I had the opposite reaction. Saints Row 2 was a leg down compared to 3's over the top style. Then again, I didn't play 2 till after I've played 3 so the controls were complicated a bit. And the tagging mini game was lame.
That's the thing SR 2 wasn't a gritty crime drama, it was a gritty crime comedy.
And yes they did. The storyline is only one in the game. The first two games broke them up and each gang had it's own mission chain and it's own story. This is waaaaay more enjoyable, and also made the game a lot longer. (About 36 hours to beat SR 2, only about 12 to beat SR 3).
Normally I don't mind silly and crazy but this is a bit too much...
2 was silly and self aware but there was still some grit that made it somewhat grounded. When 3 came bout it felt like it just became a parody. And now we're just getting absurd.
This looks like a SR 3 expansion.
Oh wait, thats because it is. This was a canceled DLC for 3 that is now being turned into a full game. :|
I have enough grit in games. I like how "fun" SR 3 was about sexuality. That's not something I've seen in any other game. Sexuality gets treated very reverently in games, SR 3 Dildos and S&M parlors were.........fun. Eccentric. I dug it.
I don't like gritty games either, but I just don't think good comedy comes from just going "LOOK A GIANT DILDO LOL XD"
The plot of 2 was silly yes, but it was also grounded enough to where you cared about the characters (Carlos for example)
In 3 I gave zero shits about every single character when I realized Gat died like a total bitch. Saints Row 3 became a parody of itself. Its Flanderization: The Game.
I don't even care about the plot so it didn't bother me :P
It's not really great comedy, no, but it's different. It's about as silly as all the crazy guns you can use. It's a style, an untypical one for games.
Yeah, having played all three, 2 is much more refined than the first game and 3 was several steps back. I mean, it did some things right, the cell phone interface and control scheme is better but other than that...