chances are that if you're looking for a product to unlock
all those extras for your PlayStation 2 games you'd look
no further than Datel's Action Replay. It's a product that's
always delivered the goods in this regard and it's constant
high sales prove that's it's the cheat system of choice.
Datel's latest version, Action Replay MAX does a lot more
than provide you with cheats for every game you can think
of. In fact it expands the capabilities of the PlayStation
2 and turns it into a complete entertainment system. Even
if you don't use cheats this is still a very desirable product.
Preloaded with over 50,000 powerful cheat codes for the
latest and greatest PS2 games.
NEW! Easy to update with new codes in a variety of ways
- no other cheat system provides so much flexibility.
NEW! USB flash/pen drive support - now you can download
all the latest cheat codes quickly and easily via any internet-enabled
NEW! Includes custom PC software (MAX Media Creator) letting
you burn your own Action Replay MAX-compatible CD-Rs that
play on any regular PlayStation2.
NEW! Enjoy MP3 music via your TV or music system using your
PS2 - enjoy over ten hours of music on just one CD-R
(encoded at 128kbps).
NEW! Watch DivX movies on your PS2. One CD-R contains up
to three hours.
NEW! Play GenesisÆ/Mega DriveÆ game ROMs using
the built-in player.
NEW! PS2 online chat and instant messaging - enjoy
real-time discussion with other gamers from all over the
Turn your PS2 into a multi-region DVD player and watch movies
from other countries
Pack up to ten times more data onto any memory card using
the MAX Memory Manager feature.
Download game-busting PS2 game saves direct to your memory
The only cheat code system that can be updated directly
via a PS2 broadband internet connection (optional), USB
Flash Drive or CD-R!
Edge, Datel's Technical Director, recently gave an interview
on the Action Replay Max.
In a nutshell, which of Action Replay MAX’s new features
should we be most excited about?
Replay MAX is the only product in the world that lets you
burn your own music, movie and retro-game discs and then
play them directly on a standard, unmodified PlayStation
2. This means you can insert an ordinary CD-R into your
PS2 and instantly experience DivX movies, MP3 music and
Genesis/Mega Drive games on your TV, effectively freeing
your digital media library from the constraints of the PC.
With over 50,000 preloaded cheat codes and the best code
support in the business, Action Replay MAX is the ultimate
video game enhancer.
What is Datel’s philosophy behind releasing a video
game enhancer with enhanced media support?
Replay MAX may be the best-selling cheat code system, but
we’re not a company rests on its laurels. Over the
years we’ve continued to set the standard against
which other video game enhancement products are judged.
Action Replay is a constantly evolving product, and it’s
always fundamentally been about enhancing the gamer’s
experience. The Action Replay community is always interested
in getting content before anyone else, whether it’s
the latest cheat codes, game saves or trailers for the latest
games or movies. They’ve got it to get it somehow,
and that’s where we come in. For most people the PC
is still their access point for digital content, because
it’s usually hooked up to a broadband connection.
We wanted to give Action Replay MAX users a seamless way
of tapping in to that content and experiencing digital media
on their PlayStation 2.
What’s the difference between DVD and DivX movies?
PS2 is already a great DVD player, but think of all the
movie trailers, home video clips and independent films that
you can only access via a PC. We’ve already revolutionised
the PS2 home cinema experience with our multi-region DVD
player, DVD Region X, and it’s still an important
feature within Action Replay MAX. But we wanted to go further
and provide access to popular new formats like DivX, which
is attracting a lot of interest from gamers. The web is
filled with great movie content, but you need to be sitting
in front of your PC to view it, which is not the most comfortable
experience. With Action Replay MAX you simply burn your
downloaded movie content to a CD-R using your PC, pop it
in your PlayStation 2, and watch it on the big TV set in
your living room - or anywhere else there’s
a TV set. It’s exceptionally easy to use, too.
