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  • Summary: Get with Johnny Gat & Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a mission to save the Boss’ soul. Historic icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number and more shenanigans await you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jan 19, 2015
    82
    It will only take you a lazy Sunday afternoon to finish the main campaign elements but the amount of collectibles and items you can level up gives this expansion plenty of wheels. Saints Row fans rejoice as this is a solid purchase for $20 bucks.
  2. Jan 19, 2015
    78
    Interestingly, Gat Out of Hell doesn't really feature traditional story missions. Instead, it tasks you with completing handfuls of side activities for its condemned supporting characters, and triggers cutscenes once you've finished a certain number of them. It's an odd, somewhat repetitive approach, although making side tasks key to story progression does make them feel a lot more worthwhile.
  3. Jan 29, 2015
    70
    Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a bargain for fans of Saints Row IV. There's less content included, but what is on offer here is good.
  4. Jan 19, 2015
    65
    Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is the Big Mac of games. You know what you’re getting, it’s a bit cheap, you enjoy eating it, you don’t have to chew and an hour later you’ve forgotten all about it. Utterly unchallenging and lacking in fresh ideas, Gat Out of Hell is still capable of making you smile.
  5. Jan 27, 2015
    60
    Gat Out of Hell is the first title in the series for the current generation of consoles, therefore we expected improvements on both, graphics and gameplay. Unfortunately, Gat Out of Hell feels like an expansion, not a brand new title.
  6. Jan 19, 2015
    60
    If you’re looking for a new collection of Saints Row activities in a new setting, Gat out of Hell is just that, so it can be enjoyed if you go in without expecting a significant upgrade to what’s been seen numerous times before in the series.
  7. Jan 26, 2015
    40
    We’ve seen it all before; the bones of the typical Saints Row’s design are creaking under the desire for new experiences.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Apr 4, 2018
    8
    Upon completing the fourth game I found myself wondering just what could possibly be next for the 3rd Street Saints. After kicking butt inUpon completing the fourth game I found myself wondering just what could possibly be next for the 3rd Street Saints. After kicking butt in space, the final frontier, I struggled to see anywhere else developer Volition could take the beloved gangsters turned superheroes. Apparently there was still one place for them to go; hell.

    Given that this is a standalone expansion rather than the next full-fledged entry, it's missing some of the series most notable features. Mainly, character creation and traditional story missions. You play as fan favorite characters Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington. Progression through the brief narrative stages requires completing side-activities scattered throughout the new open-world setting. With the writing having taken something of a hit, Gat Out of Hell is more about the gameplay. You get some new powers and weapons at your disposal (most of which feel exactly like the old ones), but real star of the show is the new flight ability. It takes a while to get used to flying through the air. It wasn't until a handful of upgrades later that I really started to enjoy soaring across the city. Given the nature of the last Saints Row game I was surprised to find it a system that had some restrictions. Even after fully upgrading my angelic appendages I found myself yearning for the game-breaking freedom of Saints Row 4 when it came to taking to the skies.

    This really is just more of the same. The chaotic, destructive action is still a blast and the loop of completion and growth is just as satisfying and addicting as ever. There's nothing quite like watching yourself turn into a unstoppable powerhouse. The new underworld setting is very creative and visually distinct. Aside from being a cool visual aesthetic, hell also gives you plenty of room to stretch your newly acquired wings. Numerous collectibles are scattered across this fire and brimstone version of Steelport that will test your flight capabilities. The game is completely devoid of challenge. With the main campaign being so short, the life of the experience comes from the surprising amount of side-activities and achievements.

    While missing a few of my favorite features, I still found Gat Out of Hell to be a worthy way to return to the world of Saints Row. Things are just as crazy, absurd, and funny as ever. It's just not as fleshed out as my previous excursions with the series. As long as you don't go in expecting Saints Row V you should be fine. This an expansion that continues the gameplay experience from IV. It also serves as something of an epilogue to our adventures with these characters in ways I won't spoil. Suffice to say if you want to have just a little more fun with Volition's wacky gangster series and won't mind the nontraditional approach, then this is a must play.
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  2. Dec 27, 2019
    7
    To be honest, if you enjoyed SR4, you'll probably enjoy this. It's the same old retarded game that is fun because it's retarded. But thisTo be honest, if you enjoyed SR4, you'll probably enjoy this. It's the same old retarded game that is fun because it's retarded. But this franchise is kind of clueless with what it want's to be. Expand
  3. Feb 10, 2015
    6
    There really isn't anything wrong with the game itself. It's the same gun gameplay we've come to expect from this series. The real issue isThere really isn't anything wrong with the game itself. It's the same gun gameplay we've come to expect from this series. The real issue is just how short and uneventful it is. 20 dollars is pushing it. You'll finish it off in under 6 hours unless your a hardcore completionist. Not bad. mostly underwhelming. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2016
    3
    Saints Row 3 and 4 are 2 of my favorite games; can"t recommend them highly enough. This is not a standalone game; it is sort of DLC for 4 withSaints Row 3 and 4 are 2 of my favorite games; can"t recommend them highly enough. This is not a standalone game; it is sort of DLC for 4 with little humour, little story (I mean really little) and powers slightly different and vastly inferior to 4. In short, none of the reasons I enjoy SR for are here.....this is a very brief campaign and then just a ton of Achievements to pretend that it was a longer game....very disappointing. Expand
  5. Apr 15, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game was a blast to play through for a bit, but for an achievement hunter it can be pretty boring in the end of the stretch. This game can be beaten in 20 hours, making it an easy completion if you're looking for those easy achievements. I think this game has a solid base, but other than that it does very little in terms of innovation, and even makes some steps back in some areas.

