Saints Row: The Third reviews begin popping up – scores

Friday, 11 November 2011 09:02 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The first reviews for Saints Row: The Third have commenced in its march towards online ahead of the game’s release next week. Get the latest scores below.

Consensus so far seems to be around the 7-8 mark. Make of that as you will.

Get the current scores below. If there’s any links you want in, chuck it below.

The open-world Volition title is out next Tuesday in the US and next Friday in the UK for PS3, 360 and PC.


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  1. Edo

    Solid,btw laughed at Games Radar’s review and one of the cons being going back to normal games :) .

    #1 4 years ago
  2. The_Red

    Can’t wait for this one. Saints Row 2 surprised the hell out of me with its crazy and awesome sense of humor along with constant focus on fun and freedom.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Despite the score, the GT review was pretty negative. In fact the score and the review dont really have much in common.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. albo88

    i agree with GameTrailers

    #4 4 years ago
  5. ianos

    We had the first review in Play aaaaaaages ago. GET WITH THE TIMES, YEAH?


    Anyway, 88%, Play magazine.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. daytripper

    i miss blinged out ride :(

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    A 10 from Gamesradar, right. As if i’ll ever trust that site again. They gave Fable III a 10 too i believe, almost calling it on par with Zelda…just wow.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Suikoden Fan

    didnt 2 get 7 and 8s? when gta4 was getting 10s? still prefer saints row 2 to GTA4/ So i dont mind these scores at all

    #8 4 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    I think GT didn’t strap it on properly.

    #9 4 years ago

    I predict a 76 MetaCritic score.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DSB

    So, who wants to buy THQ? Anyone?

    I reckon they’re gonna cost half of what Popcap did within a week from now.


    Actually scratch that. They already do. That’s probably what Take Two needed the 200 million for.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. silkvg247

    One mans “good” is another mans “superb” and vice-versa.

    You can stick yer 10/10 GTAIV scores up yer bum, SR2 was most fun I had in ages & this will be the same.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    Another one.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Edo

    Machinima 9.5
    Gameinformer 9
    IGN 8.5
    Seems like a good game ,it currently stands at 89 at metacritic.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. IL DUCE

    It’s also had a 9.5 from OXM up on metacritic for a while now…not totally sure how that was missed

    #15 3 years ago
  16. ortofon

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to do an “early reviews are popping in” article at the end of the day in the country where the game is being developed, or where its primary market is? Or, at the very least, wait an entire 24 hours once the press embargo is up.

    If you’re going by GMT, or your own clock, you miss half the day or more depending on where you are. Like the above poster wrote, that article is missing a ton of other “early reviews” and that reeks like sloppy journalism.

    Here you go, mate, since you’re too busy to put in the work, I’ll pick up the slack this time :)

    G4TV – 5/5
    GamesRadar – 10/10
    Honest Gamers – 10/10 – 9.5/10
    OXM – 9.5/10
    GamingAge – A-
    Play.AU – 9/10
    GameInformer – 9/10
    GamingTrend – 9/10
    GameArena – 9/10
    1UP – B+
    IGN – 8.5/10 – 7.7/10
    Destructoid – 7/10
    Gamepro – 4/5
    Gadget Review – 4/5
    Gamespot Review – 8.5/10

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Stephany Nunneley

    Thanks for the information along with the sarcasm. I will update the post now since more have come out.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    Still missing that one.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. CityCobra

    Gaming XP: 91%

    What a crazy game:)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. silkvg247

    After playing (PC vers) for 8 hours straight I am confused as to why everyone didn’t give it a 5/5 or 90% +

    From the start I was able to rebind every single key, and tweak everything I needed to. Not just a sloppy port. For that reason alone it instantly beats BF3 and Skyrim in my book; both of which as I type this STILL have certain key configs that don’t work or cause issues if rebound and as such as STILL on my “waiting to patch” list before I can play them seriously.

