Saints Row IV: Re-Elected And Gat Out Of Hell review

Saints Row IV Re Elected 1

Re-Elected is just Saints Row IV with a modest graphical update for PS4 and Xbox One, and won’t be of any interest if you’ve already played it.

Gat Out Of Hell, meanwhile, is new and sees you taking on the devil in an underworld strongly reminiscent of the cities the game inhabits back on Earth, but with lava pits and cars that look like props from Mad Max.

Picking a fight with Lucifer necessitates ratcheting up “Satan’s Wrath Meter” by destroying things – with most missions revolving around explosive comedy weapons. Its adolescent humour and singular focus on blowing things up are consistent with the messy, budget vision of hell you’re laying waste to, which looks low-res even on PS4. New special powers pump up the pyrotechnics, and your character’s angel wings make travelling less of a chore, but at heart this is the same ludicrous Grand Theft Auto-lite shtick that made the series famous.

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