Remember pushing your SNES and NES cartridges down into the Game Genie and then flipping through that big red book to find the codes that you wanted to apply? Remember sticking that GameShark on to the back of your PS1 and flipping the switch to toggle on some game-breaking codes for your favorite games? How hilarious, and how liberating was the feeling of turning on a stale or worn-out game and having it shine brand new again thanks to unlimited currency, fast level ups, or infinite item power-ups?! We've missed cheating so much, but Save Wizard has brought it back on PS4.
Save Wizard for PS4 is a service that promises to revive the glory days of console cheats, and from what I can tell, it's doing that with great success. The Save Wizard team is comprised folks who have spent over 30 years working on cheat devices, including the beloved, recently-eulogized GameShark. These guys know what they're doing, and the appeal of true console cheats for current-gen PS4 games was just too sweet to resist, so I reached out to them for a trial run.
I was pretty blown away by how easy and how fun it all turned out to be.
So what does this do, and how does it work?
Here's the deal: Save Wizard is a service that will, you guessed it, edit your PS4 game saves and apply pre-selected cheats. Say you want to give yourself 9,999,999 Blood Echoes in Bloodborne so that you can upgrade your character to use any weapon you want and buy any item you want. All you have to do is pop a thumb-drive into your PS4, transfer your Bloodborne save to that drive, and then stick it into your computer.
From there you'll boot up the Save Wizard client, and it should automatically detect that game save. You'll select the cheats you want, hit apply, and then Save Wizard will apply those cheats server-side to your save. Stick the thumb drive back into your PS4, copy that save back over, boot up the game, and boom! You have a ton of Blood Echoes to play with, and suddenly Bloodborne is looking a lot more fun than it was ten minutes ago.
Whether you're looking for a simple currency cheat, or looking to completely break the game by maxing out all of your character's stats and abilities in a game, there's a good chance that Save Wizard has exactly what you're looking for. I ended up applying cheats to about seven games that had been doomed to my backlog; games that I never thought I'd want to play again. Now I'm having the time of my life with them, and I don't have to worry about wasting my time grinding through some of the more intimidating RPGs.
NOTE: The folks at Save Wizard have stated outright that they have no intention of including cheats that will allow users to cheat in online games, so if you're looking for wall hacks or invincibility for your next online Call of Duty session, you can move right along -- those kinds of cheats are not here.prevnext
What games are included, and how much does it cost?
Like with the Game Genie and GameShark, many games are supported by Save Wizard and many are not, but there are new games being added every week. The team has been quick to add recent favorites like Persona 5, NieR, Sonic Mania, Injustice 2, and more. You can find a full list on their website, but huge games like Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Grand Theft Auto V, God of War III Remastered, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and many more are supported. Currently, over 300 games have cheats ready to go.
You'll pay $60 for permanent access to the service, which shouldn't shock you. You paid for your GameShark, right? This isn't just a save replacement program. You're not swapping out your save for someone else's save who has more currency or stuff than you. These are your saves, and the Save Wizard program will be editing your saves on their servers as a service. That's what you're paying for: the ability to pick you game up right where you left off but with some gnarly cheats added on.prevnext
Is it worth it?
Save Wizard provided me with a 30-day subscription in order to test the service, so I'm not writing this review as someone sitting high with years of free cheats. I'm just like you guys. At the end of the day I have to take a step back, assess the $60 price-tag for this service, and ask myself if it's worth it.
I think that it is.
If you're exhausted by your backlog, and bummed out because you feel bored despite having way too many games to play, you owe it to yourself to revive your interest in the games that you have. Instead of spending $60 on one new game that will eventually end up on the shelf along with all of your other neglected games, why not spend $60 on something that can make your entire library way more interesting than it ever has been?
Persona 5 and Bloodborne are two incredible games that I just didn't have time for anymore. I wanted so badly to play them both, but I just did not have the time to dedicate to grinding them out. I didn't use Save Wizard to make my characters invincible, but I totally did cheat to give myself maxed out currency in both games, and that was enough. Suddenly I loved them both like they were new. I couldn't wait to get home from work and boot up Persona 5 because I knew I could focus on the story and on leveling up my personas. I no longer had to worry about grinding for money to spend on new weapons, or worry about wasting precious money on side activities (which are what make the game great).
Check out the site, and look at the game list. If there are at least three or four games that you would love cheats for, then indulge yourself. Relive the glory days of Game Genie and GameShark, and play the way you want to. It's empowering, it's fun, and the best part? Since you don't have to hard-mod your PS4, you're not voiding your warranty at all. I think these guys are doing it right, and Save Wizard will be working its magic on my PS4 for many months to come.prevnext