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Saints Row 3 News!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Supposedly the cover and another pic about SR3 for the upcoming issue of Game Informer was leaked. It’s not officially confirmed by Volition yet, but the general consensus seems to be that it is real.

More info and media here:

Vibrant Colors

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I created a new weather type called vibrant and an accompanying non-flagging cheat for it in the latest build of GotR that I linked earlier today. This mode boosts up the saturation so everything pops with color. I made sure that this particular weather can never be chosen automatically by the game, and since it’s a cheat code it can be toggled off and on.

I also increased the saturation level of the clear skies weather condition (though nowhere near as much.) Clear skies procs roughly 50% of the time while normally playing, and looks great with more color. All the other weather conditions like pre-storm, thunderstorm, etc still have their slightly washed out look that they did before.

The latest WIP build of GotR I linked earlier has this Vibrant mod included. I would love to hear some input from players. Here’s some pics!

Radio mod update and Wong unlock

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I updated my Dual Radio mod today to include both 105 EZZY and 89 GENX radio stations. Both stations still go away after 50% completion and finishing Samedi mission 4, but now they come back at the end of the game as bonus stations giving the player all 12 stations after beating the final Revelations mission.

I also completed the Mr. Wong homie unlock screen and got everything tested.

SR2 Extra Dialogue

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Minimaul was able to figure out the format for all in-game text and did a dump of everything. From his work I was able to piece together most of the dialogue for cut SR2 activities and other things:

“ZOMBIE_HANK_MONOLOGUE_01″: “As a news correspondent I’ve seen a lot of things.  I’ve watched famine destroy villages, I’ve witnessed psychic surgeons cure cancer, I’ve even covered wars…but I’ve never seen anything like this.  My name is Hank East.  Remember that name, because in three days I’m going to be reporting the story of a lifetime.”

Looks like a Dead Rising joke about Frank West. :D

Piracy, Guardian Angel, and Hijacking were cut activities that didn’t make it in to the final game. There are a lot of resources still around though including extra audio. I was able to reconstruct the back and forth dialogue for most of them:

GUARDIAN ANGEL CHINATOWN (CUT ACTIVITY)

OPENING CUTSCENE
LI: “I’m pleased you could make it.  Wong Sheng Tai spoke highly of you.”
PLAYER: “Did Wong also tell you I don’t work for free?”
LI: “Of course…but before we discuss payment perhaps we should speak of what I would have you do.”
PLAYER: “If you were talking to Wong it probably has to do with killing some muthafuckers…”
LI: “This isn’t about simple murder.  Several ambassadors are arriving to Stilwater for a summit, it’s imperative that thes-”
PLAYER: “Killing the ambassadors won’t be a problem.”
LI: “I don’t want you to kill them.”
PLAYER”You lost me.”
LI: “These men and women need to be protected from people like you at any cost.  I will pay you handsomely to ensure their safe travel.”
PLAYER: “Oh…”
LI: “Is there a problem?”
PLAYER: “I was just hoping to, ya know, kill some dignitaries.  But don’t worry, this’ll be fun too.”

GUARDIAN ANGEL HIGHEND DISTRICT (CUT ACTIVITY)

OPENING CUTSCENE
PLAYER: “This place looks a lot different when I’m not robbing it.”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Just because I’ve knocked this place off before doesn’t give you the right to be bitchy…”
[missing]
PLAYER: “You really wanna tell someone with a gun their wrong?”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Does it look like I do retail?”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Doing what?”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Wait, they’re willing to ki-”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Which means…what….”
[missing]
PLAYER: “Deal…but I can’t promise you anything about not robbing your store once you have the diamonds in hand.”

DIALOGUE DURING MISSION

CUBE: “Aight boys, let’s do this…you two guard the door, I’ll go in for the cash…”
LEVAR: “We’re on it…”
CUBE: “Everybody on the ground, now! [gun shot fx]”

[Levar yells in to Cube who is in the bank]
LEVAR: “Hows it going in there, Cube?”
CUBE: “The bank manager is taking me to the vault right now…”
CUBE: “Open the vault…slowly…”
CUBE: “Listen up people. We’re havin’ problem with vault.  Levar, I need you to radio our ride and make sure we’re getting a pick up…”
LEVAR: “You got it, boss…”
CUBE: “Load up the briefcase, but I swear to god you put a dye packet in this thing I will put a bullet in your ma’fuckin’ head…”

