Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Developed by Voltion and High Voltage Software
Published by Deep Silver
*Who the F**k is Jezebel?*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
In Saints Row: Gat out of Hell; The Saints are celebrating Kinzie’s birthday when they decide to mess around with a Juju spirit board to contact the dead; All of a sudden the boss (The Player character in the series) is dragged into hell by Satan to marry his daughter Jezebel. Not letting his best friend suffer; Johnny Gat decides to go to hell and murder Satan to save The Boss to which he is joined by Kinzie (Because it’s her birthday). Once in Hell, Gat & Kinzie must unite with old and new friends to defeat Satan and ultimately take over Hell.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is a third person action sandbox game that takes the gameplay what makes the Saints Row series so good and puts a (Pardon the Pun) Devilish twist on things. The game borrows many elements from Saints Row IV including the return of Powers which in this game gets a pretty decent little twist with the return of 3 of the original powers (Blast, Stomp & Aura) aswell as a new ability called Summon. The Blast ability in this game allows you to take on enemies by turning them into concrete giving you enough time to strike back aswell as the ability to fire Souls and the darkness of the Shadows. The Stomp powers in this game include Force which like in Saints Row IV is capable of creating a generic Earthquake; Vacuum which sucks in all enemies in a nearby radius to take out more enemies at any one time and of course my personal favorite and the most powerful power in the game; The Holy Stomp which if fully upgraded can kill most demons in the game with one hit aswell as taking off considerable damage for the harder to kill enemies. The Aura Powers allow Gat or Kinzie to unleash an energy which surrounds them and does nearby damage to enemies in range with the Coldfire, Vamp & Worship abilities on offer for this hard to master skill. Finally; The new power which is Summon allows you to spawn your own demons to fight your battles for you (Much like Overlord) with the ability being open to 3 enemies you can summon. First up is the imps which can be sent in multiples (If upgrades are purchased) who relentlessly attack and bite your enemies until they die however the imps can also be used as frag grenades of sorts due to the fact you can summon them and blow them up to dispatch of large groups; Next up is the Titan enemies which are powerhouses and can take on the tougher enemies at once and are so powerful when fully upgraded that they can even take on a Tank (Trust me I saw it with my own eyes). Finally, the last summon is the spire which allows you to summon a small tower to support you by taking out not only the large groups of enemies on the grounds with penetrating spikes from the ground but also taking out airborne enemies with missiles which fire every few minutes until the spire is eventually destroyed.
The game is also unique in it’s way of continuing the story with the game removing mission waypoints and set markers to replace them with takeover missions like the previous Saints Row games aswell as the fact that if you want to progress into cutscenes within the game you basically just need to cause as much chaos as possible to become the thorn in Satan’s side to get him angrier in your quest to save The Boss. This is a great element since it blends the best of both the older more Grand Theft Auto style takeover games with the fun and wacky nature of the recent Saints games. In addition to causing havoc you also have to get partners on your side to help you in your battle against Satan; These partners come in the form of Blackbeard, William Shakespeare, Vlad The Impaler & The DeWynter Sisters. Like Saints Row IV; The Upgrading menu is simplistic and easy to maneuver with the lost souls you pick up being used to upgrade your multitude of powers and abilities while your Cache ($) are used to purchase health upgrades, damage, weapons and more. The one thing that I need to praise this game for is its flying controls which are possibly the best flying controls I have experienced in a game with them not only being technical but also easy for beginners to pick up on.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell doesn’t have as good a soundtrack as it’s predecessors with the great choices of music being switched out for a dark and gritty style which in my honest opinion doesn’t suit the Saints Row series; especially considering the hell setting could’ve lead to some hilarious song choices such as Bat out of Hell (Which I’m guessing is the titles influence), Highway to Hell and while its not related to hell,I feel a song that would have suited this game is Raise the Flag by Airbourne which was used in the trailer for Twisted Metal (2012). The voice acting in Gat Out of Hell was brilliant with Daniel Dae Kim and Natalie Lander leading the cast reprising their roles of Johnny Gat & Kinzie Kensington respectively. Joining them along for the ride is an incredible supporting cast including Liam O’Brien, Travis Willingham, Matthew Mercer, Yuri Lowenthal, Various Voices for president depending on your choice in Saints Row IV (Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Nolan North) and even a special appearance from Nathan Fillion as God. Before I finish on the Sound Section; I can’t not mention the Musical Number in this game which is not only hilarious and well crafted but also a really good nod at Disney Movies where the characters just kind of break the story and burst into random song and dance which when given the adult nature of Saints Row and in particular; Johnny Gat’s characteristics lead to one of the funniest scenarios I’ve ever witnessed in a Saints Row game.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell has some decent visuals however they are nowhere near the best visuals on the current gen to date. The game does however make up for this with some brilliant set pieces such as the lava flowing beneath your feet and all the demonic statues and altars all over the place. The character models do look extremely improved over the models in Saints Row IV however the characters do still look rather cartoony (although that adds to the series’ charm). The overall look of the weapons are great with the Sloth weapon Armchair-A-Geddon not only looking like a fun weapon but in fact being the best weapon in the game.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell’s replay value really just depends on how much time you decide to spend on the game. With me I played the game non-stop for quite some time and managed to get all the collectibles in the game extremely quickly which pretty much left me with the challenges left to do before I even completed the final mission. There is Trophies/Achievements to get in this game however most of them are really easy to get and from my personal experience the only area where you are likely to be seeing some issues is the Torment Fraud missions which can be pretty difficult at times.
All in all, Gat Out of Hell is yet another brilliant entry in the Saints Row series however the music could definitely use some improvement and the graphics could definitely be improved however the game makes up for that with a brilliant story and brilliant gameplay and is definitely worth buying for both newcomers and long time Saints fans.
My Score = 8/10
- Brilliant Story
- Very Well thought out Gameplay
- Flight is incredible
- Weapons & Powers are fun
- Fantastic Voice Cast
- Visuals are an improvement
- The Musical Number
- Score is more dark & serious compared to the other games
- Not much in terms of replay value
- Graphics still look pretty cartoony
- Torture Fraud
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is available now from all good retailers for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Deep Silver for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.