Johnny Gat Goes to Hell in Saints Row Standalone Expansion

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Johnny Gat Goes to Hell in Saints Row Standalone Expansion

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The gang from Saints Row channels Disney by battling Satan with a talking gun and terrifying musical numbers.

The Saints Row series has gotten more and more absurd as it has progressed, so it kind of makes sense for the characters to go full fantastical. At the Volition panel at PAX Prime this morning, Lead Writer Steve Jaros and the rest of the team announced a standalone expansion called Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Over the course of a 6-8 hour romp, you can play as Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington (or both in 2-player coop) as they both travel to the city of Hell to save the soul of the boss of the 3rd Street Saints from Satan. The expansion will cost $19.99, and it'll be available on January 27th 2015 on Xbox One, 360, PS3, PS4 and PC. The release of Gat Out of Hell coincides with Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for the Xbox One and PS4 to make a nice package for those who have moved on to new consoles.

Gat Out of Hell sounds like something you don't want to miss, though. I got to speak with Jaros before the announcement and he was audibly excited to show off his version of the classic Orphean myth of traveling into Hades. There's also some comparison to Dante's Inferno as Jaros said you'll be able to meet characters from past games in the series to have some closure. There's also a full musical number. Basically, it sounds insanely fun.

"It's very much an over-the-top crazy adventure where Johnny Gat goes into hell," Jaros said. "You tear up Hell. It's an open world sand box you have lots of different activities and diversions to go play in to try and take over the city."

I learned at the Escapist Expo last year that Jaros shares my background in theater, and we nerded out talking about the silly references in his games. Little did I know that while Jaros was in Durham for the Expo, he was actually writing a full musical number that appears in Gat Out of Hell. "I was actually at the Escapist Expo and I was writing the musical in my hotel room and I'd be walking around the halls of the Escapist [Expo] singing the song in my head," he told me. "It was fun - it was a labor of love."

The song occurs about halfway through the main story of the game and serves to introduce the Satan character to the player. The number is probably more Disney-inspired than a true Broadway style song. Jaros said the story is told by Jane Austen (as in Saints Row 4) but steals many cues from animated films. "It's not like a Disney parody or anything like that, but it's inspired by some of the tropes. For instance in a Disney movie there's usually a talking animal companion - there'll be some mice, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid. In our game it's a gun. Johnny Gat has a talking gun that keeps him company."

In your adventures through Hell, you'll also gain supernatural powers similar to how you gained superpowers in Saints Row 4 except now you'll have a dark angel's wings or be able to summon imps to fight for you. There's also special weapons for each of the seven deadly sins. "Tell him about the armchair," prompted Aubrey Norris, head PR for Deep Silver.

"Our sloth weapon is an armchair with miniguns on it and then when you pull the recliner to put your feet up you fire missles," Jaros said. "There's something beautifully silly about sliding around in an armchair with miniguns."

Is the sloth armchair weapon funnier than the dubstep gun from SR4? Only time will tell.

Check out my full interview with Steve Jaros here where we discuss the transition Saints Row has taken since its first iteration in 2006 to the present and the objectification of women both in his games and the industry.

I'll also be playing through a portion of Gat Out of Hell at the Volition booth during PAX so expect a full preview on what to expect from the standalone expansion to be published this weekend.

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You just don't see fun ideas like this in the rest of the AAA industry.

So you get to play as Johnny Gat and fight the devil, who is voiced by Clancy Brown, and see characters from the old games like Dane Vogel and perhaps kill them again?!

Come on guys! These were new pants!

erttheking:
You just don't see fun ideas like this in the rest of the AAA industry.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon says high.

youji itami:

erttheking:
You just don't see fun ideas like this in the rest of the AAA industry.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon says high.

True, but games like this and Blood Dragon are very sadly in the minority.

I am getting a bit of a metal vibe off the trailer. well at least I am hoping there will be a bunch of metal music in the game.

WANT!

What ever happened to silly fun stuff like this? It doesn't even really exist as Easter Eggs anymore. I mean, there's Blood Dragon, but even Dead Rising went down the grim-dark serious route. Fingers crossed that Sunset Overdrive is great (and not an Xbone exclusive).

Instant purchase. Well, the day it does come out.

