Friday, January 31, 2014

How to Resolve the BLANK Issue with Bruteforce Save Data

Lately, there have been reports of people having pesky troubles resigning PS3 game saves to their profile using Bruteforce Save Data, the main culprit being the dreaded BLANK they receive when they attempt to setup a PARAM.SFO template.

Keep in mind that getting BLANK doesn't essentially equate to failure. Some games do not mind game saves with a BLANK profile. To them, it just means that game save has no attached owner and they will allow you to save over it just fine and dandy. Other times however, games will reject game saves with a BLANK profile. The only way to tell for sure is to simply test the game save.

So what if the game does mind, and it really needs an appropriate profile (16 digit ID) attached to it? Well, lately all I have been telling people with this problem is to keep trying different game saves until you get one without BLANK. However, that doesn't work a lot of times. I have been searching around the internet to answers of why BLANK occurs and even e-mailed the software author about it (with no response). That is until, I finally believe I solved the mystery!

What you basically need to do is to simply tie a PSN/SEN account to your PS3 user account and log into it.

That's it! That will generate that magic 16 digit ID for you on your game saves. After you logged into your PSN/SEN account, make sure you create a new game save or save over a current one.

After you transferred the game save to a USB drive and configured your PARAM.SFO profile once, you can then continue to use that saved profile configuration on the rest of your game saves you need to resign. After that, it is your choice to continue to log into PSN/SEN on your PS3 or just stay offline.

I have tested with success on a brand new PS3 user account. The PS3 will continue to create BLANK game saves until I created a PSN/SEN account, log into it and then save the game.

Hopefully, this helps answers the continuous messages I am receiving about this issue!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate 100% Platinum Game Save with Patch 1.05 Updates


Shame on me; the prior game save I posted of this game was a little premature. It was all based upon the ancient patch 1.02, so therefore things weren't as right as they should be. My PS3's wireless internet was misbehaving, so I could not update to more recent patches until recently when I finally got it fixed! I also thought character growth and leveling was quite uneven, so I desired to get them to a more even level.

This game save contains the same data as the original (had you managed to nab it while it was online); however, it is dramatically improved to better suit patch 1.03 through 1.05.

It is highly recommend that you switch to this game save to receive all the new and improved benefits!

  New Changes:
  •  5 star Shin weapons (unlimited mode crafted weapons) now all have +99 attack power from max compatibility. These weapons have been upgraded from max +18 attack power to +99 in patch 1.03, essentially making them now the most strongest weapons you can obtain in the game.
  • 4 star weapons with +99 attack have been removed for every character. They are now worthless in patch 1.03+ (see above).
  • All characters have now been reincarnated at least three times instead of once. Several characters (5-10) have been reincarnated eight to nine times.
  •  Stock experience has been raised to 9,999,999 to adjust to the max limits of patch 1.05. 
  •  Stock weapon attributes in the blacksmith has been all raised to 99.

Game Save Features:
  • 100% unlocked and clear including story and unlimited mode.
  • All 145 characters unlocked (unlimited mode included).
  • 5 star mystic weapon for every character.
  • 5 star Shin weapons for every character (crafted from unlimited mode materials).
  • All weapon attributes unlocked with up to 99 stock.
  • Level 100 for every character.
  • Reincarnation three times for every character; eight to nine times for a few (5-10).
  • All items unlocked and at max power.
  • Max 9,999,999 stock experience.
  • And more!

Feel free to use this game save to help your experience with this game be more enjoyable. However, I do not recommend using it unless you really desire some of its features, as having everything unlocked can potentially spoil the fun factor and longevity of the game.

This game save is only available in Japan region, as the game has not been released anywhere else. When it does come to NA and EU, I'll be sure to give you guys also English versions. But for now, enjoy the Japanese version of the game save, and keep nagging KOEI TECMO to localize, localize, LOCALIZE!!


Remember to resign the game save to your Playstation 3 profile before usage, if you wish to save over it and earn trophies. Full tutorial can be found by visiting this link!

If you need help resigning or want me to resign for you, feel free to e-mail me!

Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate Patch 1.05 - Analysis of Extra Reincarnations


So I had the chance to update Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate from version 1.02 all the way to the present version 1.05 released around Christmas time. I know, you're probably thinking: "Where the hell have you been, living under a rock?!" But trust me, there's a valid reason why I was staying on 1.02 for what seems to be an eternity. You see, my PS3's wireless has gotten funky and hence caused me to be offline since around October with no connection to the internet. I could theoretically connect using a wired Ethernet cable, but since my home's router is upstairs and my PS3 and HDTV are downstairs, I didn't want to run an hundred feet cable and have everyone tripping over it. Anyway, I finally got the chance to fix the wireless on the PS3. So now, I can finally connect with it to the internet once again, hurray! Still, I don't have a PSN account, so don't bother asking (I don't play online on the PS3 anyway).

You don't want to hear my sob story about my PS3 hardware woes though, so enough of that and let's get into the topic of this blog post—why nine reincarnations in patch 1.05 is overkill, and why KOEI even bothered to add in that many reincarnations.

So if you haven't learned yet, patch 1.05 adds a few new features, most notably extending the maximum numerical values of various elements, including reincarnations. In versions prior to 1.05, reincarnations are capped at three total. This cap allowed almost all characters to max speed (180) and an additional two to three other stats (health, defense and musou). That being said, it left you with the inability to max all five stats, so KOEI has kindly raised this cap to an absurd value—nine.

I decided to test it out and reincarnate a few character nine times. Not that you'll really want to though, because it's quite senseless to raise stats beyond their normal max values without reincarnations, strictly due to diminishing returns (you'll be working much more than what you'll be gaining in return, basically). The formula is two growth points per level after reincarnation, so 891 points is possible for every character.

What I discovered was that for a few characters that I did reincarnate nine times, I was able to max out all five of their stats by the eighth reincarnation. This meant their health was 999, attack was 999, defense was 999, musou was 999 and speed was 200. Yes, they did raise the speed cap to 200 instead of 180, which is still pretty lousy. Beyond the fourth reincarnation, speed remained capped at 200.

Keep in mind that in order for this to be possible, I had to be conservative with my growth points and use them only after I have leveled the character to 100 and not in-between.

I was then left with around 200 extra growth points on the ninth reincarnation for all characters, with nothing able to pump them into it. Hence, making the ninth and final reincarnation completely non-beneficial to your character stats.

Xu Shu ninth reincarnation with 176 extra growth points.
Nu Wa ninth reincarnation with 234 extra growth points.
Zhao Yun ninth reincarnation with 219 extra growth points.
Yukimura ninth reincarnation with 225 extra growth points.
Diao Chan max stats at eighth reincarnation with 21 extra growth points.
So in conclusion, reincarnating characters the max nine times is not necessary to max a character's stats. You may gain other rewards, but certainly not in the stats department!

I was also curious to what the max speed you can now have on a character, including all bonuses from items. With Charm of Alacrity (神速符) +20, Dual-Layered Armor (両当鎧) +20 and Tag Shell (札甲) +20, along with the new 200 speed cap, you'll end up with a grand total of 400 speed.

400 speed on Yukimura at max stats.
Testing out the 400 speed definitely felt insanely fast, and much, much faster than riding on both Red Hare and Matsukaze. Picking up speed shoes unfortunately didn't seem to have much of an effect, or there seems to be a cap on the max speed of the effect on the shoes. I didn't have time to test Rabbitskin Leggings (脱兎脚絆), as that will also double your speed when your life is in the red. I doubt you'll need them anyway, as you'll be blazing through battlefields like a rocket. It almost feels like cheating!

Anyway, I don't want to turn this post into a book, so I'll leave it at here. There are other things that 1.03-1.05 added, but they aren't significant enough to write about.

Also, I want to also mention I will be updating and reposting the Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate platinum status game save I posted earlier, which is now taken down. The reason why I took it down was because I desired to update it for subsequent patches past 1.02. I also liked characters growth and levels to be a bit more even, so I am in process (and nearly finished) of reincarnating all 145 character three times. Some characters will be reincarnated nine times due to the experiment above, but I am definitely not planning on reincarnating everyone nine times. Weapons will also be updated. I will be removing all 4 star +99 weapons, since they have become useless in patch 1.03+. The strongest weapons are now the 5 star crafted weapons from Unlimited Mode, because patch 1.03 allowed them to have +99 attack power from max compatibility (from the previous +18 max).

I will let you guys know when the new, updated game save will be available. I'll likely have it tomorrow or by Friday the latest, actually.

Until then, take care!