FW 3.18 Exploit games are still available – Get one while you can!
As of writing this news, it is currently wednesday evening in Germany, the exploit games got leaked around saturday evening, so nearly exactly 4 days ago.
None of the exploit games has been removed from the playstation store (yet), even though we thought they should be gone by monday morning.
While Sony takes its time to evaluate what has to be removed and what can stay, why don’t you get an exploit game yourself.
You still can, so why not?
There were a lot of games in the leaked archive files, it is estimated that those were around 50, but I guess the actual number is closer to 25, since some of the savedatas were for the very same game, just for the different regions.
Technically Sony has to remove these flawed games, until they either fix the games themselves, what they never do, or until they’ve pushed a mandatory firmware, that is capable of fixing the flaw too. The latter is their usual plan.
The big problem is, what has to be pulled and what can stay?
They can not simply remove every game, just because we put it into the archive and called it exploit games for 3.18.
Not every single one of these games works at firmware 3.18, and they simply can not remove a game, that is not a threat towards their latest system firmware.
I would imagine that removing a game itself is a bad thing for Sony and the publisher, so removing all these games might be quite a problem, since it is not 100% clear which game works at 3.18 and which does not.
They might have begun to remove exploit games as of right now, since it takes some time to publish at news at Wololo’s blog, but if they did not, feel free to keep reading.
Which exploit game should I buy? And why?
Since there are a lot of different exploit games available, most of them for Europe and North America, it is surely a bit confusing to decide which one to buy and which one to not buy.
The general rule is that one exploit game is enough, and that a second one won’t be necessary.
While the PSOne loader PS1 exploit games depend on having a PSP exploit game with TN-V as well, just running TN-V can be done via one PSP exploit game.
But let’s go back to which game is the best for which region.
I will simply list the region and the games next to each other, and will then elaborate why said game is the best for the mentioned region.
Recommended FW 3.18 exploit game for Europe
While not being as perfect as the North American ‘recommended game for firmware 3.18‘, this one is still the best choice for Europe.
The game is ‘Go! Sudoku‘. It costs 3,99€, is ~230 MegaBytes in size and blazing fast.
It is faster than the other European exploit games, and it is similar to Mad Blocker Alpha, the fast firmware 1.81 exploit game.
Just take a look and I bet you will be convinced that this game is a good choice.
Don’t like it? Keep reading, since I have some alternatives for you.
Recommended FW 3.18 exploit games for Australia & European alternatives
Patapon 1, Patapon 2, Space Invaders Extreme or Skate Park City.
All four of these games should be available in every kind of European PSN store, regardless of you living in Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Slovenia or another European country.
At least Patapon 1 and Patapon 2 should be available in the Australian PSN store, if not all 4 games. The Australian PSN store is very similar to the European one, so I’ve combined those into one topic. The games also use the same savedata files.
Those 4 games should be available. The games are also very easy to exploit, since it usually is just loading the savedata and then following the onscreen instructions.
If this is not the case, be sure to check the ‘how to trigger.txt‘ file, which should help you to successfully exploit the game.
They are all cheaper than 10€ and if size is your biggest concern, then simply get Patapon 1, as it is the smallest of these 4 games with a bit more than 100 MegaBytes.
Recommended FW 3.18 exploit game for North America:
If you are using the North American PSN Store, then I can tell you that you are a lucky person.
The game ‘Talkman Travel: Tokyo‘ is just 3$, which is dirt cheap, only 18MB in size, why is tiny, and has the easiest way to trigger the exploit since Fieldrunners and Numblast.
I would get Talkman Travel: Tokyo in an instant, if it would exist in Europe. It is cheap, small and triggers on its own. You just have to wait a bit and you are done.
The only downside is, that this game can not run the ARK-2 eCFW (yet). Any other exploit game is capable of running TN-V and ARK (swapping the savedata files might be necessary to switch between the 2 eCFWs).
If you are unable to get Talkman Travel: Tokyo, then just get Patapon 1 or Patapon 2, those games are solid, pretty cheap and easy to use.
Recommended FW 3.18 exploit game for Japan
While I am not entirely sure which games are also available in Japan, I have to say that Patapon 1 and Patapon 2 should be definitely available in the Japanese PSN store, and that those games are easy to use and not too big.
I am not sure how much Yen they cost, but I would assume that it won’t be more than 10€/12$, since those are old and good games.
Recommended FW 3.18 exploit games for the rest of Asia
The Playstation store in Singapore, Hong Kong and other asian countries, that are not japan, is usually a weird mix of the European, Japanese and even North American PSN store, it has ‘a bit of everything‘.
I can confirm that the game Skate Park City is available in the Asian PSN store, and that the game runs fine if you use the European savedata files.
Like I’ve said above, the game is not too big, very easy to use and works without problems.
Some last words
This has been a crazy week, a lot of exploit games were made public, none were pulled (so far) and every region should be covered.
Patapon 1 & 2 covers basically every region, and if one region does not have Patapon 1 or 2, simply use one of the other games that is available.
If you don’t know how to trigger the game at firmware 3.18, be sure to check out this Playlist. If your game is not listed yet, simply wait, since I am adding the missing ones, one after another.
Sony will definitely remove the firmware 3.18 exploit games, they are just taking their time.
They could also release a quick firmware 3.19, that hotfixes the usermode exploits, but that would still leave the kernel exploits unpatched, which would made it still vulnerable, via exploit games that did not get leaked this week.
Time will tell what Sony will do, and how long this has postponed the firmware 3.30, which will, most likely, be delayed by multiple weeks and renamed.
Note: you can donate to Qwikrazor87, the person behind most of these exploits, here.