Saints Row: The Third Remastered

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This page is for the remastered version released in 2020. For the original 2011 version, see Saints Row: The Third.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered
Saints Row: The Third Remastered cover
Developers
Remastered Sperasoft
Original Volition
Publishers
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows May 22, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 69
OpenCritic 74
IGDB 72
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Open world
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Comedy, Sci-fi
Series Saints Row
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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: The Third Remastered 2020
Saints Row 5 TBA

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is a third-person open world action shooter in the Saints Row series, and a remastered version of the 2011 game Saints Row: The Third. The remaster was developed by Sperasoft and published by Deep Silver, featuring an entirely new lighting engine with physical-based rendering, HDR rendering, and global illumination, as well as reworked and improved vehicles, completely remade weapons, reworked visual effects, higher resolution textures, improved materials and much more.[1]

The version includes all DLCs from the original game with the exception of Team Fortress 2 Masks, Bloodsucker Pack, and Unlockable Pack which are not included and cannot be purchased.[2][3]

The game was released for Windows on the Epic Games Store on May 22, 2020 with an announced release for Steam in 2021.[4] While the original 2011 game eventually received a Linux port in 2016, as of May 20, 2020 no such support for the remastered version has been announced.[5]

Initial reactions to the announced remaster on social media were lukewarm, with some dismissing it as merely being the original game with a few shader filters applied.[6] On the day of release as the review embargo dropped and more information about the remaster surfaced it was revealed that much of the graphics engine and resources had been recreated or enhanced. Digital Foundry described the remaster as "an exceptional effort" that "addresses all of [the performance] issues" of the original game and "radically updates all visual aspects of the presentation" and was "one of the best remasters" they have seen.[7]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Steam version will be released in 2021.[4]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove <path-to-game>\videos\startup_logos.bik[8]
Use the config parameter[8]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\display.ini in a text editor.
  2. Add the following to the bottom of the file:
SkipIntroVideo = true
Changing the display settings will overwrite the file and remove the parameter.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\display.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher

Video[edit]

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Gameplay is Hor+, but UI elements are 16:9 anamorphic. In-game cutscenes are Vert-.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use SR3 FOV Editor.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen is exclusive mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Only gameplay, cutscenes have screen tearing. Triple buffered.
60 FPS
Cutscenes are locked at 30 FPS. The game may cap the frame rate to arbitrary numbers during gameplay and cutscenes, for example 50 and 25 FPS respectively; use Fast v-sync (Nvidia) or Radeon Enhanced sync (AMD) to fix this.[citation needed]
120+ FPS
Due to a poorly implemented 120 FPS cap, frame rate constantly jumps between 105 and 125 and in some extreme and physics heavy cases will drop to as low as 80 FPS, despite GPU and every individual CPU thread being well bellow %100 utilization. If the full-screen mode is selected, the game will switch to a 60 Hz refresh rate with each launch; Re-applying graphics settings will fix this issue.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See Game is too dark in HDR mode.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse settings
Keyboard and mouse settings
Gamepad settings
Gamepad settings

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Music, Voice
Surround sound
7.1[11]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking

Issues fixed[edit]

Game is too dark in HDR mode[edit]

The game seems to have a bug with its brightness calibration slider, causing the value to be incorrect by 50 units.
Name[8]
  1. Open the Display settings of the game and enter the HDR Settings subpage.
  2. Change the Brightness down to 90 and then back up to 100 again.
  3. The game should now be much brighter as a result.
Using the Restore to defaults option will show the brightness slider as 100, but in reality set the brightness to 50. This discrepancy of 50 units can be confirmed by setting the slider to 40 and then exiting and entering the display settings at which point the slider will show 90 instead. Setting the value to 100 manually and then entering and exiting the display settings will cause the value to be off the screen as it is shown to be on 150 instead.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok, SpeedTree
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 10
Processor (CPU) AMD FX 6000 series at 3.4 GHz
Intel Core i5-3000 series at 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 46.27 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 500 series
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 6 support
Sound (audio device) Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
Other Keyboard, mouse and an internet connection for the Epic Games Launcher.
Minimum system requirements target 720p on Low, recommended targets 1080p on High.[12]

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-05-22
    From the editor notes given to reviewers.
  2. Twitter - @SaintsRow - April 14, 2020 - last accessed on 2020-04-14
    "The Team Fortress items are not included."
  3. Twitter - @SaintsRow - April 11, 2020 - last accessed on 2020-04-11
    "These DLC are not included at all, even to purchase."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Twitter - @SaintsRow - April 6, 2020 - last accessed on 2020-04-06
    "It's coming to Steam in 2021."
  5. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-05-20
  6. Reddit - /r/gaming - Owners of the original version of Saints Row The Third on Steam won't receive the Remaster for free a year from now. - last accessed on 2020-05-22
  7. YouTube - Digital Foundry - We're Not Kidding - Saints Row The Third Remastered Is An Exceptional Effort - last accessed on 2020-05-22
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-05-22
  9. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-05-22
    Tested all three connectivity modes on my V2 DualShock 4 controller. They all experienced the same issue with LS being mapped wrong (forward was backwards, backwards was forward).
  10. DualShock 4 on PC? - last accessed on 2020-05-29
  11. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-05-22
    Identified using Special K and Razer Surround.
  12. SAints Row: The Third Remastered - Launch Details - last accessed on 2020-05-22