Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

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Cancelled Saints Row PSP game unearthed

Cancelled Saints Row PSP game unearthed

Canned Saints Row: Undercover to be live-streamed next week.

A cancelled Saints Row PSP game has been revealed.

Dubbed Saints Row: Undercover, the canned project was shuttered in 2009 when developer Volition and then-publisher THQ decided it wasn't up to scratch with the series' standards.

Amusingly, most folks at Volition these days didn't even know it existed. As explained in the video below, Volition associate video editor Josh Stinson simply happened upon the game laying in a wayward PSP dev kit tucked away in a storage room.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell review

Remember when Saints Row was all about colour-coded street gangs? How long ago it seems, with bombing through the netherworld in Gat Out of Hell now a natural enough progression from alien invasions and virtual reality shooting galleries. If there's a problem with the setting, it's that it's far too grand for a game perched right between DLC and full release, and much of the potential is almost inevitably left on the table - some bits more unfortunately than others.

The premise is typically fine Saints Row insanity, with the President/Boss/Emperor/Etc. falling afoul of a ouija board that sucks them into Hell, where Satan plans to marry them off to his daughter Jezebel. Walking apocalypse Johnny Gat and team hacker Kinzie Kensington give chase, him to 'put one in Satan's head' and her because, well, it's her birthday and she really wants to go. Soon, both are in the city of New Hades, on a quest to get the Boss back by both raising and razing Hell. "It kinda reminds me of Steelport," Kinzie comments - and that sums things up pretty well. As bizarre as the new location is in theory, most of this new adventure is extremely familiar throughout.

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Behold: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell's glorious launch... infomercial?

You've got to hand it to Volition and Deep Silver, the developer and publisher behind Saints Row 4. In addition to creating one of the smartest, funniest, most fun, and shockingly progressive adventures in recent years, it's also assembled quite the marketing campaign for its upcoming next-gen re-release, Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, and standalone expansion Gat out of Hell.

This latest launch trailer takes the form of an infomercial espousing the virtues of Saints Row 4's new content. You know, things like "enhanced graphics, extra nut kicks, sharing and livestreaming, extra polygons, 666 times the colours, one million p or more resolution, more english speaking aliens, [and] more obscure pop culture references."

As a bonus, that number at the bottom actually leads to a very funny six-minute message. Though we're not sure if the "calls from outside the US and Canada may be charged at your telecommunication provider's international call rates " line is a joke or not. But if you can, give it a listen.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell goes all Disney in new musical trailer

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell goes all Disney in new musical trailer

"All my solutions involve murder sprees."

The Saint Row series has always had a big fondness for music with its cheeky collection of pop songs peppering its soundtrack, but developer Volition has gone the extra mile by creating a new trailer for standalone DLC Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell that's a full on musical in the style of a Disney princess film.

Released on IGN, this peculiar promo features Satan's daughter Jezebel rebelling against her father for his plan to marry her off to the Saints' boss without her approval. Not only is this against her will, but the Saints' boss' as well. As such, series fan favourite Johnny Gat has been assigned to put an end to this charade.

Perhaps the strangest thing about this trailer is that it's played almost disarmingly straight. The core concept of creating something that wouldn't look out of place in a children's musical awkwardly placed in a series notorious for its adult humour is a funny one, so for better or worse Volition didn't feel the need to slather it with too many actual jokes. But does it need them? The fact that it's so authentic to its obvious inspirations is funny in and of itself.

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Saints Row: Gat out of Hell release date tweaked

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell release date tweaked

Elected for release one week earlier.

Saints Row 4 standalone expansion Gat out of Hell will now launch a week earlier than planned - on 23rd January 2015.

That's according to a new post from developer Volition over on the EU PlayStation blog, which also reveals seven sin-themed weapons, one for each of the game's seven weapon slots.

Gat out of Hell is due for release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but will also come with the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of Saints Row 4 as part of the Saints Row 4: Re-Elected bundle.

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Saints Row 4 SDK released for PC

Modders can now design and create their own weapons. God help us all.

Volition has released the first official SDK for Saints Row 4, enabling modders to begin creating their own weapons for the famously anarchic sandbox game. Weapon models from the upcoming Gat Out Of Hell standalone expansion are included.

Saints Row 4 gets standalone expansion Gat out of Hell

Saints Row 4 gets standalone expansion Gat out of Hell

The parent game is getting remastered on PS4 and Xbox One.

Saints Row 4 is getting a standalone DLC adventure entitled Gat out of Hell.

This expansion follows The Saint's square-jawed bro 4 life as he goes to the netherworld following a mishap with a novelty spirit board sending the president to Hell. Naturally, this means he'll have to do battle with a host of demons, nefarious historical figures and the Devil himself.

There will also be gun-toting La-Z-Boys, armoured monster trucks, and a subplot about the Devil wanting to marry his daughter off to the president.

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