Download Roundup: Popular PS3 Homebrews Return, and the Portable Scene Makes a Comeback

DownloadsI know the last few weeks of Download Roundup have been full of PS3 tools, but today's issue brings a much needed return to the Sony portable space. Looking for the latest homebrew and hacks for Vita and PSP? This is the place to be! We've got a few console options thrown in for good measure too! These are the five hottest scene files of the week on dl.qj!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know the last few weeks of Download Roundup have been full of PS3 tools, but today's issue brings a much needed return to the Sony portable space. Looking for the latest homebrew and hacks for Vita and PSP? This is the place to be! We've got a few console options thrown in for good measure too! These are the five hottest scene files of the week on dl.qj!

 

 

ReActPSN v3.00 - PS3

 

I know it hasn't been all that long since I last spoke about ReActPSN, but this week in particular offered some pretty incredible changes to the much-beloved homebrew. In the past, this software has been used as an easy way to activate PSN content for custom firmware. It still offers that functionality, but has since been instilled with a few more crucial functions. Last week I mentioned how ReActPSN can now be used as a tool to backup the contents of your hard drive, but the deal is about to get a little sweeter.

 

 

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In addition to that, the major reason for the 3.00 version jump is an included BDloader for CFWs 4.21 or higher. In that respect, now ReActPSN doesn't just play digital content. It can also load your BD games as well. At a time when apps like PSNope and PSN Patch had just begun to steal the thunder of this classic project, updates have made it still stand a step above the rest. If you use a lot of PS3 content from "outside sources," ReActPSN is both a popular and functional choice.

 

 

Are you enjoying the fruits of ISO loading on PS3's Cobra custom firmware? My next app might be exactly what you're looking for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS ISO Tool v1.01 - PS3

 

 

Last week's release of Cobra custom firmware has taken the PS3 by storm. As part of its major features, it offers the ability to load standard ISO images of PS2, PSX, PS3, and PSP games for play on custom firmware. This means you no longer have to use the clunky jailbreak format to enjoy your favorite games.

 

 

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To meet the new needs of the community CaptainCPS-X has released PS ISO Tool. Essentially what it allows you to do is use standard ISO ripping programs like ImgBurn to make your backups. Once your image has been made, PS ISO Tool will patch it with the necessary files to properly load on your console. For now, ISO images in multiMAN must be split into 4GB segments, however Captain has also made an NTFS-mounter to solve this issue. One backup file for a whole game? Things haven't been that simple since the PSP scene!

 

 

Speaking of Sony portables, my next download is one of the coolest usermode Vita exploits we've ever had!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fieldrunners VHBL Explot v2 - PS Vita

 

 

As some of you may know, Sony's official firmware 3.00 blocked about twenty possible usermode savegame exploits on the Vita. As such, developers have decided to publicly release some of their previously-hidden projects that no longer function within the updated environment. The best among these is the Fieldrunners exploit found in the US and EU PlayStation Store.

 

 

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What makes it so great you ask? The fact that unlike many other hacks, this one doesn't require you to wade through pages of menus before it loads VHBL. Essentially as soon as the PSP Minis logo shows, so does your loader. Not to mention that this cool file also functions on firmwares as high as 2.61 as well. You'll need to buy the game itself on a PS3 so you don't update your Vita, but if you have a console, this is probably the best VHBL build there is.

 

 

Would you rather stick to PSP homebrew instead? My next pick is a brand new project started by a QJ forum member!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamondsion Assault v0.1 BETA - PSP

 

 

Here at QJ, we take pride in helping out our fellow developers. Such was the case when saiynax informed us about his very latest beta release. While the PSP scene is about to have its tenth birthday, there's no denying that the platform is still an attractive space for developers looking to hone their skills. Diamondsion Assault proves this point quite well.

 

 

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Despite the fact that this particular build is only one level long, it shows a lot of promise to become a fully-functioning and fun piece of homebrew. You play as a character that jumps around a sci-fi inspired world collecting diamonds. The run and jump mechanics make for all the trappings of your typical platformer, but that doesn't make the experience any less fun. Floaty physics mean that timing your jumps in more complex levels is likely to require a good amount of skill. This first stage is quite simple, but hopefully this week's high download stats encourage this talented coder to keep doing what he's doing. Thanks to folks like him, the PSP scene can carry on its legacy!

 

 

In that same vein, this week's most popular download takes a beloved anime series and turns it into a home-spun fighter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle v3.6 - PSP

 

 

The Naruto name is already popular in the gaming universe, so you'd have to imagine that a homebrew based on the franchise would blow over just as well. Much like the other mainstream console releases related to the show, Naruto Ultimate Ninja battle is an almost entirely combat-based experience. You fight against a series of enemies from the franchise to find out just who is the most ultimate ninja in the land. Thankfully however, there is a brand new story mode that at least adds a bit of purpose to your brawling. The translations get a little wonky, but it works well enough.

 

 

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As far as gameplay is concerned, all of the basic moves you would need in a fighting game are well represented. Normal, strong, and heavy combos can be strung together to deal damage to any one of the thirty-six possible personas that may enter the ring. In line with the series, you can use the triggers to charge your Chakra or perform special attacks that include support characters. Given the obvious restrictions of homebrew, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle is a well-developed experience that's deserving of its top spot in this week's Download Roundup!

 

 

Which of these files do you love most? What kind of apps would you like to see more of? Let me know in the comments section!