Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
The Saints have come marching on in with Volition’s new take on Saints Row IV; Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. Released way back in 2013, Saints Row IV received fairly positive reviews, praised for it’s whacky off the wall action and side-splitting humour but criticized for the unchallenging levels of combat and repetition of missions. On average Saints Row IV scored a neat 8/10. I for one have loved that Saints Row series from way back when it started a little under 10 years ago! However, due to time restraints I was never actually able to play SRIV. Thankfully, my patience has proven itself to be fruitful as not only is Saints Row IV coming to the Xbox One, but it’s bringing with it every single piece of DLC! That’s almost 30 pieces of downloadable fun, all included!
Alongside an extensive amount of DLC thrown in, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected also receives a tasty graphical update bringing it inline with the other Xbox One titles. I’m told that the frame rate is generally improved, but as you can imagine, having not played the 360 version, I couldn’t comment too much on this. But what I can confirm is whilst playing the Xbox One version, Re-Elected certainly held it’s ground pretty well. I saw little to no bugs, nor glitches. Overall, I was very happy with it all. The playground of chaos that is Steelport City looks great by both day and night and the mechanics, for myself, worked absolutely fine.
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected has been one of the few remasters I’ve been looking forward to playing, but for me I’m just about done with older games being brought into the latest generation of consoles.
It’s the same great game, with ALL (and I mean ALL) the added extras, polished up and slammed on our new consoles. Reseal, repeat and replay…. ladies and gentlemen, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
This is something to be excited for! With every launch, the team at Volition seem to get more and more experimental, always pushing the boundaries of what their creative minds will let them do. Well, with Gat Out of Hell, they’ve truly out done themselves.
You take the role as Johnny Gat on a mission to save the leader of the Saints from the clutches of Satan. Satan of course, not as menacingly as you’d have originally thought, plots to have the Saint’s leader marry his daughter, Jezebel. Play through the open world of New Hades (a re-skinned Steelport) and align yourselves with former Saints and known figures in history, including Shakespeare and Blackbeard!
In a varying way to how the original storylines progressed, in this standalone title players complete missions to fill the “Satan’s Wrath” bar, unlocking cutscenes and progressing the storyline further as they go. It takes roughly five hours to have the storyline completed.
There’s not really much else to touch on as the title alone kind of says everything. It’s a Saints Row game, but set in Hell… that’s all there is to it. Of course, Gat has adorned some demonic super powers such as flight and crazy magic powerball things but you’ll mostly be using the expected bizarre arsenal of weapons, including an armchair-minigun aptly named the Armchairmageddon (I’ll take my hat off for that, Volition). There’s no new ground-breaking technology nor gameplay mechanics, is what I’m trying to say.
Through-and-through, Gat Out of Hell is exactly what you’d expect; Explosive over the top action, hilarious one liners, bizarre and kooky weaponry and a downright good time. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and I’ll use the term “family-fun” loosely, but there’s definitely something here for everyone’s gaming taste. Overall, just another great addition to the Saints Row franchise.