[Levar calls Ravel on the phone (Ravel is Levar spelled backwards lol)]
LEVAR: “Hey Ravel, we need you ready for pick up.”
RAVEL: “Dog, I’m runnin’ late, I need to stop by the cleaners and drop off my suit…”
LEVAR: “Bro we’re in a middle of a bank heist, the fuck you mean you have to stop to drop off your laundry?”
RAVEL: “My kid spilt juice all over my shit, you really expect me not to get it cleaned before the stain sets?”
LEVAR: “Shit, whatchu think? Turn the damn van around and get your ass over here…”

[cut back to Cube]
CUBE: “I got the cash, meet me out back, our ride should be waiting…”
CUBE: “Where the hell is our pickup?”
LEVAR: “Ravel’s runnin’ late, but he’s on his way…”
CUBE: “Aight, we gotta sit tight, or ride should be here soon…”
CUBE: “Let’s get the hell outta here boys!”

PIRACY SAINTS ROW (CUT ACTIVITY)

OPENING CUTSCENE
SARA: “You’re just in time, the plane made the drop a little bit ago.”
PLAYER: “What are you talking about?”
SARA: “Every month we donate medical supplies to various humanitarian efforts in third world countries.”
PLAYER: “I don’t see what yo-”
SARA: “(Interrupting) Of course, donating those supplies is a huge tax write off for us but we really would like for the whole process to be a little more profitable for us.”
PLAYER: “It’s a little hard to profit from charity.”
SARA: “Well, that’s why we’ve decided to jettison some of the medicine from the cargo plane mid flight.”
PLAYER: “Excuse me?”
SARA: “We dump a portion of the promised medicine, you go pick it up and sell it for money.  Insurance compensates us for the loss and everybody wins.”
PLAYER: “Except the people who’re expecting the medicine…”
SARA: “(Dismissive) Look on the bright side, at least it’s not like you needed it.”

PIRACY DOCKS AND WAREHOUSE (CUT ACTIVITY)
OPENING CUTSCENE

NOTE: Gio’s side of the conversation is missing from le_strings. Reconstructed using actual audio
Piracy partial audio reconstruction

PLAYER: “You Gio?”
GIO: “You here about the Meg’s List ad?”
PLAYER: “Yeah, what do ya need picked up?”
GIO: “I got some contraband floating out there that I need brought in.”
PLAYER: “What are we talkin’ about?  Guns?  Drugs?”
GIO: “Dolls…”
PLAYER: “What?”
GIO: “True Girl Dolls.”
PLAYER: “You’re smuggling inflatable Sex toys?”
PLAYER: “Just…stop. I’ll get the fucking dolls.”

HIJACKING FACTORIES CUTSCENE (CUT ACTIVITY)
The other speaker’s name is listed as WFSOR1?  White Female (SOR?) I’ll just call her young girl

Hijacking Factories partial audio reconstruction

YOUNG GIRL: “Hiya!”
PLAYER: “What the fuck is going on?”
YOUNG GIRL: “Hello…we’re having a meeting.”
PLAYER: “I don’t have meetings with people who can’t get into an R rated movies.”
YOUNG GIRL: “Ok, no need to be rude, just hear me out.”
PLAYER: “Get to the point.”
YOUNG GIRL: “OK, like, my birthday is totally coming up, and I want cars.”
PLAYER: “So ask your daddy for one.”
YOUNG GIRL: “I don’t think you’re getting me…I don’t want a car.  I want cars. Plural. And you’re going to get them for me.”
PLAYER: “Right, ’cause you’re almost my niece…fuck off.”
YOUNG GIRL: “No one talks to me that way.”
PLAYER: “Evidently you’re wrong.”
YOUNG GIRL: “OK, this isn’t going well.”
PLAYER: “You’re a smart kid.”
YOUNG GIRL: “Let’s start over.  I have my daddy’s black card.”
PLAYER: “How many cars you said you wanted?”

HIJACKING ACTIVITY DOCKS CUTSCENE (CUT ACTIVITY)

PHIL: “I heard you got yourself blown up.”
PLAYER: “I did.”
PHIL: “Well you’re pretty spry for a corpse.”
PLAYER: “Be fair, I’m just a burn victim.”
PHIL: “Whatchu need?”
PLAYER: “You still need people to jack cars for you?”
PHIL: “Hell yeah.  With the Rollerz out of commission I was able to move in on their overseas deals…I’m always lookin’ for cars to move.”
PLAYER: “So I got the job?”
PHIL: “For you I’ll even skip the background check.”

