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Saints Row and Saints Row 2 had engaged me in to something I couldn't get anywhere else, with it's open world, customization, and on point story telling, I knew I'd be picking up Saints Row: The Third.
After my play through however (spanning only 3 days), I found myself feeling rather disappointed. At first I couldn't figure out why. How could I feel disappointed about a game that kept me interested and playing non stop throughout the night? I began to break down the game and was able to answer my question.
Although I enjoyed playing the game, the reason I played throughout the night was less because of how free and open I was able to be, but more that I was hoping for the story and characters to get better. In the first two games of the series, the characters were very deep. They were able to make me feel emotionally attached to my choices, my gang, MY Saints. (If your gut didn't churn with what happened to Carlos in SR2.. you have no soul..). In SR3, I never had that sort of a connection. Shaundi turned in to a real b***h out of nowhere. I don't care how hot you make one of my teammates, if she's annoying, I will not be able to stand her. I constantly wished I could get her back on drugs so she would mellow out. And MAYBE fifteen minutes with the legendary Johnny Gat? I prayed he was gonna miraculously show back up later in the game (I mean, he survived a sword through the gut in SR2). These wishes were never answered.
SR3 set up a perfect plot for the famous Saints. It was the games rushed storytelling that forced it to fall short. Rolling high off their endeavors in Stillwater, it made sense that they would let their guard down to someone like the Syndicate. After the incident on the plane, I wanted nothing more than to get my revenge on Loren, but in time. Eliminating a leader of a rival faction first just didn't feel right. It led to me feeling like I had nothing more to fight for. I had gotten my revenge and was ready to go back to Stillwater.
Overall, I did enjoy playing SR3. I made sure to cover all the content and scored myself a platinum trophy. It offers plenty to discover and keep you busy. So don't think that I hated this game. I just felt that the series had lost its great storytelling and character relationships with this last installment.
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