i'm wondering if anyone could help me out here. i've backed up many games before and have no problems whatsoever, but this game (and even 2004 but not so bad) just won't play for me. it freezes constantly, mostly at the first black loading screen. i tried both nero and dvd decrypter, i tried different brand dvd-r's, i tried different burning speeds, makes no difference. and when the game does make it to the menu the music is choppy. i just can't get this game to work! i burnt 4 coasters already, one thing i didn't try yet is not patching with the original disc id for online play. i use ps2nfo's patcher and it works for other games. i don't see how not patching would make any difference but it's the only thing i didn't try. however, i'd like some feedback to a possible solution before i waste more discs! thanks!!