Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of **** (PlayStation 4)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Saints Row: Gat Out of **** isn’t actually a PlayStation 4 game. Right out of the box, the latest romp in the now-zany franchise looks state-of-the-art, and while we all know the graphics don’t they’re all, we even had to double check to make sure we hadn’t lowered our TV’s resolution somehow. Textures are muddy, cutouts are plentiful, and overall the exit to the underworld is downright ugly.

Fortunately, you most likely don’t care too much about visual fidelity when you’re wreaking utter, unadulterated mayhem. In fact, he may even be encouraged to prolong each kill out of pity for his poor eyes, who will probably continue to reel in a sandbox world that somehow looks more gray and brown than Watch’s decidedly drab version of Chicago. dogs.

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If you’re new to Saints Row, all you really need to know is that this standalone expansion continues the series’ love of the ridiculous. Ever since Saints Row: The Third, developer Volition’s creation has become a complete craze, and there’s still nothing quite like it on the market today. With a map full of optional objectives and a story that will often have you staring at the screen in disbelief, it’s the ultimate choice for anyone who wants a title that doesn’t take itself seriously, and loves nothing more than being drenched in customization options, weird weapons, and wacky superpowers.

As the name of the adventure suggests, the expansion focuses on fan-favorite Johnny Gat as he travels to **** to save the boss. The story is possibly dumber than Saints Row IV – and that was crazy to begin with – but there’s nothing particularly wrong with it, simply because he’s so self-aware. There’s some genuinely funny writing scattered throughout, and the proceedings never get over their welcome, as the expansion is only about six hours long.

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During those six hours, you’ll be following what is essentially the same formula found in the Saints’ last outing. You’ll speed around the map in a vehicle or via your satisfying ability to fly, ticking off optional activities like time trials, assassinations, and survival challenges, while occasionally dropping into short story bits that keep things moving along. a fast pace. You can take your time and explore the underworld to your heart’s content, of course, but unlike other open world games, Gat Out of **** is built solely to house the higher mayhem you cause. Bottom line, if you’re not ripping every damn soul you come across right out of your butt, then you’re probably not playing it right.

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Returning briefly to the topic of side activities, the selection on offer here isn’t too dissimilar to that found in Saints Row IV, but it’s all just as fun. Taking on the form of a decrepit vampire while hurtling into traffic on insurance fraud missions can be hysterical thanks to brilliant ragdoll physics, and plain old survival battles are made entertaining by the endless stream of super powers and weaponry. that have been given to you.

In fact, the variety of weapons is fantastic, from relatively standard rifles and pistols to weird marksmen based on the seven deadly sins. Like its parent title, the expansion is at its best when casually switching between skills and firearms to maim your enemies, and coming up with your own goofy, overpowered combinations can be a lot of fun.

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That said, there is an air of familiarity about Gat Out of ****. In many ways, this is just a revamped version of Saints Row IV, with some new cutscenes and animations. **** isn’t as big as Steelport, and it doesn’t provide as good of a sandbox environment, so if you’re not up for more of the same on a smaller scale, then you might want to think twice about jumping in. in the fire.

However, fans of the franchise’s madness will no doubt find much to like here, especially when the release introduces its own version of William Shakespeare – now a DJ at *****’ only nightclub – and there’s enough narrative exposition to keep the expansion well tied to the absurd plot of Saints Row IV.

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Speaking of which, the genius girl Kinzie is also with us, and you can switch between her and Gat at your home base. It’s not a huge deal, as there aren’t too many cutscenes to begin with, but if you get tired of Johnny making jokes about collectibles almost every time you pick one up, swapping it out for his female accomplice might ease the annoyance. Then again, aside from the repetitive lines, the voice acting is top notch, especially when the game decides to take a musical turn, and each character is singing her lines to a typically cheesy tune.

conclusion

Gat Out of **** offers a few more hours of fun for those who loved Saints Row IV, but will quickly outlive its welcome if you’re not with the gang. It’ll also turn out to be a confusing and bogus ride for newcomers, so we’d recommend grabbing the full PS4 package if you’re not even sure who Johnny Gat is. With entertaining powers and some great new weapons, the standalone expansion stands on its own, but don’t expect your vacation to the other world to be anything more than a quick, family break.

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good 7/10

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Review copy provided by Deep Silver