Saints Row

 
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Violent, Grand Theft Auto-type game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters are definitely not good role models.

Violence

Graphic violence and vicious assaults involving "real people."

Sex

Lots of sexual content, partial nudity, and references to prostitution.

Language

Lots of explicit language, practically nonstop swearing, including hate words.

Consumerism

N/A

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drug and alcohol use shown, along with drug dealing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, graphic game intended for mature adults only. Characters are constantly killing each other, blowing things up, and cursing, and they engage in countless illegal activities like prostitution, drug dealing, assaults, and robberies. Players are rewarded for killing others by earning chains, clothing, and other items. Parents should be aware that there is also an online component via XBox Live.

What's it about?

At the start of SAINTS ROW, you get to customize the look of your character, a man of few words who has joined the 3rd Street Saints, one of four local gangs who run the city of Stilwater. The Saints are being pushed back and killed off by the three other rival gangs, the Westside Rollerz, the Vice Kings, and Los Carnales. You take on missions to weaken the other gangs' strengths, ranging from hijacking a big rig to blowing up a recording studio. At any point in the game when you're not on a mission, the entire city is yours to explore.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At a first glance, Saints Row seems like yet another Grand Theft Auto clone, with nonstop violence, sexual assaults, and other street crime. However, unlike so many games before it, Saints Row succeeds in almost every area, and is a blast to play.

Saints Row has strong appeal to players of this genre because it has both a story mode for traditional gamers, or free-roaming fun for players who like to pick up and play. The many side missions and collectibles will have you playing Saints Row for weeks, which is good because Saints Row makes being bad feel really good.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this game is inappropriate for kids. Since this game offers an open world to explore, families might talk about why such an environment is so appealing. Families can also talk about why so much effort goes into making violent, sexed-up games. Is it because escapism and raunchiness sells? Why or why not? Do you think it's desensitizing people to violence or does it have no effect?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:October 18, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for language, violence, sexual content (Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byDIRTYCURTIE April 9, 2008
 

WAYOVER THE TOP

THIS GAME DEMOSTRATES "HOW MANY WAYS CAN WE KILL A PERSON". NOT JUST THE EVERYDAY JOE BUT GANG MEMBERS PASSERBYS, INNOCENT PEOPLE DRIVING DOWN THE STREET. IT'S ALL ABOUT TEACHING GANG BANGING 101. IF THATS NOT ENOUGH THE GAME ALSO DEMOS HOW TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD. I CAN'T SEE HOW THIS GAME CAN BE SOLD TO A 17 YEAR OLD. SEX VIOLENCE KILLING 100WAYS THE LIST GOES ON. I NOTICE IT IS COMPARE TO GTA. NICE TRY, THIS GAME IS WAY OVER THE TOP GTA HAS SOME OF THE FEATURES BUT SAINTS ROW IS JUST PURE GANG BANGING 3RD DEGREE...NICE GRAPHICS, NICE MOVEMENT ASHAME IT WAS NOT POLISHED BEFORE RELEASING. PARENTS BETTER TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONSTANT FOUR LETTER WORDS AND WATCH YOUR KID LEARN INSURANCE FRAUD AS HE STARTS WEARING HIS COLORS.
Adult Written bytheMEGAPOPE April 9, 2008
 
Teen, 15 years old Written bynoc59 April 9, 2008

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