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  1. Hello friends, Between January's PS+ and COVID-19's Play at Home Initiative, I presume there are a lot of new players on here going for 100% on Uncharted 1-3. I know I am one of them! This thread is to help others with that goal get through the most difficult obstacle of Uncharted 2's Brutal mode. Thanks to the easy Brutal tweak glitch I was able to 100% Drake's Fortune. Then I went and got all but the Brutal trophy for Among Thieves, and then I began working on Drake's Deception, supposing that 100% was a pipe dream for #2. Then Uncharted 4 was revealed as this month's PS+ game and a sick, twisted idea crept into my mind - What if I got 100% for each game in sequential order in my trophy profile? So I sorted through the conflicting answers about V1.00, tried things for myself and now I stand before you today to say assuredly that With the Digital NDC from PS+/Play at Home Initiative, IT IS POSSIBLE to download it as V1.00, thereby enabling the brutal tweak glitch for Uncharted 2 Step 1: Read this crucial post from Mako about how to download 1.00 digital games. Step 2: Follow that post's directions to download the PSX Download software. I know it's a little scary and it scared me off at first too, but it is required to achieve this and also the setup isn't as difficult as you think. Here's where wrenches get thrown into your plans. Some people report success with Method 1, others don't. It seemed about 50/50. As for me personally, I think at first it did work with Method 1 but then when I launched the game I got confused, then got scared it was downloading the patch and so I deleted it and started over. This was a mistake because several times after that I tried the same steps but every time it was definitely downloading the patched 1.02 right off the bat. So to avoid the same pitfall, here's what you should look for: A) The initial download to start the application is 2.391Gb. Once you begin the download, check it's progress. If it's target is 2.391, then congrats because you are heading towards V1.00. If it's 3.something then delete it and check your setup because it wants to download V1.02. /B) When it finishes that download, Press your Options button on the app and select Information. It should say Version 1.00 C) Start the application. You might see a PSN error pop up that says "Could not connect to server, network services may be unavailable". Don't worry about it. If anything that's a good thing because it's saying the game is not up to date so you can't use "online" features like comparing statistics (oh no...) D) Start Uncharted 2: Among Thieves--Uh oh! You can't launch the game and it's waiting for a patch to download!! Noooo we're doomed! This is where I freaked out and started over, silly past self. If you experienced the checkpoints above, YOU'RE OKAY! What you downloaded before was just the launch pad, now you're downloading the rocket. If you look under Downloads you'll see it's still downloading to a target of 40.688Gb and you can't pause it. Take a breath and relax. Just go back to the Uncharted 2 screen and let that download finish. E) Once it completes you can launch the game. If you check your Downloads now you'll be at about 6.233 / 40.688Gb. Because I was still paranoid I disconnected the internet at this point but you should not. See, at the end of Ch. 2 I discovered the "waiting for content to download" screen again and realized I did not yet have the entirety of the game. F) Once Ch. 3 started I tried to enable the tweaks and one last time had to wait for content to download. Because I had been disconnected it needed about 45 minutes but if you don't interrupt the download you may only need 10-15. Once the tweaks are finished you can enable them as per this incredibly helpful post from @HusKy. Oh and don't bother trying for Weapon Select, it doesn't work here. Farewell my beloved Hammer.. Step 3: Troubleshooting. Hopefully with the above signposts to look out for you don't get scared like I did and screw things up. But inevitably this won't go smoothly for some and if you are like me you'll want to try using Method 1.5 before going to Method 2. Note: Method 1.5 is not in the original thread, I made it up just now to describe the extra steps I had to take. I) First and foremost, when you click "Start" on PSX Download Helper it will launch a larger window and you'll get an error "Input string was not in a correct format". Click OK. Now look in the upper left corner where it says "CDN Status:" At first it will have 7 grey dots that it cycles through to indicate it is trying to connect. You cannot begin until this turns into that green/white 'Play button' symbol. This may have been my problem all along, who knows. Anyway, check for an error dialog box "Something error with CDN host..." that may have popped up behind the window. Click OK and those dots will become a red/white symbol that looks like a Do Not Enter sign. Stop/Start or restart the program until it works. I can't tell you when it decides to work or not, sorry. II) If you are still being thwarted try this suggestion from Mako. Go to the Settings tab (fifth one in) and in the "Rules" field add |/appkgo/ to the end. It will look like this: *.pkg*|*.pup*|/appkgo/ Not really sure but I think it tells the system to only grab the appkgo packages which coincide with the base game. ppkgo packages are patch content. III) Something else I tried, not entirely sure it's necessary is take a part of Method 2 without all the node.js stuff. Start download like normal and in the Log you will see a bunch of files started with links to PSN URL it is downloading from. Copy that URL, paste it in your web browser and download that file to your computer. It's called UP9000-CUSA02320_00-UNCHARTEDTRILOGY_0.pkg and you'll notice when hovering over it it is an appkgo file. Once downloaded, move that into the DataFiles folder of your PSX program folder. I think this help with the config file somehow. You may need to restart the app once you've moved the file. And that's it! That's what I've got for you. I sure hope no one needs to go beyond that but if you do, be sure to tack it on to this thread so others may benefit from your struggle. Oh yes, and one more thing - Once you have a Brutal game saved with the tweaks enabled, you are welcome to download the 1.02 patch. I can confirm that the tweaks will remain enabled for that save game. You can even make a duplicate save off of it and the tweaks will pass onto that one too. Helpful for the Siege chapter where if you die before the 1st checkpoint you'll lose your grenades Have fun!
