While games like Grand Theft Auto strive to become more realistic and gritty, Saints Row: The Third goes in the complete opposite direction. Instead of realism, you get a hilariously vulgar script and over the top action sequences. Within the first 10 minutes of the game, you'll find yourself jumping out of a plane, shooting bad guys mid-air, jumping back into the plane, jumping back out, and shooting more bad guys.
Saints Row: The Third's never takes itself too seriously but there is still a good plot. You are the leader of the Third Street Saints, one of the most idolized and infamous gangs in the fictional city of Steelport. Saints Row: The Third gives you an entire gang to command and its resources are at your disposal. You will gain cash and experience points by completing missions. These points and cash can be used to purchase weapons, skills, and items.
Where Saints Row: The Third shines is in the combat. You're given a huge array of different weapon types. You can carry 6 different types of weapons on you at one time so you're never bored of killing enemies. There's no stealth mechanic in this game so spray and pray to your heart's content.
Driving is also rewarding in Saints Row: The Third. You can pull off long power slides and different vehicles behave differently. There are also tons of customizations that you can perform on your cars, though they're not as intensive as the character creation options.
While combat is fun, there are a few levels in Saints Row: The Third that are extremely difficult. Adding to the frustration are some finicky controls. The button used for reviving your buddies and getting into a car are the same so you'll probably end up getting into a car when you meant to rescue your friend. Some levels require precision accuracy but is hindered by a rogue camera.
Saints Row: The Third offers more than just a single player mode. You can play cooperatively with your friends, which offers special missions that aren't in the single player game but there's no competitive multiplayer mode. There's also the "Whored Mode," where players can run around killing whores. Whoever kills the most whores wins. There are several DLC packs available to add more missions and online play to Saints Row: The Third.
Drugs, sex, senseless violence: what's not to like? Saints Row: The Third strikes a balance between ridiculous gameplay and a good storyline. Just have fun and don't take Saints Row: The Third too seriously.