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Another one, oh boy! In the same day we have Saints Row IV and now Saints Row: Gat out of Hell too! What a nice early holiday present.

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It's another port from Virtual Programming using their eON technology. I know that's still a taboo for some people, so that's worth mentioning right away. For me, I don't care who or what ports it any more, as long as it's playable and doesn't crash.

It took my character build straight out of Saints Row IV, so that's pretty cool. My character is still hilarious looking and sounds, so that was a rather high point to see that working. I didn't even know it did that, so it's awesome to see the time I spent on it coming through to another game.

The sad thing is, it doesn't seem like you control your previously created and imported character. For the time testing you're a different pre-made character.

Nvidia 980ti, Ultra, 2560x1440
It's rather bad here, around 30FPS with noticeable stutter. It drops below 30FPS at times, but it will also go up to around 50FPS. It's noticeably sluggish, and I don't consider it a playable setting.

Nvidia 980ti, Ultra, 1920x1080
Still stutters quite a bit, saw it drop down to 15FPS. It does hover around a more respectable FPS here though averaging between 50-60FPS. Once you actually get into the city, it will start going down to between 40-50FPS often.

Nvidia 980ti, High, 1920x1080
The stuttering here is just as bad as the higher settings, and it's quite distracting. It's much more playable here, as the city area when you eventually get to it gives a better average of 50-60FPS. I consider it playable at this setting.

Nvidia 980ti, Medium, 1920x1080
Still getting noticeable stutter, still annoying. The FPS here is all over the place, from stuttering down to 30FPS, right up to 100FPS, but most of the time it's between 60-70FPS.

Final thoughts: Overall, performance seems worse at times than Saints Row IV which wasn't that great to begin with. Its another game where the minimum specs for SteamOS/Linux are listed too low.

The game itself is just as silly as Saints Row IV, but I already think I like IV more than this one. My thoughts on this are early though, so it could change.

I certainly appreciate having the option to play it, but I'm more underwhelmed by the performance with Gat out of Hell than IV, so I'm not sure If I will be playing this one through just yet. I do plan to play IV through as it performs better overall, so maybe by that time Gat out of Hell will have been patched up some more.

Seems like a shorter game too, in my brief testing I was already 7% completed, so it's probably doable within a day or two.

If you can do so, list your PC specs in the comments along with how it runs for you. I would like to see the bigger picture and know your thoughts.

About the game (Official)
After the space faring antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell.

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anth 21 Dec, 2015
Quoting: MrTennessee17Just wanting to be sure...If purchased npw, all will count towards Linux sales right?
In this case it is on Steam with a SteamOS/Linux icon so purchasing from there will be fine.

If purchased on Linux it'll count as a Linux sale even if it isn't available on Linux yet, eg The Stanley Parable was getting Linux sales long before it was ported. Note that this only works with purchases made on Steam itself, and playing the game in the first week or two on another platform will override that. What you wanted to know was if the porters get paid though, which isn't quite the same.

When Aspyr or Feral port a game they publish it too, and for purchases on Steam which publisher gets paid depends on the platform; if we look up one of their games on Steam we can see multiple publishers. If a port is coming but isn't out yet then they aren't going to be paid even though the publisher knows that the sale wasn't for a platform they provide for. I hope that the SteamOS sale a while back with as-yet unported games was an exception but there is no evidence of that.

Other stores get Steam keys from a certain publisher so we need to take care that this was the company we want to support.

Virtual Programming aren't a publisher so things are a bit different, and we don't know how it works with them. Maybe they are paid a set fee, maybe it is a percentage of sales for the ports they've done. The publisher is going to be able to see what platforms a game is used with on Steam even if the key was bought from another store, but only VP and the companies they work for know if that affects how much they are paid.

For in-house ports payment may not matter but it would still be good for the developers to know their efforts were worth it. That means if buying and playing on Steam then doing so using Linux, and if buying a Steam key from elsewhere then redeeming it on Linux preferably fairly soon after buying.


Last edited by anth on 21 December 2015 at 9:18 pm UTC
kon14 21 Dec, 2015
Quoting: anthWhen Aspyr or Feral port a game they publish it too, and for purchases on Steam which publisher gets paid depends on the platform. If a port is coming but isn't out yet then they aren't going to be paid; I hope that the SteamOS sale a while back with as-yet unported games was an exception but there is no evidence of that. Other stores get Steam keys from a certain publisher so we need to care care that this was the company we want to support.

Virtual Programming aren't a publisher so things are a bit different, and we don't know how it works with them. The publisher is going to be able to see what platforms a game is used with on Steam but only VP and the companies they work for know if that affects how much they are paid.

A perfect explanation. +1

Additionally, in might be worth noting that mobile purchases (ie android steam app) count towards windows, unless overridden due to playtime within the first two weeks I'd assume.
Funigtor 21 Dec, 2015
As I said, I bought it on release. I was happy when I saw the banner, and more when I got the IsThereAnyDeal mail which told me there was a sale at €5.09, the same amount I had in my Steam Wallet. :D


Last edited by Funigtor on 21 December 2015 at 8:39 pm UTC
Beamboom 21 Dec, 2015
Ahhh - lovely! Can't wait to dive into this game - it's completely untouched by me until now (and that has been a rarity of the AAAs that are ported to Linux).
Liam Dawe 21 Dec, 2015
Added some thoughts on how it runs now.
Slackdog 21 Dec, 2015
14 quid or so for all the games - figured it was worth a punt the rest will get ported.... :) Has there ever been a better time to be a Linux gamer? :D
Beamboom 21 Dec, 2015
If I'm not mistaken, Gat out of Hell was originally meant to be just an expansion for SR4 but then the studio turned bankrupt and (my guess) they figured they'd fetch more money by wrapping it up as a sequel. The public excuse was, I believe, that the expansion turned out to become bigger than originally planned.

So yeah, there was a reason I never purchased this to begin with. Personally I think SR3 was the best SR of them all.

Still, I do look forward to play this on my LINUX desktop. That is cause for celebration regardless.


Last edited by Beamboom on 21 December 2015 at 11:07 pm UTC
Nyamiou 21 Dec, 2015
Bought them before the discount, so I bough them again as a gift to my inventory and ask for a refund (I was sure I would get refunded eventually). Got a refund in less than 20 minutes :)
GustyGhost 22 Dec, 2015
Quoting: BeamboomIf I'm not mistaken, Gat out of Hell was originally meant to be just an expansion for SR4 but then the studio turned bankrupt and (my guess) they figured they'd fetch more money by wrapping it up as a sequel. The public excuse was, I believe, that the expansion turned out to become bigger than originally planned.

I thought they did the exact same thing with Saints Row 4. It was to be just an expansion to 3 originally.

Quoting: TheBossAdded some thoughts on how it runs now.

[Its another game where the minimum specs for SteamOS/Linux are listed too low.]

I just tried it out on my A10 system (no graphics card) and aside from some stutter from scenery loading, it runs fine. You would think that a machine running a ported game + AMD drivers + integrated graphics would be hopeless. Okay, the CPU fan spools up annoyingly but that's my own problem. The minimum specifications are appropriately listed.
MrTennessee17 22 Dec, 2015
Thanks for the answers to the questions guys. I appreciate it.
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