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Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

By Bobfish19-01-2015

The Defence

Deep Silver
Release Date:
US 20-01-2015
EU 23-01-2015

The Prosecution

Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz
AMD Phenom II x4
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 6850
4 GB
10 GB
10, 11

The Case

Saints Row is a series, I'm sure, that needs no introduction. As such, I will forgo the usual pleasantries and jump straight in. Does Gat out of Hell stand strong, or does it fall flat like a little bitch? Same way Satan will after you shoot him in the face.

The Trial

Well...it's Saints Row. Not rocket science really. Having said that, those who prefer the earlier games in the series, prior to Saints Row: The Third that is, may be better advised to stay away from this one. Following in the tradition of growing increasingly ludicrous with each instalment, this time you're going to hell to shoot Satan in the face. Because...Johnny Gat, that's why.

Gameplay remains almost identical to the previous game. Which makes sense, because this isn't actually a new game in the series. It is what we old timers used to call a standalone expansion. That being a package of new content that recycles assets from an existing title - Saints Row IV in this case - and expands on them to add a few new bells and whistles, tweaking things here and there. Essentially, it’s just more of the same; what you young uns would call DLC.

A sociopathic redhead surrounded by explosions. Just what a growing boy needs.

A sociopathic redhead surrounded by explosions. Just what a growing boy needs.

With minor tweaks alongside a few new additions, the game feels familiar yet fresh enough to give it a unique feel. Specifically, the new flying mechanic is amazing. Genuinely it is. Your impromptu trip into the underworld has led to you growing wings and, literally, becoming an angel. An avenging angel, but an angel nonetheless. As such, you can actually fly now. Utilising the laws of physics to soar, dive, swoop and, as your increase in skill, flap your wings for extra speed and height.

It cannot be overstated just how spectacular this is. Offering the most authentic, biologically powered flight mechanic gaming has ever seen. It takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you'll find yourself swooping down and arcing straight through the hole in a billboard, with pinpoint accuracy, for no other reason that it looks really freaking cool. With the added advantage of, being that this is actual flight with wings and all, you can keep it up indefinitely. Though you are limited by stamina initially, this too can be overcome by gaining enough experience and purchasing the appropriate upgrade.

And there are a lot of them. A hell of a lot. Upgrades I mean. From the usual extra weapon damage and clip size, to super sprint, telekinetic blast abilities and a new summon skill. Which, as the name suggests, allows you to summon various hellspawn to come and munch your opponents in the face. The downside of this is that, being an expansion rather than a full game, much of the levelling is down to sidequests. Of which there are, shall we say, more than a few. Something which is no surprise to long time Saints fans. But even the most rugged of us will be given pause at just how many there are.

'Gis a hug broseph.

'Gis a hug broseph.

You see, the main plot takes up no more than four or five hours of your time. Seriously, it's really that simple. Go to hell, find the boss, shoot Satan in the face. I mean, the fact that the boss might actually want to marry Jezebel (Satan's daughter) 'cause she is actually pretty hot, is beside the point. Lucifer didn't ask. And that's just plain rude. So Johnny and Kinzie (it's her birthday by the way, though I don't know why that's relevant) went down after him to sho...you get the point.

I'm sure many people will use that as a mark against it. Pissing and moaning about how it's all filler, it should have been a DLC (everything on Steam is a DLC for fuck's sake!) rather than a standalone game, and it's just a cash in and blah blah blah blah. Yes, that's what we mean when say a standalone expansion, silly boy. The fact that there's any story at all is pretty damn swish actually. The focus was clearly more on offering an interesting 'new' sandbox to go and dick around in. Although different enough to feel fresh, it's pretty much just Steelport with lava in random places.

It is also significantly better optimised than Saints Row IV, running a lot smoother and being overall more shiny. Though it doesn't really change all that much on a visual level, it does still show clear signs of being more polished. Whilst the new assets such as weapon vending machines (seriously, that's just hilarious) and new character models are interesting and fit the motif. And the new weapons, well. You have an armchair car with fucking miniguns in the arm rests. Dude, what more could you ask for?

You can be my salvation anytime bebeh.

You can be my salvation anytime bebeh.

Did I mention Kinzie is an angel?

