Hey, we get it. Sometimes that boss, that stage, that single enemy is just too difficult. You’re a busy person, and you have a very busy life; you don’t have time to waste banging your head against a metaphorical brick wall over and over again (or perhaps a physical one if the frustration is that intense – we’ve been there). In those instances, well, we’re just going to come out and say it.
It’s okay to cheat. In fact, there are entire systems out there for your PS4 designed to help you do just that. We’re going to have a look at a couple of them here, and whether they’re worth your time. These systems are surprisingly thin on the ground; we’re a long, long way from the Gameshark and Action Replay-riddled days of the PS1 and PS2, folks. Still, there are warm cheatin’ hearths for those who’ve just had enough of the grind. Without further ado, let’s take a look at a couple of the sneakiest cheat systems for PS4.
Any Walkthrough Website / Game Guides
How better to begin an article like this one than with a little cheat of our own? It’s true that GameFAQs, Neoseeker, IGN and the like aren’t technically cheat systems; they won’t give you infinite lives, get you past that pesky boss or make you impervious to damage.
What they do still offer, though, are step-by-step guides on exactly how to solve that puzzle you’re stuck on, or how to optimise your stats in the perfect way to exploit that enemy’s weakness. Better yet, you don’t (usually) need to purchase anything to take advantage of these “cheats”.
All you need to do is fire up your favourite walkthrough website, navigate to the game you’re having trouble with and find one of the guides written by one of the many helpful folks out there. If you’re stuck with a game, this should probably be your first port of call, since it’s not even technically cheating and we can prove it and everything.
Okay, now we’re bringing out the big guns. Save Wizard – or, to give it its proper title, Save Wizard For PS4 Max (don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything, there isn’t a PS4 Max model) – allows you to edit your PS4 game save files in a variety of different ways. Save Wizard is essentially a piece of PC software which reads PS4 save files and modifies them in different ways.
If you want to run Save Wizard, you’ll need a PC running 32-bit or 64-bit distributions of Windows 7 or 10 (sorry, Windows 8 users), a PS4 running firmware version 5.53 or below, a USB-compatible storage device and an Internet connection. Don’t worry about the 32-bit or 64-bit thing, as your Windows will almost certainly be one of these two. The USB drive can be either a pen drive or an HDD – it really doesn’t matter. Once the software is set up, it’s a pretty straightforward process to get your PS4 save files from your console onto a USB drive, where Save Wizard can work its magic.
A rapidly expanding list of over 800 games are currently supported (although it’s worth noting that many of these are different regional versions of the same title), so whatever you’re struggling with, you’re bound to find it in Save Wizard. This system is brought to you by the folks who worked on Game Genie’s PS3 iteration, so if you’re familiar with that, you’ll have no trouble using Save Wizard.
That’s right – this old stalwart is still kicking around. Xploder is fully compatible with PSN, meaning you can use it online without needing to worry about any pesky bans or improper account activity. Xploder works in a slightly similar way to Save Wizard, insofar as it works via save files.
Unlike Save Wizard, however, which modifies your existing saves, Xploder offers a database of save games which you can download to a USB drive and then transfer to your PS4. This is the same process as backing up save files, only you’re downloading saves from a third location rather than simply backing up your own.
Bear in mind that Xploder doesn’t currently support using your own saves; the company says that downloading fresh saves “was the most requested feature from our users”. There are plans to introduce save modification further down the line, though, so this one’s an investment. Xploder’s database is a little more modest than Save Wizard’s, with just over 100 games currently supported, but there’s more coming in the pipeline, so watch this space.
Xploder represents a completely mod-free, safe and legal way to use cheats on your PS4 which won’t in any way void your warranty. This one’s from the Gameshark people, so there’s a pedigree on it right there.
Ask A Friend Or Sibling
If these cheat systems don’t work for you, there’s always the old fallback: ask your big brother or sister to get you past the difficult part. Hey, at least you’ll be able to experience the rest of the game, right? Worth never living it down.