Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PS4)

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Title: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PlayStation Network Download (7 GB)
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Volition
Original MSRP: $19.99 (Standalone PSN Download) / $49.99 (Bundled with Saints Row IV: Re-Elected)
ESRB Rating: M
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 407 of the podcast.

Gameplay:
Right off the bat, let me clear up any confusion: this is a stand-alone game. It’s not an expansion or add-on, it’s a completely self-contained world and story set after the events of Saints Row IV. Would it make more sense if you’ve played previous games in the Saints Row franchise? To a certain extent yes since there are a number of returning characters and in-jokes that may be over your head, but ultimately not having played them won’t take anything away from the experience.

In Gat Out of Hell the President of the United States (your character from Saints Row IV) is kidnapped when a haunted Ouija board opens a portal to Hell. The President is sucked through the portal for the sole purpose of an arranged marriage with Jezebel, the Devil’s daughter. Yup, par for the course in a Saints Row game. The story itself isn’t particularly deep. In fact you could probably blaze through it in a few hours, but why would you when there’s so much fun and mayhem to be had across Hell?

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Upon arriving you’ll meet up with Dane Vogel, an old adversary of the Saints who has now set up his Ultor Corporation in Hell. He has big plans but he’ll need your help to take Satan out of the picture. You in turn need his help in gaining access to the wedding so you can rescue the President. From the Ultor building, you’ll be able to switch between Johnny Gat and Kinzie as your playable character. Each has their own unique dialogue and a special subset of collectibles to find so it’s worth playing as both.

Everything you do helps build Satan’s wrath, pushing the story forward. The biggest part of this is helping out a few of the more prominent figures in Hell, including Blackbeard, Vlad the Impaler, and a few inspired choices which I won’t spoil here. Helping these people take control of their districts will gain you new arcane powers which include Blast, Summons, Stomp, and Aura. They’re each a lot of fun and have their uses but I found myself relying heavily on the Stomp. When upgraded, Stomp can take down scores of enemies which will allow you to complete time-sensitive tasks in peace.

One of the more interesting additions to the game is seen in the Seven Deadly Weapons based of course on the Seven Deadly Sins. Unlocking them requires you to perform each of the sins in some way and I still haven’t found them all but between the ‘Gluttony’ Last Supper gun and the “Sloth” Armchair A Geddon, I’m having a blast both literally and figuratively.

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If you’ve played Saints Row IV much will feel familiar here. Hell itself is a different place about half the size of Steelport and it was built from the ground up to make the game’s main mechanic, flying, a lot of fun and boy is it ever. The first upgrade you receive is Satan’s broken halo which allows you to sprout wings and fly. You’ll need to work on upgrading this almost immediately because in its initial state the flying is awkward and somewhat difficult. The upgrades are handled much like in Saints Row IV but instead of code fragments you’ll be collecting soul clusters, as many as nine hundred forty of them. Collectibles abound in this game and that’s what’ll really keep you busy long after the main story has been completed.

Visuals:
While Hell is given its own unique look it’s still laid out as a city so it’ll feel somewhat familiar if you’re a veteran of the series. The nice thing is that each of the city districts have their own flavor and you’ll eventually be able to recognize where you are when flying over them without even using the map.

While it’s still Hell and you’ll find fire everywhere there’s enough variation to keep the world looking unique and fresh. Character models follow suit with a bunch of different demons to fight, each looking and acting different than the last. I also didn’t notice any problems with slowdown or frame drops even when the action got crazy.

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Audio:
A hallmark in recent Saints Row games, the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. The writing in a game like this could be stellar but without a good cast delivering the lines it would fall flat. Fortunately the voice acting is excellent from Satan and the main cast right down through the minions.

There’s a major cut scene about halfway through game that could have been a disaster in lesser hands but I was literally doubled over with laughter throughout the entire sequence. Seriously it’s worth playing the game for this scene alone.

Interestingly, voice commands are available in the game allowing you to save, load, switch between powers, and more. With roughly sixty available and a full list of commands in the menus it’s an interesting addition to the game. I tried it for a little while and it worked quite well but I didn’t want to learn all the different commands so I moved on without them.

Online/Multiplayer:
Local co-op is available with players taking the roles of Gat and Kinzie to double up on the mayhem and destruction.

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Conclusion:
With an inspired but somewhat short story, collecting and side quests are really the meat of the game and that’s not a bad thing. You’re given an interesting world to run (or fly) around in, insane weapons with which to cause havoc, and the hilarious dialogue (often breaking the fourth wall) that we’ve come to expect from Saints Row.

