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Hi. I'm new to this site/forum, but glad to be here. I've completed VIII on PS2 and am currently playing XI on PS4. I need to return to IX on DS soon too.

I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but I want to play the PS2 version of DQV in English. I have tried to find, read and UNDERSTAND what's required to do this, and I just can't get my head around it. Here's what I own:

NTSC-J copy of DQV for PS2

PAL SCPH-70000 PS2 slim

Now I know it's possible to play an English version on PS2, but I don't understand how to do it. Yes - I really am that tech cack-handed. I need a complete IDIOT's guide, step one by one by one on how to do this. Is it possible with what I have? I don't want to invest in further hardware or discdrive (I don't own a PC, only a macbook). Or, failing that, is it possible to buy a patched English language version that will run on the hardware I own? I don't want to emulate it - tried to set up an emulator for it and I couldn't even get the various files to install properly.

Have patience with me! Thanks in advance,

Ant   :) 

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Sorry, I won't be any help, I haven't tried that stuff since the PS1 days :)

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I used a Memor32, which is a memory card you can load with firmware that acts as a soft mod. Although, I believe it's long outdated.

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I'd just use a standard PS2 memory card with FreeMCBoot. The game works fine with the English patch and an ESR patch (allows you to play a burned copy on a softmodded PS2). I live in an NTSC region so I don't have to worry about the format conversion, but I've seen tools online to convert PAL games to NTSC and vice versa. I cannot guarantee they work with DQV, but it's worth a shot.

 

Even assuming you were able to get a FreeMCBoot card from someone else (instead of opening your PS2 to trick it into installing FMCB yourself), you'd still need to have a disk drive. There's no way to use the english patch without applying the patch to an image of your disk, and then either burning a patched disk, or using an HDD loader to load the patched ISO from a hard disk.

 

I'll do some research and see if I can come up with a PAL+English patch. If you want, I could include 16:9 (or even 16:10) widescreen, and swap the X and O buttons so they match the standard western layout (though the slot machine and anything else that has control instructions will still display as if they were the japanese layout). No guarantees I can make it work for PAL, but I'll try. (For the record, I've already made a working NTSC English widescreen disk that worked fine.)

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On 3/8/2020 at 6:41 AM, Spyke said:

Hi. I'm new to this site/forum, but glad to be here. I've completed VIII on PS2 and am currently playing XI on PS4. I need to return to IX on DS soon too.

I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but I want to play the PS2 version of DQV in English. I have tried to find, read and UNDERSTAND what's required to do this, and I just can't get my head around it. Here's what I own:

NTSC-J copy of DQV for PS2

PAL SCPH-70000 PS2 slim

Now I know it's possible to play an English version on PS2, but I don't understand how to do it. Yes - I really am that tech cack-handed. I need a complete IDIOT's guide, step one by one by one on how to do this. Is it possible with what I have? I don't want to invest in further hardware or discdrive (I don't own a PC, only a macbook). Or, failing that, is it possible to buy a patched English language version that will run on the hardware I own? I don't want to emulate it - tried to set up an emulator for it and I couldn't even get the various files to install properly.

Have patience with me! Thanks in advance,

Ant   :) 

You're not cack-handed, patching software is an inherently complex thing with lots of hoops to jump through.

I've never played it myself, but DQ Translations did an English language patch and shared it a while ago, and they mentioned the patch includes ReadMe files with instructions for implementing the patch. Their main website seems to be mostly done away with, but the patch and relevant files are still available. IIRC, @Plattym3 talked about playing the games once, maybe he would know more about it.

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9 minutes ago, Brother Jaybird said:

You're not cack-handed, patching software is an inherently complex thing with lots of hoops to jump through.

I've never played it myself, but DQ Translations did an English language patch and shared it a while ago, and they mentioned the patch includes ReadMe files with instructions for implementing the patch. Their main website seems to be mostly done away with, but the patch and relevant files are still available. IIRC, @Plattym3 talked about playing the games once, maybe he would know more about it.

That's the English patch I mentioned, but I assumed he was already aware of it considering he mentioned it in the OP.

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1 hour ago, Erdrick The Hero said:

That's the English patch I mentioned, but I assumed he was already aware of it considering he mentioned it in the OP.

Well, when I wrote it nobody had written anything, so it looks like I was a little late to actually post. Whoops.

