Saints Row 2

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Saints Row 2
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Release dates
January 5, 2009
Saints Row 2 at WineHQ
Saints Row 2 at Co-Optimus
Saints Row 2 at SteamDB
 Saints Row 2 at Wikipedia
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015

Key points

Information Recommended to install the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod, the mod offers various (optional) tweaks and bug fixes alongside bonus content.
Disadvantage German version is heavily censored and can't be used with tools and mods.[1]
Disadvantage Low sound quality on PC. Radio can be fixed with High Quality Radio mod.
Disadvantage GameSpy online server browser has stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[2]
Disadvantage Reports indicate this title is a poor port.[3][4]

General information

More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
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GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg DRM-free Framerate capped at 30 FPS by default.
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Disadvantage No DLC was released for PC. Volition dropped support for the platform and never patched the game further.
Disadvantage The German version of the game is heavily censored and will not work with mods and tools.
Information The version is considered the best one, due to the fact it fixes a lot of problems mentioned before.[citation needed] However it contains a 30 FPS limit, which can be removed (see High frame rate).


Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod[edit]

Alongside offering bonus content with over a hundred new items, music and customization options in-game, the Gentlemen of the Row collection of mods offers many 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).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg Changing widescreen mode requires restart.
Multi-monitor Hackable Grading incomplete Position Affects Gameplay
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Fix included in the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support version is capped at 30 FPS;[5] see High frame rate.
120+ FPS No native support Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS,[6] 30 FPS for the version.[5]

High frame rate[edit]

Information The version has a forced 30 FPS cap to fix cutscene issues.

Fix Disable frame rate limiter[7]

  1. Go to %PROGRAMDATA%\\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.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus No native support However, Mouse can be used on the map to place waypoints.
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support Only the 360 controller is officially supported.
Full controller support Native support Button prompts still show keyboard buttons though. Can be changed permanently in Gentlemen of the Row mod.
Controller remapping Native support Z-Axis labelled as "Button 11" and "Button 12".
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Sound Effects, Music, Voice.
Surround sound No native support Outputs to 5.1 speakers but is simply stereo spanned across surround speakers. Not true positional surround.[8]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Music begins when a new song starts.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Czech Native support No native support Unknown
Danish Native support No native support No native support
Dutch Native support No native support No native support
French Native support No native support Native support
German Native support No native support Native support
Italian Native support No native support Native support
Japanese Native support No native support Native support
Polish Native support No native support Unknown
Russian Native support No native support Unknown
Spanish Native support No native support Native support
Swedish Native support No native support No native support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play No native support
LAN play Native support
Online play Native support Recommended to use EvolveHq.[9]

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 it results in many people not being able to play together since it forcibly disconnects certain users when others join. It is almost impossible to get a full game going with friends because of this and SR2 PC multiplayer is considered inherently broken (except coop which works great).

Issues fixed[edit]

Information 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]

Fix crashing on startup


Information The settings.dat file is often the cause and can be found in your saves folder:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2\settings.dat

  • Add the following parameter to startup to force the game to start with default settings:


  • Delete the existing settings.dat and the game will recreate a fresh one when you next run it. This file only contains your video and audio settings like resolution, draw distance, volume, etc.
  • download a windowed 800x600 settings.dat, link

Other possible fixes

  • Verify intergrity of the game cache on Steam. You can get to this option by right clicking Saints Row 2 in your game library, and selecting Properties -> Local Files -> Verify integrity of game cache
  • Remove or disable all non-essential usb devices. Sometimes the game mistakenly identifies a usb device as a controller which can cause a crash.
  • Temporarily disable your 2nd monitor
  • Change the way 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. Also, "disable visual themes", and "disable desktop composition" options.
  • Unchecking the Disable all enhancements option in the speaker properties fixed for some users the crashing:

Control Panel -> Sound -> Speakers -> Properties -> Enhancements -> Disable all

  • Some users have reported that changing the language fixes a bug where the loading screen gets to 60% and then crashes.

Crashing when loading a save[edit]

Fix Crashing when loading a save


Information Crashing on save load is an indication of save corruption, or as a result adding or removing mods.
Information Vanilla and savegames with where mods are installed are not compatible.
  • The best way to avoid this is to save manually in a new slot after every mission so you can go back to a previous save in the event that it corrupts. This is important to do even with the original vanilla game.

Crashing when starting a new game[edit]

Fix Crashing when starting a new game

  • Update DirectX.
  • Start a new game start in windowed mode.


Information Unplugging any controllers might also work.

Scroll Issue when navigating menus[edit]

Fix Scroll Issue when navigating menus


Information Saints Row 2 has this issue with certain USB devices which it mistakenly thinks are game controllers.first thing to try is to unplug all USB devices except your keyboard and mouse and see if that fixes it.
Information Certain Saitek keyboards install their own HID-Compliant Game Controller entry in Device Manager to enable extra functionality like keystroke macros.
  • First thing to try is to unplug all USB devices except your keyboard and mouse.
  • Saitek keyboards: Temporarily disabling this device in device manager could also fix the issue.

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

Fix Crash Fix


Information Known problem with the PC Port

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

Fix Crash Fix

Information This is a known issue with all versions of the game and cannot be beaten in coop unless you get very lucky and the mission initializes correctly at that point.
  • Keep trying over and over restarting the mission until it finally works.
  • Complete it solo instead of coop, and then continue on with your friend afterward.
  • Use the Gentlemen of the Row mod which fixes this and other mission scripting issues.

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

Fix Running too fast


Information The speedup bug is caused by the poor PC port - it can't cope with the different frequencies that PC system timers run at. On some PCs, this can be "fixed" with Powertools.
  1. Download the archive from:
  2. Extract the contents into your Saints Row 2 install folder where the SR2_PC.exe resides
  3. Right click on install.cmd and choose to 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
Information Powertools will only work correctly with the encrypted Steam EXE, or the GOG re-release.

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 though which will let you get as close as possible archive link
Information Follow the instructions in the read me file
Information The closer you can get the game running to the correct speed, the smoother it will run.

Text in the top left of my screen[edit]

Fix Text in the top left of my screen.

Information 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 the Scroll Lock key.

Can't see other's co-op games[edit]

Fix Can't see others coop games

Different Saints Row 2 patch levels cannot see each other's games in GameSpy and cannot play together. For example, if you have the Steam release patched to the final 1.2, you will not be able to play with a user of the Games for Windows Live release which is still at 1.1.

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

Fix Timeout when trying connect to a co-op game

Information Saints Row 2 needs to have the following port open/forwarded for both the host and client: 4200 TCP and UDP

Just opening port 4200 works for most people. If it still time's out try disabling your Hamachi virtual network adapter and/or opening the following ports 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)
Information If it still doesn't work, try hosting a non-password protected game.

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

Fix In-game sound is in mono or only coming out one speaker

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

Objects held by characters in cutscenes are misaligned[edit]

Fix Limit frame rate to 60 FPS or below

Using a tool such as nVidia Inspector (for GeForce cards) or RadeonPro (for Radeon cards), limit the game's frame rate to 60. If the problem persists, try limiting it to 59, 58 or 30 frames instead.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP
Intel Dual-Core Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP
Intel Dual-Core Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1300
nVidia GeForce 7600
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
ATI Radeon HD3850
nVidia GeForce 8800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device)
DirectX 9.0c compatible


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