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When the first Saints Row game was released in 2006, it was little more than a Grand Theft Auto clone. However, with Saints Row 2, the series started drifting into over-the-top territory; large scale battles and outlandish scenarios helped separate it from the serious tone of Grand Theft Auto. With Saints Row: The Third, also known as Saints Row 3, the series completely eschews realism for over-the-top insanity. In Saints Row: The Third, soon available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, the Saints have moved to Steelport to avenge the loss of one of their fallen comrades. This revenge based-story sees the Saints, with you playing their leader, teleport into a virtual world, fight an army of angry clones, pilot tanks and attack planes throughout the city and many more surprises.

In order to take revenge against the gangs who have attacked you, you’ll need weapons; luckily, Saints Row: The Third delivers. In addition to your standard assortment of guns, you’ll find explosive weapons such as rocket launchers, lasers, katanas, fists that explode an enemy when you punch them, and a weapon that uses sonic waves to send your enemies flying. As if these weapons weren’t enough, most weapons can be upgraded; for example, your pistol can be made to shoot bullets laced with electricity or your shotgun can set opponents on fire.

When you’re not engaging in story missions to destroy the three rival gangs in Steelport, there is a large amount of side missions to complete. While some of these return from previous Saints Row games, a few of them are new. Examples include Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax, a game show pitting you against mascots in a fight to the death, and Tank Mayhem, where the objective is to create as much damage as possible while driving a tank.

Saints Row: The Third, set to be released on November 15th, 2011, is the polar opposite of Grand Theft Auto; the fun, over-the-top action and story line that never takes itself seriously is perfect for gamers looking for a fun time.

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