If there are purple wings in hell then I’m going there.
Steve-O and I enjoyed our time with Saints Row IV so much that we decided to extend our experience with the Gat Out of Hell expansion. At the time of purchase it was $19.99 on PSN. We figured $20 would be a fair price for 10-15 more hours of Saints Row over-the-top ridiculousness with the added bonus of playing as Johnny Gat in Hell going toe-to-toe against Satan. Thankfully we were not let down.
Things start off with the surviving gang celebrating Kinzie’s birthday. One of the geniuses decides it’d be a great idea to get out the Ouija board. Then things go straight to Hell. Literally.
Even Zinyak gets invited to these things.
The main protagonist you created in Saint’s Row IV gets kidnapped, and Johnny heroically decides to save them. Kinzie comes onboard because reasons. Hey, it’s her birthday dammit, she can go to Hell if she wants to.
A cool feature we didn’t take advantage of is being able to choose to play as either Johnny or Kinzie. Steve-O and I didn’t know much about Johnny since we jumped on the Saints Row train on The Third, so it was fun to spend time with the SR veteran character. He’s all for pointless violence, and the DLC basically has you committing many of the same violent side missions as the main entry to fill your Satan “aggro meter” to draw his attention. These include Hell versions of some of our favorites like Tank Mayhem and insurance fraud.
One main feature, game play wise, that stands out from SRIV is the addition of flying. Johnny has ember wings and can soar to traverse the underworld and collect clusters for ability upgrades. This is way more frustrating than the awesome super-sprint. To me, flying is like swimming… I pretty much always hate how it works in video games. Unforunately, Gat Out of Hell’s flying mechanics are not as polished as they could be, leading to quite a bit of frustration if you plan on doing the mini-games that require some relatively precise flying skills.
As with most Saint’s Row games, I was astounded by the creative weapons we were given to play with. Seriously, developer creativity amazes me at times. Since you’re in Hell, you get weapons representing everything from demons to plagues. There’s even an armchair with machine guns for arm rests.
This hot number is Uriel’s sword.
In Gat Out of Hell, we were treated to a lot of interesting surprises. The plot isn’t entirely complicated, but it throws in some super entertaining tidbits like musical numbers, cameo appearances from famous historical figures like William Shakespeare, and an exclusive peek into the Devil’s family drama. Satan’s daughter, Jezebel, is rebelling, and what better bad boy to fall for than our own Johnny Gat?
Satan is pretty much how I expected… But still a lot of fun to watch and fight.
Disney-esque random outbursts into song never get old!
If you enjoyed Saint’s Row IV and need an excuse to visit the series’ wanton violence and over-the-top humor in the fiery pits of Hell, Gat Out of Hell has you covered. It’s $20, sure, but it has enough content to easily occupy a gamer for at least 10+ hours. We certainly didn’t regret diving into Hell to rescue our sociopath President!