This is a great conclusion to the Saints Row IV storyline and well worth the price. You’ll be playing long after the main story is over.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

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  • awesome review, just wish saints row IV trophies would actually sync up to the trophy list

    • Syncing works now

      • Thanks! I just finished it and got the platinum

  • Robert Barzini

    Gat Out Of Hell is a waste of money. NO cheatcodes or downloads like they had for SR 2, 3, & 4. The game was lame, and something a 12 year old would love. $19.99? It wasn’t worth $0.99 Save your money until SR gets out of this Star Trek minded bs. What next? Heavens On Fire??? The wings thing? Made me feel like I was playing a Ducktales game. SR went from a kick butt gang banger game. To something a 7 year old would love to get their hands on. THANK YOU GTA!!!!!! At least GTA has no intentions of letting themselves, the game, and their profits? Become an Ultimate Joke. They should change their title SR to So Retarded. Maybe SR 5 will get back to what made the game a smash hit? Like returning to Stillwater w/ more gang violence. But ditching the Trail Blazing bs, or Super Power bs, and maybe adding a NEW idea. Have the insults, compliments, but how about a GROPE? Imagine being able to GROPE Shaundi, or Kenzi, or the HO’s. To where you might get lucky, or your butt kicked. lol How about after you beat the game? Gangs respawn for more gang territories to fight for? Have all of them again. From SR 1, SR 2, SR 3, and add maybe 4 or 5 more. But having Stillwater, Steelport, and maybe another location that you can take a plane to go to. (use that as a way to lower your gang & cop noriety to 0. Bring them all back. Tanya, the D J, on S R 2, Dane V, even the leader of the Brotherhood, and his little tramp that was killed in S R 2. But this time? You can’t ever destroy all the gangs, because new ones respawn (Mission & Non Mission). Except this time having the choice to drive or letting 1 of your crew drive for you. Imagine you being able to do drive bys and NOT driving, but shooting, and having 2 other gun men/women helping you shoot? Even better? Picture being able to do that as a mission mode to unlock it, then being able to use that as a FREE MODE choice. How about being able to have Shaundi now, or Shaundi from S R 2 move in with you.Picture being able to rob banks and it being in Mission & Non Mission Or? Imagine having those sexy women from Mourning Star move in with you. Or something even more wild. How about starting your OWN GANG?? Where you give the orders to kill this gang member or that one. But knowing? Reprisals WILL follow to any action you do. You could be friends with the Saints, Rolins, Mourning Star. But? Just like you? They can betray you and be setting you up, just like you can to them. I magine all that INCLUDING 1st person look (GTA V on PS4), but having all the cheat codes SR 2 & 3 has. Now wouldn’t that look sweet with the weapon “Here Comes The Rain” or that giant Minigun. Picture being able to be any character you want. I always wanted to play thae part of Leader of the Mourning Star, so I could grope his 2 “Visions” (before 1 of them got their neck broke) How about having to shower, eat, or being able to get drunk and pass out, or get stoned, or go to a fast food place Drive Thru or dining inside. How about bringing back fighting styles like S R 2. But adding 3 more of them. (wrestling, Ninja, or boxing) but creating your own fighting combos of punches & kicks. Now don’t that sound SWEET??? Instead? You got “Crap Out Of Hell” Think? They have the education, and can’t create anything that really stands out. For instance? Notice S R 2 had a prison, but there is NOTHING you can do to get put in there??? Because the game wasn’t exactly thought out to well. Just like when you beat the game on SR 2, 3, what is left after you get 100% complete? Nothing. Why? They make odd side missions to give you something to do, instead of them actually sitting down and putting effort into making the game. 3 stages of the game, has to be well thought out and designed. GTA & SR & The Godfather and even Mafia & Scarface video games fall a victim to, and that’s? After you beat the game whether it is 100% complete or not? There’s NOTHING left except shoot out wars with the cops. NONE of them? Have it where the gang, Mafia, etc etc keeps responding with NEW families, or gangs. So the game never ends. Nor is there anything you can do to be put in prison. A game of, NO PUNISHMENT? (yawn) I wanna be able to skip bail, or prison. That way? When I escape, or get out? I have NOTHING. No money, friends, allies. Making it where I have to start over, either Manual Labor (Taxi, Fast Foods, etc etc) Where I have to RENT places because I can’t BUY a place. (definitely a must) OR? Screw this, you wanna get RICH quick. Jacking cars, shop lifting, or how about starting your OWN crime ring (prostitution) To where if your character is a guy? You are a pimp, & a HO if you are a female character. Imagine of having to dispose the body before the law finds the body 1st, or you with the body. Where you have to take it to a car crusher (body in trunk), or to sink them to the bottom of the ocean. Now THAT? Is creativity. See? It isn’t a matter of education & books, or Check & Ballance. If you can play any game, and can pause and write down what would make this a better game? Then you are CREATIVE, and can easily make a game MORE enjoyable for everyone. That isn’t the way they do it. They go by charts, graphs, blah blah blah.. 2 big reasons why S R doesn’t even come close to what GTA rakes in as profits. S R? They give you THEIR ideas, and only THEIRS. GTA? Gives the fans exactly what they want. Banging Ho’s? It’s in there. Bank robbing? It’s in there. Outstanding graphics? It’s in there. Strip Clubs & Private Dances? It’s in there. Getting Drunk? It’s in there. Being able to piss off anyone and them even chasing you down in a car, or even coming inside your place, to get you? It’s in there. Until S R stops this ridiculous CRAP in the direction S R is heading? Sales will continue to drop.

    • Well… I enjoyed it anyway

      • Robert Barzini

        and how old are you?

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