Convert PlayStation 3 Jurassic Park The Game Saves To Xbox 360


In a previous blog post, I explained how to convert PlayStation 3 game saves to Xbox 360 game saves. At the time, I had tested the technique out on a few games and found that only one game could be successfully converted: Murdered: Soul Suspect. Well, I'm happy to report that I have found a second game whose saves can be converted. As you can see from the title and image above, that would be Jurassic Park: The Game, released in 2011 by Telltale Games.

I'm not going to go over the whole conversion technique again, as I already did that in my previous blog post. So, I'll just keep it simple, and assume that you're smart enough to connect the dots. (Please don't prove me wrong.) Download the Horizon and Brute Force Save Data programs mentioned in that post, and let's move on.

1. You'll need your own Jurassic Park X360 save. Just copy it from your console to a USB drive, then copy it to your computer. On your USB drive, it will be in your console ID folder, in a subfolder named "443607D0". Copy that to your hard drive. If you're thinking about using multiple saves for each of the episodes, put multiple copies of your save into different folders named "Episode 1", "Episode 2", etc. That way you can convert each of them separately.

2. We'll be using the Jurassic Park: The Game PS3 Save Set by Mark1 and xSOADx. This contains two saves for Episode 1, and one save for each of the other three episodes. Extract the files to your hard drive.

3. Run Brute Force Save Data and navigate to the extracted PS3 saves. Select them, right click, and use Decrypt All Files. Exit the program, and ignore the warning.

4. Run Horizon, go to Tools - Package Manager. Click on Open, and find the "TTG" package file buried deep within your X360 save folders. Click on the Contents tab and you'll see that it contains three files: prefs.prop, autosave.prop, and The PS3 save contains these same three files, although they have different names:
      C6962541 = prefs.prop
      FCDA626F = autosave.prop
      06D29D5B =

5. Simply put, you will right click on each of these files in Horizon, select Replace, and replace them with the equivalent files from the PS3 save. You will see a "File replaced successfully!" message.

6. Click on Save, Rehash, and Resign to save it. You will see a "Saved, rehashed, and resigned!" message. (If you want to save it directly to your USB drive [assuming you have it plugged into the computer], click on Save To Device in the upper right corner of the window.)

7. Repeat for any other PS3 saves you want to convert.

8. Remove the USB drive from your computer, put it in your X360, and copy the save to your X360. Then play the game and select Load Game.

That's all there is to this. Once you understand what you're doing, it's all really simple. As a bonus, I am providing the entire Xbox 360 converted save set, which also includes one "end of Episode 4" save (Save #2) created by me that places you at the very last checkpoint in the game, right after the annoying "keep the green dot in the circle" part of the T-Rex fight at the dock. (A full set of instructions is included in the file.) You will need to resign this X360 save set for your own console, and change the folder structure to rename the folder with my Console ID (E00005BDFA630D61) to whatever your Console ID is. See my previous blog post to learn how to do that.

Bruteforce Save Data contains a file named "games.conf", which contains all of the keys to decrypt the save files. In the unlikely event that your copy doesn't include Jurassic Park, add this text to the file (open it in Notepad or any plain text editor):
; "Jurassic Park The Game (Episodes 1-4)"
If you need any help with the game, you can consult this Achievement Walkthrough or the PS3 walkthroughs for Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4.

Jurassic Park is also available on the PC, and I would bet that the prefs.prop, autosave.prop, and files from those saves could be used in Horizon to replace the same-named files in the X360 saves as we're doing with the PS3 files. I did not test this out, because the only PC game saves I could find are "100% complete" which would be pointless for our purposes. They would be equivalent to "all chapters unlocked". Should you like to try it for yourself, here are some PC save links: PC Save #1, PC Save #2, PC Save #3, PC Save #4, PC Save #5, PC Save #6, PC Save #7, and PC Save #8.

Free Comic Book Day - Spider-Man Homecoming Toys R Us Comic


In honor of Free Comic Book Day, and in memory of the soon-to-be-departed Toys R Us, I present to you a very special issue of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Entitled "Fight or Flight", this brief story by Marc Sumerak, with art by Craig Rousseau, was a promotional giveaway at Toys R Us stores during the Summer of 2017 as a tie-in with the motion picture of the same name. (Target-exclusive Blu-ray+DVD+Bonus Disc+Comic.) This 8-page comic book was given away to customers who purchased $25 of Spider-Man merchandise from July 6–29, 2017. Now that Toys R Us is going out of business, you may be able to find some physical copies at your local store, as I did at mine last week. I took the liberty of scanning it in and making it into a PDF, which can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image below. Enjoy!

