Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row: The Third

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Achieving the 'Jumped In' & 'Saintified' Achievements in 2019(+)
By Alpha2749
This guide aims to help people get the 'Jumped In' and 'Saintified' achievements for Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV respectively now that the servers to upload characters are down.
This guide does not use programs such as SAM to cheat in the achievments, rather it allows you to actually save your characters via the 'upload character' function in the game (the one that is now broken due to the servers being down).
This is just a disclaimer that the mod that I use in this guide is in no way, shape, or form, written by, or contributed to by me. I am simply writing up a guide that uses this mod to allow people to unlock the two achievements, and be able to use the save character function once again.

All credit for the mod goes to 'Minimaul' from whose profile is:

Now, that that is out of the way we can get on with activating the character save feature, and unlocking the two achievements!
Starting off
The main reason I decided to write up this guide is to help the countless people I have seen who have posted about getting this achievement, but have not yet been able to find a solution. Of course there is always the use of SAM, but I personally want to avoid using SAM if there are other ways to get the achievement. Plus, with this method, you are actually able to use the 'upload character' function in the game to save your characters (to use later on if you wish). So here is how you can do this.

To get started, you will need to check out the following link, which contains a mod made by Minimaul, that allows you to trick the game into thinking it is connecting to the SR character server, but in reality saves the character files on your computer:

Now, you can either follow the instructions on there, (which are pretty much identical to the ones in this guide), or come back here and follow the instructions from this guide.

Setting it up
Remember, you can either go over to: and follow the instructions there, or just continue on with this guide, the instructions are mostly the same.

  1. The first thing you want to do is go over to: , and download the most recent version 'MySteelportEmulator', that is an attached file to the bottom of the post.

  2. After you've downloaded the file, you want to extract the contents of the file anywhere (doesn't matter where it is extracted to).

  3. After that's done, you want to trick the game into thinking that the Saints Row Character servers are in fact up. And redirect the game to your own local machine. You can do this as follows:

    1. Open up notepad as administrator by clicking on it (either in your start menu, or otherwise) and clicking 'run as administrator'.

    2. Go to file > open, then navigate over to your OS drive, (Usually the C: drive), and go to: C: > Windows > System32 > drivers > etc

    3. Open up the 'hosts' file (You may need to switch the file type from '.txt' to 'All Files' if you do not see a 'hosts' file).

    4. You will need to check whether there are already any lines with '' in it, if there is then make sure to delete it.

    5. Then you have to add the following line to the very bottom of your hosts file:

      Your 'hosts' file should now look something like this:

  4. After that's all done, all that's left to do is run the 'MySteelportEmulator' exe file that you extracted earlier, a command window will open up, and should display the version, the link to the post the mod was downloaded from, and text that says 'Ready for connections'.

  5. All that's left to do is just run Saints Row: The Third (or IV, depending on which achievement you want/ what game you want to use it for).

  6. When you are in the main menu, you should see text scroll through at the bottom of the screen that says:

    'Connected to My Steelport Emulator, Login with any user name and password'

  7. After you have seen that text, you can use the character gallery as if you were online. You can do this either in character creation, or at any store by clicking the 'Character Gallery' button. It will ask you to enter a username and password, you can enter whatever you want for these, they do not actually matter. After that you will be taken to the character gallery screen (such as can be seen below)

  8. To get the achievement, you simply need to go to the 'Character Gallery', and upload any character, this will trigger the achievement.

    And there you go! You've now gotten the unachievable achievement, without cheating it in, while restoring some of the games functionality.

By going through this process you also now have back some of the games functionality that was lost when the servers went down. You can now save and load characters (and even share them across devices)!
Closing Remarks
Once again, I just want to reiterate, I in no way contributed to the making of this mod, I simply used it to obtain the achievement and restore the save/ load character functionality to the game. All credit goes to Minimaul on for the fantastic and (literally!) game changing mod!

The reason I decided to make this guide is due to the amount of posts I stumbled across without any solutions regarding this achievement while researching how to get the achievement myself (as I am against use of programs such as SAM, even when the achievement is 'broken'). And it took me a while to find a solution to this as well. So Hopefully this guide can help someone out in achieving the achievement 'Jumping In' in SR3 and/ or the achievement 'Saintified' in SRIV.

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MyNameIsJudas Oct 27 @ 11:45am 
While I understand the aversion to SAM, going through all this effort for 2 achievements just isn't worth it. If you can't get it officially, SAM is a godsend. Oct 27 @ 7:15am 
@weylyn1 I think the port that the emulator uses is assigned to something else on your system , but thats my guess , it's better you ask the person who made this emulator
weylyn1 Oct 26 @ 2:44pm 
I ran into the following issue:
Unhandled Exception: System.Net.Sockets.SocketException : Access to the software channel in violation of access permissions
at the following location: System.Net.Sockets.Socket.DoBind(EndPoint endPointSnapshot, SocketAddress socketAddress)
at the following location: System.Net.Sockets.Socket.Bind(EndPoint localEP)
at the following location: SaintsRowAPI.ConnectionListener..ctor()
at the following location: SaintsRowAPI.ConsoleHost.Program.Main(String[] args)

This happens with both v1.0 AND v1.1. I'll try to compile it from source just to see what happens, although I doubt it'd help.
Alpha2749  [author] Oct 10 @ 5:29pm 
@chetusaf I'm glad it helped!
chetusaf Oct 10 @ 9:40am 
Alpha2749  [author] Oct 6 @ 6:15pm 
@MikeNvX That is totally fair! I made this guide to spread the word about this mod, since the mod doesn't just let you unlock the achievements in both games, but it also restores the save/ load functionality for characters, meaning you can transfer them to different devices and so on too.
MikeNvX Oct 6 @ 12:47pm 
I was thinking about using this but I thought, why would I? I decided not to use a mod cause this achievement was meant to be done at it's time, if I didn't play SR3 at that time I'm not worthy of this achievement
Ranger Sep 25 @ 6:11pm 
This is great, thank you, achievements are received and characters can be saved on your computer.Brilliant !:steamhappy: Sep 18 @ 11:05am 
@Alpha2749 you're welcome , i usually struggle with a lot of problems regarding computers , most of them are not related to games , but i am always looking for a way to bypass problems that are not getting fixed by devs and ...
@Homosapien Great that you got it working , and good thinking that you deleted the Hosts file , many people don't know how powerful hosts file is , it literally bypasses DNS , so anything goes wrong with this file , you might even lose your ability to properly load websites and stuff . anyway good job
Homosapien Sep 18 @ 9:00am 
Thanks Alpha, I hope explaining how I got it to work, combined with what Hitman & you have wrote down, will help anyone who is having issues with getting either of these 2 achievements!

P.S. I easily got the Saintified achievement after installing Saints Row 4 and got enough progress into the story to get to a clothing store to upload my character.