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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell preview: This game has an armchair that fires rockets

Hayden Dingman | Sept. 2, 2014
A thing I think happened: One day the People In Charge Of Ideas were sitting around at Volition racking their brains trying to come up with a new Saints Row game. "What can we possibly do to top the last game?" said one developer. "We literally gave players superpowers last time and put them in an entirely virtual world! There was a dubstep gun. It's impossible!"

There aren't any people in Hell, as far as I can tell. Instead, tortured souls and other demons roam the streets, and they all seem to hate you. You've got an array of weapons to deal with said demons — everything from a hammer that throws enemies into the air on contact to a gun that shoots (I kid you not) locusts.

And wait — did I mention that there's a La-Z-Boy recliner that shoots rockets every time you recline? You can just sit down in it, ride around, and shoot rockets. This isn't some sort of special weapon, or a vehicle you get into. It's part of your standard weapon wheel. If you didn't think the dubstep gun was crazy enough, wait until you see this.

All I did was play ten minutes and I'm already pretty sold on Gat Out of Hell. It seems to combine the best aspects of Saints Row IV (flight and insane weapons) with a map that's more tailor-made to take advantage of those aspects. Plus if it's actually half the size of Saints Row IV, it's a steal at the $20 Deep Silver is asking.

Unfortunately we won't see Gat Out of Hell this year — the game's scheduled to release January 27, 2015. Unless you make a deal with the devil, I guess.

 

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