Okay, Stop Comparing Saints Row And Grand Theft Auto
I know, I know. We all do it. I've been guilty of making the comparison many times in the past, but it's mostly because everyone else has to mention GTA when Saints Row is involved in the conversation.
And while I did feel that the original Saints Row was a poor man's Grand Theft Auto, the franchises have really shifted gears and become quite distinct since then. Rockstar went grittier and less cartoon-y with GTAIV, and Volition amped up the totally unrealistic insanity in Saints Row 2. The next step? Yeah, make Saints Row: The Third even more off-the-wall. It pokes fun at itself; it's like one giant parody of - dare I say it - GTA.
Although both games utilize a sandbox setting, and both involve crime and mayhem, the atmosphere and gameplay style is different. There's no chance that the third Saints Row will play anything like GTAIV, and there are many fans of both franchises who can go on and on about how comparing the two franchises is completely unfair. I suppose one could make the argument that we have the option of playing GTA the same way we play Saints Row; i.e., crazy, nonstop, all-civilians-involved chaos.
But in truth, despite these games occupying the same genre, the experiences for the gamer hinge on environmental appeal, style, and gameplay pace. Personally, I'm not going into Saints Row: The Third expecting it to play like any GTA. However, Rockstar may have returned to its roots with GTAV, but you never know...tough to tell with just that debut trailer to go on. And if GTAV really is more like past titles such as San Andreas, then I will say the SR vs. GTA comparison makes more sense.
11/3/2011 9:03:45 PM Ben Dutka