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Locked Game Saves on the PS3

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a long time. It’s something that has always bugged me. There are certain game saves that are locked to the console itself. Now this isn’t an issue as long as your PS3 doesn’t break. But what if you want to “upgrade” to the PS3 Slim? Or if your PS3 breaks down, and you get a different PS3 back from Sony?

Even if you do a full back-up to a external hard drive. It won’t restore the locked save data to a different PS3. But if you restore it to the same PS3 you did the back-up on, your fine. For example if you upgrade your hard drive.

Most of the PS3 games are NOT locked, so this may not even be an issue for some.

I can understand locking save data. But don’t lock it to a specific PS3. Lock it to a PSN ID instead. That way if you move to a different system you won’t lose all the hard work you’ve done. You could lock copyright-protected movies and music to a PSN ID as well.

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I’ve found a list of game saves that are locked to the system:

Army of Two: The 40th Day
Assassins Creed II
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Band Hero
Bomberman Ultra
Brain Challenge
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
C&C Red Alert 3
Cloudy With A Chance With Meatballs
Crash Commando
Dante’s Inferno
Dark Mist
Dead Nation
Demons Souls
Devil May Cry 4 (Only the online file is locked)
DJ Hero
Dragon Age Origins
Dragon Ball Raging Blast
Dragonball Z Burst Limit
Earthworm Jim HD
Eye Of Judgment
Fat Princess
Fight Night Round 4
Funky Lab Rat
Get Fit With Mel B
Godfather 2
Guitar Hero Greatest Hits
Guitar Hero Metallica
Guitar Hero World Tour
Heavy Rain
High Velocity Bowling
Janline R Mahjongg
Killzone 2
Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light
Lego Rock Band
LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Mainichi Issho
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Mega Man 9
Mega Man 10
Mercenaries 2: World In Flames
Mortal Kombat 2
Namco Museum Essentials
NCAA Football 10
Need For Speed: Carbon
Need For Speed: Pro Street
Need For Speed: Shift
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
Simple 500 Vol 1 The Mahjongg
Skate 2
Skate 3
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Star Ocean Last Hope International
Street Fighter IV
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online (Your online stats won’t transfer)
The Saboteur
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Tom Clancy’s HAWX
UFC: Undisputed
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010

LittleBigPlanet is kinda unique, see below. Thanks go to Andrew for this.

I believe the game save data is now locked, but all game progress and created levels are now actually stored as game data rather than as a game save.

From in game you can export your profile, which generates a file in the save data folder, which can be copied around, and imported on another system. This file appears to contain everything you would have expected to be in the save file (character customization, single player progress & created levels).

You need to export your profile each time before you are able to save it to an external device.

Profile Locking

  • Red Faction Guerrila – copy locks your personal profile and settings, but not your game saves.
  • Mass Effect 2 Profile (Game progress/Settings) is locked. Actual game save file for ME2 is not locked.

Games saves patched to remove copy protection:

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Said to not have copy protection)
Gran Turismo 5
MotorStorm: Pacfic Rift
Resident Evil 5
Resistance 2 (Been told it isn’t copy protected)
Valkyria Chronicles [System Data (settings) file is locked, but the Play Data file is not]

Let me know if you find any more and I’ll add it to the list.

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Here is what data can be transferred to a new PS3:

  • Saved data from PLAYSTATION®3 format software *1
  • Image files under (Photo)
  • Music files under (Music) *2
  • Video files under (Video) *2
  • Bookmarks added under (Internet Browser)
  • Terms that were added using (Settings) > (System Settings) > [Add/Edit Term], or predictive terms that were “learned” by the on-screen keyboard

*1 Copy-protected data cannot be restored. Also, saved data that has been restored may not be usable in some games.
*2 Does not include copyright-protected data.

# In some cases, you may not be able to use the Backup Utility feature to back up or restore the system correctly. It is recommended that you always copy or move important data to storage media in order to independently back up your data.

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*** If you are replacing your PS3 for another one. Don’t forget to DEACTIVATE your Games and Videos on that PS3! Here is a walk though on how to do it.

