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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Saint's Row kowtows to 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. As in Rockstar's underworld oeuvre, Saint's Row features a free-roaming city rife with crime and served by an increasingly frustrated police force. As a member of the 3rd Street Saints, players must conquer Southern Cross block by block to earn the respect of their gangland peers. Numerous vehicles are available to "borrow," pedestrians can be slugged or robbed at gunpoint, and an assortment of missions exist to advance the game's cinematic storyline.
Players must also be wary of the law, with criminal actions often resulting in high-speed chases that can lead to crumpled fenders, large dents, broken glass, and explosive wrecks. Yet crime does pay in the world of Saint's Row, as the lead protagonist can attract women by wearing stylish new clothes, jewelry, and other accoutrements worthy of a crew leader. PlayStation network support for competitive action is included to settle the score with friends and foes alike, with special challenges and rewards offered to those who can prove their mettle. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide