Saints Row: The Third Remastered Review

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Eight and a half years after its initial release, Saints Row: The Third is back for one more round on modern generation hardware, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that this game still holds up really well.

This game was the Saints Row series at its absolute peak, and time has not changed that one bit. The addicting over the top combat, phenomenal action set pieces and ridiculous side activities are all back in full form here, and they are still as incredible as ever.

If you’re one the unlucky people who never actually played Saints Row: The Third back in 2011, here’s all you need to know about the game before you jump in:

This game is all about letting players have fun in some of the most absurd and often times comical ways possible. It gives you all the tools you need to wreck havoc, which range all the way from simple guns and giant costume fists to VTOLs, Hover Bikes and Tanks. As the game goes on, it just throws more and more absurd toys at you to play with.

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It consistently ups the ante when it comes to its story and constantly delivers one amazing moment after another. It also features some of the best use of background music in a game, with the rooftop skydiving section in the mission ‘Party Time’ being an absolute highlight of the entire experience as Kanye West’s song ‘Power’ plays in the backdrop.

The side activities in Saints Row: The Third are also a cut above similar things we’ve seen in other open world games, mostly because they manage to be some of the most wonderfully insane spectacles this game has to offer.

Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax is a Japanese game show inspired activity in which players are trapped inside an obstacle course, and have to kill enemies in different mascot costumes within a certain time period in order to collect enough money to open up the exit.

Tiger Escort is an activity in which players have to drive a car with a tiger in the passenger seat and fill up their Courage meter. The tiger swipes at you occasionally causing you to swerve, and if you stop dead in your tracks or hit objects it becomes more and more agitated and it’s Animal Rage meter goes starts to go up. The goal here is to drive well and fill up the Courage meter before the Animal Rage meter fills up.

Insurance Fraud has always been a staple of the Saints Row series since its debut, and is perhaps its most beloved activity. In it you have to throw your character into oncoming traffic and cause yourself as much harm as possible within a given time frame. As you get hit, the momentum and ragdoll physics allow you to get some absolutely absurd air and fling yourself into even more traffic. It’s as amazing as it sounds, and it eats away at the time.

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In terms of the visuals, which are the main selling point of Saints Row: The Third Remastered, the game does relatively well.

The first and most prominent upgrade is the lighting, which is actually leaps and bounds above what we saw in the original release back in 2011. Both during day and night it looks great, and the shadow quality and reflections are also top notch.

You can tell from playing the game that both vehicle and character models have been updated  as well, and that the cutscenes look much much better than before. The textures in the game world have been updated significantly, and walls, roads and even the foliage looks fantastic.

Returning fans will also be glad to know that the annoying issue of vehicles popping in on roads while driving fast has also been resolved, and now the highways of Steelport feel much more alive.

Both the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles are able to run this game at 4k resolution upscaled from 1440p. The framerate is locked to 30FPS by default, but you can unlock it in the settings. The base Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are locked to 1080p at 30FPS, but even then the game looks amazing on them.

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In conclusion, Saints Row: The Third Remastered is a great update to an already incredible game. It’s still the same core experience we had fun with almost a decade ago, but now it looks and plays better than ever before. Fans both new and old should have a blast with this game.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is out now on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC. It was developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver. This review covers the Xbox One version of the game.

The review code was provided by the publisher.

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Summary

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is the same incredible game that came out nearly a decade ago and it also happens to look and run amazing on modern hardware.