The Saints Row franchise has come a long way from its beginnings as a Grand Theft Auto knock-off — and a new musical trailer shows the lengths that the upcoming Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell goes to embrace the eccentric sense of humor that has come to define the series.
The near five-minute trailer sees Satan, his daughter and player characters Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington belting out a tongue-in-cheek musical number. With the game's title riffing on Meat Loaf's seminal 'Bat Out of Hell' album, it's perhaps not so strange that Gat Out of Hell would be advertised like this — although, at this point, it seems that anything goes for the Saints Row series.
After Saints Row: The Third amped the games comedic tendencies up to eleven, Saints Row IV continued on that course. As well as being the boss of the Third Street Saints gang, the protagonist becomes President of the United States very early in the game — as well as being given superhuman abilities like a storey-spanning jump.
Saints Row IV will gain the subtitle Re-Elected when it is re-released for current-gen systems in a physical bundle that also contains Gat Out of Hell. However, the downloadable edition for current-gen and last-gen consoles won't require a copy of Saints Row IV to be playable — so if you want to skip your term as President and head straight for the netherworld, you're very welcome to.
Gat Out of Hell promises to be quite the substantial experience on top of Saints Row IV, with the new setting of New Hades replacing the familiar streets of Steelport. There are also all-new abilities to look forward to, like the apt 'Angelic Flight' upgrade that allows characters to sprout a pair of wings and fly around Hell.
At this point, Saints Row likely either has you or it doesn't; its focus on zany comedy in recent years has turned off some fans who enjoyed the more grounded tone of the original game, but it's difficult to argue that the wacky hijinks of the Saints hasn't given the series its own particular flair.
Based on this trailer, if you found the previous games funny then Gat Out of Hell will likely not disappoint, taking the erratic and self-referential comedy of the Saints Row series to new heights — or perhaps depths, given the game's setting.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is set to release on January 20, 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.