Gentlemen of the Row v1.9 TO DO Checklist

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Gentlemen of the Row v1.9 has been on hold while some of the final texture issues get sorted out. Namely, the ability to add new textures to the game instead of replacing existing ones. I also needed an extended break after months of work on the last couple of versions.

This weekend I started putting together a checklist for the planned additions and changes for v1.9. One of the big new features is adding new cribs as story unlocks that also unlock teleports to many previously inaccessible locations.

Gentlemen of the Row v1.9 TO DO Checklist:

AISHA’S HOUSE CRIB
Unlocks rn04 Bleeding Out
Replaces rn07 Medical Heli Unlock
Medical Heli for Sale at Dealership at Regular Price
Front door teleport activated
Wardrobe, TV, Guns, Stash
Garage will be tricky because the driveway usually has a spawn there
Tested from mission clipboard after unlocking

ULTOR YACHT CRIB
Unlocks at ep03 Salting the Earth
Replaces ss03 News 7 Oppressor
News 7 Oppressor for Sale Dealership at Regular Price
Yacht chunk permanently loaded after mission
Wardrobe, TV, Guns, Stash, Boat Garage
Tested from mission clipboard after unlocking

PHILLIPS BUILDING CRIB
Unlocks at ep04 And a Better Life
Replaces 3 Gold Stars gang kills Avenger Jacket
Avenger Jacket for sale at Nobody Loves Me regular price
Wardrobe, TV, Guns, Stash, Car garage street, heli garage on pad
Telport on street to top floor office
Teleport in top floor office to Ultor Pyramid
Teleport in top floor office to Ultor Yacht (crib previously gained after salting the earth)
Teleport in top floor to heli pad
Tested from mission clipboard after unlocking

SAINTS ROW CHURCH CRIB
Unlocks at em01 Revelations
Replaces ss010 Video Repairman Outfit
Outfit for sale at Let’s Pretend
Teleport outside Arena to inside
Teleport outside Ronin Hotel to inside
Teleport in church to Volition Secret Island
Teleport to frat house in samedi ss05 Burning Down the House cutscene
Teleport to skeeball arcade in bh09 Enemy is my Enemy custcene
Teleport to the gym in samedi cutscene (figure out which one?)
Teleport to the Samedi Drug Lab Buildings in ss05 Burning down the House
Tested from mission clipboard after unlocking

LUZ HOMIE
Unlocks at Drug Trafficking Hotel and Marina Level 3
Replaces gold desert eagle unlock
Gold deagle unlock moved to Septic Avenger Suburbs Level 3 replaces 15% weapon accuracy

MR WONG HOMIE
Unlocks at rn11 One Man’s Junk
Replaces bh08 Prison Bus and Boat
Boat and Prison bus for sale at regular price

AISHA HOMIE
Unlocks at em01 Revelations (see NEW MISSIONS section for possible alternate unlock)
Replaces combat tricks AR50 XMAC-Special
AR50 XMAC Special for sale at Friendly Fire 97 % hoods owned

CARLOS HOMIE
Unlocks at em01 Revelations (see NEW MISSIONS section for possible alternate unlock)
Replaces Chop Shop complete 1 list Mongoose
Mongoose for sale at regular price

CHUNKS
Chinese Heritage Festival chunk is permanent after rn11
Brotherhood Enemy of my Enemy tanker chunk is permanent after bh09

NEW MISSIONS
Send in the Clones – Available after Revelations completed – Rescue Aisha and Carlos clones from a secret Ultor cloning facility (awards them as homies)
Zombie Horde (working title) – Fight your way through hordes of zombies to reach the Kent and mow them down in the street.
Secret mission from Innocent Sam

RADIO
Dual 105.0 AM/FM
Veteran’s Vault after end game
Add icons to radio station switching instead of just text
Random Shuffle Custom Playlist

