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Game Review: Saints Row the Third: GenkiBowl VII

For: Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC (requires Saints Row the Third)

From: Volition/THQ

ESRB Rating: Mature (blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual content, strong language)

Price: $7 (also included as part of the $20 season pass)

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After the complete spectacle that was "Saints Row the Third's" main storyline, hopes were high that the first downloadable expansion would go even crazier.

On one hand, "GenkiBowl VII" - a series of violently fantastical events emceed by the diabolical game show host/living cartoon character Professor Genki - delivers on that hope. Sexy Kitten Yarngasm, for instance, tasks you with causing as much property destruction as possible with a massive, steerable, shockwave-blasting yarn ball, while Sad Panda Skyblazing combines the timeless sports of free-falling through the air in a panda suit and waging war on people in bunny and hot dog suits. Along with some funny play-by-play, it certainly qualifies as a spectacle.

But Yarngasm essentially is a modified version of the main game's Tank Mayhem missions, and the events where you escort Genki around and venture through a deadly game show-style maze have similar counterparts. Only Skyblazing feels completely new, and with only two missions per event to complete, the entire expansion is over before you know it. You can keep the spoils - the yarn ball, Genki's car, some characters and outfits - and use them throughout the rest of the game, and the fun of wreaking havoc with a gigantic cat toy cannot be overstated. But even with that said, a few more missions per event would have done wonders for better justifying "GB7's" price tag.

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