Primal

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Primal
Primal.png
Primal NTSC cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Violence)
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
CPU intensive game
Software rendering only
Languages supported:
English: SCES-51135 & SCES-51685 & SCUS-97142 & SCUS-97225 & NPUC-97142
Japanese: SCPS-15052
German: SCES-51135
French: SCES-51135
Spanish: SCES-51135
Italian: SCES-51135
Russian: SCES-51685
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97142
SCUS-97225 (Demo)
NPUC-97142 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: March 25, 2003
February 28, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: FCD89DC3
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-51135
SCES-51685
SCED-51484 (Demo)
Release date: April 11, 2003
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15052
Release date: March 18, 2004
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SCEE
Publisher(s): SCEA (US), SCEE (EU), SCEJ (JP)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic73/100
Game description: Primal follows Jennifer Tate, a modern-day girl who is ripped from her normal life of being a student and thrown into an epic battle with demon forces from an immortal world. As Jen, you'll assume a host of savage demon forms, each with its own unique powers and abilities. With the help of your ally Scree, unleash devastating combos, finishing moves, and stealth attacks upon legions of enemies. With an intricate weave of plot and multiple sub-plots, Primal will have you spiraling through a world driven by exploration, puzzle-solving, combat, and story.
The player can control either Jen or Scree as they navigate the realms of Oblivion. As the game progresses, newer demonic forms are obtained, which prove invaluable in solving various puzzles and combat. When in control of Scree, the player is invulnerable; Scree, being a gargoyle, cannot suffer damage, making him an effective scout. Scree is capable of climbing on stone walls, a necessary ability when traversing the realms.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL ?
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.8 GSdx (r4600)
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • SSSPSX Pressure mod 1.7.1
BIOS: Europe 2.00, HACKS: none used, This game does only work, if you use the Bugfix "try to skip MPEG videos"(at least that is the translated german name of the fix). GSdx renderer: Direct3D11 Mel1993
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-2500k @ 4.20 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 7970 @ 3 GB
1.1.0 (r5492) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  •  ?
US v01.60 (07/02/2002), All Recommend + MTVU, Works in Hardware - (Somewhat) & Software, Ingame cutscenes show a black screen with sound in Hardware switching to Software mode fixes this but also makes the FPS tank 12 to 25 at most is what i was getting with EE going from 95 to 100% at times ingame is another story hardware kinda works. The screen is flashing constantly software shows everything fine but depending what's on screen i got 40 to 23 FPS.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5576) GSdx SSE41 (r5570)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at 50% speed. In-game videos are blank screens if gsdx is in hardware mode. Looks fine in software mode. Speed may not be 100%, but the game is still technically playable, as it can be played from start to finish.
NTSC-U Windows 7 SP1 x64
  • Intel Core i5-2500
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
v1.2.1 (728-g7328e55) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • Lilypad
While using GSdx rendere Direct3D9/11 hardware intro runs at full speed but immediately it goes to the first cut-scene (which can be skipped) it tanks to ~10 FPS, plus a switch to software mode is needed to properly render the cut-scene as well as the game. While in-game FPS went up but still to slow to enjoy ~25-30 FPS. Direct3D9 software mode + setting the preset to "Aggressive" makes the game playable. Joder666
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core2Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 @ 512 MB
1.3.0 (git 05-06-2014) GSdx SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Always the same: this amazing game refuses to display anything 3D in hardware mode, only software looks good.


Trivia

  • Original names: セインツ 聖なる魔物 (SCPS-15052)
  • Also known as Saints: Seinaru Mamono (JP)
  • Access the Progressive Scan menu in NTSC releases by holding the cross and triangle keys together when the game boots up. In PAL versions this menu will always appear, with no need for user input.
  • This game has built-in cheats.

Known Issues

Huge slowdown

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Game runs at very low framerates even with very powerful hardware
  • Workaround: No known workaround. Go to Config -> Video(GS) -> Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options to get the best results.


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