Like every other part of the series, you can play the whole game single-player, swapping back and forth between Gat and Kinzie whenever you choose. A mechanic that effectively and efficiently replaces the image by design gender swapping, though without the fine tuning of features and such. You play as Kinzie and Gat, period. Or, you can bring in a friend at any time and play co-op, something I wholeheartedly recommend because...because Saints Row. Murder time is fun time. And murder time with friends is priceless.

The Verdict

Basically, what I'm trying to say here, is that it looks like a Saints game, walks like one, talks like one and is more of the same. It isn't trying to be anything more than a neat little filler to tide you over until a new, actual, game is released. And in this respect, it serves its purpose. What little story content there is is quirky, amusing and entertaining. Whilst the sidequests are varied and entertaining enough that you can sink a lot of time in. Plus, the flight mechanic really is amazing. Best of all, it's not even half the price of a full title... And you can shoot Satan in the face.

Case Review

  • Flight: Seriously, it's spectacular. It's like the webslinging in Spider-Man 2 and justifies the purchase on its own.
  • New Weapons: Guns that shoot flies, an armchair with miniguns, the hammer of God. All that good stuff.
  • Shoot Satan in the Face: Shoot Satan. In the fucking face!
  • No Custom Characters: On the other hand, Kinzie is an angel.
  • Length: The campaign is only a few hours, but there's still a lot of content to work through.
  • Side Quests: That...is pretty much all there is actually.
Score: 4/5
A little bit of silly fun to keep you warm until the next full release.


It’s not a secret that Saints Row as a series has gotten crazier and crazier. The new expansion pack, Gat out of Hell, continues this trend of craziness now taking place...in Hell. I’d say I’m surprised, but I’m not. However, it deviates from the formula a bit in that instead of playing as a customizable character, you have your choice between Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington. The funny thing is, the story is mainly focused around Gat, with Kinzie just kind of along for the ride. This becomes ESPECIALLY clear during the ending mission and drives home the fact that Gat is the main focus of the game. It leads me to believe that the developers originally wanted to have you play as Gat exclusively but then realized that would alienate the audience who are used to being able to choose their character’s gender. Aside from the commentary collectables, both characters play pretty much the same.

Flying with the fallen angel wings is really satisfying, more so than it was in Saints Row IV. Instead of glorified gliding, you have to manage your speed and height. It’s just that sweet spot between being really simple but complex enough to make it satisfying without losing the ability to just zone out and fly around the city collecting things. Which there are a lot of. A lot! Continuing the Saints Row IV ideology of “put stuff to collect EVERYWHERE” with almost a thousand “soul clusters”, almost a hundred “audio tomes” and a bunch of commentaries, to pick up. If you're aiming to 100% it, it’s going to take a while.

As for the actual game progression, take the “Screw around between missions” from SRIV and extend it to the entire game, breaking it up every so often with a cutscene. That’s Gat out of Hell. No real story missions, just activities and diversions. Which are weird to call diversions considering they don’t divert your attention away from anything important. It’s fun, but nothing special. Really, that can sum up the entire expansion pack: Extremely Fun to play but nothing new or surprising.

Score: 4/5


With the delay of GTA V there is no better time for Saints Row to fill the gap. This time around instead of playing the Boss/President/Emperor you are thrown into the shoes of Gat...and Kinzie. The Devil kidnapped your best bud/leader and it’s time for you to save him...with murder. Lots and lots of murder.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is pretty much Saints Row 4 on steroids. It’s crazier, wackier and boomtasticer. Side-effect: short story. Even without rushing, the story can be finished within a few hours. That said, if you want to complete the game - 100% - there will be a lot more effort required. There are loads of diversions, collectibles and challenges to be had, most of which are really fun. The demon-angelical abilities are quite an improvement over the previous title’s flying mechanic, giving an extreme emphasis on actual flying. Seriously, the flying is so much fun that I had to force myself into a car just to finish the “drive that many miles” challenge.

Gat out of Hell is a great addition to the series. It has the right price, loads of content and entertaining gameplay mechanics. The things that one might be picking on, like collectible orbs or the simple fact that - once again - you visit practically the same city, are being made fun of by the game characters themselves. And that makes it even funnier. With the silliness overflowing, SR: Gat can keep you entertained for a decent amount of time. So if you even remotely enjoyed SR4, don’t waste any time getting this.

Score: 4.5/5
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Yeah, it is really amazing!

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Hmm, we all devoted the majority of our energy to talking about the flight mechanic.

I wonder why!