Saint’s Row (“Not”-Ed) £2.50

Quick one! LewieP, official RPS MASTER OF PRICES, notes that Saint’s Row 2 is now available for £2.50 from THQ’s own shop, and you can (apparently) add the serial number to Steam for convenience. He’s not sure whether the offer will last until the weekend and the Bargain Bucket. He thought you should know ASAP. We thought you should know ASAP. ASAP, I tell you, ASAP.

EDIT: Oh noes! Not ASAP enough. Offer over. The basts!

43 Comments

  1. nine says:

    Where’s the caveat emptor mentioning how shitty (pretty) the PC port is? Because I wouldn’t recommend bothering even at that price!

    • Collic says:

      even at less than the cost of a pint? im sure its worth that

    • Gorgeras says:

      Who the hell pays two-fiddy for a pint?? I demand to know! A double scotch doesn’t cost me more than three squid.

      Maybe it’s only Yorkshire, the only place with a MINIMUM legal limit.

  2. Olli T says:

    Also note that it’s a bit buggy on the PC, see for example link to forums.steampowered.com

    • Riaktion says:

      Seconded. I own this on PC and it runs awfully. Awfully. Not optimised at all, you need a PC 4 times as powerful as the specs to have it running smoothly.

      Good Game though :o)

  3. Spod says:

    Had this for a while and gave up on it because of the bugs. Tried again last night (new OS, new GPU, thought it was worth a bash) and nope, still has the glitch where it stutters when driving fast. It makes controlling vehicles almost completely impossible. It’s a real shame because the bits I did play are absolutely fantastic.

  4. Clockwork Peanut says:

    Not sure if I’m being stupid, but the link doesn’t appear to be working now…
    and if you get rid of the ‘tr’ at the end of the URL it has Saints Row 2 down as a tenner.

    • drewski says:

      You’re not, it’s borked.

      Dodgy port or no, I’d have been up on it for £2.50. But no, THQ, you can’t have my money.

  5. eot says:

    This game has to be one of the buggiest messes of a console port ever. I think I ran into most of the known PC problema (including the horrible stuttering) and I still finished the game while Fallout 3, GTA IV, Borderlands and several more lay unfinished

    • Jad says:

      It really is interesting how flawed yet how good this game is. I’m usually an incredible stickler for controls and a smooth experience, and this game has frequent stutters whenever you’re driving, for heaven’s sake. Yet somehow I don’t care.

      So imagine you’re escaping from someone and driving like a maniac and some car cuts in front of you and you swerve … but the game has stuttered and fails to register the turn and instead you plow right into the car. This should infuriate you. But instead you go sailing off smashing into everything flipping over and oh crap you’ve got to think on your feet now jump out and shoot that guy and this has just become even more hilariously insane.

      Its sort of like what I’ve heard about Dwarf Fortress: stuff probably will go wrong and you’ll die, but it’ll be a hilarious and entertaining things-going-to-shit experience.

  6. mrmud says:

    The port is bad and the performance is terrible unless you have a good rig (its particulary memory sensitive).
    However, it is still a really fun game.

  7. Flameberge says:

    I finished Saint’s Row 2, enjoyed it, but buggy as hell. I would reccomend it, I just think it’s worth that anyone buying it – even at this price – know what they could potentially be letting themselves in for.

  8. Luke says:

    The correct link is
    link to uk-thq-eshop.gamesplanet.com

    But seems that the offer expired. It’s 9,99 GBP now. I did try to buy it this morning (while the offer was still there) but I couldn’t, my payment was declined for some reason. I guess it was an UK only offer or something.

  9. Bananaphone says:

    Shame, I own it on 360 but for £2.50 I’d have given the PC version a punt.

    Great game, just pure unashamed puerile fun.

  10. Heliocentric says:

    Yep… offer is over. was going to get a 2nd key for coop goodness.

  11. Inigo says:

    I notice that whoever took that screenshot needed to turn off dynamic lighting first.

