That said (and it had to be said), nothing should stop you from enjoying this game. It's superbly fun, incredibly gorgeous, and—this may be the best part—it's totally aware of what it is. Simple satire aside, its mindlessness will be seen by many as a virtue. As far as sandboxes go, it's one of the finest ever made. If you can overlook some very slight issues, like bugs, dumb A.I. and some frustrating spikes in difficulty, there should be little else stopping you from having a blast with SR3.

It's one long, explosive caper that doesn't even try to conceal its brazen contempt for reality. It pulls no punches and makes no apologies—and there's nothing wrong with that. It's actually kind of charming. No matter how hard this industry fights for recognition by the wider population, there will always be a place for experiences like this: juvenile, irresponsible, over-the-top, without pretense, and a ton of fun. After all, there's nothing like a bit of the old ultra-violence, right?

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