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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Monday, 24 September 2007

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THQ apparently has something against gamers because today they announced Saints Row 2 and if it is anything like the first one then I am certain it is a game that CigDangle will be skipping (read his review here ). Too bad he will be the one to review it for the site. The game is set to bless the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2008. Amen.

Developed by THQ’s critically acclaimed internal studio Volition, Inc. using their proprietary open-world engine, Saints Row 2 will offer vastly expanded customization options, a totally transformed and expanded city of Stilwater, all new vehicles, sandbox tools and toys as well as both online co-op and competitive multiplayer. More information on the game can be found on the official Saints Row 2 web site at www.saintsrow2.com.

“Saints Row set the bar for next-gen open-world development, earning praise for its unmatched customization, controls, and the genre’s first-ever online multiplayer,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of sales and marketing, THQ. “The team at Volition, Inc. is leveraging invaluable experience gained on Saints Row to build Saints Row 2 into a game that sets the standard for combat, player freedom, customization, vehicle game-play, team-based co-op and the most compelling online open world experience to date.”

Saints Row 2 has a much darker and more sinister story that leads your character down a path of betrayal, revenge and redemption against the city that has left him for dead, although we’ve blended that with the same light-hearted humor from the original.” said Greg Donovan, lead producer, Volition, Inc. “Couple that with the most robust open-world feature set ever developed in the genre, and it promises a gaming experience that will offer players the perfect balance of gripping narrative and compelling gameplay options.”

 Odd, if I remember correctly the game was not all that innovative. Maybe Volition is talking about some other game that we have yet to see. The game is currently holding an 81 over at Metacritic.com and an 82.1% at Gamerankings.com which leads me to believe that it's above average but not extremely exciting. CigDangle gave it a 78% so no one can say we are not in touch with things I guess.

As an aside, both of those sites are owned by CNET. Does anyone else find that strange? I mean that's two sites that essentially do the same thing and could make or break a game, film or other form of media and yet no one has noticed that it's sort of a monopoly? Then if you look at the list of sites supplying the scores to those two sites you realize, it's just one big media empire. Sort of like television and radio, now that's not very fair, is it? 

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