  2. Ha, awesome! Thanks HusKy! I just used your process to finish the last little bit of Crushing a little faster. It was really simple and easy! Funny how much different that Options button makes. For reference for others, I was playing Uncharted 1 on the Digital Nathan Drake Collection version 1.02 that we got for PS+ free game.
  3. That is a killer move - drains all mana AND stops mana gain for a full minute. No way to heal or revive Exemplars. Mind Sniper doesn't interrupt or prevent it, so the only option I see is dropping the boss' stagger bar but that's not exactly easy to do in the time he charges it up. So anyone have suggestions?
  4. I have been unsuccessfully trying to fight this guy for over an hour and unleashed a torrent of cursing for his sake. I haven't seen him at all in my first three runs and then of course when I do my One-Life Mode runthrough he shows up! AAAARRRRGGGHHHH Psyche Devourer does nothing. So much for a boss killer His sword attacks hurt like hell His special move is unblockable and takes half your HP He has a stupid amount of HP and high defense I figured out that Mind Sniper will interrupt his charge and seal him, which is great, but all the other points still make him harder than the final boss. I've managed to get him down to his last 10% but it was a lot of effort and then he raped me. Anyone got pointers for me? I mean I'm so pissed right now I won't be able to sleep until I beat him, but lay them down here for the next poor soul. PSA: He mentions Gaius' attacks so whatever you do DON'T support Gaius attacking the capital - this guy is not worth it. Edit: I finally calmed down and beat it after going back to do a few more levels and get better gems. Eventually I beat him with a team of Order Zulf, Chaos Long and Chaos Winchester. Spells were Soulmancy, Psyche Devourer and Bywwdi's Blessing.
  5. Just finished this game with my wife and this was by far the most glitchy, unpolished lego game I've played. We played together on the PS3 and through the Story we had no issues. Freeplay froze on us multiple times after about an hour of playing. The final level, Inside Information, froze on us reliably unless we turned off the cheats. Once the cutscene skipped itself and then we couldn't progress (had to restart level). Wandering around the world we had really odd things happen. The most recent one was when having to fight a troll, my wife's player couldn't switch characters. She dropped out and I switched to her character, but holding triangle just switched me back to the other player. Again, restarting the game fixed it. I've noticed a downward trend in the quality of these games, so buyer beware on future releases!
  6. There's no thread for this yet so anyone coming to the site wanting to get 5-stars on all the maps with a partner, feel free to post here. This trophy is not a stroll through the park. Some of the maps are particularly tough so you need to be near max level with the characters you'll be playing (Naya & Dalton are the most important here). You also need to know your role and stick to it for the best chance of success. There are some basic rules/strategies to follow in general for the various objective types, and if you don't follow them it's going to be chaos most likely resulting in a mission failure. Finally, while having a mic is not necessary, it sure is nice to communicate and know you're being heard when coordinating tactics. With those strict but oh so important caveats out of the way, post here with your PSN name, time zone and if you have a mic in order to find help or offer your assistance in getting the Echelon Agent trophy. Great information on how to work together in Echelon linked below. This is a MUST read! PSN: ChronoCliff TZ: EST Mic: yes Available most mornings 6-8am and evenings after 9pm.
  7. Thanks for opening my mind to this idea! It's always nice to be able to take matters into your own hands. Unfortunately those dummy accounts have all expired. Gmail is too secure and wants a phone number for the 2014 ones. I was able to remake the first one but then PSN is acting funny with it. So I started making new ones through hotmail. I'll continue the process tomorrow but for now at least these profiles exist for communal use. Format is email then PSN name. [email protected] ..where xx is 01-30 TimTrophyxx ..where xx is 01-30 Password to all emails: ps3trophies Password to all PSN: ps3trophies EDIT: Completed! 30 new dummy accounts for everyone's benefit!
  8. I'm still having plenty of fun on PS3 games and am plenty satisfied by them. FF7 Remake + Kingdom Hearts 3, now that they're both officially announced, will be my reasons for getting a PS4. I expect I'll get one late 2016.