  • JimmyMagnum

    yeah, locking to the PSN ID would be better, but it would be best if none were locked. Another game to add to the list would be Fight Night Round 4. My bro and I were creating boxers and couldn’t share the save between the IDs. I’ll keep my eyes on the lookout for any others though, check my old saves and see what else I can find

  • Tony

    This, I felt, was always a problem as well. I back up my save data to an SD card, and entire hard drive occasionally, in fear failure. My PS3’s power supply did go out and received a new one. My Rock Band 2 data was not recoverable. All I had left were the Endless Set lists too. 🙁

  • Every modern system seems to do this for select games. I too would prefer portability. Why is it that certain developers put their saves on lock-down? Is it because of multi-player online gaming? Is it because they think achievements are important?

  • Agreed, it should be locked to the ID and not the console.

    I’m thinking of getting a Slim, basically to get stuff moved before my launch 60GB has a chance to fail, and this would be a problem for me – though maybe not as much now, thanks to this post. My two main concerns were Killzone 2 and Resident Evil 5.

    I haven’t yet finished RE5 (yeah, I know… get a move on…) and am pleased to hear that it has been patched to unlock the saves.

    Killzone 2 would be my only problem title. However, I have at least completed the story mode on that, and so it may not be that big an issue as I’d be restarting from the beginning anyway.

  • I remember Burnout locking to ID, dunno for sure tho..

  • Emrah :

    I remember Burnout locking to ID, dunno for sure tho..

    I think it is, I’ll check it out.

  • JimmyMagnum

    look on the bright side, it’s not the whole catalog at least

  • To be honest locking the game saves from deletion may be actually handy, however when I think about it more it might be a bad idea.

  • Kicks

    I really hope they make saves in the future locked to id’s and not consoles. I hate taking my ps3 over to a friends house just so that I can work on rock band 2 progress.

    With the 360 and their memory cards, I could simply save to the memory unit and take that with me. Why not allow us to lock our saves to memory stick pro duo’s or some other form of usb storage instead of requiring everything to be saved on the hard drive?

  • hobbes

    would be nice if they fixed this, rock band unlocks is annoying when i had to get a new ps3.

  • Not every new game locks there saves.

  • JimmyMagnum

    even when you transfer saves, the trophies remain with the original account (I believe). The only thing I see is a half completed game being transferred to another account and only being able to unlock trophies that have not yet been completed. The others would most likely require a second playthrough on the account that didnt get said trophies. But back in the day, that wasn’t an issue because there werent trophies in the first place.

  • All in all, no worries. I’m happy with my 60gb PS3. Once I beat a game, I rarely pick it up again. How many of us have all of our old Dreamcast, PS2, original Xbox, etc., game saves anyway? Since the failure rate on the PS3 is pretty low, I’ve got no reason to get bent out of shape over this. The system is great and works like a champ. Plus I’d prefer not to pay a monthly online fee to Microsoft and risk not being able to transfer my saves.

  • stvw74

    i sank more than 50hrs into Skate2 before my PS3 YLoD’d .. got it back, bought a Slim, switched over after full data backup & then restore .. sweet .. do it all again! .. link to iD pls Sony

  • Keith K

    I’ve run full backups on several PS3s for HDD changes. I also run full backups once a month.

    The reason: Full Backups DO save all save files, even locked ones.

    Do a little research.

  • bertran611

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma, unfortunately, although i’d hardly call it punishment to have to play through the game from scratch after been locked out of a save

  • Eight Ball

    R6V2 is particularly stupid, it stores your rank and stats offline in your save file; add on top of that the fact that it’s a locked save and you get completely mullered if you swap PS3.

    While I prefer my 80GB model I’m gonna swap to a slim soon cause if I ever have to change I’d rather do it now, pop in a 500GB HDD and keep any future saves that do this.

  • Jax

    Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires has locked save files too; not that anyone probably really cares but me

  • hobbes

    Keith K, read the post, it’s fine for HD replacements, the problem with locked saves is when you move from 1 ps3 to a new one.

  • hobbes

    i just don’t understand sony’s logic with these locked saves

  • orakga

    Please add DEMONS SOULS to the list as well.

  • Thanks, I added that to the list orakga.

  • Adam

    Need for speed shift us also locked. Man this is so frustrating! I upgrade to slim and can’t even transfer all my files.

  • Komrad

    nice. same wavelength. well said.

  • Thanks Adam, I added it to the list

  • name

    yea i had that problem with burnout paradise and devil may cry 4.
    got burnout paradise finished it 100% than my bluray drive desides to kick the bucket, so i do a full backup and send it for repairs.
    once i got it back i could not use my save data so i started all over again for BP and DMC4.
    than i got a YLOD like 2 weeks after i got it back, and had to start both games ALL OVER AGAIN!
    than i had to start burnout paradise again for the trophies.
    god knows how many hours i have sunk into those games, just redoing what i have already done.

