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Saints Row: Gat out of Hell now available on SteamOS and Linux

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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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dubigrasu 22 Dec, 2015
I have no problems with the game's performance, but the game itself...IDK, it doesn't "click" for me. It feels and looks like an old average game.
Hope I'll change my mind.
View video on youtube.com


Last edited by dubigrasu on 22 December 2015 at 4:59 am UTC
Orkultus 22 Dec, 2015
So when I startup both saints row games on my box running Linux mint, I have to wait a few seconds after the map loads to finish loading up textures and things, but after that it runs smoothly the rest of the time. The port is great!

Intel i5 quad core
Nvidia GTX 980

-MintyLinux-
Beamboom 22 Dec, 2015
Quoting: AnxiousInfusionI thought they did the exact same thing with Saints Row 4. It was to be just an expansion to 3 originally.


Ah! Then it may very well be me who are mistaken and mixes things up. It probably is.

Either way, it went downhill after sr3.


Last edited by Beamboom on 22 December 2015 at 9:36 am UTC
Keyrock 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.

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.
You got your games mixed up. SR4 was originally an expansion to SR3 but then the publisher THQ went under and when Volition got bought by Deep Silver they expanded it to a full game. If you play the Enter the Dominatrix DLC the Saints themselves talk about that. Gat out of Hell is a standalone expansion, it was always labeled as such.

Personally, SR4 is my favorite game in the series (haven't played Gat out of Hell yet), because I'm one of the people that was in favor of SR moving away from the gang warfare stuff in SR1 & 2 and going full on goofy comedy. SR3 was the transitional game where they still sort of did the gang warfare, but the game had definitely gotten more silly than the previous titles. SR4 dropped all pretense of gang warfare and just went full on ridiculous, and I was completely in favor of that. Also, Insurance Fraud has long been the best mini-game in the SR series and with super speed it's that much more hilarious.


Last edited by Keyrock on 22 December 2015 at 1:01 pm UTC
PsynoKhi0 25 Dec, 2015
Quoting: anthNote 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.
A couple of questions:
"Made on Steam" being through the client or on the store web page, but not through bundles, correct?
"Playing the game in the first week or two" after release, purchase, or installation?
stan 25 Dec, 2015
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Quoting: PsynoKhi0"Playing the game in the first week or two" after release, purchase, or installation?
Most likely purchase, since Valve has to pay the publisher at some point…
PsynoKhi0 25 Dec, 2015
Quoting: stan
Quoting: PsynoKhi0"Playing the game in the first week or two" after release, purchase, or installation?
Most likely purchase, since Valve has to pay the publisher at some point…
Well obviously... The thing that bugs me is that it would mean you'd have to download the game and run it for it to count as a Linux sale. That makes no effin sense.
Can't they just check the client's version that is most used for the account the games are purchased for?
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