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Game Wizard Pro Review

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Usability:

 

9.6

Ease of use:

 

9.4

Rating:

 

9.5

  These days we got plenty of little gadgets on the market, especially for the popular Playstation. Some of the well known ones are Game Sharks and the Pro Action Replay. Just recently we got our hands on Game Wizard that includes the features of the top accessories mentioned before and kicks in a little more of its own.

  Game Wizard plugs right into your port in the back of the Playstation and enables you to use codes that are stored in the memory. Now the big problem are the codes. The most widely used codes today are the ones made for Game Shark, but the makers of the product thought of that and made it compatible with all Game Shark codes.

  Since there are plenty of new games coming out constantly for Playstation, this thing is updateable. There are two ways to add new codes into the memory. You can obtain the cheats from many websites available and input them into the Game Wizard. Although they made it simpler than Game Shark, it is still a real pain adding many codes using the controller. The painless way to update your codes is to directly download them from the internet into the Game Wizard leaving you alot of time to enjoy the game.

  The company claims faster loading speeds by 35%, we ran a couple of tests on that and didn't find a significant difference to support their claim. What we do like is the way the system skips the initial Playstation start-up screen and takes you right to the Game Wizard's own interface. There you have the memory manager, CD-ROM controls and other menus. The CD-ROM controls allow you look into the CD and explore the files that are there. Movies could be watched at your command giving you the chance to see many movies ahead of time. The CD-ROM menu works with audio disks as well but we found nothing special in that field. We were trying to figure out the use of the V-Ram Viewer but we had no luck with that, and the manual that comes with it tells nothing about that feature.

  You might have heard of the Mod chips and Pro Action Replay that you can use to play imported games and "Backup" copies of PSX games. With Game Wizard you can do the same thing even though they tell you nothing about this feature most likely because of the legal reasons or maybe it was unintentional. This is done using the swap method where you start the system with a real Playstation disk and at the main menu of Game Wizard switch the CD with an imported game or a copied disk.

  To wrap this up, we see this accessory as a replacement for Game Shark, Pro Action Replay and even the Mod Chips. Microsmarts who is the maker of GW is getting ready to open a site named Game Zap Network that will allow you to "Zap" your Game Wizard, Game Shark and Pro Action Replay with new cheats in matter of seconds using your computer. For the price of under $20, its a clear value for the Playstation gamers. If you already own something like Pro Action Replay, this probably won't amuse you, but everyone else will only benefit

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