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Saints Row 2Edit

Saints Row 2 is a nonlinear third-person shooter video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. It is the second title in the Saints Row series, after the release of its predecessor Saints Row in 2006, and has a sequel rumoured to be in development.[16] It was released in North America, Australia and Europe in October 2008 for video game consoles and ported to Windows in January 2009. Before the game's original release, it was ported by G5 Entertainment to mobile phones.[17] Three downloadable content packages were developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; Ultor Exposed, Corporate Warfare and The Unkut Pack.

Set in the fictional city of Stilwater, the game is centered around the player-controlled nameless protagonist, who is the leader of the 3rd Street Saints gang. The protagonist attempts to rebuild the gang after it disbanded during the five-year period between Saints Row and Saints Row 2.[18] The game is a third-person shooter in an open world, comprised of action-adventure and driving gameplay. Much like Crackdown, the game can be played in its entirety in either single-player or online co-operative play. The game also has online competitive multiplayer modes.

The console ports of the game gained generally positive acclaim. The PlayStation 3 port received an aggregated score of 83% and 82% from GameRankings and Metacritic respectively. However, the Windows port of the game gained mixed reviews, receiving an aggregated score of 70% and 72% from Game Rankings and Metacritic respectively. The game was praised for its fastpaced, "over-the-top" gameplay and for the amount of freedom presented to the player in the game world, but criticized for technical issues and poor artificial intelligence. The game sold 400,000 out of two million units shipped within its first month, shipping a further 600,000 by January 2009. To date, the game has shipped nearly three million units.

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At the end of Saints Row, the protagonist was put into a trauma-induced coma after an attempted assassination while aboard a luxury yacht. Five years pass and the protagonist awakes in a prison hospital ward and received extensive plastic surgery. The protagonist meets inmate Carlos Mendoza and the pair escape the island and return to the protagonist's home city Stilwater, rebuilt by the Ultor Corporation. The protagonist then rescues friend Johnny Gat from a courtroom proceeding, enlists the help of Johnny's friends Pierce and Shaundi and begins to rebuild the divided 3rd Street Saints gang.[20] The protagonist, referred to as the Boss, leads the Saints on a quest to retake the city. The main storyline is divided into three separate story mission arcs, completable at any time and in any order.[57]

In one story arc, the Boss and Carlos meet with Maero, leader of the Brotherhood and becomes enraged at Maero's offer of a 20/80 split of the city between the Saints and the Brotherhood. This sparks a feud between the Saints and the Brotherhood, and after shaking up mechanic and Brotherhood ally Donnie, a former Westside Roller, the Boss burns Maero's face by poisoning his tattoo ink with radioactive waste. The Brotherhood retaliate by kidnapping and brutally injuring Carlos by tieing him to the back of a truck and drives around with Carlos being gravely injured face down as the truck drives along, forcing the Boss to euthanize him. The Boss exacts revenge by kidnapping Maero's girlfriend Jessica, and arranges for her to be inadvertently killed by Maero in a monster truck rally. After interrogating Maero's tattoo artist Matt, the Boss begins to uncover information about a large weapons shipment. Maero confronts Dane Vogel, CEO of the Ultor Corporation, demanding the release of arrested Brotherhood members. Although freed, the prisoners are intercepted by the Boss and when an enraged Maero threatens Vogel, he is informed that Vogel will seize the weapons shipment. The Boss intercepts the shipment and launches an attack on the crippled Brotherhood's Hideout. Near the end of the battle, Matt is killed but Maero and Donnie escapes. Maero then challenges the Boss to a final face-off, but loses the fight and is shot in the head by the Boss.[57]

In another story arc, Shaundi begins to gather information on the Sons of Samedi gang, and learns of their illegal drug trade. The Saints then target various assets in the production of the 'Loa Dust' drug. Gang leaders The General and Mr. Sunshine order lieutenant Veteran Child to kill Shaundi, a former girlfiend. Although he succeeds in kidnapping her, the Boss kills him and saves her. The General then kidnaps the Boss and orders an attack on the Saints, but the Boss escapes and the Saints are able to hold off the attack. Through tips from an addict, the Boss uncovers Mr. Sunshine's hiding place, a meat-packing plant, and the Boss kills him there. The Saints then co-ordinate an attack on the General's convoy and kill him as he flees.[57]

As Johnny and Pierce assist the Boss to take down the Ronin gang in a story arc, they identify various rackets the Saints can hit to recover territory. However, their activity does not go unnoticed by the Ronin and leader Shogo Akuji orders an attack on Johnny and his girlfriend, retired R'n'B singer Aisha, resulting in her death at the hands of Shogo's friend and henchman Jyunichi. Shogo's father and international Ronin leader Kazuo Akuji arrives in Stilwater and after Jyunichi is killed in a face-off with the protagonist, disgraces his son and shows regret at giving him power over the Ronin. At Aisha's funeral, Shogo attacks Johnny and the Boss but is prematurely buried after being captured. Kazuo threatens the Boss' longtime friend and leader of the Triads gang, Mr. Wong. Kazuo is killed by the Boss during a Chinese New Year's celebration after being bested in a swordfight.[57]

In the aftermath, Dane Vogel uses the Saints' overthrow of the city to stage a coup d'état within Ultor, indirectly convincing the Boss to kill the rest of the board. However, when Vogel attempts to take control of Ultor, the Saints stage an assassination attempt at a press conference. After fleeing to safety in the Philips Building, Vogel is met face-to-face by the Boss, and he shoots him in the mouth, killing him instantly, crippling the Ultor Corporation and ensuring the city under the Saints' control. Wiretap conversations reveal that of the surviving members of the old Saints, Dex Jackson took up a job offer with Ultor, and that former Saints' leader Julius Little planted the bomb from the original game's climax hoping to kill the Boss and let the Saints dissolve, through threats from undercover cop Troy Bradshaw. A mission becomes available and the Boss contacts Dex, who tells the Boss to meet him at the old Saints' church. Upon arrival, the Boss finds Julius, who was also told by Dex to meet there. The two are ambushed by Ultor security forces and are forced to flee. Having escaped, the Boss kills Julius as revenge for losing five years of his life.[57].

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