    On top of that the game is polished and fun, just pure fun. I don’t see a single thing “wrong” with it. If anyone has knocked it down because it’s silly and OTT then on what basis is that for knocking down a game score? Sorry but what if I find dragons and fantasy old and cliche?

    I guess THQ didn’t bribe the reviewers enough.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    I don’t see a single thing “wrong” with it. ”

    Just because you don’t see an issue with it doesn’t mean no one else will. I can tell you after playing I am disappointed with the overall game and I feel that the scores are way too high for the game but I do understand that people will disagree with my opinion. The game is getting good reviews but its on no level better than SKyrim because it doesn’t innovate it just took the mechanics from Saints Row 2 and then went even more over the top with the theme.

    The controls are loose and I feel like I am playing on the PS2 and even the sound is in 2D. With my 7.1 headphones you can’t tell what direction enemies are coming from and then the voice acting in some cases seems to be raw data from the sound booth.

    Anyways just because you don’t see why everyone is giving it 10′s doesn’t mean that THQ forgot to pay someone. Those reviewers just didn’t like some aspects of the game and rated accordingly. I know I would.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. silkvg247

    You think Skyrim innovates? WTF?

    Tell me ONE thing it does that has never been done before. One. All Skyrim did was add spit and shine to Oblivion, but break the perfectly good UI and inrtoduce lots of buggy key rebinds. Yey.

    I’m playing SR3 on ultra, everything is super responsive and super shiney. You?

    Skyrim has a half a second lag everytime you press a movement direction, and incase you missed it the first time, is full of frankly unforgivable key rebind bugs.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight


    Fan boy much? Even with Saints ROw 3 on Ultra it doesn’t mean anything, its a port from the console and they put the graphics and physics down so the players have more options.

    Want to know what Skyrim did differently? Randomized dragon attacks, a leveling system that is a perfect marriage between Oblivion use system along with FO3 perk system.

    SR3 is just using what worked in the fist one(which was just bastardized version of San Andreas) to the 2nd one and haven’t changed anything of the game other than making the game more over the top. Which is fine but its not innovative, nothing is new about the game.

    I don’t know what you are talking about with buggy keybinds I have been playing the game for well over 50 hours now and I have not once gotten an issue with the keybinds. Just seems to me that Skyrim pissed you off and now you are acting like a jealous gf.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. silkvg247

    Jealous of whom and what? I own skyrim hence finding the bugs. My girlfriend owns it too but she uses WASD as standard so hasn’t encountered said bugs.

    Oh you don’t know about them?

    Rebind your movement to RDFG. Rebind A to Activate. Good luck, have fun with the now fucking broken game because yes testing a non standard key setup is clearly above this AAA title developer. Not only does the interface still show the old keys, certain screens are completely bloody broken! Press R to loot all? No. How about the key I rebound it to? No also. How about any fucking key whatsoever? No again. Ditto with looting books.

    No I’m not a fucking fangirl, I am a PC gamer and I expect at the very least that a PC game is tested for basic things like *gasp* rebinding keys. At least I haev the option of trying to use the default keys but what about the lefties out there that use numpad as movement? They’re pretty shafted aren’t they?

    You call me a fanboy but I’m actually quite open to what kind of games I’ll play. I was excited about skyrim and BF3 but now rant about them both frequently because they are both marred with bugs that could have been discovered by a retarded 1 handed chimpanzee within 30 minutes of playtesting. Oh, I guess you don’t know about the BF3 bugs either.. can’t rebind spot, or throttle down. Oh yeah and mousewheel. Most of these were found in beta but disregarded because hey ho, fuck anyone who needs to rebind their keys eh?

    I installed SR3 with a sense of dread after buying two AAA titles that couldn’t fulfill basic PC requirements. I was relieved that it had none of the same issues. That doesn’t make me a fanboy, it makes me thankful that someone out there can actually be arsed to test their PC ports.

