Saints Row 2 Multiplayer Hands-On

We've seen the story, we've seen co-op. Now it's time to take a look at competitive multiplayer.

The two-year gap between the original Saints Row and its upcoming sequel is a scant two weeks from closing, with Saints Row 2 scheduled for arrival on October 15. It makes sense that we've seen nearly everything the game has to offer, from hot-dog costumes to zombie-themed minicamps. Everything with one notable exception, that is. It was only last week that we got to see SR2's competitive multiplayer offerings. While not quite as seamless and unrestricted as the co-op experience, the multiplayer side should offer you plenty of ways to eviscerate each other.

Some gangs are less photogenic than others.

In our hands-on session, we played around in a new mode called Strong Arm. This new mode is a collection of activities (read: side missions) taken from the story mode and thrown into a turf war. Two teams of four players compete in randomized missions, such as theft (steal a valuable object and bring it to your fence), mayhem (cause as much destruction as you can), insurance fraud (fling yourself from buildings and moving cars), and standard street races, in an effort to build up a point gauge. When a team has maxed out its point meter, it has officially taken over control of that neighborhood, and the match is over.

Throwing a wrench into all of this is your ability to collect modifiers that affect how quickly you gather points. Tagging buildings, killing rival gang members, and driving stylishly (or recklessly--your choice) are some of the bonuses you can collect to affect how well your team does. This gives you the opportunity to pursue splintering strategies; you might have a pair of teammates attempting to play by the rules, while another pair augments its point-gathering by busting fools up.

Tracking your overall progress in multiplayer is a 12-tiered ranking system. The ranks themselves take on a gang theme, with the likes of New Jack, Soldier, and Assassin standing as examples of levels you can achieve. The game keeps track of your play style, too. You'll earn badges such as Trigger Happy (the type who fires often and usually at random), Brain Surgeon (someone with a penchant for headshots), and Nut Job (use your imagination) that other players can see prior to a match to get a feel for what sort of player you are.

Creating matches is a more streamlined process compared to the original Saints Row. Your invitation options won't be buried deep within confusing menus, you can hop into a quick match more easily, and finding friends to join your game has been made less tiresome. Once you've got it all set up, you can trash-talk in the pregame lobby, which is a mansion loaded with weaponry to goof around with.

As you can probably tell from reviewing our previous Saints Row 2 coverage, this is a game with a lot of stuff to do, and the newly expanded multiplayer offerings confirm that. You'll be able to see for yourself when it arrives on October 15.

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Jazz_Fan
Jazz_Fan

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sbjedi
sbjedi

This should be every thing GTA wasnt wich is good GTA 4 is brilliant but its not the same i missed the stupid styled gameplay and its looking like saints row is adopting it nicely

cornbells69
cornbells69

honestly i wasnt a big fan of the online play in the first one, i hope this one is as good as they hype it to be

carbon_dioxide
carbon_dioxide

if u liked saints 1. then u should like this 1. same game but with bag of goodies ;D

vesivilo
vesivilo

por cierto, que mal que no tengo cooperativo en pantalla dividida, para que comprar 4 controles, si los juegos ya no salen sino online???.

vesivilo
vesivilo

el juego es la continuacion de saints row, mismo mapa, con algunos cambios minimos, mismo sistema de juego y muchas sub quest iguales. la creacion de personajes es muy completa y la diversion no a cambiado. le agregaron aviones, motos y helicopteros y la posibilidad de comprar propiedades y ademas amoblarlas. es bueno el juego, pero sigue teniendo mejor calidad grafica GTA4.

MrHeint
MrHeint

This is going to be a great game. Dirty, over-the-top, mayhem with tons of customizable aspects, true online co-op free-play, and gang wars. Look out GTA.

Jazz_Fan
Jazz_Fan

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big_stomp
big_stomp

Saints Row1 was fun.Hopefully saints 2 will be even better.A goo game to play if ur online is down.

skinntech
skinntech

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KO4U
KO4U

So I guess I'm the only one going to make a Transexual. Why? To take the cutscenes from funny to laugh out loud silly AND ultimate humilation. You'll know that feeling when your corpse is being taunted by a woman with a man's voice....or the other way around! ;)

gameboy360
gameboy360

i agree with stebner just a bit TOO over-the-top

jammakane10
jammakane10

i dont play games to re-create reality. if this was realsitic, there would be hardly any killing at all, and if you do then the majority of the game would be played out in prison. i dont want a realistic game, i want a fun game.

Stebner603
Stebner603

This game has gone over the top. No street gang is riding a chopper gunning down cops and badies with a minigun. The first one was more simple and more believable. But this is just my opinion.

carbon_dioxide
carbon_dioxide

i just got this game. its pretty much da same game as saints row 1. same map, few new places, new gangs and side missions.gameplay is da same but grabbing n throwing ppl is pretty fun :D zombie thingy is a video game in the game. u ply as some dude figthing off zombies wiv other npcs. any questions?

gillies2006
gillies2006

Hey Ryan, sure I'll team up my psn is Gillies2006

gillies2006
gillies2006

Hey Ryan, sure I'll team up my psn is Gillies2006

wh1te_m4trix
wh1te_m4trix

I hope this time the multiplayer isn't as messed up as when the first Saints Row came out, it was a total lag fest, hopefully it won't disappoint like the first one did.

RYAN_121
RYAN_121

seriously this game comes out day after my birthday and im more excited about that :P i really cannot wait ps3 : RYAN_121 anyone wanna team up when it comes out :P?

Jehovahswitless
Jehovahswitless

**** there's 2 r's in bizarre! 1 apologises for such a flagrant disregard for pispronunciation!

Jehovahswitless
Jehovahswitless

woh'd hvae tohugt seplilng wrods lkie tihs wuold siltl eb raedbale! bzirare!

ocdog45
ocdog45

i jsut want to be a ninja

Ryozo
Ryozo

mattcake; DaGhOsT187: Neither Saints Row has any form of auto-aim whatsoever. With that out of the way, I will note that the video postings of... certain individuals... have served to bolster my resolve to buy this game.

TheRoshow
TheRoshow

I can see it now A carwash that makes our cars sparkel like on blinged out rides victory area. My hole click is iced out and I just can't wait!!

GMarks06
GMarks06

Am I the only one who wants the cellphone system from GTAIV in SR2? It was fun calling up players to fight 1 on 1 or race.

Count_Hesley
Count_Hesley

I hope the SR2 multiplayer is better than the GTA4 multiplayer, which I played for all of 5 minutes. The original Saints Row was a blast; loved that game. With 2 yrs to work on the sequel, I fully expect this game to kick ass.

mattcake
mattcake

Can anyone confirm or deny if the game still has free aim? I don't like gta4's auto lock-on, feels cheap, I wanna aim myself :) So long as there's no bugs, the framerate doesn't bog down to death like SR1 and the popup isn't too prevalent, I'll be grabbing this.

RONTAYAN
RONTAYAN

I just got finished escaping the prison/island/hospital. The cusomization in this game goes beyond what you think. I like both GTA and SR. I think they both have alot of things to offer in different ways. But I really missed how you could customize your car in GTASA. Now SR2 is allowing you to do so. I am still in my prison garments as of right now. But on my lunch I am going to play for another hour. I will come back and update more if I can. But as of right now this game is very clean and they did alot of things people are going to like. If you liked GTASA or your just a fan of sandbox games then check this one out. And about the multiplayer it sounds like it could be good. I think they are trying to capitalize on alot of things they didnt do in the first one which is all you can expect from a sequel. SR's multiplayer was fun for a little while but there were alot better games out, with better multiplayer experiences. I also can try to play some multiplayer this weekend. I said try though.

millencolin
millencolin

I'm really not into multiplayer that much, I like long single player story with secrets or exploration etc. If sr2 has a solid single player than I will consider getting this game. As for GTA IV's single player, that was absolutely brilliant.

mikiezd37zj
mikiezd37zj

As bniceballer208 says they are different games to a certain extent but to be fair I thought the new gta was well over rated and this will be much more fun! Mercenaries 2 in my opinion was better than GTA.... GTA = Boooooooring!

bniceballer208
bniceballer208

Saints Row & GTA4 are two different Games in the way of gameplay...Stop Comparing them ~SoFly~

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

torbonator it sounds to me like you just described exactly what an MMO is...except instead of gangs say clans and instead of running your own city, own the PvP area. Why not just play some World of Warcraft or Warhammer?

adam6803
adam6803

for some reason i never really liked sains row.. ive had it since its release but even then it felt second rate.. SR doesnt even touch GTA in my opinion

DaGhOsT187
DaGhOsT187

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DaGhOsT187
DaGhOsT187

TurboVTec like most games .deathmatch and team death match was what most played protect the pimp was ok Damn after playing gta for a few months i threw in saintrow 1 LOL i used to be good in multiplayer........Now im all confused .....trying to drive and zoom in like im in gta im just praying fore no auto aim in the ranked matchs and auto aimer get like foostamps or something diffrent and gotta play in player match hoping there is no auto aim/lock on at all in this game at all and ill throw MY gta in my closet if you have not cought on i hate auto aim its not skill

unknown2007
unknown2007

from reading this. it sounds like SR2 online play is gonna be boring. where does it say that it will have open world online play? so we can experience the whole city like in GTA4 online. if they don't atleast have that then this sucks.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope they fix it or at least make it alot better

torbonator
torbonator

I want an open sand box came like SR2 and GTA, to have a really good online play. What i really want is the makers to focus completely on an online version, where to can create your own gang, join other people's gang and try and run your own city against other gangs

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

GTA IV is a great game, but the thing is, it was very much different than GTASA. it was a bit more confined, i felt it was shorter, i felt like the map was smaller, less side missions, etc. overall an amazing game and onllne made it awesome, and i feel lik SR1 was a wanna-be gta. but now, SR2 sounds like it is going its own route to an extent, differing from GTAIV, this game sounds more lik GTASA on steroids lol. This is going to be a fun game, and I'm actually glad GTAIV wasn;t like SA now, because now there is a point to owning both GTA4 and SR2, because SR2 is giong to be a lot different than GTA4. another thing, gta4 forgot the whole gang and turf thing, and SR2 seems a lot more focused on that, so thats a major plot difference right there. all in all, both games are (and will be) great, and i'll probably pick up SR2 eventually. maybe not right away, i already got GTA4, i just bought SWTFU and im savin up for Fable 2 lol. but eventually.

REMLOC
REMLOC

I FELT THAT SAINTS ROW WAS MUCH BETTER THAN GTA, THIS NEW ADDITION JUST PROVES MY POINT!I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GAMES RELEASE!

drunkenyak
drunkenyak

I've played SR1 and it seemed like a low quality version of the GTA series. I will give SR1 credit though for having character customization. I liked SR1 anyway though so i've been keeping an eye on SR2. It looks much more improved over the last one and i'm really looking forward to it. Especially since GTA4 was kind of a let down. I liked it, but it just wasn't as good as San Andreas in my opinion. Here's to hoping SR2 delivers.

Bl00dShot22
Bl00dShot22

Hell yeah this game is going to bad ass. Man I been waiting for this.

TurboVTec
TurboVTec

yeah, i dont care when they have the DLC available.. I just want to get the point across that a lot of people that played SR1 played it BECAUSE of P.T.P. I am online everyday and there are A LOT of people waiting for the game JUST for that game type. If P.T.P. was the most popular game type online mp why would you X it? ask Volition at: 217-355-0320 (maybe they'll get the point)

king_bobo
king_bobo

I must know more... this sounds cool, but I hope the competitive multiplayer doesn't let the rest of the game down...