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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell review

I was lucky enough to review Saints Row 4 when it was released in the last generation, I had a *lot* of fun with the game and it was actually one I managed to keep going back to months after despite having a huge pile of shame.

When I heard I would have the opportunity to jump back into the Virtual Reality Steelport on the Xbox One I couldn’t say no. The Saints Row IV re-elected Edition comes with a brand new expansion too… Gat out of Hell.

If you haven’t experienced the Saints Row series in the last couple of years then you have missed a couple of great games. Saints Row 3 was brilliant while Saints Row 4 upped the ante by creating a Virtual version of Steelport giving the developer’s free reign to produce one of my favourite game worlds in a while. Saints Row 4 starts with an infiltration mission in which you attempt to stop Cyrus from setting off a nuclear warhead, despite defeating Cyrus the missile gets launched, but in true Saints Row fashion The Boss saves the day.

Five years later, (and after you have been through the huge character creator that allows you to create your ideal boss) you find yourself elected as the President of the United States, with several members of the Saints acting as cabinet. Just before a routine press conference an invasion begins, spearheaded by the alien warlord Zinyak who captures all of the cabinet members as well as the Boss.

Eventually Zinyak throws you into simulated Steelport leaving you to find a way to save your crew who have been left in their own virtual reality hell, but for the rest of us this is where the fun begins. With the brilliant Kinzie on your side she discovers that there are data clusters distributed all around Steelport and the more of them you collect the more powers you’ll obtain. If you have played Crackdown then some of the powers will feel very familiar to you, being able to jump 20 stories high and running three blocks in a matter of seconds are the most basic, but as you earn more XP you’ll earn the ability smash in the ground to send opponents flying with your mind and use fire, lots of fire…

Steelport itself isn’t the most exciting place when it was “real” but the virtual version is a whole different story, as well as the normal city structures there are also 5 huge alien structures that like in Crackdown, will have plenty of rewards waiting for you at the top. With all of your abilities getting around is great fun, and it almost feels like there is no need for vehicles, but they are pretty fun too, so it worth checking those out too.

It’s great having all sorts of abilities but you’ll need weapons too and there are plenty in Saints Row IV, and they are pretty amazing. By now you will have heard of the Dubstep gun, frankly it’s a bit mental but you are hard pushed to find a weapon that isn’t in this game. Each of the guns can be upgraded to become or powerful It’s great to experiment with the different styles of weapons to help you get through the different activities. These range from havoc missions, where you are required to cause a certain amount of damage to anything you can within a time limit. There are races, survival missions as well as the story itself, which is brilliant. Saints Row has never really taken itself seriously and it continues in the same vai this time around.

Despite the game making its way on to the Xbox One and being upscaled to 1080p I didn’t really notice too much of a difference and a times felt like the game was struggling, there was lots of texture popping in and when the game had lots of enemies on screen the slowdown was noticeable. It would have been neat to allow previous owners of the game to import their save game, or even their characters, thankfully the game is fun enough to experience all over again.

The re-release of Saints Row IV on the new generation of consoles has been joined by a standalone expansion pack, Gat out of Hell.

The story begins at the end of SRIV, the crew are celebrating Kinzies birthday, to spice things up they decided to play around with an Ophir board, it’s all a bit of fun at first until the boss is captured by Satan and is being lined up to marry his daughter, Jezebel. Johnny is not impressed by this and along Kinzie (it is her birthday after all) follow him into hell to stop the marriage from taking place.

When they reach hell one of the first thing Kinzie says is “it looks a lot like Steelport” she isn’t quite right, they are in a place called New Hades it looks like hell, there is fire, lava, cars with no doors on and there are husks wandering the streets. The police are demons who drive monster trucks, and there are plenty of flying enemies that have shields and can attack you from any position.

You quickly discover that the most prominent building in the city is Ultor HQ. Dane Vogel, head of Ultor Corporation and previous adversary of the Saints, Has set himself up in hell. He has spotted a gap in the Real Estate market, he just needs Satan out of the way. He gives Johnny Gat with Lucifer’s Broken Halo, It gives the users the ability to fly and use its magical powers. Between Johnny and Kinzie your job is to get Satan to notice you by causing as much chaos as possible.

