Buff Your Saved Characters
Hex editing your saved games can relieve tedious single-player leveling.
What if you knew you had a bunch of information about your character saved in a PC saved-game file, but you weren’t happy with it? Suppose your character has $10, but you want him to have $20. Following the general path of the saved-game hacking ideas on GameHacking.com (e.g., http://www.gamehacking.com/view.php?link=../tutorials/savehacktut.php), you can solve this little problem, too.
For this example, we’ll use HexEdit 2.1 (http://www.gamehacking.com/download.php?type=tools&file=hexeditors/hedit21.zip), a relatively old, but still serviceable hex editor.
You’ll need a passing familiarity with hexadecimal notation, which is where the name hex editor comes from. You’ll have to enter the value to search in hex. In this example, 10 in decimal is 0A in hexadecimal. The number 20 in decimal is 14 in hex. With a little practice, it’ll make sense to you.
To start, you need to know the current value of the item you hope to
change. If you’re lucky, it’ll be
unique and easier to find within the saved game. Once
you’ve found it, simply replace the correct 0A with
14 and reload the game to see what happened. Keep multiple copies of
the save file in case you messed up, of course.
There’s more trial and error in this approach, but
the game saves often follow very similar formats.
Don’t be confused if you see
10 in the right column. This shows ASCII equivalents of hex values. Any text here is ...