What advantage does MP3 audio have over playing audio CDs
on a PS2?
a word, quantity. A standard audio CD can contain up to
80 minutes of music, and we all know that most albums are
a lot shorter than that. With MP3, you can fit over ten
hours of music onto one CD. Not only that, but you have
complete freedom in deciding which tracks you’re going
to burn onto your disc, so you can leave off any stinkers.
The PC application supplied with Action Replay MAX makes
all this a piece of cake - you just drag and drop
the files to make your own music compilation.
Is it true you decided against support for streaming digital
content over a network?
support for music and movies already built into Action Replay,
it would seem like a natural thing to do. However, we believe
in a real world setup this is simply not what people want.
With MAX you've got the ability to take massive amounts
of content from any source, burn it straight to CD-R and
use it directly whenever and wherever you want to. Once
you've got this capability, messy WAN setups simply don't
There’s been a great deal of interest in Action Replay’s
support for USB flash drives. How does this work?
large music or movie files, it makes sense to burn them
to a CD-R because you can fit over 600MB on your disc, and
you get faster data transfer rates. But for small files
like Action Replay MAX codes, PS2 saves and retro games,
the flash drive is a small, neat and fast way of moving
your data between a PC and your console. You can use our
own PS2-compatible MAX Drive, or other manufacturers’.
We’ve successfully tested many different brands of
flash drive with Action Replay MAX.
The emulation feature has created quite a stir in the media.
Why do you think that is?
it’s the first time you’ve been able to play
ROMs on a standard, unmodified PlayStation 2, so everyone
is very excited about it. People are really interested in
the roots of gaming. They’re used to the lush environments
of games like Metal Gear Solid or Grand Theft Auto: Vice
City which really push the boundaries. But as great as modern
games are, many gamers still get really excited about the
16-bit classics that they grew up with. I’m not saying
gamers will play retro games instead of today’s epics,
but there’s definitely a fascination in seeing the
games that inspired and influenced today’s titles.
Action Replay MAX is the only video game enhancer that supports
emulation, so it’s natural there’s a big buzz
What about the legalities surrounding downloaded game ROMs?
domain Genesis and Mega Drive ROMs can be found easily on
the internet, and its perfectly legal to download and play
them. Some of them are surprisingly good - you should try
them! Of course, we ask all gamers to be responsible. Only
download ROMs from a web site if you're certain that they
have the permission of the legal copyright owner, otherwise
you could be breaking the law.
Will other retro gaming formats be supported in the future?
have the capability to do this, so it could happen. That’s
all I can say right now.
The new online chat feature within Action Replay MAX sounds
incorporated our new MAX Instant Messenger software, which
lets you chat online with other gamers. We envisage users
swapping cheats and game tips, and basically chatting about
anything they like. You can enter text using a standard
PS2 joypad or our Powerboard PS2 keyboard. The chat client
is packed with features like smilies, public or private
chat rooms and all the things you’re used to seeing
on similar high-end PC applications. Uniquely, you can even
post messages alongside PC and Mac users on our CodeJunkies
web site discussion forums - all from your PS2. So
now it’s easier than ever to be part of the growing
Action Replay community.
Does Action Replay MAX still feature broadband code support
via Sony’s network adaptor?
Action Replay MAX is the only system with live code updates.
If you’ve got a broadband-enabled PS2, you can download
the latest Action Replay codes in just a few seconds. It’s
the fastest, and most seamless way of getting new cheats
for new games. With broadband take-up increasing at an incredible
rate, it’s not hard to see why this has become a very
said that, we realise not everyone has a broadband connection,
which is why you can easily obtain new codes in a variety
of other ways. In fact, no other game enhancer offers as
much flexibility as the new Action Replay MAX. You can download
our latest codes via an internet-enabled PC and then transfer
them to your PS2 using a USB flash drive or burn them to
a blank CD-R. You can still manually enter the codes yourself
using a compatible USB keyboard such as our Powerboard,
or a standard PS2 game pad - it just takes a bit longer!
more information on the new Action Replay MAX (available
June 2004), visit www.codejunkies.com.