So you have been given a set of amazing powers, but are they any good? Actually yes! The first two you begin with are the ability to fly and the super sprint, but as you progress through the game you’ll unlock more arcane powers such as a powerful stomp that will send enemies flying and destroy the shields of more powerful enemies. There are a host of excellent weapons too. My favourite so far is the lil’ croaker, a rocket launcher that shoots out frogs that hop around before exploding. There are some great sniper rifles, assault rifles and shotguns to get hold of too. They can all be upgrades provided you have the cash and XP to do so. The more activities you do the more you can upgrade.

The activities are quite good fun, they range from Salvation, which is a flying mission that requires you to save as many souls as possible from falling out of the sky, to a rather nice variant to the insurance fraud mode, called Torment Fraud. In this mode you basically torment a soul as much as possible in order for him to escape hell.

Gat out of Hell is full of the humour that made me love Saints Row 4, New Hades was a nice change to Steelport and the superhuman powers were a blast. The flying took a bit of getting used to but just like in SRIV as you upgraded you powers the more fun the game became. If you haven’t played Saints Row 4 yet it’s definitely worth getting the re-elected version of the game, if you are returning from playing it on the 360 I’m not totally sure it’s worth your time, it’s probably better picking up the expansion and getting 7-8 hours of hellish fun from that.

Thanks to Koch Media for supplying TiX with a download code

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Saints Row IV – National Treasure Edition Available This Summer

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For beautiful and spacious skies and all the D-L-C! Deep Silver has today announced the Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition, coming to the Xbox 360 and other platforms (except Xbox One) via digital download this summer, with expected shipping to retailers from July 8th!

Included in the National Treasure Edition will be the entirety of the Saints Row IV add-on content catalogue totaling a whopping 29 separate DLC items and content packs totaling more than $60 dollars in value. Also included is the fabulous Grass Roots ‘Merica! gun, which functions similarly to the completely insane and otherwise totally bad ass multi-use weapon previously only available in the Commander In Chief Edition. The National Treasure Edition Grass Roots ‘Merica is a weapon with unmeasurable freedom containing: a light machine gun, a sub machine gun, an auto shotgun, heavy pistol, a minigun, a rocket launcher, a flamethrower and a huge combat knife all in one gun. MERICA!

The full list of the 29 DLC items and content included in the Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition can be found below:

Weapons

  • Plunger Gun
  • SR3 Brute Minigun
  • SR3 Brute Flamethrower
  • SR3 Luchadore Grenade Launcher
  • ‚Merica Weapon
  • The Rectifier
  • Reynolds .50 HMG
  • The Polarizer
  • Knifethrower

Weapon Costumes

  • Shotguns – Hillbilly
  • Shotguns – Deadwood Doc
  • Assault Rifles – Hillbilly
  • Sniper Rifle – Flintlock
  • Assault Rifles – Red Rider BB Gun
  • Assault Rifles –Kaiju-XL
  • Dubstep Gun – Oktoberfest
  • Dubstep Gun – Big Band
  • Dubstep Gun – Classical
  • Dubstep Gun – Metal
  • Dubstep Gun – Christmas
  • SMG – BG-40
  • Pistols –Tombstone Special
  • Pistols – Flintlock Pistol
  • Melee Weapon –Braver Sword
  • Melee Weapon – Giant Club
  • Melee Weapon – Giant Bone
  • Melee Weapon – North Pole

Outfits and Suits

  • Aisha Suit
  • Alien Grunt
  • Alien Lady
  • Amazonian Body Armor
  • Collegiate Casual
  • Digital Dino
  • Elf Suit
  • Fore!
  • Freckle Bitch’s Delivery Chick
  • Furious V
  • Gat Suit
  • Genki Space Pimp
  • Iron Rogue Suit
  • Lady Maverick
  • Miss Mischief
  • Prairie Dress
  • Prehistoric Pretty
  • Robo Chimp
  • Santa Suit
  • Sexy Redneck
  • Shojou Cutie
  • Shonen
  • Sorority Chic
  • Spank Me
  • Stone Age Stud
  • The Deck Swabber
  • The Hillbilly
  • The Otherworlder
  • The Patriot
  • The Strapless Wonder
  • The Suit with No Name
  • Uncle Sam
  • Waffle-Boarder
  • Warden
  • Zinyak Suit

