GameShark 2 is a cheat device for PlayStation 2 games, similar to Action Replay, CodeBreaker, and Xploder. It allows you to apply cheats to your games, such as infinite health, ammo, money, etc. GameShark 2 comes in different versions, such as v3.0, v4.0, v5.0, etc. Each version has a different compatibility list and features.
GameShark 2 usually comes as a disc that you insert into your PlayStation 2 before loading your game disc. However, some users prefer to use GameShark 2 as an ELF file, which is a type of executable file for PlayStation 2. An ELF file can be loaded from a memory card, a USB flash drive, or a hard drive using various methods, such as Free McBoot, Open PS2 Loader, or ESR.
Using GameShark 2 as an ELF file has some advantages over using it as a disc. For example, you can avoid swapping discs, which can damage your disc drive or your discs. You can also save space on your memory card by storing multiple versions of GameShark 2 on a single USB flash drive or hard drive. You can also update your cheat database more easily by downloading new cheats from the internet and copying them to your USB flash drive or hard drive.
However, using GameShark 2 as an ELF file also has some disadvantages. For example, you may need to install some additional software or hardware on your PlayStation 2 to load the ELF file. You may also encounter some compatibility issues with some games or cheat codes that work better with the disc version of GameShark 2.
In this article, we will show you how to use GameShark 2 ELF on PlayStation 2 using two methods: Free McBoot and Open PS2 Loader. We will assume that you already have a PlayStation 2 console that can run homebrew software and that you have a copy of GameShark 2 ELF file on your USB flash drive or hard drive.
Method 1: Free McBoot
Free McBoot is a software that allows you to boot homebrew software from your memory card without using a modchip or a swap trick. You can install Free McBoot on your memory card using various methods, such as using an original copy of Agent Under Fire or using a modded PlayStation 2 console. You can find more information about Free McBoot and how to install it on this website.
Once you have installed Free McBoot on your memory card, follow these steps to use GameShark 2 ELF:
Copy the GameShark 2 ELF file to your USB flash drive or hard drive. You can name it whatever you want, but make sure it has the .elf extension.
Insert your USB flash drive or hard drive into your PlayStation 2.
Insert your memory card with Free McBoot into your PlayStation 2.
Turn on your PlayStation 2 and wait for the Free McBoot menu to appear.
Select uLaunchELF from the menu and press X.
Use the uLaunchELF file browser to navigate to your USB flash drive or hard drive and locate the GameShark 2 ELF file.
Select the GameShark 2 ELF file and press Circle.
The GameShark 2 menu will appear. Select the game you want to play and apply the cheats you want.
When prompted, swap your USB flash drive or hard drive with your game disc and press X.
The game will load with the cheats enabled.
Method 2: Open PS2 Loader
Open PS2 Loader is a software that allows you to load PlayStation 2 games from various sources, such as USB flash drive, hard drive, network share, etc. You can install Open PS2 Loader on your memory card using various methods, such as using uLaunchELF or using HDLoader. You can find more information about Open PS2 Loader 061ffe29dd