I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem yet but since it was driving me crazy I though I would offer up what I've come across. It seems that this game doesn't like the max memory 32 that I have (the one that doesn't need a bootdisk). I've never had a compatibility issue with this memory card before which makes me wonder what is going on with this. The game boots fine from disk and from hdd, however after the reading memory card screen, the game goes to a black screen and just freezes. I actually thouhg I had a bad game and exchanged it only to find the same problem. Once I removed the memory card and booted up without one or with an original sony memory card the game loads and plays fine. I've even tried saving with the original card and copying it to the max memory card to see if it would load it, but I encountered the same problem. Maybe it's just my card because I haven't heard anything from anyone else yet. If anyone is interested in testing this problem out, my 32 meg card has only about 6 megs free so it is well over the 8 megs of an original sony card in use.