I can't believe the GTA fans dis this game so much.
Don't get me wrong, I thought GTA IV was pretty neat, the sheer realism and addictive storyline helped keep it interesting and fun, but then we cross over into Saints Row, where we get to pretty much do whatever the heck we want, no limitations, and all sorts of customizations. Variety and addictive destruction is what won me over between the bouts going about between SR and GTA.
Enough about the debate however, the reason I think this game deserves a 10 out of 10 is because it's definitely an improvement over it's first installment. The storyline is much darker, yet very achieving and immersive, the glitches and graphics are refined, your character is a lot more involved and narrates very well, no matter what voice you decide for him or her to use (for those of you who were unaware, you can choose different voices for your character to use during the customization process). The customization of your individual character is deep enough, but the ability to customize your rides and cribs, makes it all the more fun and addictive. The ability to ride helicopters, airplanes, boats, and jet skis, are pluses. The ability to sky dive was awesome. The customization and fun factor are just through the roof with this game. And I have to say I wish I put my money on this and forgot GTA IV ever existed. That sounds harsh, but this game totally rocks GTA like it never had a chance.
This game was made with one thing in mind, and that was to let the player have fun no matter what they were doing. And as a gamer I can say they won me over with this one, I just can't get enough of it. My favorite gang rival is the Ronins, which similate a Yakuza type gang of Japanese bike riders. You'll also face off against the Sons of Samedi, and the Brotherhood, which are also interesting in their own rights.
I can go on and on and on about the possibilities the game has in store for it's players. All I have to say to the die hard GTA fans who refuse to allow this game a place in society is that you guys Cannot deny that it was not fun. I don't believe this game has any relation in accordance to GTA anymore then other installments, which I know are out there. The concept of open world "free roam" originated all the way back to the 64 days, when games like Ocarina of Time and Donkey Kong where the top dogs. To sit there and belittle a game with so much potential seems childish, but then again opinions are opinions. For me though, I'd definitely tell you to go rent it and try it out, it's definitely worth putting down GTA IV for.
Replay Value: Very High