'Saints Row' takes players on a crime spree that's goofy

This year's reboot of Saints Row presents a sunny sandbox bursting with heists

While the series has always stood in the shadow of Grand Theft Auto

it shines when it does what it's always done best: trading GTA's cynicism for gonzo humor and earnest character portraits.

While never as rich or mechanically satisfying as GTA 5

the new Saints Row more than makes up for it with a pitch-perfect balance of comedy and compelling storytelling.

That is, if you can actually play it without game-breaking bugs (more on this later).

The last few times we visited the gang, Saints Row took its goofiness to the extreme

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