What they say: The Game Genie: Save Editor for PS3 gives you access to maximum money, stats, and experience as well as unlocking all levels, allowing you to skip past all those tedious parts of the game. Optimized to work with the latest PS3 firmware, the Game Genie is an easy-to-use program that does not require jailbreaking or modding your PS3. The Game Genie: Save Editor for PS3 works by allowing you to modify your saves on your PC with cheat codes that take effect once you load your game. Choose the game you want to modify and the cheats you want and you’re set! Unlock Everything!
What I say: I have fond memories of messing with the Galoob Game Genie back in the SNES days. Back in those days games didn’t hold your hand and go easy on you. They punished you for your lack of skills and Game Genie helped with some of that. So with some anticipation and a lot of curiosity I cracked open the small orange box and set to trying out Hyperkins new version of The Game Genie for the PS3.
The first thing that strikes you, other than the bright orange color, is how small it is. It is basically a USB thumb drive with the installation on it. After installing it on your PC it connects to Hyperkin and downloads any new cheats that have been issued since your device was made. Yes, this means an online connection is required to use the Game Genie. But on the plus side new cheats are added pretty much weekly. Just in the time I have had the device it’s all ready updated three times. So Hyperkin is dedicated to supporting the device.
Usage is pretty simple. You plug the Game Genie into a USB port on your PS3, transfer any saves you want to alter over. You then move the USB drive to your PC and fire up the Game Genie program. The Click the save you want to change, check the cheats you want to enable, and the the program downloads the cheats and applies them and you are good to go. Simply transfer them back to your PS3.
I tested the Game Genie with Uncharted 3, Tokyo Jungle, and Super Street Fighter IV. With Uncharted I was able to unlock all levels and get max ammo for any weapons I was carrying. On Tokyo Jungle I got max survival points (The in game currency) and unlocked all the animals that would normally have to play through the entire game to get. And finally on SSFIV I unlocked all character colors and titles. Most cheats are max money and ammo and I wish there had been a little more variety in the mix.
Now while the Game Genie is really not intended to cheat on Trophies, it does however occasionally pop one. As soon as I unlocked all the titles on SSFIV the Trophy for that feat popped but that seemed to be the only time that occurred. The Game Genie also will not unlock DLC, only what can be done through playing the game. The Game Genie is designed to help you enjoy your game not steal hard earned dollars from developers and that is appreciated.
The final feature of note is Advanced Mode. In Advanced Mode you can open save files and using a HEX editor you can create your own cheats. This only works with saves decrypted by Hyperkin and if they have not tackled a game you can’t edit it and the game will show red in the save file list. I didn’t really mess with this as I have no clue about HEX editing but it’s there if you can use it.
All in all The Game Genie is a fun device and while it may not have the variety of cheats the original Galoob version had, it has more than enough to keep you busy knocking out those games that have you frustrated.
Please visit www.thegamegenie.com for more info, a current list of cheats, and to even purchase the device. When new cheats are added you can find out by subscribing to Game Genie at http://www.facebook.com/thegamegenie and http://twitter.com/hyperkin. You can also see the new cheats in action every week at http://www.youtube.com/hyperkingames. Users are invited to visit the forums (http://forum.thegamegenie.com/) to request games and codes from the Ninjas at Hyperkin.