It is really just a silly game, loaded with foul humor and questionable sexual references, but somehow I find myself repeatedly being drawn back into playing it. I think the reason is that, beyond all the childish laughs, the game is extremely FUN. You can do pretty much anything you want, as the sandbox-style gameplay is reminiscent of GTA and others.
The main difference here is that SR:III doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not trying to be overly dramatic or suspenseful, it just tries to tell a fairly rudimentary story while keeping you laughing and engaged in the gameplay. It’s obvious from the beginning that the main objective here is to have as much over-the-top fun as possible.
Point in case, you can use the standard baseball bat to beat up enemies, or you can opt for the “sex toy-on-a-stick” version. You can steal, soup-up and drive a Cadillac-looking sports car, or simply trick out a golf cart with expensive rims and nitrous. Somehow stopping a ring of gang members wearing a giant goofy mask on while driving the world’s most expensive Vespa makes doing such tasks so much more fun! You’ve got standard weapons like handguns and rifles, but you also get thins like guided missiles (exactly like the Predator Missile in Modern Warfare 3) and remote controlled devices.
The language is foul, there’s TONS of violence and lots of creative ways to get around the city. Want to get somewhere fast but don’t feel like driving? Steal a plane! Don’t feel like landing said plane? Just jump out mid-flight and parachute to your destination. Some planes are even equipped with launchers and machine guns making you an airborne killing machine. You can hijack pretty much anything in the game, you can run into a military base, steal a helicopter and fly it back to your base and keep it. Forever. You can just call on it when needed. A lot of the fun in this game comes from expanding your collection of vehicles. Finding awesome cars, upgrading, painting and storing them for use later. You basically have an awesome arsenal of vehicles at your disposal. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even fly a plane up to the top of the highest building and then base jump!
If there’s one thing this game offers other than awesome gameplay, it’s a renewed interest and anticipation for GTA: V that is coming out sometime in the future. After seeing the initial preview for it, I absolutely can’t wait to see what Rockstar does with this one. With games like SR:III, they’re going to have to step up their game in order to make something that stands out from an already crowded sandbox-style genre. Here’s hoping!
If you’ve played SR:III let us know what you think of it!