GTA Chinatown Wars on your DS flashcard: 100% working with no issues AT ALL
First of all, I'm posting this because I hope it clears up all the vagueness around getting GTA: Chinatown Wars rom to work.
I own a M3 Real card and this game works 100% for me now. (Wi-fi, multiplayer, no freezes at random points etc)Why would you bother reading this?
Well you might be playing a GTA: Chinatown Wars rom now and think it's all working fine, but if you have a 'patched' or 'fixed' version demonstrated on YouTube, it's likely that you'll get bitten in the ass after a while.
All the ARM patched versions etc appear to work on first sight ("wow save freezes not anymore!") but have 'hidden issues' like Multiplayer partially not working, Wi-Fi freezes up, game freezes ALWAYS at some occassions etc.
That's what I experienced and this is how I tackled it.Patched and 'fully working version's advertised on YouTube:First I downloaded some 121MB version of the game which was 'patched' with an ARM fix and hardcoded cheats, it passed the saving freeze and everything else appeared to work fine BUT multiplayer modes other than LC survivor made it freeze up during the 'Countdown'
.Original European version + savebypass cheat:Then I downloaded the original version of the game (Europe, (E), #3538) and used the ActionReplay cheat for getting through the save freeze: all working, so I played the game and during the mission 'Cash and Burn' I found out that it froze when you used a flamethrower. (also outside of that mission)Original USA version + savebypass cheat:(Pissed off) I tried the original version of the game (United States, (U)), renamed my savefiles (savefiles for E and U are universal ), and used same ActionReplay cheat: no save freeze, multiplayer + Wi-Fi 100% and flamethrower working.
I'm at ~50% in the game now and it works as a charm.If you want this game to work 100% on your flashcard with no random freezes, missing features or wutever, follow the steps below.
- United States version of the game (#3517, released by Xenophobia), direct download from Romulation, no fucked up ARM patched versions that crawl around on YouTube, you'll need the CLEAN and UNTOUCHED #3517 rom.
- ActionReplay cheat database for your card, all recent cheat dbs (gbatemp.net) contain the cheat 'Save bypass' for #3517 which gets the untouched version past the 'zomg it freezes at saveselect'. This freeze just happens on most cards (not on the Cyclo methinks) and you need this cheat to force your card to pass it, patching it up fixes this but fucks up other parts, this doesn't
LINK: gbatemp.net unofficial cheat database thread
Pick the cheat database matching your card there, they have everything lol.
- Enable cheatswitch, enable the 'Save bypass' cheat
- Enjoy this brilliant game with Wi-Fi, Multiplayer and everything else workingThis works as a charm for me and I hope it does for you guys aswell, if it works for you then please spread the word to stop people downloading fucked up versions that work partially.
Thanks Xenophobia for releasing this ROM.
Thanks Romulation for hosting this and many other games.