Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hidden extra "bonus options" menu screen

Our resident digital treasure hunter Fabian has found even more things hidden inside AC3's files. In this post you'll see the music player and movie player that we can normally access only with the AppenDisc and a model viewer that was completely left out of both the game disc and the AppenDisc but seems to be functional from what our AC3 scholar says.

Here's his whole report taken verbatim:

Music Player: Works just like the Music Player that appears in the AppenDisc. You can play any track that appears in the game and a few “unused” ones including The Execution, for some reason the track Defiled does not appear in the track list although it is present in Disc 1.

Note: While the Music Player lists all the tracks used in the game, it skips the ones that aren’t present in the current disc.

Movie Player: Really, really incomplete, almost non-functional, you can only play the introductory movie that appears when you start a new game.

Model Display: Works like the Model Display featured in Ace Combat 2, you can select almost any aircraft that appears in the game exception the UI-4052 and the UI-4053. The Model Selection screen is just like the Aircraft Selection screen that appears before starting a mission in the story mode.

  • Directional Pad/Left Analog Stick: Rotates the aircraft
  • L1: Zoom In
  • R1: Zoom Out
Extra Menu: Accessing Method

Note: I’m not sure if all these steps are strictly necessary to activate the menu.

  1. Boot the game
  2. Create a New Account using the default name (Nemo)
  3. Set the difficulty to Hard
  4. Leave all the other settings unmodified
  5. Save the account in the Memory Card Slot 1, in any "sub-slot".
  6. Watch/Skip all cutscenes/dialogue/etc.
  7. In the Pre-Mission Menu, select Options
  8. Once you are there, activate the following Gameshark codes:
80112FB4 0002
8016E928 0500

The "Extra" menu should appear inmediately.
  1. Highlight any option of the menu and deactivate the codes (If you don't deactivate them you’ll be stuck in the Extra Menu since the codes force the game to load that menu)

Extra Menu: Known Glitches

  • If you use the Music Player after using the Model Display some of the graphics of the time counter will be corrupted, that is because when you enter to the Model Display the game replaces the graphics used by the Music Player with the textures of the aircraft currently displayed but it doesn’t retrieve the original graphics after you leave the menu.
  • If you try to use the Movie Player after using the Music Player the game will freeze.
  • Some emulators may crash while attempting to load the Movie Player.
  • The Model Display is very unstable, if you scroll too fast in the aircraft selection screen you may end up freezing the game, although maybe that’s just an emulator thing. 

    20180102: How To tutorial video by Fabian. Note that you'll need PEC (PSX Emulation Cheater: in order to follow these steps and access this hidden menu: