Saints Row 2 rollin' out August 26

Sequel to THQ's well-reviewed would-be GTA will take to the streets on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at end of summer.

Before Saints Row was released in 2006, many dismissed the game as just another Grand Theft Auto copy. When the game was released, reviewers agreed it was a GTA clone--one of the best GTA clones yet and the first released on a then-next-generation console, the Xbox 360. The game went on to sell over 1 million copies, joining Microsoft's Platinum Hits line.

Now, THQ has announced the release date of its follow-up to Saints Row, Saints Row 2. The sequel will ship on both the 360 and the PlayStation 3 on August 26, four months after Grand Theft Auto IV and five days before another high-profile sequel, EA/Pandemic's Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.

Saints Row 2 is set a few years after the events of the first game, which saw the Saints gang take over the city of Stillwater. As a fully customizable male or female character, players will lead the Saints against three new rival gangs bent on seizing control of the streets. However, unlike the oft-comic original, the new game's main storyline will reportedly have a much darker tone.

Besides open gang warfare, the game will offer a series of mission types, including such felonious acts as insurance fraud. It will also add Gears of War-style over-the-shoulder aiming and the ability to use foes as human shields. Most significantly, Saints Row 2 will allow two gamers to play through its entire length in co-op mode, as outlined by GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.

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swollenmember89
swollenmember89

I agree, I still think SR is better than any of the previous GTA games, It has much better concepts and features than even the current GTA IV, although SR doesnt compare to the depth of GTA IV it still shed light on alot of the things rockstar should have implemented in to the GTA series, SR2 will dominate in terms of gameplay [SR1 has better gameplay than GTA IV(physics etc.)], graphics (its obviously better looking than GTA), multiplayer [they did it right the first time, they can learn from their minor mistakes] and innovation[sticky satchel charges, customization, gameplay additions] they just did it and they did it right with the first one, SR 2 seems to be an investment that wont let down.

kalclash
kalclash

Saints 2 will be better than GTA4, just like the first was better than any previous GTA. I'm playing GTA4 at the minute but personally it feels a bit pointless, you just go from one contact to another performing similar missions with no real end goal. Whereas in Saints you win teritories and have the overall goal of citywide domination! You actually feel as if you are working towards a goal in Saints, which compells you to keep playing. GTA does not have this. Cant wait for Saints 2! GTA4 is just a warm up!

UrbanAllstar
UrbanAllstar

I am a huge GTA fan. However, I don't dismiss the shortcomings as easily as most do just because it's GTA. The size of the map and the amount of stuff in San Andreas would be hard to top no matter what series was doing it. When I popped in GTA 4, i was expecting to be wowed beyond disbelief. I was expected them to do some serious stuff I hadn't seen before. Ironically they couldn't do that because Saints had already improved on a lot of GTA stuff (partially because of the first-sandbox-game-on-the-nextgen-console "title") 1. Physics-Check (saints had the Havoc engine) 2. Cellphone-check (calling buddies and businesses) 3. Aiming system-check (saints had free aim and did it well 4. customized cars that you can actaully keep-one of my favorite features of saints. San andreas had customization for some cars (in san fiero) but if you totaled that running from the FBI, you'd have to find another, steal it, take it the shop, do everything to it again, find your garage and save it again. saints = pay $500 and it there, brand new, ready to go again-I love it Now GTA 4 ( to my knowledge so far) has no buyable properties, no buyable businesses, less weapons, etc. i love the game but it's not "new" (other than multiplayer) and not a 10. Saints 2 is looking like it will pwn...

Anthrax88
Anthrax88

I thought Saints Row was better than any of the former GTA games. Although GTA 4 seem to be awesome, i will probably be bored enough by it after less than 4 months. And then enjoy this awesome game! Can't wait for this to come!

redigo
redigo

are these people really saying this crap omg pushing people off of building and into trains and into oncoming traffic holy crap and not to mention satchel bombs cheese and rice and planes and boats omg im gonna cream my panties gta is the s*&^ but the new one doesn't have those features this summer is gonna rock hardcore nuts ima get both fo sho lol

darkeknight
darkeknight

This is gonna be great. First I'll play GTA4 and then four months later I will play SAINTS ROW 2. This summer will defintely be on like chicken bones!!!

Patch595
Patch595

Why Why Why must they release saintsrow 2 soo near to gta. I am going to love gta 4 soo much that i probuarly wont care about saints row 2 even though i thought the first one was great. Oh well at least when i do eventually get round to buying saints row 2 it will hopefully be reduced by alot.

iamreallyelvis
iamreallyelvis

I wish I could care about Saints Row 2, I really do, but something tells me that by its realease date, I will still be obsessed with GTA 4.

Jubei_1987
Jubei_1987

GTA IV will be better then saints row for the simple fact, GTA was created by the British and this is just a lame copy with no story made by yanks! You yanks might think your hardcore GTA fans but i bet you never played GTA london, the only reason they make it based in a copy of a inbred city is one cold hard fact, so it sells more copys!

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

sure might as well get it even though gta4 will be better

ff_medo_lp
ff_medo_lp

i think that SR will crash GTA not the selling but the game play and it's just a matter of time before SR rule the WORLD :D

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

i wish there it were on ps2 or the wii at least, how fun would it be to run around with one hand and with the other you could have your pimp cane gun ready lol

SSgt_Mapp
SSgt_Mapp

I will buy both titles because SR is more of gang storyline but GTA always feature a lone man trying to live the American dream the the hard way.

arh_88
arh_88

i think both SR and GTA have their ups and downs. I think its great that someone actually came up with a game that was comparable to GTA unlike True Crime. Screw EA for being little B*@%#^S for not making another sandbox game but just trying to buy the original game that started it all.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Actually I had a very tough time in SR 1 when trying to drive early on. I was unhappy with the way it didn't drive very well & I'd always fail a mission & have to start over. Perhaps if they had an easier setting (did it? I can't recall), I would've been able to enjoy it more. I may revisit the game, see if I can make it work, but I don't have high hopes.

AlexDemise
AlexDemise

What's with people saying Saints Row 1was overrated, or how it's garbage or whatever? I'm guessing 2 kinds of people are saying this: PS3 owners who never played the original. (With an open mind, at least.) Or the hardcore GTA fans. Saint's Row was an incredibly fun game. And while the way the game plays (minus a few subtle differences.) very, VERY similar to GTA, a lot of things in the game were different, as well. Plus, it was the first current gen GTA-styled game, so it looked really good when it came out. I have a lot of faith that Saint's Row 2 will be another great game. And I'd be willing to bet it will get great reviews, sell a lot of copies, and have a big fanbase. I honestly don't think it'll be better than GTA4, but will still be a great game. I have a feeling a LOT of people will buy and enjoy both GTA4 and Saints Row2.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Saint's Row is one of the most over-rated games in recent years. It wasn't a horrible game but it sure wasn't great. The reason it sold so well is there wasn't anything else to play when it was released. I know, I bought it. In a year with GTA4 being released I'm sure THQ and Volition know they have to push the boundaries of the genre in order to compete with today's hits. I'll still check it out with my expectations low hopefully it will surprise me.

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

I am surprised that THQ wouldn't wait at least a couple of month more to keep their title from being destroyed by GTA. Of coarse, there might be enough hype to cover both games, but I doubt it. If someone was smart, they would have made the best of the hype from GTA and released a "family friendly" game to compete, given that so much will be made of the adult content of GTA IV. Saints Row II will not be able to capitalize on such an angle.

jaza1200
jaza1200

dont get me wrong saints row is great but gta just leaves it in the distance.

ChangelingJane
ChangelingJane

"Where's my f$%*ing car? I had some sweet-ass wheels!" ROUND 2!

Jebril
Jebril

While I'm really psyched to see GTA IV, I'm actually more psyched to see this game, just to see how the underdog or 'copier' will do.

dmastor
dmastor

I will be counting down the days can't wait

136-gmoore
136-gmoore

I know that Saints Row is just not going to be better than GTA, but I'll check it out anyway. Posted Apr 7, 2008 7:00 pm GMT -12 Rate this comment / (+0)

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

I'm looking forward to this more than GTA IV, actually.

stormwalkerx
stormwalkerx

After GTA IV Saints Row is the nex target

Serious06
Serious06

Nice. By that time I will probably be a little tired of Grand Theft...Or maybe not.

zoe256
zoe256

Is this a worldwide release or just US?

aygol
aygol

copperheadfang: "Last August was the worst month in gaming history thank god this year will be different" Last August was the best month in gaming history because BioShock came out on August 21, 2007.

aygol
aygol

I've been a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto ever since the first one came out, and I know that Saints Row is just not going to be better than GTA, but I'll check it out anyway.

bassplayer275
bassplayer275

oh, and im excited for the game. it should be great.

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bassplayer275

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Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

SR 1 was a great game and I can't wait to try the co-op out in # 2.

-GaMeAhOliC-
-GaMeAhOliC-

woot two days after my birthday, ...wait saints row sucks, .......damn

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I was actually suprised by the first Saints Row. I liked it a lot, but if THQ keeps publishing good games, they may catch the eye of EA and we all know what happens then. Ask 2k.

osumane2012
osumane2012

I agree with copperheadfang. This year is gonna be great, I hope.

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

i didnt play 1. i dunno. after gta iv this might not have the same appeal it has now. who knows mayb it will! hoping its gr8 game!!

copperheadfang
copperheadfang

Last August was the worst month in gaming history thank god this year will be different

DrKill09
DrKill09

ZombieViking, SR was one of the best games for the 360. You're just pissed cause it did so well!

josh_fredrick
josh_fredrick

kik ass zombie if u dont like the game series 1 dont click on the links and 2 dont comment

jwb-2007
jwb-2007

saints row was wiked. good now there are planes to get across the city in, driving was a real hassle

MrOrmond
MrOrmond

Au... August 26?! STOP MAKING THE END OF SUMMER SO APPEALING!

Viron_Berserker
Viron_Berserker

Awesome. Hey Zombie, if you don't got nothin' nice to say, don't say it ya ass.

ZombieViking
ZombieViking

Saint's Row sucked so much, that was the first XBOX 360 game I ever traded in.

ps3cooly21
ps3cooly21

hope they dont remove nudity or some like that thats what happen to gta 4 in australia

Vinsanity09
Vinsanity09

GTA IV+Saints Row 2+Mercenaries 2+Prototype... it's going to be a great summer/fall.

FAcorp
FAcorp

Saints Row 2 sounds great I like first one a lot, the insurance fraud in a game is new I think, lets all hope SR2 doesn't disappoint. And I am definitely getting Mercenaries2.