(PDF, 2.6 Mb)

Writer: Marc Sumerak
Artist: Craig Rousseau
Colorist: Guru eFX
Cover Art: Andrea Di Vito
Letterer: VC's Joe Sabino
Production: Mara Pantano
Project Manager: Katherine Brown
Editor/Project Manager: Darren Sanchez
VP Custom & Digital: Jonathan Parkhideh
Editor In Chief: Alex Alonso
Chief Creative Office: Joe Quesada
President: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell Blu-ray + DVD Review


Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, which comes out this Tuesday, May 1st, is the sixth film in a series that has spanned nearly 30 years! It all started back in 1990 with the original Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and Michael Gross (not to be confused with Ghostbusters producer Michael C. Gross). Handymen Valentine McKee (Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Ward), along with gun enthusiast Burt Gummer (Gross) and the rest of the inhabitants of the small isolated desert town of Perfection, Nevada, fought off the underground sandworms known as Graboids. When Earl found himself in Mexico outgunned against the Graboids, and the new bipedal Shriekers in Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996), he enlisted the help of his old friend Burt. Burt came back to Perfection to fight the good fight with the remaining residents (including several returning secondary cast members) against the Graboids, the Shriekers, and the new aerial Ass-Blasters in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001). After closing out the trilogy, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) saw the series placed in the Old West of 1889 (100 years before the first film), as the citizens of that small town battled Graboids for the first time. Thanks to the efforts of Burt's ancestor, Hiram Gummer (also played by Gross), the town of Rejection was rechristened Perfection. The franchise rebooted itself, in a manner of speaking, with Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015). Burt and his new sidekick/cameraman/son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) are called in to rid South Africa of those nasty Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass-Blasters. The new movie, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018), continues where Bloodlines left off. If that's not a good recap for you, here's Burt to give you his version.

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Day of the Dead: Bloodline Blu-Ray Review


It all started back in 1968 with George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (just released by the Criterion Collection). While it didn't create the "zombie", it did create the genre as we know it. There would be no "The Walking Dead" were it not for Night of the Living Dead. Mr. Romero followed up his masterpiece with two more films to create the original Dead trilogy: Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). In the 2000s, he would release a new Dead trilogy: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). All three films of the original trilogy have been remade, more so for the original film because it fell into the public domain (due to the lack of a copyright notice), and thus it was "free" to all who wanted to rip it off. Dawn of the Dead received a popular theatrical remake in 2004, written by James Gunn and directed by Zack Snyder. Day of the Dead has now been remade twice; first in 2008 as a film starring Ving Rhames and Mena Suvari, and now as Day of the Dead: Bloodline starring Sophie Skelton and Johnathon Schaech.

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Hellraiser: Judgment Blu-Ray Review


The Hellraiser franchise has been one of the longest-running in the horror genre. To date there are 10 films in the series: Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound (1988), Hell on Earth (1992), Bloodline (1996), Inferno (2000), Hellseeker (2002), Hellworld (2005), Deader (2005), Revelations (2011), and the latest entry - Hellraiser: Judgment. I have seen every one of these films (save for maybe Revelations), and what's unique about this series is that most of the films after the first two have been standalone films that have had little to nothing to do with the ones that came before or after it. That's not a surprise since most of them are based on scripts that did not start off as Hellraiser projects. That doesn't change with Judgment, but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad film.

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Class of 1999 Blu-Ray Review (Vestron Video Collector's Series #14)


Class of 1999 arrives on Blu-ray as the 14th entry in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, "a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features." I have reviewed several other titles in the series.

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Gothic Blu-Ray Review (Vestron Video Collector's Series #13)


Gothic arrives on Blu-ray as the 13th entry in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, "a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features." I have reviewed several other titles in the series.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Blu-Ray & DVD Comparison Review


Today I'll be doing something a little different from my usual type of review. This will be a "comparison review", which will be a short and sweet comparison between TimeLife's Blu-ray and DVD releases of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007). The DVD, which was released on November 4, 2008, has a runtime of 1:21:01. The Blu-ray, which was released four years later on November 6, 2012, has a runtime of 1:24:08. You'll notice that the Blu-ray is three minutes longer. I'll explain why in a little bit.