CLOTHING LOGOS (waiting on ability to insert NEW bitmaps instead of replace)

http://community.saintsrow.com/forums/topic/44923

Hellboy – IdolNinja
Lobster Johnson – IdolNinja
Justice Cross – IdolNinja
Jurassic Park – IdolNinja
Darth Vader – IdolNinja
Daft Punk – IdolNinja
Aperture Science – IdolNinja
Venture Bros logo – IdolNinja
Brock Sampson – IdolNinja
MUSE – IdolNinja
Stormtrooper – IdolNinja
The Warriors – Innocent Sam
MANN Co – Innocent Sam
Third Echelon – Innocent Sam
Hard Rock Café Saints Row – Innocent Sam
Bender – Innocent Sam
Star Wars – Innocent Sam
TF2 Spy – Innocent Sam
Warhammer 40k logos – foamcup

PLANNED LOGOS (Stuff I’m working on not yet released)
Nintendo/Gameboy Logo
Buckaroo Banzai logo
Facepunch logo
Boba Fett stencil
BPRD logo
Black Mesa logo
Portal logo
Judas Priest Logo
Jules from Pulp Fiction
TRON logo
Penny Arcade logo

OTHER TEXTURE STUFF
Add Gentlemen of the Row logo stuff to textures like the map, loading screens, etc
Change loading screen pics to have different MC than the standard one
Car decals (likely have to replace instead of add)
Changed/New Spray Tag logos
Bezier carbon paint, police and ultor improvements – public_enema

MISC MODS READY TO PUT IN (OR LIKELY)
Extra hair colors – Released by Veerek/Firespite
Increase fall distance before damage/ragdoll – foamcup/veerek
Women’s Tied Button Shirt VID fix discovered by simkas
Add Tan Oppressor for sale
Atlasbreaker pipes as buyable mechanic option
Dirt as a buyable option at mechanic
Compton – add missing decals at mechanic
Quick B Button tap to weapon switch in single player (currently only works in multi)
Time stop cheat
Add heli garage at Prison crib
Caps lock toggle walk/run instead of having to hold it down to walk
Coop player able to fire out of the back of a moving truck (like the firework mission)
Add a Scratch That store at the Mall – Music store location found
Operation Homie Recruit – Figure out how to spawn in Story gang NPCs on islands to recruit instead of forcing through cts
New hitman missions – waiting on cvtf editing capabilities to create new npcs instead of using existing (everything else is working)
Look into reported issue of female characters pixelating through outfits like The General

MISC MOD IDEAS WITH PROBLEMS OR FAILED ATTEMPTS (UNLIKELY)
Look into fixing  parachute suit hands placement if possible
Add taunts as additional ones instead of replace (may be limited by room in preload files)
Look again at ped draw distance and car despawning
minimap zoom in and out if possible
Hydraulic option for the mag and quasar (may have to add to cvtf – improbable until we can edit cvtf)
Fix toad wheelies so they’re not as crazy touchy (and not screw up trail blazing)
Thumb, Middle, and Pinky rings
Completely remove eye color options from surgeon since they are now at all the stores with a full clothing color pallette
Heli Mechanic
Achievements – look at parsing statistics to enable – likely tied to profile.dat
Fix Gang Paint colors missing first 6 characters of name
Opaque Masako goggles
Access to garages during missions and activities
Chainsaw Launcher blood spray on connect
Strengthen/Brighten light sources to work better with modded darker nighttime
Fix $1000 cash cheat. Increase to $100,000.
Tattoo colors revert back to Blue/black if equipped. They eventually correct themselves after reloading save a few times. Problem with vanilla
Zombie Uprising at the Mall be ADDITIONAL instead of replacing the original
Sewage decals sticking around longer
Bigger garage and wardrobe
Flaming or Sparking Sledgehammer
Piracy and Guardian Angel activities
Figure out xwb sound format so we can add our own sound banks
Add new gang styles for zombie and pirate instead of replacing
Fix cutscenes for zombie and pirate gangs so it isn’t old gang type

Dual Radios and Randomization

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

It’s always annoyed me that the 105.0 EZZY Radio Station in game was replaced by 105.0 THE WORLD at the halfway point of the game, so I poked around in the radio files and figured out how to lift the restriction. Now both stations are available at the halfway point. Yeah, it’s weird that they are both 105.0, but at least now I can have my Whistle Happy and Tchoupa Twist post game.

I also did some poking trying to see if there was a way to randomize the custom MY RADIO playlist after seeing a request for it on the Steam forums. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the random flags in music.xtbl work the same way that the other stations do. I think that I might be able to call a random function in the pause_menu.lua for each track and save their position on menu exit though. It would mean that a player would have to go into the menu and exit it to randomize the playlist each time they wanted it to change/randomize. That’s kind of inelegant though, so I’ll have to give it some more thought.