  12. videogangs says:

    Dammit too late :-( been keeping an eye out on this one on the cheap ever since it got pretty glowing reviews on 360.

  13. Carra says:

    Not asap enough!

  14. Nick says:

    Runs terrible, looks ugly as sin, is utterly superb.

    I wish it were just the final of those three, I still enjoyed the hell out of it, despite it running like arse. Had way more fun with it than GTA 4.

  15. jhdxcvncn says:

    I always hear that players who play this game want to give the developers a nice hot stone massage. 5ish$ wouldn’t have been so bad. Oh well, I guess I won’t see what the fans are talking about for a little bit more!

  16. Tei says:

    I wonder why a game about driving has soo bad driving, and is soo good game. It could be style. Saint Rows has it.

    • Nick says:

      It has plenty of on foot stuff to entertain, such as insurance fraud mini games where you throw yourself in front of cars to earn money, or property damage challenges.. or protecting celebrities from crazed fans.. just all kinds of weird stuff.

  17. laikapants says:

    Weirdly enough, I’ve been fairly bug free in my 6-7 hours with Saints Row 2 (picked up with the DoWII: CR deal). However, prior to upgrading my system (yesterday!) and I had just a plain ol’ single core CPU, the cars would go from 0-60 in >2 seconds and inevitably crash into a wall shortly after that. And that was with out pressing any of the directional buttons. After my dual core upgrade yesterday, the driving works perfectly but apparently with that bonus I lost the sound in my right speaker. I’ll take that over the other bugs though.

    • Tei says:

      Seems a problem with “framerate dependant phisics”. Maybe you can try to force a maximum framerate, like 50FPS. That may help.

      Or could be that use some “crono trigger” from the PC hardware/software that is not reliable enough. Thats unfixable (other than maybe using a different OS).

      My troughts..

    • laikapants says:

      Huh, I’ll take a gander at that (and the forums) when I get home.

      Still, in regards to the actual game, I love most all bits of it. I love that there is a minigame for hijacking a car with a person still in the passenger seat, which is something I did as often as possible in GTA games but now the game rewards me for it. Someday I’ll actually get around to the story, but I’m quite pleased with just driving about and causing my fair share of mayhem.

  18. Freaky says:

    After faffing about with the graphics settings, I managed to get rid of the problem of half the geometry being transparent. Played for an hour or so, quit, went to play it the next day and.. oh, instacrash on startup.

    I wouldn’t bother. Really. Don’t encourage publishers to sell unsupported alpha quality software.

  19. BobJustBob says:

    Saints Row. It’s a row of saints, not a row belonging to saints.

    • CMaster says:

      Actually, as stated in the title would be a row belonging to a saint.
      A row belonging to saints would be saints’ row.

      English is odd.

    • Vague-rant says:

      I’m guessing the correction was that the game was actually called Saints row, without the apostrophe?

      In which case, I choose to believe that the game is like duck hunt, but with saints.

    • BobJustBob says:

      CMaster: Curses!

  20. Dave says:

    Red Faction: Guerrilla is sooo much better. (So long as you play it in windowed mode so it actually works.)

    I did enjoy the character customization, aside from everything about the interface. The game, to me, seemed like moments of silly fun interspersed with wishing my character would die and go to hell and that one or more of { combat, driving } felt like I was actually controlling something.

  21. terry says:

    Good game. One of the worst ports I have ever witnessed. Just awful.

  22. Urthman says:

    People keep saying you need a “very powerful” machine to play this. What exactly do they mean? There are a lot of machines now that are more powerful than anything that existed when this was first released.

    Anyone who has played this somewhat painlessly have a realistic system recommendation?

