If Saints Row is known for one thing well, it's the ridiculousness it embraces. When the series moved away from the Grand Theft Auto-esque realism after its second installment and began to embrace a slightly crazier feel, gamers were won over by the bizarre plot, over-the-top dialogue, and general campiness of the world and gameplay. The game's affinity for the outrageous carried over into the realm of weaponry as well and over the years the franchise has put us in control of some of the craziest video game guns we've ever come across. Weapon enthusiasts will be happy to know that the same tradition is alive and well in the upcoming Gat out of Hell standalone...
The standalone expansion to Saints Row 4 takes the titular character to the underworld to do battle with hordes of demons before coming face to face with Satan himself. Obviously, an adventure this epic is going to take more than your standard automatic weapons to survive. The creators of Gat out of Hell explained that when they realized the game's weapon wheel had seven slots, they couldn't help but tackle the task of creating a deadly-sin inspired item for each.
The Seven Deadly Weapons were announced on the PlayStation Blog, alongside a trailer showcasing each of the items in action. If it's been a while since you read the bible or watched a David Fincher film, here's a quick refresher on the list of deadly sins...
"Along with nine new weapons from Satan’s arsenal and four weapons brought back from Saints Row IV, players will be able to seek out a unique set of Seven Deadly Weapons – each the embodiment of one of the Seven Deadly Sins: Envy, Pride, Greed, Lust, Sloth, Wrath, and Gluttony."
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We've seen a few of these guns (including the Armchair A Geddon) out of context in previous trailers, but they make a lot more sense now that the whole cycle of hardware has been announced. Full descriptions of every weapon and their own special abilities can be found on the PlayStation Blog, but here are a few of the highlights:
Boom Chicka is our shotgun weapon which shoots a spread of bullets laced with perfume designed to intoxicate enemies with Lust for their attacker. Upon being hit, targets will blindly frolic closer to the deadly spray of bullets!
Diamond Sting in the SMG weapon slot rapidly pelts targets with diamonds, causing them to drop additional Wages of Sin.
Our melee slot weapon, Uriels Edge, is the Envy of Hell. This enormous fiery sword has a slash attack to cut down nearby targets and also can hurl devastating fireballs to destroy flying targets at range.
The epitome of Sloth, the rifle slot Armchair-A-Geddon allows the user to destroy targets from the comfort of a movable armchair. Equipped with dual mini-guns on the arm rests and the ability to launch anti-aircraft missiles upon recline – this weapon overwhelms targets. This weapon awaits a lazy master.
Whatever your sin of choice happens to be, it seems like you'll be able to find the appropriate weapon in Gat out of Hell. Although some fans are still disappointed that Deep Silver is releasing a standalone expansion, rather than the next numbered installment in the series, Gat out of Hell is looking better all the time and we expect it to be a huge hit amongst fans of the last few Saints Row titles.
The standalone aspect also may be able to draw in some new players who would be less likely to buy a sequel for fear of being lost in the game's bizarre continuity. If the standalone is priced somewhere below typical retail prices, Gat out of Hell could be a great gateway game into the Saints Row universe.
Which one will you be wielding when Gat out of Hell launches? Let us know in the comments.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell releases January 30, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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Source: PlayStation Blog