Saints Row: The Third Remastered
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Remastered crime doesn't just pay, it looks good doing it.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Although the Saints might be presented as the good guys, they're still a street gang and they tend to solve their problems with violence. There's no real positive message to glean from their escapades or their antics.
Positive Role Models
The Third Street Saints aren't role models by any means, though they do have their own unique code of honor, supporting and sacrificing for each other. Even so, they're the heroes of the story, but that's mainly because they're not really "evil" like the other gangs and organizations in the game.
Ease of Play
The game's relatively straightforward and should feel instantly familiar to fans of third-person action/adventure games. Things get a bit more difficult as the game progresses, but the idea is that players' skills should be improving as well.
Violence & Scariness
The violence is extreme and over-the top. There are scenes that include shoving grenades in enemies' mouths, hacking people to death with chainsaws, literally blasting people's heads off, and more. There's no shortage of blood and gore to go with the onscreen carnage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Technically, there's no full nudity, though there's nudity with genitals and nipples conveniently blurred out. Many female characters are shown in revealing outfits, spotlighting cleavage and rear ends. And there's plenty of sexual references to be found throughout the game, from lines of dialogue to various sex toys scattered around a club.
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There's a steady stream of profanity rolling off the tongues of the folks in Steelport, including "s--t," "f--k," "ass" and more. There are also plenty of sexual references in the dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
This is a remaster of the third game of the popular Saints Row franchise, which has seen a number of entries, spinoffs, and the like. This remastered version also includes all three of the game's mission packs and more than thirty pieces of extra downloadable content previously available for purchase for the game.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking. There are also lots of drug references throughout the game, including various drug paraphernalia scattered around and comments made in the game's dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Saints Row: The Third Remastered is an action/adventure game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. This package isn't just a remastered version of the original release, as it also includes the three mission packs and more than thirty other items originally available as downloadable content (DLC) for the game. The game's an extreme parody of how crime and criminals can sometimes be glorified. It contains graphic scenes of violence, as well as an occasionally raunchy humor with numerous references to sex and drug use.
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What’s It About?
SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD REMASTERED takes the Third Street Saints back to Steelport and their infamous turf war with the Syndicate. After taking over Stilwater in the previous games, the Saints have become a household name, complete with branded energy drinks, clothing lines, toys, and more. But when a bank heist goes wrong, the Saints wind up stuck in a new city, facing down some new competition and a new fight to dominate the streets. Of course, the Saints wouldn't have it any other way. You'll take on rival gangs throughout the open world streets of Steelport, leaving a trail of bodies and destruction in your wake. You'll pull off a string of insane activities to build your bankroll and earn your reputation, while carving out your place in Steelport and looking good while doing it. That means decking out your customizable character with all the best fashion and all the special skills you could ask for. This version of Saints Row: The Third has been fully remastered for the current generation of consoles and includes all three previously released mission packs, as well as more than thirty other pieces of downloadable content.
Is It Any Good?
There are plenty of video games on the market that cater to audiences of all ages, with clean wholesome entertainment for the whole family. Saints Row: The Third Remastered is not one of them. The game is filled with all kinds of adult humor, extreme violence, and other mature content that earns its M rating many times over. That said, the over-the-top open world action/adventure game is also a lot of fun to play. And thanks to all the visual polish put into this remaster, the Third Street Saints have never looked better. Whether you're locked in a gunfight on the city streets, barreling through law enforcement in an armored tank, or threading the needle between the buildings of Steelport in a jet fighter, the game looks fantastic and it never skips a beat.
Saints Row: The Third relishes in its absurdity, taking players along on a ridiculous rollercoaster of a ride that pokes fun at just about every taboo imaginable. But underneath its bawdy and raucous presentation is a surprisingly deep game with a lot of content. There's never a shortage of things to do in Steelport, and there's enough variety in the activities to keep things from getting stale or repetitive. This remastered package includes even more content than the original release, adding extra missions, cosmetics, and items previously only available as downloadable content. If there's one gripe about the game, it would have to be the pacing. While there's plenty of side missions and activities to fill time, actual story progress happens at a much slower pace. Thankfully, Steelport is a city that players likely won't be in too much of a rush to leave behind.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Release date: May 22, 2020
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language
- Last updated: May 20, 2020
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