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Tools

RPK.BIN

Archive file containing much of the game data.

  • exar2rpk - First tool for extracting and repacking this file. Has seperate binaries for NA and JP versions.
  • rpkextract.rb - Extraction-only tool with a variety of command line options.

*.afs

Contains game music

*.evd

Contain text and display instructions for most events.

  • exar2evd - First tool for extracting and repacking these files. Crashes on a small number of files.
  • evdextract.rb - Extraction tool primarily designed for continuing investigation of the evd format.
  • evd Synchro-Tools - A pair of programs for extracting and repacking .evd files that places the NA and JP lines side-by-side for easy comparison. Extremely finicky in what filenames it expects for input.

*.fp

A sub-archive file containing large quantities of assorted data, including many of the game's images.

  • exar2fp - First tool for extracting these files. Unpack-only.
  • FP tools - A pair of programs to unpack and repack these files.

*.ipu

A PS2 movie format used by the game. Also for things like "single frame movies" used for some in-game screens.

  • ps2str - An official ps2 devkit utility for creating ipu + pss files. See this post for more information.
  • IPUCONV - Tool from the "Singstar Hacking project" for converting IPU files to M2Vs, "which are needed to re-encode the edited changes to a new IPU.". More information here.

*.lzr

Compressed file format, mostly seen for images. Has similarities to the LZSS algorithm? Tests by TerraBreaker have found that the game will not load uncompressed images.

  • unlzr - First tool developed for decompressing these files.
  • FakeLZR - Does not actually compress files, but adds a valid LZR header which will allow the game to read them.
  • CUE-LZR - Utility created by Spanish hacker CUE. Allows to compress and decompress LZR files. Currently available only in Spanish.

*.sfd

Movie format used by the game. More information here.

  • AddAlphaToShatterImage - Tool for adding alpha to "shatter" frames from one of the cosmosphere movies.
  • CsSubtitleAdder - wizzardx's Cosmosphere subtitle utilties
  • Latest version of DivX - for playing .sfd movies
  • Big media codec packs like K-Lite - also for playing .sfd movies, with subtitles.
  • Cube Media Player 2 - Extractor/convertor for PS2 multimedia
  • Prism Video Converter - Video converter reported to work with .sfd movies
  • Media Player Classic - This video player can play .sfd files, also works for .afs files

*.tm2 (TIM2)

A common format for images in PS2 games.

  • OPTPiX iMageStudio - A powerful and versatile commercial program for handling these and other image files. Costs $3500 o.O
  • TimTool - Open-source tool for TIM2 images. Known to be able to convert .tm2 files from AT2 properly, but the user interface is incredibly opaque and documentation non-existant.
  • lilie - Japanese program to extract image files from a number of Gust games. Costs money, with no obvious way for those outside Japan to purchase a copy.

Misc/Support

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - Required for many of Asmodean's tools.
  • Ruby - Required for Morganite's tools.
  • JWPce - A free Japanese word processor.
  • MadEdit - Open-source hex editor. Also the only hex editor Morganite's found that will display two-byte characters in hex mode dump. Also has a pretty good "Find in files" function supporting two-byte text.
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 - for developing the C++ utilities. Visual C++ express (free version of VC++) should also work.

See this page for a instructions on using various tools.

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