Saints Row 2 brings true freedom to open-world gaming. Players can play as who they want, how they want, and with whomever they want in this sequel to the much acclaimed and tremendously successful Saints Row.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,594 reviews)
Release Date: 28 Jan, 2009

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Includes 49 items: Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row: The Third Shark Attack Pack, Saints Row: The Third Invincible Pack, Saints Row: The Third Z Style Pack, Saints Row: The Third Explosive Combat Pack, Saints Row: The Third Warrior Pack, Saints Row The Third - Genkibowl VII, Saints Row IV, Saints Row: The Third - Money Shot Pack, Saints Row: The Third - FUNTIME! Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Gangstas in Space, Saints Row: The Third - Bloodsucker Pack, Saints Row: The Third - The Trouble with Clones DLC, Saints Row: The Third - Nyte Blayde Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Special Ops Vehicle Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Steelport Gangs Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Unlockable Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Penthouse Pack, Saints Row: The Third Witches & Wieners Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Genki Girl Pack, Saints Row: The Third - Horror Pack, Saints Row IV: Commander-In-Chief Pack, Saints Row IV: Volition Comics Pack, Saints Row IV: Season Pass, Saints Row IV - The Rectifier, Saints Row IV: The Executive Privilege Pack, Saints Row IV: Brady Games Pack, Saints Row IV: Grass Roots Pack, Saints Row IV: Presidential Pack, Saints Row IV: Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack, Saints Row IV - Wild West Pack, Saints Row IV - GAT V Pack, Saints Row IV - Enter The Dominatrix, Saints Row IV - The Super Saints Pack, Saints Row IV - Pirate's Booty Pack, Saints Row IV - Element of Destruction Pack, Saints Row IV - Zinyak Attack Pack, Saints Row IV - Hey Ash Whatcha Playin? Pack, Saints Row IV - How the Saints Save Christmas, Saints Row IV - Anime Pack, Saints Row IV - Stone Age Pack, Saints Row IV - Bling Bling Pack, Saints Row IV - Reverse Cosplay Pack, Saints Row IV - Game On Pack, Saints Row IV - College Daze Pack, Saints Row IV - Thank You Pack, Saints Row IV - Gamestop Warped Weapon Challenge, Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition

 

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About This Game

Saints Row 2 brings true freedom to open-world gaming. Players can play as who they want, how they want, and with whomever they want in this sequel to the much acclaimed and tremendously successful Saints Row.
Set years after the original, the player finds himself in a Stilwater both familiar and strange and challenged with bringing the Saints back as the rightful kings of Stilwater and bringing vengeance to those who wronged him.
  • Limitless Customization - Play as fully customizable characters that are male, female or something in between.
    - Vehicles can be visually customized as well as performance tuned.
    - Cribs and even gangs all have an amazing degree of detailed customization options.
  • Multiplayer - Co-op full story campaign has seamless integration (for example one player drives while the other shoots).
    - Competitive MP pushes the boundaries of immersion in a living Stillwater environment fully populated with police, innocent bystanders and rival gangs.
  • Killer Combat and Awesome Vehicles - Planes, helicopters, motorcycles,boats and cars can be piloted and used as weapons. On the ground new combat options include melee, fine aim, and human shield.
  • Freedom to Explore - More missions, activities, diversions, races, weapons, vehicles, cribs, city districts, and interiors than ever before. Over 40 story missions with additional bonus missions take place in a transformed Stilwater that is over 50% larger than before.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS:Windows XP or Vista.
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB system RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB 3D graphics card with Shader Model 3.0 support (i.e. 7600 NVidia card or better, ATI X1300 card or better)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB of Hard Drive Space
    • Display: DirectX compatible display capable of 640x480 in 16-bit color
    • Multiplay: Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers; LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS:Windows XP or Vista.
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB system RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB 3D graphics card with Shader Model 3.0 support (i.e. 8800 NVidia card or better, ATI HD3850 card or better)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB of Hard Drive Space
    • Display: DirectX compatible display capable of 640x480 in 16-bit color
    • Multiplay: Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers; LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers
Helpful customer reviews
169 of 215 people (79%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Still more optimized than Watch_Dogs™.
Posted: 3 July
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78 of 85 people (92%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Pros
-The best Saints Row game
-Great story that strikes a very good balance of comedy and drama.
-The gameplay is fun
-Good supporting cast
-Freedom to tackle the story however you want
-Fun side activities

Cons
-Extremely buggy on PC. Install the mod "Gentleman of the Row" in order to fix most of the issues.
-The fact that you need to gain more notoriety through side quest to be able to continue the main mission can become annoying and tedious.

By far the best story in a Saints Row game.
Posted: 23 June
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53 of 69 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Good game. Better than GTA imo. (the singleplayer)
The storyline is way better than the story line of saints row the third,although I like saints row the third too.
Saints row 2 gives you the old-skool gangster feeling,robbing stores,defeating gangs. Saints row the third has it too,but less serious. If you want a good game that gives you a gangster feeling.