    1 feature that i really really really wished sony would implement into the PS3 is this.
    anytime/anywhere saves.
    like what PC games have.
    like STALKER i remember this tunnel bit every time i went through i kept dying so i hit auto save, than ran in and died.
    reloaded the auto save and boom back to where i saved it.
    you have no idea, how handy that would be.

  • It sounds like many people are worried about losing their Trophies (aka Accomplishments, Gamer Scores, etc.) I can understand worrying about unlockables as that adds a new dimension to game play by adding new features. But am I missing something? Do Trophies actually do anything for us besides get us a cookie from our mommy who is very proud of her little gamer?

  • Updated the list again.

  • manthra

    Please add Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to the list 🙁
    I have 10 games and 5 of them have copy protected save files. I wish I would have know about this before I started making purchases. I will NOT support any developer that adds this horrid feature to their games.

  • manthra

    I’m glad Capcom patched RE5 and removed the copy protection. Hopefully they will do the same with ALL of their games.

  • Added Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to the list, thanks for the heads up manthra.

  • zeroXII

    Something to note, my Batman AA and DMC4 save data was restored to the slim. Have not tested whether the data works though, but in theory it should.

    I’m still pissed about losing my RB2 and GH5 data though. All that time and effort just wasted… plus all band registry and shit….

  • hobbes

    tosh, anyway we can get the game companies that do this? and some how get a petition going ? to said companies? I can’t imagine having to restart demon’s souls. I would have to believe they could code these save files to prevent hackers. It’s never good when game companies do this.( maybe around some of these from what i read) If you’re able to copy the game to a usb drive, i believe what you need to do is to start the game up on the 2 different systems freshly, and then when you copy to the usb device copy over the old save, i read somwwhere that that works, but other games simply won’t let you copy the game at all.

  • manthra

    I read that Batman: Arkham Asylum isn’t copy protected. Can anyone confirm this for certain? I’d love to buy this game if its true 🙂

  • manthra

    Hey hobbes, a petition of some sort sounds like a great idea. I couldn’t imagine loosing Street Fighter IV data. Having to unlock everything from scratch would be a nightmare,

  • manthra

    Dragon Age Origins has been confirmed to have a locked save file.

  • manthra

    Confirmed: Batman: Arkham Asylum isn’t locked.
    Confirmed: Resistance 2 uses a locked save file.

  • Thanks manthra! I updated the list. Hopefully one day we won’t need this list ..

  • Updated the list with the following:


    C&C Red Alert 3
    Devil May Cry 4 (Only the online file is locked)
    DJ Hero


    Valkyria Chronicles
    Resistance 2 (Been told it isn’t copy protected)

  • manthra

    Dragon Ball Raging Blast and Uno are both use locked save files. *annoyed*

  • Added those to the list. Thank you manthra.

  • Bobby

    Assassins Creed II is also locked.

  • Saotome.Ranma

    Band Hero is another game with a locked save file…

  • Thanks Bobby and Saotome.Ranma, those games are added to the list now. Let me know of any others that come up.

  • KGBird

    Thanks for keeping this list up to date. This list represents games that I WON’T be buying on PS3.

  • JC_565_JC

    Hi I think I’ve finally found the answer lol, are you saying that you can lock copy locked saves onto a PSN Network account? Could you explain how to do that, thanks so much, because I was really annoyed how dragon age is locked and it is a huge game and yet I cant play it on other Ps3 consoles 🙁
    Reply asap thanx

  • JC_565_JC: are you saying that you can lock copy locked saves onto a PSN Network account? Could you explain how to do that

    Sadly no, you can’t lock game saves to a PSN ID. I wish that was the case though ..

  • Mark, PISSED OFF!

    These locked games are a freaking joke! At what point does the consumer actually own a copy of a game, by definition? I worked in the auto industry and have seen the same crap, with the big guys losing this battle.
    Car companies wanted to put codes in cars so only dealers could fix them, these codes were not available to your local independent mechanic. Thus your local mechanic was slowly becoming subject to being put out of business, and we all pay more down the road for dealer repair. Sound familiar Sony?
    The US supreme court, decided that the codes of a cars workings, are that of the owner, and can not be held back from them. Nor could restrictions and or conditions be placed, for this information obtainable to your local repair shop.
    The saved date in question is personal data, not created by any other means.