    And back to innovation, sorry but the examples you gave were crap. I can agree SR3 doesn’t innovate either, but lets not pretend random monster spawning is something new? As I said, the main reason I currently place SR3 above the others is because it has been tested and I can actually play it without wanting to throw my keyboard out of the window because of yet another fucking asanine lazy key rebind bug.

    And, I don’t get knocking it down based on the swearing or OTT humour given that that’s supposed to be how the SR world exists. It’s a reviewer failure, it’d be like knocking BF3 down because it has a war scenario.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    “No I’m not a fucking fangirl, I am a PC gamer and I expect at the very least that a PC game is tested for basic things like *gasp* rebinding keys. At least I haev the option of trying to use the default keys but what about the lefties out there that use numpad as movement? They’re pretty shafted aren’t they?”

    I am left handed but I can just as easily play the standard way just because you are left handed =/= every person who is left handed is playing like you.

    ” but lets not pretend random monster spawning is something new?”

    Oh I forgot because other Open world games have done that before right? Oh wait no Open world game has had Dragons come and attack towns or just random areas. Nice try.

    “As I said, the main reason I currently place SR3 above the others is because it has been tested and I can actually play it without wanting to throw my keyboard out of the window because of yet another fucking asanine lazy key rebind bug.”

    Oh because Volition had made a new engine while developing and testing a game? Amiright? Oh wait….

    “And, I don’t get knocking it down based on the swearing or OTT humour given that that’s supposed to be how the SR world exists. It’s a reviewer failure, it’d be like knocking BF3 down because it has a war scenario.”

    Sorry but Saints Row 2 was far more subtle about the OTT humor, what SR3 did is what seems to be the original Scary Movie to Scary Movie 3. Now they are just going for shock humor for the sake of it which is fine it definitely creates a huge canyon between GTA and Saints Row. I enjoyed Saints Row 2 but for the life of me I just couldn’t get into Saints Row 3, it went way passed the line for me. And it had just too many cutscenes for my liking.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    You two could just like different games, you know?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. silkvg247

    Yes we clearly like different games but he’s fooling himself if he thinks “random open world dragon spawning” is in any way “innovative”. It has been done before, to death actually. It might not be dragons, but random events in RPG? New? ORLY.

    The whole RPG genre is stale right now, and Skyrim didn’t deserve the massive reviews it got. The combat is horrible, the bugs are pathetic, and the game offers nothing new at all.

    At least I can openly admit that my favoured game offers nothing innovative; radical ideas maybe such as an interactive japanese style deathmatch gameshow but no new ground breaking genre defining “thing”. Skyrim doesn’t either. The last game to be truly different was minecraft.

    I’m not arguing which is better, I’m arguing that he’s talking out of his crack if he thinks Skyrim is innovative. Either that or he hasn’t played many games so knows no better; or he doesn’t know the meaning of the word innovative.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    @27 I think the more realistic perspective here is that both of you are simply being shortsighted by your own opinions, unwilling to see what the other enjoys, and taking it way too personally.

    I enjoy Skyrim immensely. I think Phoenix explained it poorly, but I can understand where he’s coming from. I find it to be a truly immense game, with a world of such huge breath and scale that nothing else is really comparable. The “radial” questing, although not as new as Bethesda would like to make it out to be, definitely gives the game world a more organic feel, like the world is still moving without your influence. The last time I ever got that kind of feeling from a game was… Ultima VII.

    You seem so wrapped up in your own personal dislike of the game that you seem unwilling to admit the possibility that many of us simply enjoy the game for what it is, for reasons that are genuine and legit.

    Guess what though? I also think Saints Row 3 is a great game. And I *hated* the first two. They just seemed like GTA wannabes. So why do I like the third one so much? Because it’s just so off the walls hilariously ridiculous in every way possible.

    The first two were fairly silly at times, but this? This one is bloody genius. There’s more insanity in the first 10 minutes of SR3 than in all of the previous games combined! It’s funny, chock full of content, and a blast to play, and it does an amazing job of bringing your custom made character to life within the story as well.

    So see? Maybe… just maybe… both games are great for their own reasons.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    “Yes we clearly like different games but he’s fooling himself if he thinks “random open world dragon spawning” is in any way “innovative”. It has been done before, to death actually. It might not be dragons, but random events in RPG? New? ORLY.”

    Please enlighten me what games have had dragon or any type of giant enemies that attack in an open world. If you want to make statement provide evidence otherwise you are just being a grumpy little baby.

    “I’m not arguing which is better, I’m arguing that he’s talking out of his crack if he thinks Skyrim is innovative. Either that or he hasn’t played many games so knows no better; or he doesn’t know the meaning of the word innovative.”

    You obviously took what I said and assumed I said Skyrim was all innovative, I had stated they had brought some new things in the TES series games. I did not ever explicitly say Skyrim was innovative, I did say however that Saint Row wasn’t. I am sorry that you didn’t get the experience that many people are enjoying but really there is no need to be crying about it. Skyrim got its high reviews and in my own opinion it deserves it. Saints Row 3 also received good reviews. one point less here or there is not going make the game any less fun.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @29 You should consider reading my post.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    “You seem so wrapped up in your own personal dislike of the game that you seem unwilling to admit the possibility that many of us simply enjoy the game for what it is, for reasons that are genuine and legit.”

    :O … /ROTFL

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DaMan

    #28 God of War and Max Payne say hi.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @32 Don’t forget Call of Duty.

    Generally, in threads related to those games, I only comment with short lines about the games quality. I never say anything more on the subject unless someone responds to me directly, usually to ask me to elaborate on why I dislike the games.

    I’m also capable of weighing the good against the bad. Even if I think the gameplay is bad, there are still things some of the games do that I am more than willing to admit to the high quality of.

    For instance, there’s no denying that God of War was heavily responsible for adding far more dramatic and high scale set-pieces to these type of games, and its still one of the best games on the market at that kind of thing. I just think it’s let down by a mechanically flawed combat system.

    I’ve also constantly promoted the high quality of the *past* games in the Call of Duty franchise, so that one can’t really be argued either. The problem there is solely with the excessive repetition of the franchise at this point.

    These two are just blanketly dismissing any positive qualities these games might have because of their own negative prejudice for the respective game they dislike.

    So yeah, there’s a pretty big difference.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight


    Oh yes because you are so above us all Ireland. You just enlighten us all with your god-like intelligence. Like Daman says you have done the exact same thing in other articles.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Ireland Michael

    @34 Why thank you. I’m honoured.

    And no, I haven’t. *smiles* For reasons I explained above.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. DaMan

    Oh, no I didn’t, that’s just another discussion. Suggesting that a tight fps should morph into a multi front combat game because you want to run around with even more people so that you could kill anyone from behind even more easily or perhaps just drive around in a tank is a different topic entirely.

    The person in this thread elaborated on exactly why they think the game is poor. But you ‘re right, they should’ve not bothered. Your yawns add undeniably more to the discussion.

    God of War has never tried to have any kind of remotely deep combat system, and seeing as how you constantly attack exactly that aspect of it, and this is pretty much the first time you said anything good about the title, I fail to see how you ‘ve managed to differentiate yourself so easily.

    So yeah, as I said God of War and (especially) Max Payne say hi. What did you think the latter did right?

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    @36 “Suggesting that a tight fps should morph into a multi front combat game because you want to run around with even more people”

    I have never once suggested that Call of Duty should become Battlefield. I will (and have regularly) commended the quality of work that Infinity Ward put into their Call of Duty offerings.

    It’s the yearly repetition with zero growth in gameplay that I have an issue with. It’s pure laziness. There is plenty they could do to grow the formula, expand it, but this is Activision, and everything that publisher has ever mandated has been stuck in that formula. Look at Spider-Man: Edge of Time for a perfect example of that.

