Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat out of Hell - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

23 January 2015

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Also on USA.
7.2

Summary:

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat Out of Hell includes the original Saints Row IV and all of its previously released add-on content, as well as the stand-alone expansion Gat Out of Hell (download code). In Saints Row IV users create a custom character and play as the leader of the Saints who also happens to be the President of the United States of America. After an alien attack, players are transported to a virtual simulation of Steelport where they become infused with super powers and must defeat the evil Zinyak to save planet Earth. Gat Out of Hell has players taking control of Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington and facing off against the Prince of Darkness himself and his minions in five districts of Hell.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Volition Inc.
  • Publisher(s):
    • Deep Silver
  • Release Date(s):
    • 23 January, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 18+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Saints Row

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 18.5GB Minimum
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
    • Dolby Digital
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
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Posted:
2015-02-28

Tasha_Merry

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PS4

7.1

'Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat out of Hell' on the PlayStation 4 is an open world video game containing two titles, the game was released on January 20th 2015. The game was published by Deep Silver and developed by Volition Inc.

The 'Saints Row' series of video games holds a special place in the hearts of those that love to enjoy the open world chaos of games like 'Grand Theft Auto' while partaking in a little bit of visual meth. 'Saints Row', developed by Volition, has come a long way since its initial entry into the world on the PlayStation 2. Now we are looking at the fourth entry in the series, 'Saints Row IV: Re-Elected' as well as a stand alone expansion pack, 'Gat Out of Hell'. We were a little game weary when we picked up these two titles but after spending a few hours on each of them we can't help but be happily surprised. These two games push our tolerance for insanity to the limit and they do it in such a fun way. These games won't be for everyone and, knowing that, we won't try to pull any punches. Let's dig into 'Re-Elected' first.

More for your money..

In a day and age where money is tight for a lot of gamers it is hard to convince them to buy a repackaged, ported version of a game they might already own on an older console. This is the primary hurdle that 'Saints Row IV: Re-Elected' has to contend with. At its base this is just an upgraded version of the initial game, prepackaged with all of the DLC that came with the first version of the game. You ARE getting more content for your money, but if you already own the various DLC on the initial version..is there a point? Probably not, and we won't hide that. Instead, we'll target our words to gamers on the fence of dipping into 'IV' for the first time: buy this game.

'Re-Elected', upon first opening the game, immediately looks better than its last gen predecessor. Using the power that the new PS4 packs underneath its case, the game looks smoother and tighter than ever. Dynamic lighting looks completely reinvigorated, character models have added depth and detail, and the environment around you also looks way more immersive. Everything, on the whole, looks nicer. That isn't to say that this is the nicest version of the game, the PC port takes that title, but it still looks great in 1080p on our big screen televisions.

Looking past the aesthetics will bring us to evaluate just what changed in terms of gameplay. The core experience is pretty much all the same, with a few minor tweaks. You will still be running, ducking, driving, and blasting away your opponents with a plethora of different vehicles, powers, and weapons. Only now, with voice control, you have the option to control it all a little differently. Voice commands allow you to switch your powers without moving your hands, pause the game, and summon partners. Sure, it is mostly a superficial upgrade but it IS enjoyable to utilize once you get the hang of it. So if you enjoyed the game how it was for the PS3, then you won't have any complaints going forward.

With that being said, now we move on to 'Gat Out of Hell'.

In a series that seems so intent on pushing its players to the brink of insanity, 'Gat Out of Hell' is a wonderful addition to the pantheon of gameplay. In 'Gat' you star as Johnny Gat and his buddy Kinzie. Your goal is to go, literally, to Hell in order to bring back the President. You grab onto Lucifer's halo, stolen of course, and then wield your powers throughout the underworld in order to bring all of the damned to their knees.

This is a standalone expansion that adds an additional six to ten hours of single or cooperative gameplay to the initial 'Re-Elected' body. The story starts with the whole 'IV' team onboard their spaceship (ridiculous, we know). THey bust out a Ouija board and accidentally summon an evil spirit. One thiing leads to another and THe President gets sucked down into hell.

While the concept for this expansion is wackily unique, it doesn't really change the status quot for the game. Hell plays essentially like Steelport, with the rudiments of a new skin thrown hastily over top of it. Though the different powers that you gain are interesting, including a super speed and a variety of exploding attacks, they don't fundamentally wow is in any single way.

The combat in this expansion is fun and the graphics look as good as ever. The only thing that ended up changing our experience was the ability to fly. Flying in 'Gat out of Hell' is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game. Using the stolen halo you are able to erupt fiery wings from your back in order to explore the Underworld. You can flap your wings, dive, and even climb up buildings. The initial time you spend flying isn't exactly smooth but once you get used to it, the mechanic becomes second nature.

Once in the Underworld you will find that the basic missions you have to partake in don't change very much from the original game. You'll partake in Mayhem, Survival, and a multitude of other small side quests. One quest had us preventing souls from being pulled into Heaven. We had to fly through the air, weaving and diving, in order to collect the falling husks of their bodies. It's an interesting little twist on what could have been a pretty lame side quest and we found ourselves enjoying the rush of diving toward cement, only to pull up at the last minute.

Once we looked back at our time with these two games we found ourselves suitably impressed. Without ever trying to reinvent the wheel, Volition managed to further expand on their enjoyable franchise. 'Re-Elected' brought out more of the solid franchise while 'Gat Out of Hell' eagerly expanded upon it, if only by a little bit. These titles are far from 'must buys' for owners of the last gen, but new users shouldn't be afraid to drop big money on the experience.

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