    Let's start with characters and their customization. This is definitely the weakest in the series, as there are only 2 main characters to choose from. Both being great characters, this is fine, since the story takes your old character as a hostage in hell. There's no customization for the characters though, which is a bit of a bummer. However I didn't really miss this feature, but those that did love the customization options are going to be disappointed on how it was handled in this game. Most characters in game are basically just power ups and don't do much to progress plot forward. You'll see a lot of familiar faces for a nice little bit of fan service, but other than that you can't do much with them. No calling them in as homies or anything. A real missed opportunity. Also, they RUINED how Dex was added into this game. He is basically one of the 8 BILLION ghouls in hell, but with is signature sideways cap. Like come on Volition. One of the most pivotal characters in the SR franchise and this is what you do to him. Lazy and pathetic.

    Next lets talk about weapons. And there are 20 total, most of them being generic with not much to offer. You either have your standard human weapon like a pistol, the demon version of the pistol, or the ultimate weapon based off one of the seven deadly sins. I thought the seven deadly sins were a great addition but other than that, there was almost no reason to pick anything other than one gun (in my case the human LMG) upgrading it, doing all the side quests, getting the seven deadly sins, and doing everything else. This game doesn't really encourage using it's arsenal of weapons very well. However accompanying the guns, are the super powers. There are a few new additions, with summon replacing Saints Row 4's telekinesis, as well as a change in different elements of the powers. However, some are basically useless. Shadow blast has no reason to be in the game, since it does less damage and has less utility then it's other counterparts. I usually found myself liking 4-5 different powers and ignoring the rest until grinding out the last few achievements/challenges. And that's not a good thing. It's boring, grindy, and definitely doesn't feel cool. Flying and super sprint make a return, which are still super fun. Flying however got a slight change with it's wing mechanic and slow mechanic, allowing to speed up or slow down whenever needed. It's different but sometimes less is more with the wing mechanic.

    Activities are one of the things Saints Row has always excelled in. However in this game, they're almost all shallow versions of themselves. Mayhem is the best, being kind of fun to blow stuff up, but the lack of things to blow up is underwhelming to say the least. The new version of Insurance Fraud is really frustrating sometimes, due to the explosion/fire mechanics, which can make the game more frustrating than fun. Their version of racing is mostly skyborne, which is kind of fun but mostly a bore, and the two new modes, Salvation and Pledge Rush are lacking in anything interesting or challenging. It's boring and really just felt like a chore. Soul clusters are basically regular clusters from Saints Row 4, and just a boring copy and paste by volition. It's very boring and not fun to hunt them down. Same with Blackbeard's treasure chests. It can be fun at first, but after a while it's tedious, not fun, and the rewards are definitely lacking. There's also the redone "capture certain point and fight waves of enemies" which was very lazy and had no reason to act as fast travel in a game where you can get to one side from the other in 2 minutes. Once I was done with them, I never had any intention to do any of them again, other than maybe Insurance Fraud 1.5, but it's way better in SR4 due to the fact there's no fire or explosions. If you want great activities, look elsewhere.

    Now the one thing I do like is the story. It starts off interesting, and Johnny Gat really sets the stage for his carnage he's about to cause. After the boss has taken Hell, your job is to cause enough destruction to get face time with Satan. After defeating him, you are giving one of 5 "different" endings to choose from. I say "different" because they all end in a cutscene, and transition you back to the main game, able to redo the fight with Satan however many times you want. It was satisfying at first choosing the most obvious choice, giving Johnny a chance to see Aisha. However the other choices aren't nearly as good, and it's kind of lazy.

    All in all this game isn't something to write home about
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  6. Feb 14, 2015
    0
    If player customization is one of the features that you liked about this series so far, you should avoid this game. There are only two fixedIf player customization is one of the features that you liked about this series so far, you should avoid this game. There are only two fixed protagonists that the game allows you to play as, and you can't customize their outfits or anything else at all. Apart from that, this game mostly recycles content from the previous installment, even the graphics pretty much are the same. This game doesn't cost as much as other titles, but it is still too expensive for pretty much being a DLC sold as an own game. You should wait for a discount if you're still interested in playing this game. Expand

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