Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PS4 Recalled in Australia


Earlier today, QV Software has informed Australian retailers to pull copies of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PlayStation 4 from their shelves due to a manufacturing issue, which has caused the incorrectly classified version of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected to be released in Australia.

Major gaming retailers in Australia, both EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have removed all listing of the PS4 game from their corresponding websites.

Customers are encouraged to return their PlayStation 4 copies of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected to their place of purchase for a full refund. Retailers are being sent correctly classified copies of the game as replacements and will arrive soon.

OXCGN’s Saint’s Row IV: Gat Out of Hell Review


(Editor Note: Daniel Geikowski, wrote this review for us with a promotional copy provided by Deep Silver) Saints Row is a franchise that identifies itself with the term “ridiculous.” The first was a GTA knock-off. The second embraced a little more silliness. Volition found their niche with The Third. Finally, IV took the game to superhero-proportions by giving the player super powers. To put it simply, this is not a serious series, and it’s one of the funniest games out there.

Volition and Deep Silver have ported Saints Row IV and its new expansion Gat Out of Hell to next-gen consoles, and quite honestly, I’m not entirely sure it warrants your purchase.

For a full review of IV, please check out our original review. This review will award a score for each ported title individually, and the package as a whole. The version being reviewed is the Xbox One.

Saint’s Row IV

Saints Row IV casts the player in a role signifying the ultimate ascendance of the Saints: the President of the United States. The game starts out comical enough, but the proverbial things hit the fan when aliens invade and cause massive destruction. The President gets thrown into a simulation of Earth where he attains superpowers, and must ultimately defeat the alien menace to avenge Earth and humanity.

In this Re-Elected edition of the game, the base game includes all previously released DLC (missions, weapons, items, etc.). For its price tag, it provides value, and still holds up as a genuinely fun game. While the game does not contain very many technical issues like Gat Out of Hell, it still does not run at a constant framerate and ultimately comes off as unimpressive for a game on current generation consoles.

If you have never played the game before and have interest in the franchise, whether as a returning fan or a new one, I would ultimately say that it provides value for its entry fee. However, as of the time of review, the framerate issues are not justifiable (especially for a game that runs better on PCs with worse specs than the consoles) – especially when you can get the game cheaper on Steam.

7.5/10

Gat out of Hell

Ever since the original, Johnny Gat has been a series staple and a personal favorite of mine. Rude, sarcastic, and always witty, Johnny brings comic relief to a game that is arguably entirely based on comic relief – and that’s a feat.

Gat Out of Hell sees the player from IV, the President of the United States, sucked into hell via Ouija board. As it would turn out, Satan himself was impressed with the destruction and chaos caused by the President in his term, and wishes to wed the President to his daughter Jezebel. Johnny Gat, of course, takes it upon himself to follow the President into hell to – wait for it – assassinate the dark lord and free his friend.

The expansion revolves around causing enough chaos in hell to attract Satan’s attention, and you have many tools at your disposal to accomplish this goal. The usual activities return with hell-themed renditions; for example, the activity focusing on insurance fraud has you playing as one of the grim denizens of hell, and you must throw yourself in front of cars to rack up not dollars, but years off of your “sentence” in hell.  You also have missions to accomplish, which largely center around recruiting various people throughout real and franchise history to join your team, such as William Shakespeare, Blackbeard, and The Twins (latter being from the franchise) to piss off Satan.

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You also have powers like in Saints Row IV, but these are more focused on a hell-like vision. Johnny Gat has wings and can fly, and his powers are generally focused on summoning demonic imps, doing super stomps, and things of the like. Unfortunately, while it sounds great on paper, the execution was not so entertaining. Navigating with the wings is very clunky, and God help you (pun) if you need to jump a small distance – it’s no easy task. You also cannot sprint. The game wants you to fly around and explore, but all of the activities and mission starts are generally on the ground… defeating the purpose. I hated running around on the ground. Also, at one point you get a chair with a machine gun on it and you roam around like something out of Garry’s Mod.

This brings me to my biggest criticism of Gat out of Hell: it just feels like an idea that sounded awesome on paper, but simply didn’t follow through in execution. When I first booted up the game, I was seriously confused because, as one would expect from an interpretation of hell, I expected everything to start attacking me. Nope. The strange skeleton-like denizens of hell just mind their own business. The only people posing any threat to the player are Satan’s demons, which are like the police in the game.

Johnny as a character felt off. It reminded me of Gears of War: Judgment, in that the character was more of a distant representation of someone you thought you knew from previous games that you would come to understand better, but whose performance and delivery ultimately fizzle.

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The game itself was just not visually appealing. While I understand that hell can only have so much visual variety with this vein of interpretation, the game itself just looks bland. Buildings are all the same shade of greys and browns, every “citizen” of hell looks the same, and at the end of it all, it just feels not funny or scary – it feels weird, and not in a good or entertaining way.

On top of this criticism, the game is a genuinely bad port. The game jumps from around 20 to 60 FPS constantly. Even with enabling the optional v-sync in the options menu, I can’t see any visual change – and I’ve played the PC version back in 2013. The game lacks anti-aliasing and looks very dated. Saints Row IV on PC was a very optimized game; my current PC, which is probably around the power of the current gen consoles (maybe a little less), runs the game better than this.

In effect, you really aren’t getting your money’s worth in this situation. The expansion will only run you a few hours, and I could only recommend it to a die-hard fan of the series that wants to see the story continued. Maybe these issues will be alleviated with a day-one patch, but that’s what we said with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. At this point in time, it’s a very poor rendition of the title that would only benefit someone who has never played the game before and does not own a capable gaming PC.

