Dog's Life

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Dog's Life
Dog's Life Coverart.png
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Crude Humor)
PEGI rating: 3+
OFLC rating: G
Widescreen supported natively
Languages supported:
English: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049 & SLUS-21018
Japanese: SLPM-65995
German: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
French: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Spanish: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Dutch: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Italian: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Swedish: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Danish: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Finnish: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Norwegian: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Portuguese: SCES-51248 & SCED-52049
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21018
Release date: September 14, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-51248
SCED-52049 (Demo)
Release date: October 31, 2003
CRCs: 531061F2
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65995
Release date: May 26, 2005
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Frontier Developments
Publisher(s): SCEE (EU), SCE Australia (AU), Hip Games (US), Success (JP)
Genre: Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic64/100
Game description: Dog's Life lets you take on the role of a hound--one that can play fetch, sniff out food, and chase chickens, among other things. Set in the rural Midwest United States countryside, the game starts you off on a journey that spans the country and takes you everywhere from ski resorts to lively cities along the way. As Jake, a pup with a nose for adventure, you must solve a sinister dog-napping plot that involves the canine-hating Miss Peaches and Jake's pedigree friend, Daisy.
Set in rural midwest US countryside, Dog's Life sees its hero embark on an epic journey that spans the US, taking in everything from ski resorts to vibrant cities along the way.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 4GB RAM
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz
  • ASUS GeForce 9600GT 1GB v301.42
1.0.0 r5350 GSdx 5334 (MSVC 16.00, SSE2) 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X 5324 2.0.0
  • LilyPad svn (r5282) 0.11.0
BIOS: Europe v02.00 (14/06/2004), HACKS: EE Cyclerate: 1, VU Cycle Stealing: 0, All speedhacks excluding Fast CDVD and MTVU, Set Skipdraw to 1 Galdor
All Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core i7-6700K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
1.5.0 r1705 GSdx 1.1.0 SPU2-X 2.0.0 Enabling MTVU speedhack will cause the game crash and lock VU at 100%, do not use it. Recommended GSdx settings: Any resolution above native fixes blue distant textures, Half-Pixel Offset fixes blurred view. Wish495
PAL Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-3570 @ 3.40~3.80GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
1.5.0 GSdx 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA v02.00, game works fine with barely any slow downs with the settings stated by Galdor. The only exception being skipdraw which just freezes the game's screen. TommyGun
PAL Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
1.5.0 r2567 GSdx 1.1.0, AVX2 SPU2-X 2.0.0 OpenGL Software mode, 2 cores set, no speedhacks activated. 99% of the time running with 60 fps, speed goes down to 70% in the worst case LeRutY


  • Original names: ドッグズライフ (SLPM-65995)

Known Issues

Jake's skin gets distorted

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Jake's skin will appear increasingly distorted as areas within the game are explored.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options. Note: If you already played in Hardware mode during a session, any existing distortion will not get removed by switching to Software mode.

Blurred objects/off-set effects

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Description: Some objects will appear blurred because of an off-set effect at a distance.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, check "Enable HW Hacks", then go to Advanced Settings and Hacks and set the "Half-pixel Offset" hack to "Special".

Fixed Issues

PCSX2 freeze

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Affected Game Versions: NTSC-U and NTSC-J
  • Description: As of PCSX2 1.2.1 on the NTSC-U and NTSC-J version, Dog's Life will play the splash screen videos and check for save files, but immediately afterwards, VU locks up at 100% and freezes PCSX2.
  • Workaround: Do not enable MTVU speedhack.

Public compatibility forum links