long, and fulfilling, and I enjoyed it much more than I expected, in fact: I loved it!

Now, onto Saints Row 2, I played this one on the PS3, since as I said before, I am no longer a huge fan of Xbox360. The game looked a million times better than the original, the amount of customization was incredible, and while slightly over the top and ridiculous, it was still a good play! It retained the whole urban street gang aspect that I loved in the first one, and the over the topness was kind of cool in some respects, I finished it, quite pleased with it, and moved onto the Third!

The graphics in this one was so much better than the second that it blew me away! The customisation was vastly improved as well, at least in terms of character creation. True, the game lacked any good hairstyles, but other than that? Aces! In fact, I spent a good 40 mins just creating my character!

Once you get in the game, though you see right away how different the game is. It doesn’t FEEL like the past 2 chapters. It’s moved away from urban street gangs, and seems more like organised crime. As such, most of the clothes are flashy and suit like. In fact, your homies wear silk suits, and shaundi looks more like a model instead of the stoner she was in the second.

The game basically leaves the street gang behind, but keeps the slightly over the top feeling of the second and takes it to a whole new level! The game has absolutely NO shred of realism to it, in fact at one point you battle zombies! True, Zombies were present in the first and second game, but they weren’t major plot points, and unless you did certain things to bring dead people to life, you never even knew about it!

So, like I began this post saying, I am not exactly sure how to review this game. If I view the game as a sequel, it’s bad! It tears too far away from past games, it loses what little realism existed in the game, and turns the whole franchise into a joke.

However, if I review it on its own merits, and force myself to forget that it’s part of the Saints Row franchise, then it’s actually quite good! The over the topness is fun, and makes it difficult to know what’s going to happen next!

Basically, if you are expecting something similar to the previous games, then don’t bother with Saints Row: The Third. If you just want to have fun, doing some insane crazy stuff, then this is the game for you!

Interestingly enough, this is the first game that I would give an overall rating of both 1 Star(Poor) and 5 stars(Best) to.