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Saints Row 2 In NYPD's Crosshairs

Even though Volition has said in the past they're not worried about anti-game critical backlash concerning Saints Row 2, they probably didn't want the NYPD on their backs.

New York's finest weren't too happy with Grand Theft Auto IV, either, so it's no surprise to learn they're speaking out against Volition's new crime-infested sequel. Ripten points us towards the Daily News, where NYPD union boss Patrick Lynch issued the now-standard comment in regards to Saints Row 2: "horrible and violent video games desensitize young people to violence while encouraging depravity, immorality while glorifying criminal behavior..." Yes, yes, we've heard all that before, and no doubt there's some truth to it when we're talking about the younger generation, which is why we have the ESRB. The NYPD clearly believes both GTAIV and SR2 endorse a criminal's life in some way, although even the latest GTA - which was by far the most realistic - remains too cartoon-y to endorse much of anything besides removed, even relaxing entertainment. Finally, we get the feeling that some cops are probably gamers, and they probably played the hell out of GTAIV, which means Saints Row 2 is up next for 'em.

Besides, if Tera Patrick's in it, how bad can it really be? Okay, it just adds to the depraved factor (kinda), but the entire production is designed around that concept, so it works. It's also rated "M" for "Mature," remember?

Related Game(s): Saints Row 2

10/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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crapreviews
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 10:55:39 AM
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NYPD will complain about anything. I should know i live here.

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kj313
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 10:59:05 AM
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Ok SR2 is out and Yes Ben i stand by my statment in made earlier in the year. SR2 is better than GTA IV! There is so much more to do on this game! GTA IV is prettier. Lets just say this I wish SR2 had the graphics of GTA IV.

I totally agree wwith u Ben that The NYPD must be playin the hell out of these games to be so offended. Lmao

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 12:30:01 PM

It can neva be better than GTAIV,i don't see no 10/10's comin from numerous sites,so if GTAIV's graphics are better, in wat way is SR2 better than GTAIV.....please gimme a reason to get this!

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Daedusian
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:14:43 PM

Honestly, although I won't be picking the game up, SR2, in my eyes, does in fact look better than GTA4. After watching many gameplay vids of SR2, I have to say it brings back memories to the GTA3/VC days. Now those were the best sandbox games ever!

If you're new to the GTA series, than yeah, you'll probably like GTA4 much better, but if you're a long time fan of the GTA series, you would think otherwise.

At least to me...

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www
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 9:22:15 AM

One question,if it does look better than gtaiv why aren't you pickin it up?

On the other hand i've been a long time fan of the GTA series but i think gtaiv's approach to realism is a step forward,euphoria n facial expressions,absence of planes looks good to me.

BUT as y'all keep claimin SR2 looks good i might consider going for it and give ma analysis afterwards.

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Daedusian
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:53:37 PM

Kinda getting sick of the sandbox games atm tbh, plus I'm more interested in other games this year. Oh and I'm going to be broke soon, haha. I'm sure I'll pick it up at some time in the future but not this year. Maybe a christmas gift, but then again, I want to get a 360 so prolly not lol.

But yeah, in terms of what you have said about GTA4, the series def did make a HUGE improvement. I just prefer more unrealism in GTA than anything else.

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Cuetes
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 11:40:45 AM
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Thats funny, I remember waiting for GTA4 the night of its release in line with a cop. We talked about this issue, he didnt have that narrow minded train of thought. As a matter of fact he is now on my friends list and still catch him online from time to time playing GTA4.

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crapreviews
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 11:57:24 AM

I know the cops here in the bronx at the store i was waiting in line for GTA4, they just came right up to the door in their car and walked right in and then back out with the game.

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 12:32:27 PM

Awwwww, y'all see cops playin games,how nice,over here all any adult eva thinks about is drinkin,soccer n gettin laid

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RustEDalex
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 12:57:35 PM
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why are they complaining Its not adults its the teens and kids who usually like to imitate the things on video games so is should be no problem beating them to a pulp

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kj313
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 1:12:49 PM
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@Ghana Bwai
I have been said that i thought San Andreas is better than GTA IV. SR2 best reminds me of that. GTA IV was boring as hell after i beat it. There were no more side jobs like in San andreas, or all the lil things that made me fall in love with the GTA series. It seems as if IV tried to become to realistic and got away from what made GTA what it is. I could careless about review scores. I'm speaking off experience. After i beat GTA I lost all interest. Dont get me wrong GTA IV was good, but overrated.

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 3:07:44 PM

okay i might try to consider watchin some review videos of SR2 n see if i should i go for it,hell yeah i luved san andreas n i would say if it had all the graphics n realism like gtaiv it woulda been the best but since it DON'T dat makes gtaiv the best thus far.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 2:10:57 PM
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@ kj313 totally agreed.
Still at least now we have trophies for it!!

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kj313
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 3:21:48 PM

So GTA did the update for trophies???

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 3:42:49 PM
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No trophies in SR2? Thats to bad, but I'm sure while they were developing the trophies weren't even out, a patch might come some day. Cops are weirdos in every town. Of course they play these games, they wanna come home and play for the other team and stop being a giant buzzkill all day long. These games aren't meant for kids, most governmental agencies still think that all gaming is for children, a pox on them!

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ZubraZap
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 2:15:52 AM
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Its hard forcing myself to hold off on buying both Saints Row 2 and Bioshock this month to make room for Far Cry 2 and Fallout 3...OH THE HUMANITY, lol.

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Minishmaru
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 5:15:45 PM
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Well graphics are never the main reason to give a game a 10/10, GTA was...OK, but it lacked alot of things. Just cuz some reviewers gave it a 10/10 I think its not worth a 10. I'd say like an 8...but Saints Row is definitly alot more entertaining in lots of ways. Customization should be the default for ALL games

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shootu
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:03:38 AM
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Lets get back to reality. Parents are just too lazy to teach their kids from right and wrong. Parents are getting so lazy they are relying on schools and teachers to show them right and wrong. Witch is a small part of helping kids grow up and learn right from wrong. Instead of parents teaching them they just put them in front of a video game as a baby sitter.

In all reality how many people die from video games??? Parents should be more worried about their kids dieing from a car crash, alcohol, drugs, guns, tobacco or even cancer. Cancer kills more kids then video games. What would kids do that are not good at sport or have no interest in sports or home work???? They get board!!!! And board kids get into crime, alcohol, drug and all kinds of trouble.

In real world its up to the parent to decide what the kids play and watch. Just like driving vehicles, movies, porn, alcohol, tobacco, guns and some counties drugs there is an age limit. Parents if video games are all you have to worry about its time to put down the controller, turn off the T.V and look outside into the real world cause thats the killer and its all going to SHIT!

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