Saints Row: The Third

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Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third cover
Developers
Volition
OS X Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
THQ
Deep Silver
Engines
CTG
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Linux April 14, 2016[1]
OS X TBA
Saints Row: The Third 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

Some of the developers of the game in Volition are actively helping the community into releasing proper mod tools and fixing latest bugs.[2]

General information

Official series site
Official forums
Saints Row Wiki
Saints Row Mods forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk The Full Package only
GamersGate The Full Package only
Gamesplanet The Full Package is also available.
GOG.com The Full Package only
Humble Store Standard edition is DRM free. The Full Package is also available.
Steam

Version differences[edit]

The Full Package does not include the following DLC: Bloodsucker Pack, Unlockable Pack. These are available separately or as part of the Ultimate Franchise Pack.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes Genkibowl VII, Gangstas in Space, and The Trouble with Clones
Unlockable Pack Unlocks already available game content.
Bloodsucker Pack
Explosive Combat Pack
FUNTIME! Pack
Gangstas in Space
Genki Girl Pack
Genkibowl VII
Horror Pack
Invincible Pack
Money Shot Pack
Nyte Blayde Pack
Penthouse Pack
Shark Attack Pack
Special Ops Vehicle Pack
Steelport Gangs Pack
The Trouble with Clones
Warrior Pack
Witches & Wieners Pack
Z Style Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Open display.ini.
  2. Add SkipIntroVideo = true in the file.
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete/move/rename logo_amd_hd.bik and logo_thq_and_voli_hd.bik.

Mods[edit]

Gentlemen of Steelport[edit]

Gentlemen of Steelport combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community.

Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options[edit]

Advanced launcher.
Advanced launcher.
Launcher with a nice GUI front end for display settings editing.[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam <path-to-game>/display.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third\
Linux
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/55230/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Controller buttons, first section.
Controller buttons, first section.
With Steam version if DirectInput controller is present, Steam wraps inputs from it instead of XInput controller, making XInput controller unusable. Game crashes when disconnecting controller unlike with XInput controller which is hotpluggable.[6]

Remove aim assist[edit]

Add mod file that removes aim assist[citation needed]
  1. Download this file
  2. Place it in the same folder as the game executable.

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
2 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus

Issues fixed[edit]

Bad Performance / Stuttering / Lag[edit]

This issue mostly affects AMD/ATI graphics cards, but these tweaks may alleviate performance issues regardless of brand.
Various solutions[8]
  • Disable VSync.
  • Disable SLI or Crossfire if necessary.
  • Disable a secondary monitor in multi-monitor configurations may also help, especially when in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11.[citation needed]
  • If using an AMD Processor with Bulldozer Architecture (FX-4100, 4170, 6100, 8150 etc.), use the Orochi-CEG tool.
  • If using a Gigabyte motherboard, update the BIOS from Gigabyte's website.

No Sound[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Turn off Hardware Sound Acceleration in DXDIAG (RUN > DXDIAG > SOUND > DirectX Features).
  • Lower your Sample Rate Conversion Quality (or turn off Hardware Acceleration) through Sounds & Audio Devices in the Control Panel (Volume > Speaker Settings > Advanced > Performance)
  • If a 7.1 or 5.1 speaker configuration is being used, set it to 2.1 in Windows Audio Options.

Controller not working[edit]

A controller may fail to function or work intermittently, most noticeably on the map screen.
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Plug in the controller before launching the game.
  • Remove any other devices plugged into USB ports before playing.
  • Should the controller become disconnected mid-game, restart the game with the controller plugged in.

Notes

This game only supports XInput controllers; use x360ce for other controllers.

Flickering Red Dots[edit]

Control panel fix
This is an issue that may occur with NVidia graphics cards. For non-NVidia graphics cards, please refer to the equivalent 3D control panel.
  1. Open your NVidia control panel and navigate to Manage 3D settings
  2. Under the Program Settings tab, select Saints Row from the list of programs (You may need to add it, in which case select Saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe).
  3. Change Anisotropic Filtering and Antialiasing to Application Controlled.
  4. You may also need to turn off Antialiasing Transparency, Gamma Correction, and Texture Filtering as well.

Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Set compatibility mode to “Windows XP”.
  • Run the game directly instead of using the generated shortcut.
  • Check your game cache / revalidate.
  • Run the game in DirectX 9 mode.
  • If multiple monitors are used, disable one of them. Make sure the main monitor is in main slot.
  • Exit any program that could mess with the game.
  • Run the game in a different, more common resolution.
  • If Steam is installed on an External Hard Drive, move Steam to an internal Hard Drive or to another Hard drive.
Moving to C:
If Saints Row is installed on a hard drive other then C: move the game to a new Steam Library on C:.
  1. Create a second Steam library by launching Steam with a -dev flag, clicking the new console tab, and following these directions.
  2. Exit Steam, copy the folder, then relaunch and reinstall Saints Row to the new C: library.

Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Verify the integrity of the game cache.
  • Start game in DirectX 9 mode and start a new game. After that the game can be switched to DirectX10/11.
  • Install the game on a native NTFS drive if the game is run...
    • on a Mac with Boot Camp
    • using an HFS+ formatted drive
    • with additional software such as MacDrive

Crashing on Radeon Graphics Cards[edit]

On some Radeon cards, the game may fail to automatically configuring graphics settings. If this is the case, the game will also crash when you try to change display settings in-game.
Skip autoconfig
Don't use auto-detect graphics settings in game.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\display.ini
  2. Change Preset from -1 to a number from 1 to 4 where 1 is ultra low and 4 is ultra high

Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode[edit]

Raise GPU core voltage[9]
The core voltage of the video card could be too low.
  • Raise the core voltage by a little.
Warning: Changing settings on your video card may void warranties and can potentially damage the card.

Launcher is blank[edit]

Use an alternate launcher[citation needed]
  • Download an alternate launcher such as this one.
Move game to an internal hard drive[citation needed]
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving steam to an internal Hard Drive.

Co-op Mode not connecting[edit]

Co-op Mode not connecting[citation needed]
  • Make sure you have privacy to "Open to all".
  • Download Tunngle, sign up for a free account, and join one of the Saints Row: The Third servers. Have your partner download it and join the same server.

Missing saved games or insufficient space error[edit]

Saved games may be missing despite being in the correct folder, and Saints Row claims there's not enough storage space.
Restart Steam

Lag in Co-op through a LAN connection[edit]

Sync framerates
This is caused by one player having a much lower frame rate than the other.
  • Modify video settings until the framerates are almost even.

Problems while entering Crib or Saving/Loading[edit]

Loading from a saved game and trying to entering a crib gives a black screen and goes back to the desktop. This may also occur when trying to save a game manually and when killing someone after loading.
Change Windows date
There may be a conflict between Steam and SRTT.
  • Change the date of your Windows system to the date of the last saved game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Backward compatibility for Direct3D 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks For Steam version.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Dual Core Quad Core Intel or AMD
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3000
320 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce GTX 400
ATI Radeon HD 5000
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 4.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card
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 Athlon II X2 270 3.8 GHz
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 630
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon HD 7950
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. The Modding News Destined to Change Everything « idolninja.com
  3. Disable intros? - Steam Users' Forums - last accessed on 2016-7-2
  4. Launcher with Advanced Graphic Options - Steam Users' Forums
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. Tested by Marioysikax
  7. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  8. Game Fixes: Saints Row The Third (crashing, freezing, lag, launch failure, etc) | Geek Montage
  9. Crash Issues (Unresolved) - Steam Users' Forums