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On 3/10/2020 at 4:24 AM, Erdrick The Hero said:

I'd just use a standard PS2 memory card with FreeMCBoot. The game works fine with the English patch and an ESR patch (allows you to play a burned copy on a softmodded PS2). I live in an NTSC region so I don't have to worry about the format conversion, but I've seen tools online to convert PAL games to NTSC and vice versa. I cannot guarantee they work with DQV, but it's worth a shot.

 

Even assuming you were able to get a FreeMCBoot card from someone else (instead of opening your PS2 to trick it into installing FMCB yourself), you'd still need to have a disk drive. There's no way to use the english patch without applying the patch to an image of your disk, and then either burning a patched disk, or using an HDD loader to load the patched ISO from a hard disk.

 

I'll do some research and see if I can come up with a PAL+English patch. If you want, I could include 16:9 (or even 16:10) widescreen, and swap the X and O buttons so they match the standard western layout (though the slot machine and anything else that has control instructions will still display as if they were the japanese layout). No guarantees I can make it work for PAL, but I'll try. (For the record, I've already made a working NTSC English widescreen disk that worked fine.)

Thank you for your time and effort. If you could do that it would be much appreciated! I'm used to using O and X as they are in Japanese games anyway, but my TV is 16:9 so if it could support that it would be a bonus, but honestly not essential!  :) 

Ant

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On 3/11/2020 at 12:32 AM, Spyke said:

Thank you for your time and effort. If you could do that it would be much appreciated! I'm used to using O and X as they are in Japanese games anyway, but my TV is 16:9 so if it could support that it would be a bonus, but honestly not essential!  :) 

Ant

OK! This is my next project. I've got most of the necessary tools already, still hunting down the actual NTSC-PAL patcher. I know the program exists, but I never downloaded it because I don't have a PAL PS2 (nor any interest in any PAL-exclusive games), and it looks like the site where I used to get my PS2 tools from no longer exists. I've got a couple leads though, so just hang tight.

EDIT: Ok, I found the patcher, but I'm having some issues with it. I have to get ready for work now, but I'll take another look later.

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So far I've got all the patches working except the NTSC2PAL patch. That one is preventing the game from booting in my emulator. I'm not sure if it's because the patcher is bunk,  because the game is just incompatible, because I've got an NTSC BIOS or what. I don't have a PAL PS2 to test on or rip the BIOS from. Even my NTSC PS2 is buried in storage.

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Haven't forgotten about this but still having issues. Have you access to an NTSC compatible television? I'm fairly certain it's possible to force a PAL PS2 to display an NTSC signal and vice versa - the problem being that most American sets don't support PAL input and most European TVs (back in the day) don't support NTSC. Though I've read many modern HD/4K TVs support both standards, especially those found in Europe, as the HD standard (I think) is the same in both regions.

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As an update to this, my PS2 console is being modded with Modbo 5.0 which will make it region-free and able to play burned discs. So... all I need now is a burned copy of DQ-V with the English patch applied to it? Is that correct? Is there anybody willing to supply me with this? I'd be happy to pay pstage and time if anyone can help me out here (FYI I do own a genuine physical Japanese copy of the game).  :)

:)  

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I can take another crack at putting together the multi-patch, but I can't send you a burned disk. You'll still have to obtain the hardware to burn it yourself. I'll need some time though. Both the machines that had those files on it are out of commission at the moment, so I'll have to start over.

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I have a suitable CD/DVD-R drive so should be able to burn it ok. In fact I suppose I should be able to burn the translated iso available online from the DQ-Translations page - even if just as a trial run (once I get my console back in a week or two....)   :) 

(After all this, please tell me it's a good - no, GREAT - game?!)

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Hi all - Merry Christmas.

 

Right, here is where I'm up to.

I've had my PS2 modded with a Modbo 5.0 chip so that it (allegedly) will play burned copies.

I have downloaded and unzipped the Dragon Quest V English patched version from DQTranslations, so as to get the iso.

I have bought Verbatim DVD-RW discs and I have read instructions many, many times.

I have burned the iso multiple times to the DVD-RW at varying speeds (3x, 4x, 8x).

I have tried to get my PS2 to run the discs, with no success any time. Sometimes it doesn't recognise the disc, sometimes it just crashes the console to a black screen.  

