The Best 'Saints Row' Game, Ranked

Attention all Third Streets Saints! We are ranking the best Saints Row games throughout the entire series. When the first Saints Row was released back in 2006, the third-person shooter was one very few games that was brave enough to compete against the immensely popular GTA series. Fast forward to today and the series has slowly and steadily grown to become one of the most universally beloved and best video game franchises of all time with some of the best individual video games in history. The top Saints Row game not only has a gripping action-packed story, and a solid cast of characters voiced by celebrities, but gameplay that properly reflects its story of all out gang warfare.

Games such as Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV are considered some of the best due to its over-the-top and wacky gameplay that features everything from zombies, superpowers, Dubstep guns, and large purple phallic shaped bats, making them utterly memorable. Meanwhile the latest and newest Saints Row game serves as a reboot to the series and showcases a more realistic and grounded while maintaining to showcase hundreds of customization options and wacky side missions that the series is known for. Which Saints Row do you think is the very best?

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  • Saints Row 2
    Photo: Saints Row 2 / Volition
    76 VOTES

    Masterfully blending the darker and realistic depiction of gang violence prominent in the first installment of the series with a wacky and over-the-top exterior that the series would eventually become known for. Saints Row 2 was the ultimate turning point for the Saints Row series. With a level of customization never before seen in gaming, players were able to completely immerse themselves into the world of Stilwater and truly play any way they could imagine. This allowed for levels of pure joy and fun that elevated the series from a simple Grand Theft Auto clone to something truly unique and, frankly, amazing.

    • Released: 2008
    • Developer: Volition
    • Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
  • Saints Row: The Third
    Photo: Saints Row: The Third / Volition

    While the original Saints Row was grounded in gritty realism and Saint Row 2 decided to let players have fun in a more eccentric world, Saints Row: The Third turns the absurdity dial to eleven and goes for full-tilt insanity, in the most wonderful way imaginable. Featuring a plethora of celebrity voice actors including Burt Reynolds, Hulk Hogan, and Sasha Grey doing the absolute most, players are welcomed back to this hilarious series in an impressively meta and shocking tale of self-reflection and ridiculousness. Giving players free rein to do whatever their hearts desired, Saints Row: The Third gives players every gun, weapon, vehicle, and scenario they could ever imagine, and lets them run wild. The game is, without a doubt, an absurdist delight. 

    • Released: 2011
    • Developer: Volition
    • Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Saints Row
    Photo: Saints Row / Volition
    53 VOTES

    The first installment of the critically acclaimed Saints Row series aptly titled, Saints Row, is widely different than every other installment in the series. A pseudo-realistic, Grand Theft Auto clone, the game was a fun if uninspired entry into the criminal video game sub-genre. Allowing players to fully customize characters and giving them semi-free range to solve problems whenever they could, the standout element of Saints Row is a far more comedic tone than the game it was inspired by. However, the game wears its influences so heavily on its sleeve, it could easily be mistaken for any other game in the sub-genre. While it is still a perfectly serviceable game even by today's standards, it was just an appetizer for what was yet to come.

  • Saints Row IV
    Photo: Saints Row IV / Volition
    54 VOTES

    Saints Row IV is the most wonderfully perfectly planned and precise mess imaginable. Reaching the ultimate and inevitable endgame for the direction the Saints Row series was heading, any and all sense of realism has vanished off the face of the planet, and we have officially entered a living breathing cartoon. The leader of the Third Street Saints have become the President of the United States and must stop an alien invasion from destroying the planet… and this is all in the first masterfully hilarious hour. Showcasing the wonderful and varied cast from the franchise over the past 7 years, players are able to take a superhero-powered trip down memory lane as they leave nothing but destruction in their wake. Saints Row IV knows it makes no sense, but it revels in that fact and always looks to outdo itself, and it expertly does every single time.

    • Released: 2013
    • Developer: Volition
    • Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One