Saints Row 2

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Saints Row 2
Saints Row 2 cover
Developers
Volition
Windows CD Projekt
OS X Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
THQ
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows January 5, 2009
Linux April 14, 2016[1]
OS X TBA
Saints Row 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015

Key points

Recommended to install the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod, the mod offers various (optional) tweaks and bug fixes alongside bonus content.
Reports indicate this title is a poor port.[2][3]
Low sound quality on PC. Radio can be fixed with High Quality Radio mod.
GameSpy online server browser has stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[4]
German version is heavily censored and can't be used with tools and mods.[5]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

The GOG.com version contains a 30 FPS limit, which can be removed. See High frame rate.
No DLC was released for PC. Volition dropped support for the platform and never patched the game further.
The German version of the game is heavily censored and will not work with mods and tools. German copies are also not available for Linux.[6]

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods[edit]

Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod[edit]

The Gentlemen of the Row mod offers bonus content with over a hundred new items, music, and customization options in-game, as well as tweaks and bug fixes.

High Quality Radio mod[edit]

PC Port of Saints Row 2 has a very poorly compressed audio with quality of 22050 Hz mono.
High Quality Radio mod replaces PC sound banks with high quality sound banks from the Xbox 360 version (32000–44100 Hz stereo).

High frame rate (GOG.com)[edit]

The GOG.com version has a forced 30 FPS cap to fix cutscene issues.
Disable frame rate limiter[7]
  1. Go to %PROGRAMDATA%\GOG.com\Galaxy\support\1430740458\1430740458\add\NVI\.
  2. Open Nvidia Inspector and click the button next to the Driver Version.
  3. Type Saints Row 2 in the search filter, go to the bottom and select Frame Rate Limiter.
  4. Click on the rightmost button to change it to its default setting, or select PS_FRAMERATE_LIMITER_DISABLED.
  5. Click on the apply changes button.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2\
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/volition/saintsrow2/AppData/Saints Row 2/
This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Changing widescreen mode requires restart.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Fix included in the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
GOG.com version is capped at 30 FPS;[8] see High frame rate (GOG.com).
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS,[9] 30 FPS for the GOG.com version.[8]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
However, mouse can be used on the map to place waypoints.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Only the 360 controller is officially supported.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Z-Axis labelled as "Button 11" and "Button 12".
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
For both prompts you need to use Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Music, Voice.
Surround sound
Outputs to 5.1 speakers but is simply stereo spanned across surround speakers.[10]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Music begins when a new song starts.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Heavily censored.
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Recommended to use EvolveHq.[11]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Multiplayer lobby for Gangsta Brawl and Strong Arm modes boot people out when others join[edit]

The network code for Saints Row 2 is extremely sensitive and, when coupled with the speed and timing issues of the game, can forcibly disconnect certain users when others join. The game's PC multiplayer is considered inherently broken with the exception of co-op.

Issues fixed[edit]

The Unofficial FAQ hosted on the game's Steam Users' Forum may be helpful in finding fixes for any issues you may be having.

Crashing on startup[edit]

Modify settings.dat
The settings.dat file is often the cause and can be found in your saves folder (%LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2\settings.dat).
  1. Add the following parameter on startup to force the game to start with default settings: defaults.
  2. Delete the existing settings.dat, and the game will recreate a fresh one the next time it's run. This file only contains video and audio settings like resolution, draw distance, volume, etc.
  3. Download a windowed 800x600 settings.dat here.
Change how the game launches
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click on SR2_pc.exe and choose Properties. On the Compatibility tab, run the program in compatibility mode for Windows XP.
  3. Select "disable visual themes" and "disable desktop composition" options.
  4. Uncheck the Disable all enhancements option in the speaker properties (Control Panel > Sound > Speakers > Properties > Enhancements > Disable all).
  5. Some users have reported that changing the language fixes a bug where the game crashes when a loading screen reaches 60%.
Other solutions
  • Verify integrity of the game cache on Steam.
  • Temporarily disable a second monitor.
  • Remove or disable all non-essential USB devices.
Sometimes the game mistakenly identifies a usb device as a controller which can cause a crash.

Crashing when loading a save[edit]

Save often to multiple slots
Crashing on save load is an indication of save corruption or as a result adding or removing mods. A vanilla game and savegames where mods are installed are not compatible.
  • Save manually in a new slot after every mission so the previous save is accessible in the event that the current save corrupts.
This is recommended even with the original vanilla game.

Crashing when starting a new game[edit]

Update DirectX
  1. Update DirectX.
  2. Start a new game in windowed mode.
Unplug any controllers

Scroll issue when navigating menus[edit]

Scroll Issue when navigating menus
Saints Row 2 has this issue with certain USB devices which are falsely identified as gamepads.
  • Unplug all USB devices except your keyboard and mouse.
  • For Saitek keyboards, temporarily disable this device in Device Manager.
Certain Saitek keyboards install their own HID-Compliant Game Controller entry in Device Manager to enable extra functionality like keystroke macros.

