I can't believe no one is talking about Saints Row 3.
SR2 was fantastic. This game was my introduction to Xbox 360 Co-op. It was unbelievably over-the-top. What other game is going to let you pimp-out your co-op buddy in the back seat of a car while you drive like a maniac to avoid the poparazzi? What other game is going to award you for the damage you can do to a peaceful suburb with a sanatation truck that shoots filth? Where else are you going to indulge in a weird mini-game requiring fast thumb-work at the backdoor of a strip club? Who else, but Volition, will let you customize your avatar in absolutely every aspect, then let you strutt around the entire city like Huggy Bear carrying your pimp stick which doubles as baddest shotgun ever? What other game lets you demonstrate your softer side by letting you decorate your pad such that it attacts strippers that just hang-out and dance all day?
I could go on and on. SR2 was a blast and SR3 should be no less.
On thing about SR2 I particularly appreciated was the creation of your avatar. I must have spent a good 2 hours putting final touches on it as I tried to model it after myself. If I missed the mark, it wasn't for lack of characteristics to tweak. This avatar creation system makes Forza tweaking look like a Playschool Busy-Box. It was pretty cool seeing a near likeness of me in the game. One problem though. Everytime I returned to the game after a save, my guy had no shirt on. I gave up and went with it. I did all my gang business in basketball shorts, sneaks, and a a side-ways hat. All matching, of course.
I am really looking forward to SR3. Are there any other geezers out there who will pick this up?