Saints Row Issues Include T-Posing, Pop-In Issues & More; Here’s an Overview of the Bugs

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Just a few days ago, Volition has released the latest Saints Row game, which sees to kickstart the franchise once again. Unfortunately, while the game itself shows some promise, it’s marred by a multitude of bugs! Some of the Saints Row issues can crash your game, some will impede your progress and more.

Below is a list of Saints Row bugs that we’ve experienced during our review playthrough, as well as a list for platform-specific issues. 

Saints Row Issues and Bugs:

  • Frozen NPC
  • Game crashes
  • Mission bugs that require full restarts
  • Vehicles bugs that make them unusable due to the zoomed in camera
  • Not being able to exit vehicles
  • T-posing
  • Not being able to shoot or interact with the world
  • UI bugs that make parts of the UI disappear
  • Pop-in issues

Here’s video footage of some of the bugs we encountered:

AI bugs:

Sandstorm blurring the entire screen and weird effect on buildings:

Over on the game’s subreddit, the community compiled a list of issues that are platform-specific. 

PC Specific:

Bug Full Description Platform Relevant Link
Launcher Error Epic won’t let the game start normally PC Mash Enter or try this
Clothes Bug Clothes won’t load and lead to infinite loading PC
Forced FPS Capping FPS randomly caps at a certain number PC Enable V-Sync
Controller Bug Haptic Feedback and Mapping malfunctioning PC This may help
Co-op not working Disconnects player 2 shortly after connection is established PC
Game soft locks during some missions Enemies won’t spawn when they are supposed to PC
FXAA Bug Enabling FXAA forces a bad film grain artifacts on textures PC OP report
Restart from Checkpoint Infinite loading issues after restarting from a checkpoint during mission fail. PC An SSD won’t fix this one
Closing the game The game may hard freeze when trying to quit it. PC Task Manager might not come to the rescue here…

Xbox Specific:

Bug Full Description Platform Relevant Link
Cut Scenes Issue Cut Scenes seem to be causing controller issues while leading to visual bugs, eventually XBX
Accessibility Bug Changes either can’t be made or don’t show an effect in-game XBX Post highlighting the issue
Mission Error Truck never begins driving during car chase XBX Be Your Own Boss: Defend the Truck
Empire Table Empire table can’t be accessed Xbox Restart the console
Voice Bug Character voice changes after each time loading the game. XBX
Boss Glasses Glasses are completely fogged up on the boss, glasses on NPCs are unaffected. XBX Shows up fine in the style menu but…
Co-op Bug Co-op crashes the game and returns the party to the dashboard at the end of mission cutscenes. Xbox First encountered during the intro

PlayStation Specific:

Bug Full Description Platform Relevant Link
Opening Character Creator During the opening character creator, selecting “body scars” or “body details” causes the menu to lock up. PS5 Seems to just affect the initial character creator.
Modesty Settings When changing modesty options the nipple visibility option would revert to the default censor when modifying another option. PS5 & PS4 A workaround, if you will
Adaptive Triggers Adaptive triggers are not working and constantly turning off in the options menu. PS5
Take me to Church Doing this mission forces an infinity loading screen, at times PS5 Keep trying and it may eventually work…
Perks If you enter this state, you will be unable to progress challenges, as such no perks will be unlocked PS5 Workaround Fix
“Game is not fully downloaded” When completing the prologue mission, after customizing for the second time, an error pops up stating “cannot progress until game is fully downloaded”. PS4 Keep trying and it may randomly work
Random Teleportation Occurrences of teleporting across the screen randomly while driving PS4
Weapons Bug Weapons will not fire nor will the weapons wheel show up in combat PS4 Apparently, getting running over helps…
Bring up the phone Opening some menus in the phone causes the screen to freeze PS4
Opening Sequence Audio Entire opening sequence plays out with the audio de-synced PS4 Resolves itself when you are in the open world.

We’re hoping Volition can turn things around with a patch or two.

You can check our Saints Row review right here.

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1 year ago

Most of the “specific” bugs are present on all systems. I’ve had almost all Playstation specific bugs happen on Xbox and pc.

Reply to  John
1 year ago

Ditto. The last game I played that was this buggy, was Cyberpunk 2077, and at least that didn’t constantly crash on me, or lock-up entirely simply because I had the audacity to shoot back at an enemy. This game needed at least two more years.

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