Stuttering[edit]

As a result of issues surrounding the original engine, some stuttering may be observed during gameplay due to streaming issues.
Run the game on a faster HDD unit.[12]

The Ronin Mission at the airport (Orange Threat Level) crashes after the middle cutscene[edit]

Skip the cutscene

The Samedi mission loading the van with drugs (Riot Control) is bugged in co-op[edit]

This mission cannot be finished in co-op unless in the rare case when the mission initializes correctly at that point.

Saints Row 2 running too fast at 1.5x speed[edit]

Saints Row 2 runs poorly with CPUs running at different frequencies.
Powertools will only work correctly with the GOG.com and Steam versions.
  1. Download the archive from here.
  2. Extract the contents into your Saints Row 2 installation folder where the SR2_PC.exe resides.
  3. Right click on install.cmd and Run as Administrator to install it.
  4. Edit the Powertools.ini and set your speed value at the end of the file.
  • percentage = 1.0 is the default and results in no change
  • percentage = 0.78 would be running the game at 78% the speed
See the fix below to determine the right slowdown value to use.
Determine the right slowdown value to use for Powertools
Every CPU is different, and is influenced by many factors like overclocking, speed-step, etc, so there is no easy answer regarding a value to use. There is a stopwatch test to tweak the value however which will let you get as close as possible.
  1. Install the stopwatch test.
  2. Follow the instructions in the readme file.

Text in the top left of the screen[edit]

Disable Powertools OSD
It is likely that the OSD (On Screen Display) for Powertools was accidentally activated which contains game info helpful to modders.
  • This OSD can be toggled on and off with Scroll Lock.

Timeout when trying connect to a co-op game[edit]

Open port
Saints Row 2 needs to have the following port open/forwarded for both the host and client: 4200 TCP and UDP.
  • Open port 4200.
  • If there is still a time out, disable Hamachi virtual network adapter and/or open the following ports for both TCP and UDP:
    • 27900 (Master Server UDP Heartbeat)
    • 28900 (Master Server List Request)
    • 29900 (GP Connection Manager)
    • 29901 (GP Search Manager)
    • 13139 (Custom UDP Pings)
    • 6500 (Query Port)
    • 4200 (Game)
  • If it still doesn't work, host a non-password protected game.

In-game sound is in mono or only coming from one speaker[edit]

Lower hardware acceleration
  1. Navigate to Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio tab > "Advanced..." button in Sound playback section > Performance tab.
  2. Lower Hardware Acceleration to "Basic acceleration".
Dolby sound
  1. Navigate to sound/playback/Dolby.
  2. Make sure the checkbox is ticked.
Audio manager
  1. Navigate to the audio manager.
  2. Change the "default format" from 24-bit, 44kHz (studio quality) to 16-bit, 44kHz (cd quality).
  3. Ensure both L and R analog channels play back.

Objects held by characters in cutscenes are misaligned[edit]

Limit frame rate to 60 FPS or below
  1. Use a tool such as nVidia Inspector for GeForce cards or RadeonPro for Radeon cards to limit the game's frame rate to 60.
  2. If the problem persists, limit it to 59, 58 or 30 frames instead.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 Dual-Core 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP Dual Core
Intel Pentium 4 Dual-Core 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon XP Dual-Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600
ATI Radeon X1300
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3850
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04.3, 15.04, Linux Mint 17.1, SteamOS Brewmaster
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9 GHz
AMD FX-4300 3.8 GHz
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-8370 4.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R9 285
2 GB of VRAM

References

  1. Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 2 now available for Linux and SteamOS! - last accessed on 2016-04-14
  2. Saints Row 2 Review
  3. Saints Row 2 brings PC gaming to shame
  4. Saints Row IV & Saints Row: The Third > Thread > Gamespy servers going down, will Co-Op be gone from SR2?
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocu8JqD7EEk
  6. Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 2 now available for Linux and SteamOS! :: Steam Community - last accessed on 2016-04-15
    "* The German release of Saints Row 2 PC is still only available for Windows operating systems due to issues with the original source code."
  7. Saint's Row 2 locked at 30 fps, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 To be stickied: SR3 DLC disabling and SR2 port report and mod, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  9. New 120Hz Games Report
  10. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  11. http://steamcommunity.com/app/9480/discussions/0/846958724811426425/
  12. Saints Row 2 on Steam - last accessed on 2016-04-14
    "Disclaimer: Due to issues surrounding the original engine, some stuttering may be observed during gameplay. These types of streaming issues may be improved with faster HDD units."