In-depth look at the consoles and regions
By 30Cents30Cents. Last updated
Since a lot of people ask about the consoles, I've decided to go in-depth about every version of the game. Just to note, all of the consoles have not been tested, we can only assume they're slow and also because they're obvious (like all PAL versions for example.
NTSC-U: The best version to use and what most runners use.
NTSC-J: Bosses are harder. It's not faster than English, it's roughly the same actually
PAL: 50hz, lags a lot more. Thunder Arrow is not dropped by Ruin Guard, making Trinity fight with Saki, Nana and Mio very slow.
Very slow loading.
PS3 (PSN version)
Literally the PS1 version, as it's emulating its original speed making it as accurate as possible.
Almost the same as the PSN version, only slower.
Technically, it's up there with being a 'fast' console, but there's one problem: It will ALWAYS freeze. No matter how far you get, no matter how long you play, the game will 100% freeze on you in a 13 hour run. If playing on this console, be sure to save anywhere you could. Fast disc speed is not the cause of the freezing nor is a case of having a scratched disc, it's simply because the game is horribly buggy to play on PS2.
The best console that has been tested. The PSTV/PSVita/PSP versions are all the same or very identical. PSVita hasn't been tested, but the PSP has. The PSP and PSTV versions are the same. Fast disc reading is also an option (recommended!)
Perhaps the worst version of them all to use. Only released in Japan. Extremely slow load times, even slower than PAL PS1.
Overall, the fastest region to use is NTSC-U for any console you use. You can use the Japanese version, but the bosses are harder. So if you can, avoid it.
So now I'm gonna list all the consoles from fastest to slowest:
> Means faster
/ Means it's the same
From fastest to slowest on PS1: NTSC-U/NTSC-J > PAL
From fastest to slowest on PS2: NTSC-U/NTSC-J > PAL
From fastest to slowest on PS3: NTSC-U/NTSC-J > PAL
From fastest to slowest on PSTV/PSVita/PSP: NTSC-U/NTSC-J > PAL
Overall from fastest to slowest: NTSC-U PSTV with fast disc reading/NTSC-J PSTV with fast disc reading > NTSC-U PSTV with standard reading/NTSC-J with standard reading > PAL PSTV with fast disc speed > PAL PSTV with standard disc speed > NTSC-U PS2 with fast disc speed/NTSC-J with fast disc speed > NTSC-U with standard disc speed/NTSC-J with standard disc speed > PAL with fast disc speed > PAL with standard disc reading > NTSC-U PS3 (PSN) with fast reading/NTSC-J PS3 (PSN) with fast disc reading > NTSC-U PS3 (PSN) with standard disc reading/NTSC-J PS3 (PSN) with standard disc reading > PAL PS3 (PSN) with fast disc reading > PAL PS3 (PSN) with standard disc reading > NTSC-U PS3 (Disc) with fast reading/NTSC-J PS3 (Disc) with fast reading > NTSC-U PS3 (Disc) with standard reading/NTSC-J PS3 (Disc) with standard reading > PAL PS3 (Disc) with fast reading > PAL PS3 (Disc) with standard reading > NTSC-U PS1/NTSC-J PS1 > PAL PS1 > NTSC-J Sega Saturn
Japanese is not faster than English. All of the voice acting cutscenes are the same length as well as the text scrolling. So you do not need the Japanese version.
Oh and avoid PAL if you can obviously.
Note for the Switch and PC versions: We won't go into detail until they're officially released. We might make it their own seperate category from all the PS consoles.