I have looked at the settings in the setup screen for the Modbo 5.0 Matrix Infinity Menu, and "think" it all looks right.

 

I'm beginning to get very frustrated. For MONTHS I have been trying to get this game to run, with absolutely no success, despite the fact that everyone else who wants to run it seems to be able to do it no problem.

What am I missing? How much do I have to pay? How can I get this game to run?

A

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Hi again, all!

 

Ok. Maybe I'm going about this all wrong. How would this be:

If there's somebody out there in the UK or nearby EU that can make this happen for me, I can send you some blank discs (DVD-RW), my original copy of the game (to prove I own it and that the copy will be a playable backup of a game that I already own), and money to cover their time and effort.  If necessary I can even include the downloaded patch files on a thumb drive (which they can keep if they like after it's completed in addition to my "compensation for their time and effort").

I'm not going to be able to do this myself. I've tried and tried. I've asked for help. Now I'm offering to pay for that help.

With thanks.

Ant.

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On 12/26/2020 at 7:43 PM, Spyke said:

I have downloaded and unzipped the Dragon Quest V English patched version from DQTranslations, so as to get the iso.

This needs clarification, the DQTranslation doesn't provide the ISO, you need to create the ISO of the game from your own copy, using something like DVD Decrypter, which you then apply the patch to. Have you done this?

Second, is your copy the original release or the Ultimate Hits release? The patch might not work with the 'Ultimate' edition.

At this this point, I recommend you download a PS2 emulator and verify that the unpatched ISO works and then test the patched version before you write it to DVD. You will need to find a PS2 BIOS to run the emulator if I remember correctly. You will need a Japanese and a EU one most likely, you should be able to find them via Google.

I used ISO Burner to burn the ISO to a disk, but you need to use the slowest write speed. I had some funky stuff happen when using higher write speeds (the game would load but it ran very slowly). Took me a while to figure that one out.

If you're struggling still, I can send you my ISO to try, I think mine also has the NTSC2PAL patch applied. However all modern TVs should support NTSC (unless maybe it's a cheap brand).

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On 1/17/2021 at 11:59 PM, Chris said:

This needs clarification, the DQTranslation doesn't provide the ISO, you need to create the ISO of the game from your own copy, using something like DVD Decrypter, which you then apply the patch to. Have you done this?

Second, is your copy the original release or the Ultimate Hits release? The patch might not work with the 'Ultimate' edition.

At this this point, I recommend you download a PS2 emulator and verify that the unpatched ISO works and then test the patched version before you write it to DVD. You will need to find a PS2 BIOS to run the emulator if I remember correctly. You will need a Japanese and a EU one most likely, you should be able to find them via Google.

I used ISO Burner to burn the ISO to a disk, but you need to use the slowest write speed. I had some funky stuff happen when using higher write speeds (the game would load but it ran very slowly). Took me a while to figure that one out.

If you're struggling still, I can send you my ISO to try, I think mine also has the NTSC2PAL patch applied. However all modern TVs should support NTSC (unless maybe it's a cheap brand).

Hi,

 

Thanks for the tips - I sppreciate them.  As mentioned previously, I have tried to run the PS2 emulator and could not get it to run on my computer.

I think it should be clear already, but perhaps I need to reiterate it: I Am Not Techy Or Program Savvy. I admit it! I can do the simplest things and that's bout it.

No, I did not realise I had to mke my own ISO, so that's obviously been missed out.

It's obviously beyond me - or put it another way, I don't intend to try to learn all the complicated procedures necessary just to play this one game on my PS2 console.

A shame. I love the look and the idea of the Japanese PS2 3d version with an English translation, but I begin to realise it will always be beyond me.

 

Again, if someone will DO IT FOR ME I'll be extremely grateful, appreciative and will give you money. But beyond that I think I should just give up.

Thanks for your time, folks.   

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Chris, thank you for sending that download link. I'm working on d/l-ing it just now. Thanks again!

I take it the idea is to then burn it to disc (at slowest speed) and see if that works. I'll try my built in burning program and if that doesn't work will look at other burning software.

Will let you know how it goes!  :) 

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Update: thanks to Chris I now have the game burned and working! Super excited and very grateful for the assist. Looking forward to finally getting to play this game in the lovely 3D version that should really have had a western release.

Thanks again!

 

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