Saints Row the Third: Remastered

Posted:  August 28, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
Silky Smooth
Minor Odd Fluctuations
Disclaimer:  This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
50 FPS
Limit
50
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
1100
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Set Preset to Medium, then change to Custom

Resolution: 1152x720

Anti-Aliasing: FXAA

Shadow Detail: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
13W - 15W
65c - 70c
~3.5 hours

Review

Saints Row the Third: Remastered is a...well remaster of the original SR3 game. Think of this game like the crazy version of GTA. You run around in an open-world, kill whoever you want to, steal vehicles, and much more. You also have insane weapons like a dildo and...well I don't want to spoil TOO much, but it is a great game, my personal favorite in the series.

The game does seem to cap itself out at odd times when it comes to the settings. I found a nice couple builds that work well too, perfect for any scenario. The recommended build focuses on a mix of all of them with a slightly higher priority on battery life with primarily medium settings and a 50 FPS cap. The build keeps the game looking nice and sharp with silky smooth gameplay.

The other builds tend to have a couple odd issues, but work fine generally. There are some points where these builds will actually have better temps and battery drain than what I am reporting. I haven't figured out exactly why yet, but it doesn't last that long and everything will spike back up.

Overall, the game runs and looks wonderful on the Steam Deck. It's a great alternative...considering we can't play the new one on SteamOS (there's a possible workaround editing the EXE, but have not tried it yet).

Screenshots:

Recommended Build:

Quality Build:

60 FPS Build:

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image

Note: This was one of the times the Quality build had lower temps, these shot up as soon as I moved away from this spot.

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Saints Row the Third Remastered is one of my favorite GTA-like games made and so far, plays fantastically on the Steam Deck.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

Saints Row the Third: Remastered is a...well remaster of the original SR3 game. Think of this game like the crazy version of GTA. You run around in an open-world, kill whoever you want to, steal vehicles, and much more. You also have insane weapons like a dildo and...well I don't want to spoil TOO much, but it is a great game, my personal favorite in the series.

The game does seem to cap itself out at odd times when it comes to the settings. I found a nice couple builds that work well too, perfect for any scenario. The recommended build focuses on a mix of all of them with a slightly higher priority on battery life with primarily medium settings and a 50 FPS cap. The build keeps the game looking nice and sharp with silky smooth gameplay.

The other builds tend to have a couple odd issues, but work fine generally. There are some points where these builds will actually have better temps and battery drain than what I am reporting. I haven't figured out exactly why yet, but it doesn't last that long and everything will spike back up.

Overall, the game runs and looks wonderful on the Steam Deck. It's a great alternative...considering we can't play the new one on SteamOS (there's a possible workaround editing the EXE, but have not tried it yet).

Screenshots:

Recommended Build:

Quality Build:

60 FPS Build:

Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image

Note: This was one of the times the Quality build had lower temps, these shot up as soon as I moved away from this spot.

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Saints Row the Third Remastered is one of my favorite GTA-like games made and so far, plays fantastically on the Steam Deck.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
50 FPS
Limit
50
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
1100
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Set Preset to Medium, then change to Custom

Resolution: 1152x720

Anti-Aliasing: FXAA

Shadow Detail: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
13W - 15W
65c - 70c
~3.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Other Builds & Information

Quality Build

SteamOS:

Unlimited FPS Cap with 40 Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 10

GPU Clock Speed Frequency: 1100

Linear

 

Proton Version:

No Forced Compatibility

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 1280x800

Filter Mode: Anisotropic 8x

Scene Detail: Medium

Lighting Detail: High

Shadow Detail: Medium

Screen Space Reflections: Yes

Ambient Occlusion: Medium

Depth of Field: Low

Volumetric Fog: Low

V-Sync: Yes

Sharpening: 0

 

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

15W - 18W

Around 71c - 77c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 2 - 2.5 hours of gameplay

60 FPS Build

SteamOS:

60 FPS Cap with 60 Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 11

GPU Clock Speed Frequency: 1100

Linear

 

Proton Version:

No Forced Compatibility

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 960x600

Filter Mode: Anisotropic 4x

Scene Detail: Low

Lighting Detail: Medium

Shadow Detail: Low

Screen Space Reflections: No

Ambient Occlusion: Off

Depth of Field: Low

Volumetric Fog: Low

V-Sync: Off

Sharpening: 0

 

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

16W - 20W

Around 75c - 82c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 1.5 - 2 hours of gameplay

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