Although,if you play on 2 monitors there seems to be a problem you have to change in the properties,so I give this game a 9/10
Posted: 4 April
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68 of 104 people (65%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Much better than Watch Dogs
-Mad San Andreas
-10/10
Posted: 20 June
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71 of 121 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Great game: terrible PC port.

I was waiting to get this game on steam a long time ago, and then a Volition sale happened coincidentally. So I bought it, started it up, and was excited to play quite possibly the best SR game on PC. After having to click through the main menu using only my arrow keys (no mouse support on the title screen), I was finally able to start the game. The graphics seemed a bit bad when compared to the console versions, but I wasn't going to let graphics stop me from playing. So I created my custom character, and after watching the following cutscene, all of my hope of this being a good PC port officially sank.

As soon as I was allowed to move around (after the cutscene you have to break out of jail), I noticed that everything was moving faster than it should have been: character movements, their animations, you name it (though the sound effects were still normal). This makes the game nearly impossible to play-since it's so hard to aim weapons and driving is incredibly awkward (on a side note, they didn't even bother to change the weapon change pop-up from the Xbox version, click). Why exactly is the game like this? Well that's because when Volition ported SR2 from Xbox to PC, they didn't bother optimizing the CPU speed for it (SR2's is about 3.2 Ghz) so that it could work well with the CPU speed for most computers (source, see IdolNinja's 4th post). To put it in English, while it'll run perfectly fine on the Xbox, it'll run like crap on most PCs (this "speed-up" glitch happens on both Windows 7 and 8). If you think I'm the only one with this problem, check the community hub for this game and you'll see that tons of people have the same problem.

Now I've heard that there is a way this can be fixed by using an external mod known as Gentlemen of the Row, but that's beside the point. The fact that I'm forced to restort to an external mod to fix a game that should have already been fixed is just ridiculous. If you want to play Saints Row 2, pick up an Xbox or PS3 version. Do not waste your time on this lackluster PC port.
Posted: 13 April
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159 of 185 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
I’m glad I decided to play this game! The only reason I started playing it was because I finished Saints Row 4 and loved it, which made me want more. As it turns out Saints Row 2 feels like it hardly belongs in the same franchise as the fourth game. Volition have truly reinvented the franchise as they’ve gone from title to title, only keeping the characters and setting as they go. This explains why the people who loved the second game and wanted more of that tend to complain loudly about the third and fourth games. They’re just not the same. Personally I think reinventing and iterating are both equally valid approaches for a series to take. I like the variety, and you certainly can’t accuse them of retreading the same ground like I’ve seen some do with Rockstar and the GTA series.

Saints Row 2 came out in 2008, and it feels like a game of its time. It might not seem like 2008 is that far back, but when you play games of that time they all feel old now, as does Saints Row 2. At that time I remember games journalists were talking about emergent gameplay instead of story, and it shows in Saints Row 2’s design. Compared to any major game released in 2013 this feels like complete chaos. Instead of the world acting like a virtual movie set with carefully staged combat, the game instead relies on world simulation systems and AI to act on its own. This approach makes it nearly impossible for a developer to tell a story during missions, because the minute to minute gameplay is completely unpredictable. Instead the designer only choreographs the action with commands like: Go there, kill that, chase that car, etc.

Even during missions the world simulation present in the free exploration mode is in full effect. So when you take over areas of the map you’ll have friendly thugs spawn there. If a mission happens to take place there, or a car chase goes through neighborhoods controlled by your gang, groups of friendly thugs will spawn and rain bullets on your pursuers. If during a mission an enemy shoots a civilian standing near you, police will arrive on the scene and start fighting the enemy gangsters with you. The last time I saw this kind of three way combat break out spontaneously was in the Stalker games. I wish we had more games like this, especially on the next-gen consoles where the extra memory and power could allow much more elaborate world simulation. That would in some way fulfill “the point” of next-gen hardware. Making something you couldn’t do on 360/ps3, just like this game is something that couldn’t exist on PS2.

Anyway, I had a great time blowing through this game. It’s messy, ugly, glitch, but it all comes together to create something special. One thing I was pleasantly surprised by was the quality of the cutscenes. In Saints Row 4 they were generally very high quality, but in a couple scenes I found the sound to be a bit crap. In Saints Row 2 the sound during cutscenes is phenomenal. It’s raw, violent and has about as much impact as you could hope to have. It fits perfectly with the story itself which in the “Brotherhood” missions turns into an ugly conflict where neither side appear noble or heroic in any way. It’s dark, gruesome and I was even shocked at one scene where the game made it abundantly clear that the player isn’t a hero anyone should aspire to be. So I finally get where the hype about Saints Row 2 has come from. If you know you’re a fan of slightly janky games with outstanding qualities you’ll probably like this. Those wanting a slick, modern, controlled experience should avoid it like the plague.
Posted: 21 January
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