Saints Row 2

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Saints Row 2
Saints Row 2 cover
Developers
Volition
Publishers
THQ
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows January 5, 2009
Linux April 14, 2016[1]
Saints Row 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Saints Row 2 on Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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Key points

Many recommended mods add new features and fix some bugs. See Mods.
Reports indicate this title is a poor port.[2][3]
GameSpy online server browser has stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[4]
The GOG.com version contains a 30 FPS limit, which can be removed. See High frame rate.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

No DLC was released for PC. Developers 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.[5] German copies are also not available for Linux.[6]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Instructions

Mods

Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod

The Gentlemen of the Row Super 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

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

Configuration file and save game data location

This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings

Display settings.
Display settings.

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High frame rate

The GOG.com version has a forced 30 FPS cap to fix cutscene issues.
This fix only works for NVidia GPUs. AMD GPUs have no fix yet.
Instructions

Input settings

Control settings.
Control settings.

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Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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Localizations

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

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
2
Online play
2 GameSpy services have been shut down;[7] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues unresolved

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

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

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

Instructions
Instructions
Instructions

Crashing when loading a save

Instructions

Crashing when starting a new game

Instructions
Instructions

Scroll issue when navigating menus

Instructions

Stuttering

As a result of issues surrounding the original engine, some stuttering may be observed during gameplay due to streaming issues.
Instructions

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

Instructions
Instructions

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

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

Instructions
Instructions

Text in the top left of the screen

Instructions

Timeout when trying connect to a co-op game

Instructions

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

Instructions
Instructions
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Objects held by characters in cutscenes are misaligned

Instructions

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Linux

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 Dual-Core 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 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
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
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM

References