Game problems FAQ

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Here is a list of notable games that can be problematic to emulate. Solutions are provided if possible.


Metal Gear Solid

MGS has anti-piracy features, and needs real BIOS to work. Do not use simulated BIOS in PCSX-R. These will just give a blank screen. If you are using BIOS and it is still not working, try different BIOS files.

If the game stutters, enable the relevant fix in your sound plugin.

Trying to fight Psycho Mantis on an emulator that can't change controller ports? Die enough times and you will be given another method: shooting statues.[1]

Game Boy Color


VBA doesn't emulate the game properly. Use Gambatte or VBA-M instead.

Nintendo DS

Pokemon Series

All of the Pokemon games have issues, owing to the fact that the DeSmuME devs hate the series and refuse to fix them. You can't trade between emulators (devs refused to merge WiFi implementation), and there are tons of graphical glitches. Save yourself the trouble and just get a flash cart.


DeSmuME does not support DSi features in games.


Note: If the game is not set in options to 60Hz it might lead to graphic problems from the get go, some examples being God Hand, Metal Slug, Tekken 5 and Destroy All Humans.

Ace Combat 4/5/Zero

AC Zero has no hit detection, so it's unplayable. 4 and 5 are perfectly playable in software mode, but all 3 have major graphical issues in hardware mode. Use software mode if your PC is up to the task.

Jak and Daxter Series

Suffers from crazy visual errors like blacked out eyes. Run the game in software mode, or activate the alpha hack to fix the shadows. Blacked out eyes can't be fixed without using software mode.

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3

These games need a very high end CPU to run at full speed and will run slowly on most CPUs.  All of the various blades of grass in MGS3 are one cause of its slowdown.

Shadow of the Colossus

This game needs a very high end CPU to run at full speed.

Time Crisis 2

There is currently no lightgun support in PCSX2.

Zone of the Enders 1 and 2

This game needs a very high end CPU to run at full speed.


Dangan Ronpa

Make sure you're using the latest version of PPSSPP.
Go to Game Settings > Graphics. If you use a Nvidia GPU, select Read Framebuffers to Memory (GPU) under "Rendering Mode". If you use an AMD GPU or Android device, select Read Framebuffers to Memory (CPU).

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

As of the latest version of PPSSPP ( the PC emulation seems perfect minus the online, even if the framerate is locked to 20 FPS, that is until one of the last bosses in the game the level "Peace Walker battle 2", the bug is said boss's life not descreasing from the last 2 bars, making the game unbeatable. The problem has been brought to attention for a while But the only solution seems to use a cheat to defeat the Mech, "_C1 One Hit Kill [Mechs] _L 0x2001B764 0xAE200064" which works ONLY for the US version, thus you will need to have that one, to keep your savegames, open the US version, create and install everything as per the first configuration and then from "...ppsspp\memstick\PSP\SAVEDATA" take the files inside "ULES01372001" and then place them into "ULUS10509003".


Beyond Good and Evil

Both the GCN and PS2 versions have graphical glitches in their emulators. Play the PC version if you can.

Star Wars: Rogue Leader

Has a severe graphical issues with the skybox due to the developer's use of unusual GameCube features. There is currently no fix. Modded Wii's can boot this.

Star Wars: Rebel Strike

Simply does not run. If you really want to play this, a modded Wii can boot it.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

GBA connection issues and various other glitches plague this title.

Zelda: Twilight Princess

There is major slowdown in Hyrule Field. Use this patch to improve it: [2]


Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Suffers from numerous problems. Play it on the real console if you can.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Glitch city. Just play the GameCube versions.

Zelda: Skyward Sword

Requires a real Wiimote and Motion Plus to emulate. See details here: [3]