List of Enhanced Definition compatibility in PAL PlayStation 2 games

Last updated: 16 november 2013

480p Enhanced Definition versus 640x480 VGA

In theory, the 480p Enhanced Definition and 640x480 VGA video modes have the same properties (save for the resolution), and should have the same compatibility. However, in practice, 640x480 VGA has a slightly different timing than 480p Enhanced Definition, causing video and audio to get out of synchronisation. This is particularly noticeable during pre-rendered videos where the audio is stored as one long stream. Games that are sensitive to the timing of the video mode will exhibit other problems, like skipping videos in the middle of playing them, or not booting at all.

It is for that reason that it is preferrable to use 480p Enhanced Definition. Only use 640x480 VGA when you have no other option.

Glossary

Perfect
Runs the same as in regular video modes.
Playable
Has one or more small issues that are easily ignored or worked around.
Compromised
Playable, but there are one or more issues that compromise the experience, sometimes significantly.
Unplayable
Boots, but eventually hangs or freezes.
Broken
Doesn't boot.

Using GS Mode Selector 0.23x

Title 480p
18 Wheeler: American Pro TruckerUnplayable: Freezes at the Akklaim logo video.
Alien HominidPlayable: The image is partially shifted down, resulting in part of it being cut off.
Alpine Racer 3Compromised: The intro video's audio is out of synchronisation. Lots of graphical glitches in the upper part of the image during gameplay.
Ape Escape 2Unplayable: Hangs during the SCEE logo video without showing it.
Ape Escape 3Compromised: Part of the image at the bottom is cut off, and videos don't show an image past the first half second.
Arc: Twilight of the SpiritsCompromised: Videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation.
Armored Core 3Unplayable: Freezes at the Metro3D logo video.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance IIUnplayable: Freezes at the Black Isle Studio logo video.
Breath of Fire: Dragon QuarterUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2Compromised: Image is wrongly tiled. Activating progressive scan results in a double image.
Castle Shikigami II: War of the WorldsBroken
Contra: Shattered SoldierUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
Dark CloudCompromised: Runs too fast.
Dead or Alive 2Perfect
Devil May Cry 2Broken
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's AwakeningPerfect
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening - Special EditionPerfect
DrakengardUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
Eternal RingBroken
Final Fantasy XPerfect
God HandPerfect
God of WarCompromised: Videos's audio have a synchronisation problem.
God of War IICompromised: Videos's audio have a synchronisation problem.
Gunbird - Special EditionPlayable: Language, video mode selection and screen position screens aren't visible.
HeadhunterUnplayabe: Freezes after the "Presented by Sega" screen.
Headhunter: RedemptionPlayable: Part of the image at the bottom is cut off.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor LegacyPerfect
Jak XUnplayable: Freezes after the intro video.
Killer7Perfect
King of Fighters 2000-2001, TheCompromised: The compilation is 240p, so it appears squished vertically.
Kingdom HeartsCompromised: Audio is out of synchronisation.
Legaia 2: Duel SagaUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
MaximoUnplayable: Freezes at the New Game intro video.
Maximo vs. Army of ZinUnplayable: Freezes at the New Game intro video.
Mobile Light Force 2Perfect
Musashi: Samurai LegendUnplayable: Hangs during the intro video.
Neo ContraUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
NightshadePerfect
Onimusha: Dawn of DreamsPerfect
Onimusha 3Perfect
Psyvariar - Complete EditionBroken
R-Type FinalUnplayable: Freezes at the Metro3D logo video.
Ratchet & Clank 3Unplayable: Freezes at the Insomniac Games logo video.
Rayman 3: Hoodlum HavocCompromised: A big part of the right side of the image is cut off, and videos stutter.
Rayman RevolutionPlayable: Part of the image at the bottom is cut off.
Resident Evil: OutbreakUnplayable: Freezes at the language selection screen.
Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2Broken
Shark TaleUnplayable: Hangs while playing the video after the first mission while others are skipped after a couple seconds.
ShinobiBroken
Simpsons Game, TheUnplayable: Freezes at the Electronic Arts logo video.
Soulcalibur IIICompromised: Runs too fast.
Spider-Man 3Perfect
Spyro: A Hero's TailBroken
Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeCompromised: Only a small part of the image is visible, and the game runs too fast.
Super Monkey Ball DeluxeBroken
Taito Legends 2Broken
Tekken 5Perfect
Viewtiful JoeBroken
Viewtiful Joe 2Broken
Virtua Fighter 4Perfect
Volleyball ChallengePerfect
Way of the Samurai 2Unplayable: Freezes at the Spike logo.
Wild Arms 3Perfect
YakuzaPerfect
Yakuza 2Perfect
Ys: The Ark of NapishtimUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video.
Zone of the EndersCompromised: Videos stutter and their audio gets out of synchronisation.

