Great game: terrible PC port.
I was waiting to get this game on steam a long time ago, and then a Volition sale happened coincidentally. So I bought it, started it up, and was excited to play quite possibly the best SR game on PC. After having to click through the main menu using only my arrow keys (no mouse support on the title screen), I was finally able to start the game. The graphics seemed a bit bad when compared to the console versions, but I wasn't going to let graphics stop me from playing. So I created my custom character, and after watching the following cutscene, all of my hope of this being a good PC port officially sank.
As soon as I was allowed to move around (after the cutscene you have to break out of jail), I noticed that everything
was moving faster than it should have been: character movements, their animations, you name it (though the sound effects were still normal). This makes the game nearly impossible to play-since it's so hard to aim weapons and driving is incredibly awkward (on a side note, they didn't even bother to change the weapon change pop-up from the Xbox version, click
). Why exactly is the game like this? Well that's because when Volition ported SR2 from Xbox to PC, they didn't bother optimizing the CPU speed for it (SR2's is about 3.2 Ghz) so that it could work well with the CPU speed for most computers (source
, see IdolNinja's 4th post). To put it in English, while it'll run perfectly fine on the Xbox, it'll run like crap on most PCs (this "speed-up" glitch happens on both Windows 7 and
8). If you think I'm the only one with this problem, check the community hub for this game and you'll see that tons of people have the same problem.
Now I've heard that there is a way this can be fixed by using an external mod known as Gentlemen of the Row
, but that's beside the point. The fact that I'm forced to restort to an external mod to fix a game that should have already been fixed is just ridiculous. If you want to play Saints Row 2, pick up an Xbox or PS3 version. Do not waste your time on this lackluster PC port.