Saints Row IV Re-Elected + Gat Out of Hell
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Saints Row IV Re-Elected + Gat Out of Hell is a ribald, over-the-top open-world action game that's like Grand Theft Auto crossed with uncensored episodes of Family Guy and South Park. In Re-Elected, you use a variety of weapons, including machine guns and ray guns, to kill numerous aliens and humans, while in Gat Out of Hell, you use a similar mix of guns, some of which are demonic, to kill humans, demons, and other denizens of Hell. The game is full of dirty jokes, sexual innuendo, controlled substances, and characters who don't understand the concept of "modesty" when it comes to how they dress.
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What's it about?
SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED + GAT OUT OF HELL is a remastered version of the open-world action game with slightly better graphics and all its downloadable content previously released for the title. You play the leader of a street gang who's been elected president of the United States, which is why you get blamed when aliens land on Earth and enslave humanity. But when you realize that you've been placed in a computer program à la the Matrix movies, you start to rebel against your alien overlords by becoming a trigger-happy superhero. In Gat Out of Hell, the president you played as in SRIV is taken to Hell, and you, now playing as one of the president's friends, have to rescue him or her by irritating Satan so much that he comes after you. Similar to Re-Elected, this largely requires you to shoot up the place while using your superpowers to wreak havoc.
Is it any good?
Similar to Grand Theft Auto if it didn't take itself so seriously, the Saints Row games are ludicrous, over-the-top, open-world action games. That not only means you can go wherever you like, but there's probably something fun to do when you get there, be it a race, a gunfight, a challenge to your reflexes, or a collectible to, well, collect. But the addition of superpowers in Saints Row IV makes these games twice as fun, since you can now run like the Flash, jump like the Hulk, and blow away your enemies like Deadpool.
Though both games are fun, though, they're also fraught with problems. Being superpowered, for instance, sometimes makes individual fights way too easy. You also end up doing the same things over and over, which makes both of these games best played in small doses. Gat Out of Hell also has a unique issue in that, to fly, you have to hold the left bumper down, which becomes physically irritating after a while.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel differently fighting aliens and demons as opposed to humans? If so, why do you feel this way? Should you feel differently? Does it make a difference that some of the creatures are people, too?
Talk about friendships, family, and self-sacrifice. How far would you go to save a friend? What about your family? What about the whole human race?
Discuss superheroes and superpowers. Which superpower would you like to have, and what would you use it to do?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Deep Silver
- Release date: January 20, 2015
- Genre: Third-person shooter
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Content, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Intense Violence
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