HDLGameInstaller Compatibility List

With my softmodded PlayStation 2 setup I prefer to use the HDD OSD as my primary interface, I like the ability to boot games from the stock Sony software. For preparing those games to boot, there's a fantastic piece of software called HDLGameInstaller. It has the ability to install games from disc or over the network. Note that HDLGameInstaller CANNOT install DVD-9 games directly from the disc drive. This is due to how the PS2 functions and is not something that the software can fix.

You can get the latest version of HDLGameInstaller directly from the developer here.

The most common way that most PS2 softmod users manage their HDD is through the full HDL or OPL software, each of which have their own UI as opposed to using Sony's software. HDLGameInstaller uses a mini OPL installation in each game's partition, and I've noticed it doesn't seem to have the same compatibility as the full version of OPL. I wasn't able to find any information on the development of this version of the software versus full OPL, so I wanted to start my own compatibility list.

The majority of the games on this list have been installed over network using the HDLGameInstaller PC client, but there shouldn't be any differences between a network install and an install from the PS2's drive. I run HDLGameInstaller directly from the HDD as a KELF.

Some of these games have been installed with a prior version of HDLGameInstaller, and if I don't recall the version I'll just be putting unknown.

Game Working Code HDLGameInstaller Version Notes
Devil Kings NO SLUS-21297 0.818 Game loads but when attempting to play the story mode it black screens after the opening cutscene. Tried with all settings.
ICO NO SCUS-97113 0.818 Game loads but after starting a new game it black screens. Tried with all settings.
Katamari Damacy YES SLUS-21008 0.818
Kingdom Hearts YES SLUS-20370 0.818
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum YES SLUS-21708 0.808
Nightshade YES SLUS-20810 0.808
Ninja Assault YES SLUS-20492 0.818
Oni YES SLUS-20064 0.808
Resident Evil: Outbreak YES SLUS-20765 0.818
Rule of Rose YES SLUS-21448 0.818
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 30 - Galaxy Force II Special Extended Edition YES SLPM-62766
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 31 - Cyber Troopers Virtual On YES SLPM-62767
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne YES SLUS-20911
Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 FES YES SLUS-21621
Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 YES SLUS-21782
Space Channel 5 Special Edition NO/YES SLUS-20806
0.818 Space Channel 5 Special Edition consists of both Space Channel 5 games. Disc 1 which has the first game does not work. Disc 2 with Space Channel 5 Part 2 does work.
Star Trek: Conquest YES SLUS-21630
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force YES SLUS-20227
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection NO SCUS-20949 0.818 Game will boot but gets stuck on the "Now Loading..." text. Pressing start causes the game to lock up. Tried with all settings.
Street Fighter EX3 YES SLUS-20130
Time Crisis II YES SLUS-20219
Time Crisis 3 YES SLUS-20645