Saints Row: The Third

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Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third cover
Developers
Volition
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
THQ
Deep Silver
Engines
CTG[1]
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Linux April 14, 2016[2]
Saints Row: The Third guide on StrategyWiki
Saints Row: The Third on Wikipedia
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015
Agents of Mayhem 2017
Saints Row 5 TBD

Key points

The My Steelport service was shut down on January 31, 2018[3] taking with it all community-created characters. Players wanting to share custom characters needs to make use of a community-made local server emulator for Windows.

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Linux
Discord
Discord
The Full Package, included with Discord Nitro.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
The Full Package only
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux
Humble Store
DRM-free
Standard edition is DRM-free.
The Full Package also available.
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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The Full Package also available.
Windows
Linux

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.
The GOG.com version handles DLC differently from the other versions and is only compatible with other GOG copies in multiplayer.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open display.ini.
  3. Add SkipIntroVideo = true in the file.
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename logo_amd_hd.bik and logo_thq_and_voli_hd.bik.

Fix shuttering caused by My Steelport service shutdown[edit]

The game repeatedly attempts to connect the now-defunct My Steelport service, which may cause the game to shutter.
Edit hosts file[5]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc\.
  2. Open hosts with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line 127.0.0.1 sr3.hydra.agoragames.com and save the file.
This fix will also enable the game to use My Steelport emulator.

Skip game launcher[edit]

Change filenames[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Rename game_launcher.exe to something else (e.g. game_launcher_disabled.exe)
  3. Rename SaintsRowTheThird.exe (for DirectX 9) or SaintsRowTheThird_DX11.exe (for DirectX 11) to game_launcher.exe

Mods[edit]

Gentlemen of Steelport[edit]

Things To Do In Steelport combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community. Includes "Launcher with Advanced Options".

Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options[edit]

Windows-only advanced launcher.
Windows-only advanced launcher.
Launcher with a nice GUI front end for display settings editing.[6]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\display.ini[Note 1]
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/vpltd/SaintsRow3/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Discord
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available and cross-platform.

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.[8]
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Weapon Store menus cannot be entirely navigated with a keyboard.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock controllers use DualShock Button Prompts mod.
Controller hotplugging
Steam version with DirectInput controller crashes when disconnecting the controller.[8]
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

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 feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[9]
Subtitles
Option in gameplay settings. Some cutscenes of "Gangstas in Space" and "The Trouble with Clones" DLCs are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Option in gameplay settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Download.
Russian
Spanish
Japanese
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Korean
Retail only.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is on official list, but not yet confirmed to be 3D to PCGW.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
2 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus
Only in the Steam version

Connection types

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[10]
  • 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[citation needed]
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]

Verify game cache to trigger Steam CEG executables update[citation needed]
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • 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.

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 DirectX 10/11.
  • 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[citation needed]
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[11]
The core voltage of the video card could be too low.
  • Raise the core voltage by a little.

Notes

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]
Skip launcher[citation needed]
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.

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[citation needed]

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

Sync framerates[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
There may be a conflict between Steam and SRTT.
  • Change the date of your Windows system to the date of the last saved game.

Game Randomly Crashing During Gamplay[edit]

Limit affinity to two cores[citation needed]
Set the affinity of the game to two cores only (max = two physical cores and two related hyper-threading logical cores, if available).
  • Bill's Process Manager is a great tool to manage the affinity (and priority) for games without creating custom scripts or using the task manager each time.

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
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3800
320 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 14.04.3, 15.04, 17.1, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9 GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 270 3.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 630
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
Other MESA drivers and Intel Graphics are not currently supported.

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References