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Pardon Our Appearance


Since switching to a new server a few weeks ago, Spook Central and subsite The Corner Penthouse had been having severe issues with the blog software. The blog provides Spook Central with its main page, and runs the entirety of The Corner Penthouse. After a few days of having to disable the blog while we worked on the problem, we have managed to restore it, while at the same time upgrading it to the latest version. Unfortunately, that created a new set of problems because all of the skins and plugins from the old version were not compatible with the new version.

Right now, we have managed to get both sites back to 95% visual accuracy with (near) 100% functionality. Raffaele and I... well, mostly Raffaele, will continue to work on getting things back to 100% all around. Meanwhile, everything functions well enough that I will be able to write the reviews and articles that I have had to put off since all of this started.

We used this upgrade as an opportunity to make the site fully HTTPS-compliant, so you'll have a secure connection here. Not that we're providing any sort of sensitive information, but it seems like everyone loves secure this and secure that, so why not provide that as well.

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

-- Paul

Sabrina Down Under DVD Review


Sabrina Down Under was one of two television movies spun off from the ABC series starring Melissa Joan Hart, which itself was spawned from a television movie of the same name that aired in 1996 on Showtime. Premiering on September 26, 1999 on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney", Sabrina Down Under found Sabrina Spellman (Hart) and witchy gal pal Gwen (Tara Charendoff) on holiday in Australia dealing with a literal "fish out of water" merman and an unscrupulous marine biologist. I won't detail the plot any further since I've already covered the movie in far more detail on Spook Central.


The Sabrina Down Under DVD contains the movie and nothing else with stereo audio and English subtitles (for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, with seven chapter marks. There is some weird interlacing going on as the beginning and end credits text, as well as some people's eyes and lips and edges of things, have a slight ghosting on them. I thought it was an issue with the transfer until I noticed the interlacing when frame advancing between shots. I don't know why my player shows these interlacing artifacts with this DVD, but not with the Sabrina Christmas Episodes DVD or any other DVDs that have interlaced content.

• Edits - None.

• Music Replacements - 3 songs, as detailed below.

1. At 0:00, Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" is replaced with an unknown pop song during the opening credits. At least the new song feels like a late '90s pop song, so it's not out-of-place.

2. At 12:26, Melissa Joan Hart's electropop cover version of "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles is replaced with some unknown song about being lost at sea while Sabrina and Gwen are scuba diving underwater. This one is very sad because she's the star of the show and the song has never been released on CD. At least the replacement is thematically correct.

3. At 38:15, a female cover version of "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin is replaced with some unknown pop song (likely called "Feel Good") during the montage of Sabrina & Barnaby having fun while Gwen learns to windsurf. The new song isn't even in the same style as the original. One is a latin-flavored fast-tempo party tune, the other is a sweet little ditty with a slower beat that almost sounds like a modern version of a '50s girl group song. The only thing the songs have in common is that they're both sung by women. At least the replacement isn't too bad and, in some ways, is more appropriate for the montage than "Livin' La Vida Loca".


I can't say that these changes are completely surprising as the back of the DVD case carries Paramount's standard "may be edited from original network version" disclaimer, though that's not entirely accurate as there are no edits, just music replacements. Normally this disclaimer is also accompanied by one that says, "music has been changed for this home entertainment version", which would have been the more appropriate one to use for this DVD. I just wish Paramount would have used songs I could identify online as I hate to keep writing "unknown pop song". Thankfully, all other music is left alone.

It's really a shame, though, because as far as I can tell, all pop songs (including a Madonna song) were retained in Sabrina Goes To Rome (the first of these spin-off TV movies) when it was released on both the The Christmas Episodes DVD (reviewed here) and The Final/7th Season DVD set (reviewed here).

While I can't say that I'm happy about the music replacements, I am happy that the movie is otherwise unedited. So with that in mind, I can Recommend the Sabrina Down Under DVD to any fans of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Melissa Joan Hart, or Tara Charendoff (now Tara Strong). It's not exactly a movie that will dazzle you with incredible writing or acting (except for Tara, who steals both movies), but if you're looking for a fun little movie, it's a welcome diversion from a time when movies were still meant to be fun.