The only thing that would make me even happier would be a crossover between Blood Dragon and Saints Row. Not that this is likely to happen, though.

The Jonny Gat focus is quite offputting (I started the series with 3, was baffled by the opening sequence but loved the rest of the game, but didn't see anything to like when he was reintroduced later in 4 - just a bunch of characters hero-worshipping what seemed to be the least remarkable character on the screw)... but if I play single player it sounds like I can sidestep him for the far more interesting Kenzie anyway, so that'll do. Torpedoes my chances of getting to co-op it, but I'm game for 6-8 hours of single player Saints Row fun!

I came for the Saints Row, but stayed for the price tag. This is fantastic.
Also answers my question of "where are they going to go next with this?".
The answer? Not disappointing at all...

Reincarnatedwolfgod:
I am getting a bit of a metal vibe off the trailer. or maybe that is me hoping there will be a bunch of metal music in the game.

Based on the fact that nearly every frame in the trailer looks like it could be an 80's thrash metal album cover, I'm getting that vibe too. And I like it.

Huh. Just when you were thinking they couldnt possibly find another level to take it to...

Kolyarut:
The Jonny Gat focus is quite offputting (I started the series with 3, was baffled by the opening sequence but loved the rest of the game, but didn't see anything to like when he was reintroduced later in 4 - just a bunch of characters hero-worshipping what seemed to be the least remarkable character on the screw)... but if I play single player it sounds like I can sidestep him for the far more interesting Kenzie anyway, so that'll do. Torpedoes my chances of getting to co-op it, but I'm game for 6-8 hours of single player Saints Row fun!

I am in the same situation than you. Never got the worship of Galt, and given that I spent most of my time with 3 and 4 (tried 2 for a few hours, before losing interest). I am also disappointed the character creator (one of my favorite features of Saints Row) is completely absent because you don't play as the boss...

But at least we got Kenzie, which is good because I can always welcome more Saints Row...

hermes200:

But at least we got Kenzie, which is good because I can always welcome more Saints Row...

and if they keep the trend of cammeos
im guessing the rest of SR3 cast that did not show up in SR4
lets face it, it's not like they could have ended up anywhere else.

Will I still be able to run around at super-fast speeds while listening to "What Is Love" and "The Boys are Back in Town"?

If so...sold!

I'll be buying this on Steam, no question. Plenty of games to keep me occupied until its release at least, but looking good.

So... Saints Row 3 part 3?

The dubstep gun wasnt funny. I have to say. Interesting for half a second perhaps. In general the silly humour isnt funny to me unless there are high levels of alcohol and thc in my bloodstream. The games are fun yeeees i admit. Just not funny. Though my opinion is tainted by English cynicism, so it takes a helluva (punpun) lot to get a chuckle out of this ice soul (that isnt anyone elses physical and mental pain).
There is only one more level they could take this series to. That of multi dimensional travel with horrific monstrousities and mind bending dild...er...erm, weapons!

Perhaps Gat and Lightening should get together at the 'characters we're forced to think are awesome' reunion?

Lastly, did anyone ever think Shadows of the damned, when talking gun and traversing hell were mentioned? Gat even slighhtly resembles the protagonist there!

It's true! Everybody wants to be Johnny Gat!

(Totally needs to be a Gat-type anime somewhere along the lines of Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill now.)

I'll be honest, I'm a bit conflicted about this. The Saints Row series is honestly my favorite set of video games. I was sad that when they released 4 they pretty much said this would be the last we would see of the current crew and they ended the game really well. While I'm super happy to see more of the Saints I'm just hoping this game does the 4th game's send-off justice.

If anything I really wish they would've remade Saints Row 1. The story is great, the mechanics however are god awful. It was such a chore to get through that game, I wish they would take the mechanics and assets from 3 and 4 and plug them into the story of 1.

good times. I never expected them to go to Hell to fight Satan. I really wanna see what new antics they come up with for powers.

Yep, I'll be buying this. I didn't think Saints Row could get any wackier, guess I was wrong. Hopefully, it's a good send off for such a great game.

Saints Row 4 was probably the funnest game I played last year. I kept wondering what they could possibly go to after that though, now I know. Hell. We're goin to hell with Gat and Kinzie to shoot Satan in the face. Sign me the fuck up for that.