Using Xploder HDTV Player

Title 480p 576p
18 Wheeler: American Pro TruckerPerfectUntested
Alien HominidPerfectUntested
Alpine Racer 3Playable: The intro video's audio is out of synchronisation. Skipping the intro video often freezes the game.Playable: Skipping the intro video often freezes the game.
Ape Escape 2Compromised: Videos flicker, their audio gets out of synchronisation, and the gameplay speed has spikes where it runs too fast.Compromised: The gameplay speed has spikes where it runs too fast.
Ape Escape 3Compromised: Videos stutter and their audio gets out of synchronisation.Perfect (Runs at an optimised 50Hz speed.)
Arc: Twilight of the SpiritsCompromised: Videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation.Perfect (Runs at an optimised 50Hz speed.)
Armored Core 3PerfectUntested
Breath of Fire: Dragon QuarterPerfectUntested
Castle Shikigami II: War of the WorldsUnplayable: Hangs while playing the Play It logo video.Perfect
Contra: Shattered SoldierPerfect (Does not apply to VGA mode, where videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation. Also, the game doesn't always boot, but that could be my copy.)Untested
Dark CloudCompromised: Runs too fast.Compromised: The music plays too fast.
Dead or Alive 2PerfectUntested
Devil May Cry 2Perfect (Does not apply to VGA mode, where videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation.)Untested
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's AwakeningCompromised: Part of the viewport at the bottom is cut off, shifting the image up, resulting in part of the top of the image being cut off.Untested
DrakengardCompromised: Part of the image at the top is cut off, videos are skipped as soon as they begin playing, and voice acted lines have a synchronisation problem.Compromised: Videos are skipped after two thirds of their length have been played.
Eternal RingPlayable: The Crave Entertainment logo and intro video stutter and their audio gets out of synchronisation.Perfect
Final Fantasy XPerfect (Runs at the intended 60Hz speed.)Untested
God HandUnplayable: Freezes after the video mode selection menu. In VGA mode, it doesn't even boot.Untested
Gunbird - Special EditionPerfectUntested
HeadhunterBrokenUntested
Headhunter: RedemptionUnplayable: Freezes while loading.Unplayable: Freezes while loading.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor LegacyUnplayable: Freezes at the Naughty Dog logo video.Untested
Killer7PerfectUntested
King of Fighters 2000-2001, TheUnplayable: Freezes before reaching either game's title screen.Untested
Kingdom HeartsCompromised: Audio is out of synchronisation.Perfect
Kingdom Hearts IICompromised: Videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation, and voice acted lines have a synchronisation problem.Perfect
Legaia 2: Duel SagaPerfect (Runs at the intended 60Hz speed.)Perfect (Runs at an unoptimised 50Hz speed.)
MaximoCompromised: Videos's audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation.Perfect
Maximo vs. Army of ZinPerfect (Does not apply to VGA mode, where it freezes while playing the New Game intro video and shows the following message: "Debug: file: playpss.c, line: 997, error: 0.")Untested
Mobile Light Force 2Perfect (Runs at the intended 60Hz speed.)Untested
Mr MoskeetoPerfectUntested
Musashi: Samurai LegendUnplayable: Hangs during the intro video.Unplayable: Hangs during the intro video.
Neo ContraPerfect (Does not apply to VGA mode, where videos are skipped after about one minute, and their audio gets increasingly out of synchronisation.)Untested
NightshadePerfect (The Sega logo splash screen has a flicker problem, but everything else is fine.)Untested
Onimusha: Dawn of DreamsBrokenUntested
Onimusha 3Unplayable: Freezes after choosing to start a New Game.Untested
Psyvariar - Complete EditionPerfectUntested
R-Type FinalUnplayable: Freezes after the Irem logo splash screen. Yet the very first time the game was tested it worked perfectly.Untested
Rayman 3: Hoodlum HavocCompromised: There is a line of pink squares at the top and bottom of the image, and videos stutter.Untested
Rayman RevolutionPerfectUntested
Resident Evil: OutbreakUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video. In VGA mode, it already freezes at the violence and gore warning screen.Untested
Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2Unplayable: Freezes after character selections screen.Untested
Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme LegendsCompromised: Videos's audio gets out of synchronisation. In Enhanced Definition, it freezes at the Koei logo video.Unplayable: Freezes at intro video.
Shark TaleUnplayable: Hangs during the New Game intro video.Perfect
ShinobiPerfectUntested
Simpsons Game, TheUnplayable: Hangs at the start of the New Game intro video. In VGA mode, it already hangs while playing the 20th Century Fox logo video.Perfect
Soulcalibur IIICompromised: Runs too fast.Untested
Spider-Man 3PerfectUntested
Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeCompromised: Only the top half of the image is visible, and the game runs too fast.Untested
Super Monkey Ball DeluxePerfectUntested
Taito Legends 2PerfectUntested
Tekken 5PerfectUntested
Viewtiful JoePerfect (Does not apply to VGA mode, where it freezes at the Clover Studios logo video. Sometimes it works fine, but videos have an audio synchronisation problem.)Untested
Viewtiful Joe 2Unplayable: Freezes at the intro video.Untested
Virtua Fighter 4PerfectUntested
Volleyball ChallengePerfectUntested
Way of the Samurai 2Unplayable: Freezes after selecting 60Hz from the menu. In VGA mode, it doesn't even boot.Untested
Wild Arms 3PerfectUntested
YakuzaPerfectUntested
Yakuza 2PerfectUntested
Ys: The Ark of NapishtimUnplayable: Freezes at the intro video. On the off chance that it doesn't freeze at that point, it will after playing it. Trying to skip the video before it's done playing has the same effect.Unplayable: Freezes at the intro video. On the off chance that it doesn't freeze at that point, it will after playing it. Trying to skip the video before it's done playing has the same effect.
Zone of the EndersCompromised: Videos stutter and their audio gets out of synchronisation.Untested