    *I purchased my copy of the game. As approved by Sony Corp. It was not subsidized or provided to me in any other means.

    *I purchased my PS3 gaming console. It was not subsidized or provided to me by any other means.

    *I generated the saved game data. With no help, or compensation from Sony Corp.

    *I (my PS3) help support your online network with MY hardware. I receive no compensation from Sony Corp.

    Are you smelling the class acting law suit here Sony Corp. ? You are also invading my privacy, in as how and were and what I spend my time doing is MY OWN! Saved files are my journal.

    I would love to see Sony try this crap with there laptops and home computers. Imagine not being able to copy or transfer a file, that you yourself generated. The public would lynch you for it!


  • Saotome.Ranma

    Star Ocean Last Hope International has a locked save file…too bad, I was looking forward to this one!

  • Saotome.Ranma: Star Ocean Last Hope International has a locked save file…too bad, I was looking forward to this one!  

    Thanks, I added that to the list.

  • I just put in a solid week making progress on Dragon Age. I am on vacation. On my way back home tomorrow so I put a thumb drive into the PS3 they have here so I could finish the game at home. Imagine my dismay at finding out that all of my progress is locked to this specific console. This is a very frustrating limitation. Makes me want to never buy a game that has locked saves.

  • Nick Walters

    i have recently accuired a game save for Resident Evil 5 but it just keep’s on saying it cannot load from another profile. Anyone know of anyway around this?

  • Bobby

    Well I got burned, should have searched around before buying.

    Heavy Rain is locked.

  • Added the following to the list:

    Heavy Rain
    Mainichi Issho
    WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010

    Valkyria Chronicles [System Data (settings) file is locked, but the Play Data file is not]

  • Nick Walters: i have recently accuired a game save for Resident Evil 5 but it just keep’s on saying it cannot load from another profile. Anyone know of anyway around this?  

    You usually can’t load save files from profile to profile.

  • Nick Walters

    Well why do people sell them on ebay then? The guy who sell’s them say’s they work with other peoples and not mine. I have done it with FIFA before but a cant see why it’s a problem with RE5??!?

  • Some are “locked” to a PSN ID instead of a console. Some are not, I guess RE5 is one of those that are “locked”.

  • Nick Walters

    I suppose Tosh. I have just noticed an update through the internet on it to version 2.0 which may have something to do with it. Look’s like i’ll have to do it properly and not cheat lol

  • JC_565_JC

    Hey its me again lol, gud stuff man, now usingf this as a list for games with locked game saves, Guitar Hero Metallica has locked saves and Red Faction Guerrila copy locks your personal profile and settings, but not your game saves, and have you checked Guitar Hero Greatest Hits? Not sure if it has copy lock

  • James

    Hi guys,

    Just to let you know that Tom Clancy’s HAWX is also locked too.

  • JC_565_JC

    Yeahp, Guitar Hero Greatest Hits is copy lock, what a shame 🙁

  • Bobby

    3 more….

    Bakugan Battle Brawlers
    The Saboteur
    Cloudy With A Chance With Meatballs

  • Added the following to the list, sorry for the delay:

    Bakugan Battle Brawlers
    Cloudy With A Chance With Meatballs
    Guitar Hero Metallica
    Guitar Hero Greatest Hits
    The Saboteur
    Tom Clancy’s HAWX
    Red Faction Guerrila (only locks your personal profile and settings not your game save)

  • hersh023

    add God of War 3 to all of that

  • ^ I’ve confirmed with another source that God of War 3 is not locked.

  • JC_565_JC

    Is God Of War 1 or 2 locked?

  • JC_565_JC

    Is God Of War I or II locked?


    this is crap cause now my ps3 died im gonna lose the save files unless there is away to fix my ps3 from it freezing all the time

  • Bobby

    JC_565_JC: Is God Of War I or II locked?  

    Nope, I have the collection disk and backed up my saves with out issue.

  • JC_565_JC

    Hey thanks for that, does anyone know if Modnation Racers have copy lock, game looks AWESOME!

  • spawnvader

    I’ve heard from several sources that LittleBigPlanet is also locked, even though I was able to copy it to an SD card. Can anyone confirm? My 60GB died a week ago, and even though that’s the only game I’ve played since my last backup, I made a lot of progress on it and I’m only 4 trophies away from the platinum.

