Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell – PAX Prime 2014 Impressions

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The latest game in the Saints Row franchise will focus on Johnny Gat, the beloved character that has seen his role in the franchise diminish much to fans chagrin. Players in this co-op adventure will play as Gat or Kinzie as they travel to a city in hell to save the President who finds himself kidnapped by the devil. The game will continue in its predecessor’s footsteps by being as wacky as it can be in its new setting.

At first glance the Hell city looks really similar to Steelport though it’s not a simple swap by any means in the way it felt going from Saints Row The Third into Saints Row 4. The urban city has different buildings and streets though that may not be apparent at first glance. When I ran around the area of the map I had access to I did not recognize any landmarks that I could remember, which was good and any criticism might just be because most urban areas tend to look similar no matter the game.

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Gameplay in Hell will be similar to that of Saints Row 4, because of the setting letting the developers mess around with hellish powers. In the demo, Johnny Gat was equipped with super-speed and cool looking wings for flying and gliding. Special abilities are back with demonic themes like summoning creatures or having enemies worship you and fight on your side. By far the best part was all the crazy weapons and more specifically, the Seven Deadly Sins weapons, which based on the demo will be really dumb and really fun. In the section I got to play, the Sloth Sin weapon was featured. It was a recliner for the player to sit on that fired weapons. The idea that the developers will have weapons for Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Wrath, Envy, and Pride fills me with a disturbing amount of excitement. 

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell continues in the series tradition of outlandish humor and fun game mechanics. Now while I was not really into the idea of going back to Saints Row so soon after the fourth game, this being a downloadable standalone expansion for $20 I am more inclined to try it. Also, the chance to see older characters that died in the previous games possibly popping up piques my interest. Though I do fear that after this expansion there will be a heavy feeling of burnout for the franchise I can only hope a proper Saints Row V is a long ways off. 

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is due for release early next year on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

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