Best Saints Row Game – All Saints Row Games, Ranked

Best Saints Row Game

Pepsi or Coke? Ford or Chevy? Elvis or the Beatles? Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row? Every great has a counterpart. In terms of open-world sandbox games focused on criminal enterprises, it’s hard to argue that GTA is at the top of that hill. But that never stopped Saints Row from gaining traction with its quirky take on the genre. While it might not be the most original series, that doesn’t make it any less fun. So let’s walk through the history of Saints Row and see where it fell apart or soared.

The Best Saints Row Games – Ranked

Saints Row

The Best Saints Row Games

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Saints Row is where it all began in 2006. Players took control of a mostly silent protagonist and worked with the Third Street Saints to take over the fictional town of Stilwater. It was highly anticipated and was well received thanks to its gameplay and the introduction of series staples like online multiplayer, an in-game phone, GPS, and extensive customization.

Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

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Released in 2014, Saints Row IV was the proverbial “stone too far”. He jumped the shark and then some. Stuck in an alien Steelport simulation, the leader of the Saints (now President of the United States), must free himself from the simulation and save all of humanity. The addition of superpowers made the vehicles and weapons questionable and made the game very out of place with the rest of the series.

 

Saints Row 2

Saints Row 2

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Released in 2008, but set five years after the original, Saints Row 2 largely follows the same pace as the first game. After waking from a coma, the player character discovers that the Third Street Saints are fallen into disgrace. Once again, the boss must put the Saints back at the top of the food chain by beating the competition in addition to eliminating Ultor Corporation. He made improvements to the first and largely kept his comedy in check.

Saints Row Reboot

Saints Row Reboot

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The Saints Row reboot ditches Johnny Gat and the Third Street Saints in favor of an untested group of friends. Set in the American Southwest, they must (you guessed it) go up from below and take down rival gangs in their hometown of Santo Ileso. While it doesn’t do much to break new ground, it’s a return to form after the absurdity of Saints Row IV.

Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row: The Third

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Saints Row: The Third is where the series culminated. Leaning heavily on its secular comedy, the third entry has the Saints in Stilwater’s sister town of Steelport. With multiple choices in story progression, different endings, and a dildo bat to guide you, Saints Row: The Third wasn’t ashamed of who it was. Although it and its remaster look extremely dated now, there’s no denying the fun one can have playing it for the first time.

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