Headwear

  • Aisha Hat
  • Amazon Mask
  • Barry-O Mask
  • Country Straw Hat
  • Dirty Trucker
  • Dubya Mask
  • Elf Hat
  • Furious V Mask
  • Goalie Mask
  • Hat with No Name
  • Honest Abe Mask
  • Melon Melons
  • Pebble Beach Special
  • Pirate Head Wrap
  • Prairie Bonnet
  • Rogue Helm
  • Santa Hat
  • Tailgate Standard
  • The Original Prez Mask
  • The Strapless Wonder Mask
  • Uncle Sam Hat
  • Wild West Hat
  • Zinyak Mask

Eyewear

  • Gat Glasses
  • Eyepatch

Hands

  • Left Hook
  • Right Hook
  • Tech Gauntlets

Hair

  • Totes Kawaii
  • Eastern Angles
  • Gat Hair
  • The Franklin

Upper Body

  • Pirate Shirt
  • Xmas Sweater

Lower Body

  • Pirate Pants
  • Peg Leg(s)

Gloves

  • Santa Gloves

Shoes

  • Deathmatch Boots
  • Suave Slip-Ons

Vehicles

  • Dasher
  • Dildozer
  • Half Baked
  • Slayer
  • Stoned
  • Screaming Eagle VTOL
  • Texas T
  • Scallywagon
  • Shayne’s Barstool Racer
  • Sleigh One
  • Puck Truck
  • XXX Gunslinger
  • Jolly Compton
  • Naughty F-69 VTOL
  • Retro Rocket

Mission Packs

  • Enter the Dominatrix
  • How the Saints Saved Christmas

Homies

  • Raptor Ned
  • Dom the Dom
  • The Dominatrix
  • Donnie
  • Nyteblade
  • Josh Birk
  • Zimos
  • Santa
  • Clawz
  • Gingerbread Men
  • Mrs Claus
  • Future Shaundi
  • Ashly Burch
  • Dad Burch
  • Anthony Burch

Super Power Elements

  • Blast – Bling
  • Blast – Explosion
  • Telekinesis – Bling
  • Telekinesis – Explosion
  • Ground Pound – Make it Rain
  • Buff – Midas Touch

ACTIVITIES

  • Genki Holiday
  • Mind Over Murder

That’s over $60 worth of DLC content

Saints Row IV – Two New DLC Packs Out This Week

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Deep Silver and Volition will release two new content packs for Saints Row IV this week, the very game we rated 8/10 in our recent review!

Presidential Pack:
Don the façades of two of our most highly-regarded founding fathers or disguise as the two Heads of State who heralded in the new millennium. Choose between four Presidential Masks or wear the classic hairstyle of days gone by with the historical wig. Show the citizens of Steelport what tradition means with the historical presidential outfit or a female historical costume.

Grass Roots Pack:
The Saints may be known for their flashy clothes and extravagant lifestyle but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wide array of clothing, weapon, and vehicle options, such as this culturally-sensitive pack inspired by America’s more remote citizenry. Beef up your arsenal with an assortment of special Grass Roots Weapons: Decide between a double-barreled shotgun, an assault rifle, or go for the politically approved Plunger Launcher that lets you shut up any opposition quickly!

Also includes two new characteristic Grass Roots outfits and a fancy truck, complete with a pink flamingo!

Prices for DLC are £1.99 in the UK and vary depending upon locale. Check your dashboard for pricing options.

Saints Row IV Launch Celebrated With Notting Hill Carnival

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Saints Row IV is celebrating its launch in the only way the Saints know how – with the biggest street party in the UK! Deep Silver has announced that Saints Row IV will be making some serious noise at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, bringing the wub to the streets of London.

Partnering with Rampage, one of the most consistent and successful urban music specialists in UK club land, Saints Row IV will be hitting it hard with two monstrous 30ft high Saints Flow mascots – Paul The Can – which will tower above Notting Hill Carnival’s largest sound system, playing to over 15,000 people. With previous guests of the Rampage stage including Sean Paul, Tiny Tempah and Ms Dynamite, this years carnival is set to be bigger, brasher, and louder than ever before. There will be free cans of Saints Flow to refresh the crowd, a competition to win a gaming console featured on the cans, and if that wasn’t enough, the brand new track from APOLLO 84 feat SHYSTIE – “SAINTS FLOW” written especially for Saints Row IV will be premiered from the Rampage sound stage.

Notting Hill Carnival takes place Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August, you can find the Rampage Sound System on Colville Street, or by looking up, and following the massive cans of Saints Flow!

thisisxbox.com rated Saints Row IV 8/10 in our recent review.

