Parents' Guide to

Saints Row 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal GTA-like gangster game -- not for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

Awesome but a little innapropriate

Well, when i played this i say it good for kids but maybe one is better because there little cussing but still great game and if kids can handle deadpool im pretty sure they can handle this

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+

You need to educate your kids

Man why do people get so triggered about sexual content you can't evade telling your kids about sexual organisms and teaching them health care

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25):
Kids say (52):

If it sounds a lot like the Grand Theft Auto(GTA) games, that's because it is. But it has several traits that distinguish it from Rockstar Games' popular franchise, for both better and worse. Example: Whereas GTA protagonists typically have complex motives and are sometimes conflicted about their evil acts, Saints Row 2's main characters are basically one-dimensional bad guys. Their only driving force is personal gain and the growth of their gang. It would have been nice to play as a character with just a hint of scruples. Still, Saints Row 2 does do some interesting things in character creation. Players have the ability to customize the appearance of their avatar, changing body type, facial features, race, and even gender. Playing as a tough as nails woman gangster with several hardboiled men under her command is a strange -- but not unappreciated -- step towards gender equality in a genre in which women more often than not are relegated to the role of prostitute or nagging girlfriend.

Other differences between Saints Row 2 and its competition in the sandbox gangster category are essentially just small, evolutionary steps forward for the genre. For instance, players can pick up random objects like cinder blocks and barrels and use them as weapons. They also have to be wary of some non-player characters, who are capable of defending themselves with cans of mace and tasers, which can immobilize your gangster for long seconds. While features like these won't sell a game on their own, they do help give this dark, adult-oriented criminal fantasy its own distinct flavor. (Saints Row 2's primary rival at the moment is Grand Theft Auto IV, another gangster game targeted at mature players.)

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: October 14, 2008
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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