Love it or loathe it, you can't *ignore* THQ's riotous, tongue-in-cheek open-world action game Saints Row: The Third. It's making its PS3 debut in the latest issue of PSM3 magazine, on-sale in all good UK newsagents now.
Still think Saints Row is a shameless, technically glitchy GTA-clone? OK, there's no shortage of explosions or scantily clad babes, but the third game is technically adept, smartly designed, tongue in cheek and - in stark relief to GTAIV - unadultered *fun*. Unconvinced? Listen how the opening level begins...
... so, you're in a plane above Steelport City, trying to broker a deal with a gang boss when the conversation turns sour and, well, next thing you know, you're falling in real time at 100 mph, desperately trying to save your lady partner, Shaundi (as featured on the PSM3 cover). Ducking and weaving between falling crates and SUVs from the plane's cargo bay, you flip face up to shoot pursuing enemies in mid-air. Not exciting enough? When you catch Shaundi, the plane *tries to ram you*, and the only solution is to crash through the cockpit window...
We'll leave the rest to our 10-page exclusive first-look feature, but rest assured it makes the A-Team movie look like a documentary - and is a much better *game* than the uninitiated would ever give it credit.
Also in the new isue of PSM3...
1) 22-page shooter special!
The latest news, screens and hands-on opinion on PS3's hottest new shooters, including Battlefield 3, Brink (new hands-on), Crysis 2 (review), Deus Ex and more, plus a world-exclusive look at Prey 2, the unexpected rebirth of a PC classic.
2) Free dual-DVD, fold-out companion cube, Skyrim poster and MOAOM sweet
That's four great gifts. Don't just read about the hottest new PS3 games, see them in HD on our flippable DVD.
3) Meet the real-life Chell from Portal 2, plus the 'best' videogame spin off books: revealed
PSM3 is used to hitting hard with the most to-the-point previews and reviews around, but even we were a little afraid to read a 200-page adaptation of Korean occupation potboiler Homefront - find out how that went in the new issue, plus how we got on chatting exclusively to the not-unattractive model for Chell from Portal 2.
51 must-play LBP2 levels, the GTAV location debate and what Hollywood movie trailer producers think of *that* Dead Island trailer.
So if you've got a PS3 and are wondering where all the good games have gone, we'd strongly advise taking a look at the latest issue of PSM3 - it's all killer, no filler; just the best of PS3.
Pick up the new issue of PSM3 on-sale now at all good UK newsagents with an exclusive look at Saints Row: The Third, plus all the latest PS3 news, reviews and gossip.
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