5/10

SUMMARY

At the end of the day, there is a pretty solid amount of content awaiting players who pick up the physical package. When grouping both together as a package, you get more value than purchasing either game individually – but take them on their own, and there’s not really much to recommend, especially with the technical issues. Maybe these issues were specific to the Xbox One, but there is no excuse for this.

Combined score (Physical package)

6.5/10

Review conducted with version supplied by the Deep Silver.

The Seven Deadly Weapons from Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Are Revealed


Deep Silver Volition knows all too well the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. For Johnny Gat in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell standalone expansion, the seven deadly weapons represent a means to devilish fun on his rampage through Hell. Can the Devil and his demonic allegiance withstand the persuasiveness of Johnny’s unrighteous arsenal? Have a look at this new video trailer featuring the seven deadly weapons and check out a description of the weapons below:

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  • Armchair-A-Geddon – (The embodiment of Sloth in the rifle slot) Take a seat and watch the mayhem explode with dual-miniguns and heat-seeking missiles.
  • Gallows Dodger – (The embodiment of Pride in the pistol slot) Hurl arcane balls of energy from this mysterious embodiment of murder, which doesn’t hesitate to boast of his murderous history.
  • Last Supper – (The embodiment of Gluttony in the special weapons slot) Cover your enemies with hell-ish frosting and watch how hunger takes over the masses!
  • Uriels Edge – (The embodiment of Envy in the melee slot) Slash, blast and disintegrate your enemies in a deadly ball of fire.
  • Ark of the Covenant – (The embodiment of Wrath in the explosive slot) Suck in the souls from your enemies and then launch them at the rest. It’s a win-win.
  • Boom Chicka – (The embodiment of Lust in the shotgun slot) Nothing says come hither more than Boom Chicka, the sexiest gun in existence.
  • Diamond Sting – (The embodiment of Greed in the SMG slot) This weapon propels wages at an incredible rate of fire, turning victims into a shower of wealth.

Two different pre-order offers were also announced where if you purchase the new gen bundle for US$49.99 with retailers such as Amazon you will receive two special DLC packs outlined below, or get the Gat out of Hell specific DLC when pre-ordering it as a standalone game for only US$19.99.

  • Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Devil’s Workshop Pack which includes the Saints Wings and Jester’s Skull. Tired of flying on the wings of a fallen angel? With the Devil’s Workshop Pack you can fly on the purple wings of a Saint instead. Also included; Yorick, the flaming skull that acts as the source of Shakespeare’s infernal might. Finally you can wield all of the power of Shakespeare with none of the iambic pentameter: what’s not to love?
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Plague of Frogs Pack which includes hellish princess, internal guard and lil’ croaker. Take some mementos from hell with you to virtual Steelport! Rain amphibian death onto Zinyak’s army with the Lil’ Croaker, and look good doing it wearing either Infernal Guard armor or Hellish Princess costumes.

In addition to the trailer release and preorder bonuses, Deep Silver today announced that Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected will launch on 20 January 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC as a bundle, whereas Saints Row: Gat out of Hell standalone will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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Saints Row Expansion Gat Out of Hell Announced at PAX


Saints Row IV Developer Volition has revealed an announcement trailer for a standalone expansion called Gat out of Hell at their PAX panel yesterday.

After the space faring antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell.

Gat Out of Hell will also include co-op as you explore the pits of hell with the usual crazy shenanigans.

Volition also announced a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port of Saints Row IV dubbed Saints Row IV: Re-Elected that will launch alongside Gat out of HellSaints Row IV originally released for the PS3, PC and 360 in 2013.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will be available from January 27, 2015 on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Australian Cinemtatic Studio Plastic Wax on Saints Row IV


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Australian Cinemtatic Studio Plastic Wax on Saints Row IV

Good to see local talent on a global scale

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

5058274_300It was revealed earlier today that Australian cinematic studio Plastic Wax a studio that’s worked on plenty of other gaming brandswere responsible for the cutscenes during the course of Saints Row IV’s single player campaign.

The games in the Plastic Wax portfolio include Bioshock, Civilization V, Fallout, Neverwinter and many more.

Plastic Wax EVP Dane Maddams explains;

“Plastic Wax was fortunate enough to work with the always incredibly talented Volition and Deep Silver teams, we (Plastic Wax) handled full body and hand-keyed animation for 46 minutes of cutscene material, the project took around seven months to complete. Being tied so closely to the content we had an early sneak peek at the game prior to release, and believe me, the fans are in for an incredible ride.”

Volition’s Animation Director Zach Lowery adds,

“Working with the talented team at Plastic Wax on Saints Row IV was a true pleasure. We tried hard to make sure that there wasn’t a feeling of separation and at the end of the day, it truly felt like Plastic Wax was a natural extension of our internal team.”

“The final product speaks for itself, and I’m very proud of what our teams accomplished together.”

Saints Row IV has also sold more than a million units since its release in its first week. Let’s see if that number hits 2 million when it’s finally released in Australia this week.

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

OXCGN’s Saints Row IV Review


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OXCGN’s Saints Row IV Review

The Crackdown sequel we’ve always wanted

by Nicholas Laborde

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

saints_row_oxcgn1In 2006, Volition under THQ gave us a GTA clone called Saints Row. And, in effect, that’s really all it was: a GTA clone capturing the open world market in a world before next-gen GTA.

I fell in love. It had a relatively serious story which was engaging, and the customization factor of the Saints diversified the game. Saints Row 2 continued this storytelling, and Saints Row: The Third abandoned this in favor of a more over-the-top, comedic storyline.

Each had their own place, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with every single one of them. Saints Row IV, though, is the epitome of what the series has been building up to. Bringing super powers and other assorted shenanigans into the mix, I can’t shake this feeling of the game being the long lost sequel to Crackdown.

And I’m perfectly content with that.

Saints Row IV review here