Saints Row IV Dev Diary – The Wheels of the Spaceship Go Round and Round

In this exclusive look behind the scenes Jim Boone, Senior Producer, Steve Jaros, Creative Director, and Steve Quirk, Art Director, from Volition explain how adding superpowers opened a whole new dimension for the gameplay in Saints Row IV while John Brunkhart, Weapons Designer and David Payne, Lead Weapons Artist, analyze what influence @EmperorZinyak’s alien invasion had on the arsenal.

Saints Row IV releases on August 23rd across Europe. Look out for our review soon!

Saints Row IV – The One Million Dollar Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition

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Deep Silver today unveils a very special edition of Saints Row IV. The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition aka The Million Dollar Pack will contain a selection of very Presidential items and activities for the ultimate Saints Row experience.

One Saints Row fan will be able to purchase this limited edition package which contains:

  • Saints Row IV : Commander in Chief Edition
  • A full sized replica Dubstep Gun
  • A full day of spy training
  • A trip to space with Virgin Galactic
  • One year’s membership of E25 Super Car Club and a Lamborghini Gallardo to make it worthwhile
  • Plastic Surgery of the purchaser’s choice
  • A shopping spree with a personal shopper to create the ultimate Planet Saints capsule wardrobe
  • 7 nights for two at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington
  • Hostage rescue experience
  • A brand new Toyota Prius and insurance to give something back to the environment
  • 7 nights stay in the Top Royal Suite at the Burj-al-arab with flights for two

The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition is available for pre-order through Game now, and will be delivered to the purchaser in a truly Presidential style.

Saints Row IV launches August 20th, 2013 across North and Latin America and August 23rd in the rest of the world.

Saints Row IV Dev Diary Centers on Story and the Endless Possibilities

This week’s “behind the scenes” video will center on the story and the endless possibilities inside the game. Jim Boone, Senior Producer, Steve Jaros, Creative Director and Chris Claflin, Lighting Lead, from Volition and two actors Terry Crews (voice of Ben King) and Troy Baker (default player voice) share their thoughts on how the virtual world of Steelport allowed them to cross even more boundaries than before.

Saints Row IV launches August 20th, 2013 across North and Latin America and August 23rd worldwide.

Saints Row IV: Inauguration Station Out Now On Xbox Live

Deep Silver and Volition today released the Inauguration Station for Saints Row IV that will allow players to shape their future Presidents in time before election day on August 20th. Presidents created in the Inauguration Station can be uploaded online and can then be transported to virtual Steelport in Saints Row IV to use as playable characters at the game’s launch.

You can additionally download your characters from Saints Row: The Third to update them for Saints Row IV. Head over to www.saintsrow.com to browse an online gallery with thousands of shared community characters.

Saints Row IV launches August 20th, 2013 across North and Latin America and August 23rd worldwide for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows PC.

Australian Saint’s Row IV Has No Co-op With Rest of the World

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Deep Silver has taken to the Australian Facebook page for Saints Row IV to confirm that the game will also have no co-op mode that can connect with the rest of the world following an omission of content to get the game even so much as legal for sale in the country!

Quoted by the publishers:

“…For this version, we had to cut one optional Loyalty Mission from the game. Loyalty Missions are optional side missions that you can do with your homies. This mission in particular involves alien narcotics in the simulation, which eventually have a positive effect in terms of gameplay. As you cannnot depict any positive effect for using narcotics in video games in Australia, this was the reason the game was refused a classification.

While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.

As for the “Rectifier” weapon that was mentioned as an “alien anal probe” weapon recently — it launches enemies into the sky — this is and always has been a bonus weapon for the Season Pass. At this point in time we are still awaiting details on whether we can include it in the Season Pass in Australia or not…”

Via NeoGaf

Saints Row IV Modified and Approved for Australian Gamers

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Australians wanting to get in on the madness of Saints Row IV can now celebrate and rest assured because, Deep Silver and AIE (the official distributor) are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game an MA15+ rating.

In order to get the game approved for the Australian market, the developers had to remove the character Shaundi and the mission associated that contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers. This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers.

Deep Silver has confirmed no negative impact on story

the removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.

In this instalment in the Saints Row franchise, developer Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. But the leaders of the free world are under attack from an alien invasion in the land of the free, and it’s up to you and your gang to save the world, Saints-style.

Look out for our review in run up to release.

Thanks AGB