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#1 mykevermin

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 10:54 PM

The idea of this thread is twofold:
1) to compile a list of games that people have tried on the 80GB system that do not work at all, or are emulated so poorly as to be unplayable

2) to take that list and crossreference it with gamers' experiences on the 60GB/20GB systems.

The Sony list is cumbersome to navigate, and no doubt it also overstates games "working" on a system.

I'm curious as well: what problems have 80GB users encountered that 60GB users don't experience?

If you've played, or are curious about, the playability of a given PS2 game, feel free to post here. I'll update this thread from time to time with information on the games themselves.


GAMES THAT WORK ON 80GB AND 60GB
Art of Fighting Collection
Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry 2
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (Special Edition)
Jak & Daxter
Odin Sphere
Persona 3
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal


GAMES THAT MOSTLY WORK ON 80GB
Fire Pro Wrestling: there are some pretty bad graphical glitches. The 2.10 update fix things a bit but it still has problems.

GAMES THAT DON'T WORK ON 80GB, BUT WORK ON 60GB
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Gran Turismo 4: tried loading it up three times with no success then at the fourth attempt, it managed to play but the game ran in slo-motion. Overall, it was unplayable.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. I put the disc in, it makes some noise for about 90 seconds, and then ejects the disc.
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater freezes in some random places and forces you to restart. Also some cutscenes are really choppy.
Soul Calibur III: it runs at about 70% of full speed.
Yakuza: works fine, but freezes at one spot in the game. Confirmed to be unpassable.

GAMES THAT DON'T WORK ON EITHER PS3
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#2 knightsdwn

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:06 PM

Thank you for starting this thread. The Sony compatibility list can be pretty vague at best and firsthand experience from gamers themselves is a much better alternative.

Anyway, I've been eyeing Yakuza ever since it went on sale for $8.96 in CC. Fortunately, I remembered to check the list beforehand and was disappointed to see the game on the list. It stated that Yakuza freezes at a certain point in the game. My question is is there any way to bypass that part of the game or should I just chalk up Yakuza in the "Games I wish I Played" list?

#3 Mana Knight

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:09 PM

Thank you for starting this thread. The Sony compatibility list can be pretty vague at best and firsthand experience from gamers themselves is a much better alternative.

Anyway, I've been eyeing Yakuza ever since it went on sale for $8.96 in CC. Fortunately, I remembered to check the list beforehand and was disappointed to see the game on the list. It stated that Yakuza freezes at a certain point in the game. My question is is there any way to bypass that part of the game or should I just chalk up Yakuza in the "Games I wish I Played" list?

On a 20GB/60GB PS3, unless my settings are messed up, Yakuza looks very pixelated and distorted (like PS1/PS2 games use to look before firmware update 1.5).

Thank you for starting this thread. The Sony compatibility list can be pretty vague at best and firsthand experience from gamers themselves is a much better alternative.

Anyway, I've been eyeing Yakuza ever since it went on sale for $8.96 in CC. Fortunately, I remembered to check the list beforehand and was disappointed to see the game on the list. It stated that Yakuza freezes at a certain point in the game. My question is is there any way to bypass that part of the game or should I just chalk up Yakuza in the "Games I wish I Played" list?

It's not just the 80GB that may have freezing in certain games. I heard there was a point in KH2 where people had their 20/60GB PS3 console freeze on them (which is why a game save was uploaded past that part).

Not sure about the 80GB, but on the 20/60GB, Sonic Mega Collection Plus does NOT work well, since there is slowdown and sound clipping in the Genesis Sonic games.

As for the 80GB, I heard GT4 no longer works and Valkyrie Profile 2 does not work. GGXX Accent Core use to not work, but now it does.
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:13 PM

Great thread idea. Rygar anyone?

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#5 mykevermin

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:13 PM

While I appreciate the input, what I'd like to compile are people's experiences with the games, not hearsay. I'm interested to see what issues Yakuza has, since everyone should play that game.
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#6 Mana Knight

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:20 PM

While I appreciate the input, what I'd like to compile are people's experiences with the games, not hearsay. I'm interested to see what issues Yakuza has, since everyone should play that game.

Unless there's something up with my TV, Yakuza looks really bad on my TV. I haven't tested other PS2 games on my TV since the last update, so I'm going to do that in a few days (left my PS2 games at home). It's still playable, just looks really blurry and distorted.

I tested in both Limited and Full, along with 720p and 1080p.
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#7 zenprime

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:20 PM

I'm currently playing KH2 for the first time on my 60GB, so if it locks up I'll report back here. But so far things are fine.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:23 PM

I'm currently playing KH2 for the first time on my 60GB, so if it locks up I'll report back here. But so far things are fine.


Good lord..

This is for the 80gb ps3. You have the 60gb. the 60gb is near one hundred percent capable, theres maybe 5 games that aren't, which may have been fixed Im not sure

Keep the hearsay and such to a minimum.. not "oh ill test it out later"

This way we can get a list together for people who have or want an 80gb but dont know if their game will work on the system.

