I recently played and beat Manhunt 2 and Saints Row The Third.
Manhunt 2. Well, it sucked. It's nothing
compared to the original. The story sucks, the characters suck, the music sucks (if you actually notice the music to begin with that is), the gameplay sucks (really, it's way too easy for a Manhunt game), it's glitchy, and overall it just plain sucks. I could probably dive into more and more details as to why it sucks but I can't think of them all right now. These are just the main things that come to mind right away. The only thing that it does ok are the execution "cutscenes" when you kill an enemy after having snuck up behind him. They are actually pretty nice and brutal, and some of them can satisfy your need for sadistic violence fairly well. But that doesn't help the fact that everything else about the game still sucks!
Saints Row The Third. So I finally played this game, thanks to Loony's strong recommendation. My initial impressions were actually kinda skeptical as I was playing the first couple of misssions (especially the first one). The game seemed way too light-hearted and humorous for me. Granted, humor is ok, as long as it's done in the right manner, but I had a bad feeling about the things I saw in the first mission. It seemed like in was gonna be the embarrassing and annoying type of stuff that I can't stand, the one that makes me roll my eyes. Pop culture humor. BUT after that the game grew on me, more and more. I realized it wasn't gonna be the embarrasing and annoying type, but actually rather funny. I really began to like the tone of the game and its sense of fun. Sure, it IS light-hearted, but is so in a good way.
The missions were quite varied and fun. None of this endless repetitive bullshit that you would do over and over again in SA. Here you got to many different
things, and much of it was fun. Granted, there were a few missions which had me yelling in anger because they were annoying and difficult, but really, those were quite few in comparison to SA were it was like 80% of the game.
The graphics are pretty good. Or should I just say great? In some situations, you just stare at the screen and say man, this game looks really $@$!*(( good!
Dunno what to say about the story. It was ok I guess. Not the best ever but certainly not the worst either.
Another thing I want to bring up are the characters. I think they pulled them off pretty well. They are interesting and entertaining and make for interesting interactions. And Killbane. Killbane. That name. Just gotta love that name and that character. Also the Deckers gang. Another name you gotta love. And what about the style of the Deckers and the Luchadores? Just plain gold.
Speaking of humor:
There are some cons with this game too. The most notable one that springs to mind is that you can't put your own music in it, so you are forced to listen to the stuff that are on the game's radio stations. However, by listening to the radio stations I found some new music I liked. If I had had my own music to listen to I would probably never have paid any attention to the radio stations and therefore may never have found those new tracks. Still though, I would like to be able to bring in my own stuff. Just a matter of principle I guess.
I'm not sure what rating to give it at this point, but I'll go with 7/10 or 8/10 for now. I'll have to think more about this.