    “The person in this thread elaborated on exactly why they think the game is poor.”

    Yes, but they seem to be blindly dismissing *any* potential positive points the games might have. They’re not even trying to acknowledge that they might exist. This honestly just seems strange, considering how high quality both these games are.

    “this is pretty much the first time you said anything good about [God of War]”

    No it isn’t. It doesn’t happen often, because nobody ever asks me, but I have commended the series where I think it deserves its due. But gameplay for me is and always will be the most important aspect of a video game.

    Max Payne? Honestly, it really is one of the rare franchises I simply don’t “get”, and as hard as I have tried, I’ve never been able to understand why people like it. So I will freely concede that I’ve never personally been able to find anything redeemable about it.

    Hey, if Max Payne 3 actually turns out to be a really good game with a solid story and tight controls, I’ll be the first to shout it praise from the rooftops, trust me.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. DaMan

    Okay, fair enough what would you change and improve in future CoD then, without it stopping to be CoD?

    It similarly seems very strange to me, that you couldn’t find anything positive in Max Payne, more so original one.. let alone potential positives.. Which is why your comments in this thread come across as very odd (my whole point in here). I myself don’t really trust you, I believe we either played different games or perhaps you tried it much later and thus the timeframe altered your perception, like it happens to many. Because otherwise we have very different visions of quality.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. DSB

    I don’t think Skyrim did much better personally. They made it bigger, they added more NPCs, they created an even more beautiful world, and that’s pretty much as far as Saints Row The Third goes as well.

    Where it was always lacking, it’s still lacking, and that goes for both games. In Skyrim the AI is still dumb as shit, there isn’t a lot of variation in how you do things, the difficulty or lack of same is all kinds of messed up, but it’s still all enough to have a great time with it in my opinion.

    I think I actually prefer that in a sequel, rather than some developers incessant need to reinvent the wheel every time they touch something. That’s the mentality that took Rockstar in entirely the wrong direction.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. ninjanutta

    BLA! Bla! Bla!…You girls argue about utter shit on every single topic in this site/forum..
    Give up gaming,you are far too amazing and up on everything games and shit. usual

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Ireland Michael

    @38 “perhaps you tried it much later and thus the timeframe altered your perception”

    Truly great games are ageless.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. DaMan

    #41 They are, but computer graphics aren’t.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    @42 Of course, but I’ve played tonnes of old games years after they came out and still loved them immensely.

    My issue wasn’t with the graphics being dated. It’s with the poor art direction. For a company known for its ability to create games with really strong atmosphere, I always felt that Max Payne was extremely hammy and pretentious. The difference between this and something like GTA or Bully is that they *knew* they were, and played on it.

    And that constipation face was bad even back then…

    #43 3 years ago
  44. DaMan

    #43 Never came across as pretentious or ‘hammy’, the game was pretty much a black comedy, intentionally overplayed and always felt like a parody rather than what you describe. Not that I ‘ve seen any dev documentary on it, because I didn’t play it for it’s plot.

    I had no idea what kind of company Remedy was at that time, because I first played it in summer 2001.

    Art style was crappy, but that was my only gripe with MP, and aside from the faces everything looked excellent. One of the most amazing things about the visuals was how every bullet counted, you could see them scattered around the scene, and the marks left on walls, all that was cut in PS2 version btw f you played that one.

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @44 Okay, I’ll give it that much. I don’t know when or where the idea might have originated from, but I’ll take actual bullet trajectory over rigid shooting any day.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. silkvg247

    Just completed SR3, was surprisingly “short” though I don’t think short is fair for 20+ hours gameplay in this day and age. And I guess wanting more is a good thing.

    Still got a cpl hours to fill on the last 5 or so extras, to hit 100%.

    Meh, I loved every minute of it. Waiting for the skyrim patch before I move onto that next.

    #46 3 years ago

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