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#9 mykevermin

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:25 PM

So...anyone wanna try out Yakuza and Rygar on their 80GB? GT4? Kingdom Hearts?
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:24 AM

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater freezes in some random places and forces you to restart. Also some cutscenes are really choppy.


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Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:56 AM

So...anyone wanna try out Yakuza and Rygar on their 80GB? GT4? Kingdom Hearts?


Just tried my friends copy of GT4. What a mess. Tried loading it up three times with no success then at the fourth attempt, it managed to play but the game ran in slo-motion. Overall, it was unplayable.

Oh well, guess I can replay the GT Prologue demo a bit more.

I will try to pick up a copy of Yakuza, KH, and Rygar soon so I may test the games out myself. I'll report back as soon as I get some decent playing time with each game.

#12 mykevermin

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:02 AM

Thanks so far. I can confirm that MGS3: Subsistence works just fine on the 60GB.
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:51 PM

Thanks so far. I can confirm that MGS3: Subsistence works just fine on the 60GB.


Just a note, the copy I played was the original one and not the Subsistence version.


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Posted 17 January 2008 - 06:22 PM

I've been playing Yakuza on my 80 without any problems so far. Of course I am not really far in the game so that may make a difference. No noticable load times or anything wrong with it. What part does it freeze at? I am super into this game and don't want it to just stop on me.



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Posted 17 January 2008 - 06:32 PM

I didn't play it for very long but Valkyrie Profile 2 worked on my 80GB.

I didn't see Persona 3 on the sony list but have yet to confirm that it actually doesn't work.

#16 Mana Knight

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:46 PM

To let everyone know (although not 80GB related), Yakuza does indeed look jaggy/pixelated on a 20/60GB PS3. I tested a few PS2 games which looked fine on my PS3 before, and they still look fine right now. I tested Yakuza, and it looked much worse compared to a PS2. Not sure how it looks on an 80GB compared to the PS2.
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:53 PM

I can't get any love from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. I put the disc in, it makes some noise for about 90 seconds, and then ejects the disc.

There's a few graphical issues listed on the BC list, but I can't even get to the start screen on my 80GB PS3.

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#18 mykevermin

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:56 PM

To let everyone know (although not 80GB related)


:wall: It looks and runs fine on my 60GB, so I don't know what you're talking about.

Blackout, I don't know what part of the game it freezes at, so I can't be of any help.

bmachine, thanks for the info. Perhaps we can get some 20/60GB owners to test the games in listed in the OP to see if they have the same problems or not?
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#19 Mana Knight

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:04 PM

:wall: It looks and runs fine on my 60GB, so I don't know what you're talking about.

When did you last play the game? I was thinking it might have been something an update messed up (sometimes a firmware update does screw with BC games, like Wild Arms 4 stopped working after 1.81 update).
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:18 PM

I'll be home tomorrow and I'll gladly try any titles listed in the OP on my 60GB. I do recall trying GT4 in the past and remember it working perfectly and in 1080i to boot.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:26 PM

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Neither game is compatible at all.

And I know there's more that I'm forgetting, I've had bad luck with the PS2 games I have. Also, to answer the question about Persona 3, I have a "not for sale" review copy and it works fine, not sure if any problems come later on in the game as I only got about 30 minutes into it, but it at least loaded up which is more than I can say for the above two games.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:42 PM

Fire Pro Wrestling plays but there are some pretty bad graphical glitches. The 2.10 update fix things a bit but it still has problems. As for Persona 3, I'm currently playing through that and I haven't had a single problem.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:48 PM

Parappa the Rapper 2 does not work on the 60GB.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:17 PM

Could someone try the Ratchet series? That's A-1 priority right there for me. To hear GT4 doesn't work? That's almost a deal breaker right there.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:23 PM

Could someone try the Ratchet series? That's A-1 priority right there for me. To hear GT4 doesn't work? That's almost a deal breaker right there.


I've played all of them on my 80GB PS3 and they run well. Not too pretty on my HDTV, but completely playable.

#26 TheCochese

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:30 PM

No bad slowdowns like the website says? That was a huge red flag for me.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:47 PM

Jak & Daxter ran fine on my 80GB. I didnt play through the game, but everything loaded up fine.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:49 PM

No bad slowdowns like the website says? That was a huge red flag for me.


Me as well. Main reason I was shooting for a 60GB. I haven't tried them out yet, but I've heard they are playable.

#29 JasonHasRSI

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:44 PM

Me as well. Main reason I was shooting for a 60GB. I haven't tried them out yet, but I've heard they are playable.


All of the Ratchet and Clank games run at between 15-30 FPS on an 80 GB PS3. Frankly, this is unacceptable to me as I'm a huge fan of the series and it is known for its fast, smooth framerates in all the games.

Believe me, I hate to tell you this but emulation in the RC games were a bg priority for me as well.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:55 PM

I started Yakuza on my 60GB last night and it does look pretty bad, like I'm playing it through a screen door. Turning smoothing on helped a little but it still looks pretty weird, especially in cutscenes. My friend said it looked fine on his 60GB in SD, so it's probably a side-effect of the upscaler. I'll try switching the resolution around later.

(I know, not 80GB related, but I noticed some Yakuza chatter.)