    Really hate the thought of having to start from scratch when I pick up a slim in the next week or so….

  • SaotomeRanma

    Trinity Universe has a locked system data file, but unlocked save files.

  • I have 3 PS3s at home (I know, seems overkill, but not when you realize I have one for each major room) one in my Bedroom (3rd floor), one in the Family Room (Main Floor) and one in my office (1st floor). I can’t play games like this in front of my kids, but when they are gone, I would love to continue to take Ezio into the Family Room to do some carnage and damage and continue on his quest for vengeance. Plus there are some Templars about who need a serious ass kicking.

    Locking a save game to a machine is a ridiculous way of trying to preserve the integrity of trophies (which for me I could care less about). Locking them to your PSN-ID seems to be a far better way to deal with the situation, but I don’t know if that is up to Sony or to the game developer. I would have to say the Game Developer since I can take my RTTS pitcher from console to console.

  • Added Earthworm Jim HD to the list ..

  • 3 more to add to the list…

    Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light
    Skate 3
    Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

  • Rarc

    Army of Two: The 40th Day is copy protected.

  • Thanks Rarc, got that added. There is also rumor of GT5 being locked as well :/

  • Josh R.

    Add fallout 3 and fallout new vegas to your list of shame.

  • Added the following to the list:

    Fallout 3
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Funky Lab Rat

    GT5 is currently locked. But there is rumor that it may be unlocked. So I won’t add it to the list just yet.

  • DanL

    I dont believe Fallout 3 is locked (unless it was actually added in a recent patch), I have backed up my FO3 saves many times.

    • Did you back it up to say a usb drive not using the ps3 back up method?

  • Oly

    Dead Nation and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood to the list

  • Thanks got those added Oly.

  • DanL

    yep, I always backed up my latest save to USB stick just before firing up a gaming session. I’ll happily email you a save game if you want to see for yourself 🙂

    I’m curious to know where Josh R is getting info from, perhaps he can provide a citation? This is also the first I’ve heard that FO:NV is also copy protected but I dont have a copy to verify …

  • Oly

    Tosh.. my bad, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is not locked, neither is Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas.. just checked all 3..

    Can add to Locked games.. nail’d and Get Fit With Mel B and Shank

  • Thanks for the correction. I’ve updated the post.

  • Curt

    Looks like GT5 is locked as well. Would like to move it between ps3’s in the house. Oh well.

    • Oly

      GT5 is definately locked my son tried to move it last night.. lame

  • Tosh

    Got Gran Turismo 5 added. There is a rumor that it might be removed, hopefully that’s true.

  • Rarc

    Vanquish is copy protected too.

  • Thanks, got Vanquish added. I think GT5 got it’s locked game unlocked but still trying to verify as I don’t have the game.

    [Update: GT5 is now unlocked!]

  • Dan4RFC

    i backed up my 60gb ps3 and upgraded to a bigger hard drive (500gb) but when i restored my gt5 save data was gone, even though its still the same ps3, how do i get it back ??

    • Did you do a full backup using a external hard drive?

  • Dan4RFC

    dont worry ive fixed it now thanks =D

  • Is it possible to transfer game saves at all?

    Coz I had a nice amount of cash on NFS Pro Street, I know its old and all but I love it, and somehow managed to lose all my saved game data.

    So now if I just feel like playing it I have to either sit with a crappy car or get to the point where I can drive something nice again haha..

    So can I get the saved game somewhere else?

  • SaotomeRanma

    Simple 500 Vol 1 The Mahjongg and Janline R Mahjongg feature locked save files.

  • Thanks I got those added.

    Back Up PS3 Games: Is it possible to transfer game saves at all?

    From PS3 to PS3 sure. But it’s a 1 way transfer.

  • Phatta B.

    Is Call Of duty Black Ops locked as well?

    • Not sure, see if it will let you copy the save data to a USB drive.

  • Rarc

    Mass Effect 2 Profile (Game progress/Settings) is locked. Not sure about the actual Save File.

  • SaotomeRanma

    Any word yet on Dragon Age II?

  • Cloud AC

    You can add Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing to the list.

  • Got those 2 added, thank you. Not sure about Dragon Age II yet.

    Actual game save file for ME2 is not locked

  • Darren

    I see this list is still getting updated.
    Has anyone tested whether or not you can backup to the PSN+ cloud and restore to another console?

  • @Darren yes you can.