    EDIT: I just found a Penny Arcade forum thread that answers my question. Guy claims that 3GB memory or more solves the crucial hardware bottleneck.
    link to forums.penny-arcade.com

    • laikapants says:

      I ran it initially on a single core 2.2 Ghz AMD, 3 GB RAM, 9800 GTX , 1680×1050 and the only issues I had were with the driving (as I noted above) and occasional framerate drops when there was a bevy of activity (like when I had the maximum gang vendetta and they sent a relentless amount of vehicles at me). Upgrading to a 3.0 Ghz dual core AMD has allowed everything to run smoothly, other than weird sound issue. It’ll be interesting to see how it works when I install Windows 7 on Saturday and unlock the ability to utilize DX10 and the other gig of RAM I have.

  23. Jimbo says:

    It’s a real shame the port is apparently so bad, because Saint’s Row 2 is brilliant.

    It’s well worth checking out (on 360 I guess) if you have a like-minded friend to play straight through the campaign with. The campaign has proper seamless co-op the whole way through, which I found really impressive. It’s literally a blueprint on how all open-world co-op should be handled – one which I hope GTA V uses.

    I think I had more fun co-oping the side activity where you bounce around from one car to the next, than I did with the whole of GTA 4. SR2 didn’t get the praise it deserved.

  24. Gorgeras says:

    Volition aren’t supporting it on PC any more.

    So not a chance that I’ll even entertain it anyway.

    • Dave L. says:

      Volition didn’t do the port.

      It was outsourced to CD Projekt who proceeded to do the absolute bare minimum amount of brute forcing to get Volition’s Xbox 360 code to run on a PC, added some additional graphic options and support, and called it done. I’m not sure if the one patch that was released was done in-house at Volition, or handled by CD Projekt as well, but the combination of initial sales of fuck all and a pile of sloppy ass code made any further patches and support financially untenable. Especially considering THQ’s financial state at the time.

      That’s my theory, anyway. If Red Faction is any indication it looks like they learned their lesson (mostly), and I’m hoping Reactor Zero will be responsible for all of the PC ports for any future entries in both series.

  25. Berious says:

    Don’t be tempted to pick this up for the PC, it runs like absolute shit and the publisher has said no more patches. Shameful.

  26. matte_k says:

    Only problem I had was the aforementioned driving bug, which is a pain in the ass, but given how much other stuff in the game works just fine, i managed to get through it.

    Not so good is the games instability with Windows 7. After installing said OS, clean hard drive, realised I hadn’t backed up my savegames on Steam and lost all my progress :(
    So, after reinstalling the game and playing, it kept crashing every five minutes or so. A bit of interweb digging points the finger at Windows 7.

    And if that’s true about no more support for it, then I can’t really recommend it unless you’re still on XP or Vista- shame really, had a lot more fun with my Mockney Hippy gangster than that miserable sod in GTA 4

  27. cmndr_andi says:

    I have played this game through twice now on my PC (once single player and a second time doing the missions co-op with a friend) and conclude that was a fantastic game to play, probably one of the most interesting games I played last year.

    I can see what people say about it being a bad port, I was almost always ~30FPS with a bit of slowdown when things got REALLY busy. However, apart from that it ran well, but my system is atypical (i7@3.6GHz, 6GB RAM, GTX295,1920x1200res). My friend who I played Co-op with was running it on a Q6600@3GHz, 4GB RAM, 9800GTX, 1680×1050 res and he describes it as “runs fine” – so no complaints there. Perhaps it is one of the badly ported console games like GTA 4 that pretty much require you to have 3 core +.

    I would say that if you have a tri core or better and a 4850,GTS 250 or better then you should be able to play this game well and will have a good time. If you don’t then i’d suggest getting it on the 360 (where I believes it runs fine), or wait it out until you next upgrade.

  28. MWoody says:

    Got it free with the DoW2 deal, this article reminded me to give it a try (played it to completion on the console). Actually runs pretty well at 1920×1200 2xAA, but other comments have indicated the bottleneck is RAM, and I have 8Gb of it. But really, even if you have to run it in 640×480, you won’t find better sandbox jackassery than SR2.

  29. invisiblejesus says:

    Anyone found a way to get around the super-speed bug running this game on Win7? I mean, playing it at silly speed might be good for a laugh or two, but still.