NPC behaviour and spawn mod

I was inspired by Idolninja's topic on fixing the cowardly civilians, so I decided to make my own version!

What does it do? (It makes Steelport not be such a fuckin' boring place anymore!)

AI Improvements- You'll be seeing a lot more emergent gameplay in Saints Row 3 with this mod. The AI behaves in a much more chaotic way, civilians will have higher odds of fighting or freaking out when shit starts to go down, leading to some truly random, unique and hilarious gameplay experiences. All NPCs are also now much better melee fighters. Changes to action nodes will bring steelport back to life as you see the AI doing crazy stuff at random- dancing in the street, protesting, etc.

Improved Spawning- This mod adds a ridiculous amount (over 100 new objects) of new and unused content to Steelport to really liven things up. All vehicles now spawn with randomized parts and paint, and on occasion you might run into some really crazy looking cars! Dozens of new NPCs with better colours and randomized items now spawn on the streets, they all carry a much wider variety of weapons, and the Saints now have a massive arsenal of weapons they can spawn with. Indoor areas have been improved as well, and will appear much more populated and alive!

Better Notoriety- Police and gang spawning has been modified to give each faction a more unique fighting style. Police now spawn in undercover cars and motorcycles on the street at level 0, and helicopters can be seen flying overhead at level 0 as well. Cops now also have the ability to attack you from the water while you're on land, and female cops now spawn as well. The amount of enemy helis in the air at level 5 has been increased for much better air combat. STAG soldiers have fireproof armor and can resist being used as human shields. The Deckers can now spawn with their unique APCs at level 5, and the Morningstar have been given vulture helicopters, while the Luchadores have faster spawn times and will be more likely to rush you with melee attacks. Killing civilians won't raise your notoriety as quickly. Yorpie's notoriety error fix mod is also included.

Neighborhood Spawning Changes


Burns hill is basically your typical suburb- lots of old people here, and not much activity at night time. Ashwood is much livelier during the night- and there is a much higher chance to see strippers walking around. Salander's population is now much more relevant to its name- there are many more punks walking around this area now, especially at night. Brickston's population is similar to Burns Hill, but traffic is a little more dense here.

Carver Island

Seeing as murderbrawl is taking place here, Yearwood has a high population of wrestlers, and a large amount of emergency vehicles and hearses to accommodate its contestants. New Baranec and Point Pryor are both party/casino areas, so they are busiest at night time, with a large population of bouncers, clubbers, business people, and hos. Point Pryoris mostly populated with dock workers and truck drivers during the day. Bridgeport has nothing special about it, and The Grove/Arapice Island are highly populated with bums and mascots.

Downtown Area

All downtown neighborhoods have received a big boost in traffic density during the daytime, and are mostly populated by businesspeople during the day, and clubbers, bums, and bouncers at night. Sunset Park also has a high biker population at night time. During the STAG occupation, traffic is minimal during the day and almost non-existent at night.

New Colvin

Wesley Cutter airport is kind of a melting pot- every type of pedestrian has a decent chance of spawning here, as well as a lot of security staff. Taxis, buses, and limos make up a good percentage of the road traffic.
Camano Place is pretty boring- mostly old people, construction workers, and truck drivers populate this area. Rosen Oaks has a large population of gimps, strippers, and hos for obvious reasons, and is much more active during the night. Espina is mostly populated by hos, bikers, bums, and mascots.

Camano Place, Burns Hill, The Grove and Arapice Island also have a reduced police presence.

To install: Just extract the files into your Saints Row: The Third folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\saints row the third
If you are asked if you want to overwrite any files, say yes.

This mod also includes a preload_anim.vpp_pc file that adds new animations to the game. It's the same one found in Idolninja's Sandbox+ mod, so don't worry about any conflicts.

I would highly suggest using this mod with my weapons mod or mod pack for the best possible experience.


This mod is based on Pixel's Zombie Mod, and contains the same Zombie ped cheat enhancements. As such, it is not compatible with encogen's Gang Plus One mod, unless you merge them together manually.

Last updated on 8/12/2013


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Idol mentioned in his topic that he managed to restore random wars between gangs and cops without any input from the player. Is this included in your mod?

[V] IdolNinja

Volition Staff
Idol mentioned in his topic that he managed to restore random wars between gangs and cops without any input from the player. Is this included in your mod?

It should since I showed him what settings I had changed and he basically used that and built on it. When a gang war happens in sr2 and srtt, it is not a random event. It's caused when one npc aggros another on a different team, which is now much easier to do with the much more aggressive behavior on all sides.
It's really fun! Aggression level is balanced quite well - one time pedestrians flee in terror, other time the old lady points a gun in your face. Saints with random weaponry are awesome, new pedestrians add up to the atmosphere (I wonder why they decided to throw them out the streets in the first place; memory restriction perhaps?). I laughed pretty hard when I came across two grandmas dancing on the sidewalk like there was no tomorrow. This mod really feels like the autoload candidate!

[V] IdolNinja

Volition Staff
This will be added to GoS, yes?

Yes, it will be added to GoS after I do some thorough testing. I consider shitface's release to be just about everything I was originally hoping to accomplish.
Can we have some info about every file included? Because, if possible, i want to merge this mod with Encogen's GPO and maybe with NO Notoriety from Idolninja.
For example GPO give a wide variations for homies firearms, colors and models and i want to keep them with this mod if possible.

Tried this mod today and it was hilarious! I've seen pedestrians punching, using guns and stun guns, baseball and dildo bat and drivers stopping by only to get out of cars and kick some ass (mine mostly hahaha) Even the cops were attacked by pedestrians.
Also ambulance and firefighter truck stops by with light and sirens on: never happenend before.
Good mod guys!

[V] IdolNinja

Volition Staff
If you want to wait, the next version of GoS will be able to merge mods together like this dynamically.

DISCLAIMER: Don't ask when it will be ready though because I have no idea.