After word spread throughout the internet of gamers hacking the M-rated version of Manhunt 2 to unlock its censored content, Take-Two has now confirmed the diabolical deed.
"Multiple edits were made to revise Manhunt 2 for its M-rated version. Hackers apparently have altered one of those edits to produce an illegally modified version of the game that can only be played on an unauthorized, modified PlayStation Portable handheld system," a Take-Two rep wrote to GamePolitics.com. "All of the game material, and especially these specific edits, was submitted to and reviewed by the ESRB in accordance with requirements regarding disclosure that were enacted two years ago and any contrary suggestion is inaccurate and irresponsible."
Because the ESRB approved Rockstar's edits of the game, it will probably be safe from any actual lawsuits, but that probably won't stop some uneducated media members from blowing it out of proportion. We just can't wait to hear from dear ol' Jack.
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While long-time readers of PSP Fanboy have undoubtedly seen most of these mods and hacks, it's nice to see five truly fascinating uses of the PSP in action. TechEBlog has collected various videos from YouTube, showcasing the PSP's incredible flexibility. Watch someone type away on a PSP keyboard; control a robot; play with an analog stick; add a motion sensor; and finally, make calls with a PSP phone.
- Mary Shelly, had she access to the PSP hacking community.
Analog stick from the "ghetto"
Beef jerky + magic = PSP analog stick
Psyberjock from DCemu has put together an impressive looking modification for the UMD disc tray. Apparently, this transformation took 30 hours of work and quite possibly a post-graduate degree in mechanics:
"I probably won't make a how-to. Considering the difficulty level of this mod, if you can't figure it out yourself, you'll probably just break your PSP or UMD tray."
It looks awesome, and I do want to know how to do this. Unfortunately, considering how I have the Brain Age of a 60 year old, it probably won't do me much good.
It seems like you guys didn't like Engadget's analog stick makeover. Maybe you'll like this detailed guide to making light-up shoulder buttons instead. Everett, the modder, explains his reasoning quite eloquently: "Sony decided to make the PSP shoulder buttons transparent, leaving modders an excellent opportunity to make the device look way cooler with lighting."
I have to admit, the idea does sound pretty enticing: seeing your PSP shoulder buttons light up every time you press them. Cheesy? Maybe. Cool. Hellz yeah. It won't be easy to get these lights into your system, but Everett does a fantastic job of explaining how to rip open your PSP. If you're a bit too afraid of exposing your system's innards, you can actually request Everett to mod your system for you. For money, of course.
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If you're sick of using that analog nub, the fine folks at our sister site Engadget has an incredibly detailed write-up on how to take the analog stick from a PS2/Xbox and graft it into your portable device. It won't be easy, but if you take the challenge, you'll see that your system will become stronger, faster... BETTER!
One game that we haven't heard a lot about is Goshow's Lost Regnum, but the game, which is a dungeon-crawling hack 'n slasher, found its way to the Tokyo Game Show.
While currently it doesn't seem likely the game will make its way across the pond, IGN says the gameplay is straightforward enough that it should make for a great import.
In Lost Regnum, you control one of four characters and can team up with a pal to play two-player co-op throughout the game. Graphically, the game seems to be pretty impressive with nice textures and detailed characters that move very well. And to make it even better, loading was nearly non-existent. However, all good things come at a price, right? It seems Goshow had to cut some corners by limiting the draw distance by the ever-dreaded fog.
The biggest hurdle Goshow has, like any developer has in making a game of this ilk, is keeping the combat fresh and unrepetitive. If they can deliver, they may have a great game on their hands and one worthy of an import.
Homebrew can be a little confusing and intimidating. So, I guess it's a little understandable when tons of confused people write comments in the blog, having absolutely no idea what the latest libtiff exploit does. Sure, they could've read the article, or even the helpful comments, but remember: I'm at your service. While I could explain again that the Hello World demo is just a demonstration of the potential of homebrew running on 2.0+ PSPs, I'll let this cosplaying pirate from PSP Hacking 101 explain it all. Arg, everybody likes pirates, matey!
In other news, according to PSP Fanboy reader craig, a downgrader for 2.71 should be coming some time soon today or tomorrow. Check PSP Fanboy regularly to see the latest news!
At the bottom, you'll see a real world reprucussion of the racist white PlayStation Portable ads. I love how awkward the news anchors seem when discussing this topic. But then again, news anchors always look awkward, don't they?
[Thanks MaxConsole and craig]
To briefly list a few of its litany of improvements, the more stable "Brown Ale" loader now supports both TIFF and GTA launch methods, has a Windows-installable version, and supports PSP-GBA. And check this, the guy even has the werewithal to "apologize for the inconvenience". Wow, that really makes me feel like a jerk for all those times I made fun of Jack Thompson. Well, not really.
Also known as the guide to "not looking like a schmuck when installing homebrew programs on your PSP". This guide, written by PSP Fanboy's C.K. Sample III, is somewhat of a departure from a previous guide we linked to in that this mostly deals with booting up your copy of GTA and getting the eLoader files in the correct folders. Thankfully, this literally walks you through the entire process, so it's practically idiot-proof. Unless you're really stupid, in which case we can't help you.
Photos accompany nearly each stage of the sequence, so in the event that you somehow become hopelessly lost while following the guide, the pretty pictures should lead you back to the beaten path.
In case you'd like a different take on the festivities, here's Joystiq's side of it.