I expect Gat to kick Satan in the balls and then beat the crap out of him. If they make a new SR5 i hope they have Gat as your righ hand man.

direkiller:

hermes200:

But at least we got Kenzie, which is good because I can always welcome more Saints Row...

and if they keep the trend of cammeos
im guessing the rest of SR3 cast that did not show up in SR4
lets face it, it's not like they could have ended up anywhere else.

Yesss!! More Oleg, please...
I was bummed out he didn't make it to 4...

I was hoping for a reboot of the series, or maybe a revelation that everything that happened after SR2 was a dream or one of the Saints telling a story. But strangely, I don't have a problem with this. I actually want it.

Why couldn't the devil sound like Tim Curry?

I'm not too sure about this one. I think I'm the only person on the planet that was disappointed by SR4. They've done just too little to call SR4 a new and fullpriced entry in the series. (okay, this time they at least don't call it SR5)

Sorry, but this one seems to be a repaint of SR4. Which was a repaint of SR3. Make it a $20-30 DLC for SR4, not a completely new game which will probably cost $40-60.

Also, the two 'big' DLC for SR4 from the Season Pass were just too disappointing and unreasonably small for their pricing. I've gotten very careful in trusting this developer.

leberkaese:
I'm not too sure about this one. I think I'm the only person on the planet that was disappointed by SR4. They've done just too little to call SR4 a new and fullpriced entry in the series. (okay, this time they at least don't call it SR5)

Sorry, but this one seems to be a repaint of SR4. Which was a repaint of SR3. Make it a $20-30 DLC for SR4, not a completely new game which will probably cost $40-60.

Also, the two 'big' DLC for SR4 from the Season Pass were just too disappointing and unreasonably small for their pricing. I've gotten very careful in trusting this developer.

"The expansion will cost $19.99, and it'll be available on January 27th 2015"

Looks like you'll be paying $10 less than you'd budgeted for!

Kolyarut:

"The expansion will cost $19.99, and it'll be available on January 27th 2015"

Looks like you'll be paying $10 less than you'd budgeted for!

Okay... that's an unexpected reasonably price. I'll revoke that from my criticism. Should've read the article before I start to rage!

My disappointment about SR4 and its DLCs stays, though!

Fucking A, Volition. Fucking A.
I have nothing more to add. Just take my money and go!

As long as that pathetic, supercilious bitch who's somehow supposed to be Shaundi doesn't go with them, this looks like fun... wait, scratch that. I hope they throw her through the portal just before they shut it permanently.

I miss Eliza Dushku.

templar1138a:
As long as that pathetic, supercilious bitch who's somehow supposed to be Shaundi doesn't go with them, this looks like fun... wait, scratch that. I hope they throw her through the portal just before they shut it permanently.

I miss Eliza Dushku.

At first I wasnt a huge fan of Shaundi from SR3, but then SR4 really rounded her out. Those audio recording mind things of young Shaundi really were a nice touch, talking about how she hated it how everyone treated her like a loser, everyone except The Boss. It sort of explained how she went from somewhat useful stoner to sex magnet badass in 3.

Plus the conversations between young Shaundi and old Shaundi were great. It was fun to bring both along and hear them talk to each other.

I really am looking forward to more Kenzie though. Maybe its the badass nerd thing, but I seriously dig me some Kenzie.

You know, after two SR games I was totally hyped for that turned out to be ultimately hollow experiences, all I can muster at this point is a "meh."

Kolyarut:
The Jonny Gat focus is quite offputting (I started the series with 3, was baffled by the opening sequence but loved the rest of the game, but didn't see anything to like when he was reintroduced later in 4 - just a bunch of characters hero-worshipping what seemed to be the least remarkable character on the screw)...

Gamers like constant things in their games. Gat was an icon mostly because he was the only character (other than the boss) constant throughout the franchise.

He had his moments in 2, but the tone was enough different that he didn't quite fit in 3 anyway.

templar1138a:
As long as that pathetic, supercilious bitch who's somehow supposed to be Shaundi doesn't go with them, this looks like fun... wait, scratch that. I hope they throw her through the portal just before they shut it permanently.

I miss Eliza Dushku.

Maybe we'll meet the real Shaundi in Hell?

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