More Saints Row 3 News from E3

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A couple more details on Saints Row 3:

* Saints Row Books and other “merchandise” will coincide with launch.
* the December announcement for SR3 may happen at the Spike videogame awards

Merchandise, huh? Does this mean I can get my Johnny Gat action figure with the kung fu grip?

Catching Up

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

All sorts of stuff has been going on lately in the SR2 modding world.

I released an Allowed Heli Weapons mod that allows the passenger to fire any weapon out the side of the Opressor and Gyro Daddy in coop.

The SparRow mod has finally been completed with all stores. I fixed some remaining issues, and also added in 20+ new colored Tornados including some Pearlescent, Iridescent, and Matte Military colors as a holdover until we can get the heli mechanic working.

Tidosho released v2.5 of his Vehicle Powertrain mod which now fixes the handling of the Titan, Peterliner, Westbury, Hayate, Donovan, and Buffalo in addition to the previous cars.

Bernard the Beast released a cool little mod that adds a 2nd wardrobe lightcone to the Rec Center locker room when you buy the Suburbs dock. He also posted a cool thank you pic to me for the help I gave him which I thought was pretty awesome.

RedRage and I worked together on fixing all of the broken option names at the mechanic so they read correctly now.

Today I figured out how to get all the sports makeup working which is now available at Rusty’s Needle and Image as Designed and fully color customizable. This was a real pain to do and I finally got it working by enabling them as multi-slots. I believe that this is the key to also getting the rest of the crashing clothing items working.

Finally, Gentlemen of the Row v1.8 BETA 7 was released. We’re getting really close to public release now that that SparRow is complete. The final piece is the heli mechanic which RedRage and I have been working like mad on trying to make it work. Hopefully we’ll have some good news to share soon!

Gang Candy Paint Mod

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I released a Gang Candy Paint mod for SR2 today that adds all the gang paint colors to the Candy Paint color set. This means you can now use them to customize cars, boats, and planes. The new colors look amazingly cool on just about anything.


Also, v1.8 BETA 4 was released yesterday with a lot of new content including the much anticipated SparRow mod by Kahalee which adds a bunch of new ownable vehicle dealerships. The new beta 4 also has new weapon meshes, shotgun animations, fixes, vehicle tweaks, and even a brand new custom decomissioned police car by foamcup.

Stores, Music, Sig Sauers, and TGA crashes

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I spent some time today helping out Kahalee with his Sparrow Aircraft mod for SR2. This is his first mod and it adds a brand new aircraft dealership at the Airport named Sparrow Aircraft. The mod also moves all the helicopters and planes to this new dealership and removes them from Foreign Power and Cycles. Kahalee and I were able to get everything working except for the actual Dealership name that is displayed when browsing vehicles. Strangely, in the lua, it is expecting a crc value instead of a string name, and anything else bombs out. I wonder if the developers had crashing issues with stores that were just passing text and weren’t defined so set it up this way to force them to use a variable. The mod is mostly finished (other than the name) and was released for beta testing today. It’s pretty exciting since this is the first new store that has been added to the game and opens up the possibility for even more.

InnocentSam was able to get all the ambient music and radio commercials purchasable at Scratch That, so you’ll now be able to listen to weird things like the Zombie Uprising Music, or the Club music in your car. He also was able to hex edit the binary weapon mesh and fix the unused Sig Sauer. This is going to be tricky to implement since we’ve hit a weapon limitation with how many additional weapons we can have in game before it breaks.

I also tested an idea about how we could temporarily work around the the lack of a texture repacker by converting an extracted .png texture to a .tga format and just sticking it in patch.vpp_pc. Then, point the xtbl/lua to the (unpacked) TGA file instead. I tried this out with a couple of the logos but it just crashed the game no matter what formats I tried.

I had much better luck with the animation fixes since I haven’t seen a single problem from testers with the latest beta 3. I also played for a few hours tonight with SoulGate and didn’t see a single instance of the “airplane arms,” so I think that issue has finally been put to rest. Also, by going through preload_anim.tbl I was also able to cleanup a bunch of unused animation files and open some room to do some new taunts. It was perfect timing since InnocentSam is almost finished with a new taunt using Shaundi’s hackey sack animation. That definitely sounds like it will be a cool addition.