I'll start out. I have minor experience in gathering text, but it really comes down to compression. I'm just interested in dumping scripts and translating those, I guess.
I'm curious to know about any general options I have when I cannot find text for games I have made a relatively solid table file for. Say the table works in one file perfectly, but not in the next. Does that happen often? I'm going to write down my issues with a couple of games I'm peeking into in case anyone has specific information about such game, whether from peeking into it to or whatnot.
1. Saigo no Yakusoku no Monogatari (PSP)
So there's a folder called "Script," however, it's only file is CMN.TPK.
I'm aware that it's commonly an extension of .DAT files of sorts, but also, when I'm digging around in Windhex, it says Script/Quest/yadda yadda, amongst other subfolders. Thing is, I have no idea how to dig around in there and grab text, if it is in there. I'm really more driven to the idea that it is all in a separate text folder with 50 billion .BIN files, but for the life of me, I cannot find actual text in there-- it's just a solid party of wingdings, so I'm assuming it's just compression, but what should I look into if that's the case?
2. Little Princess (PSX)
I've found the menu options (Item, status, etc) and the general status screen interface, so my table is correct. However, I cannot find script data. I'm assuming the song lyrics are part of the movie files, but I would really love to get the conversations and names of spells and battle menus as well.
3. Napple Tale (DC)
It looks like I'm on the same boat as with Little Princess. I can go in and dig out a lot from this game, so I'm fine with getting images, movies and music from the game, and I even have the saving text and items, but no dialogue.
4. Abarenbou Princess (PS2)
Same issue, except the opposite. It looks like I've got all of the prologue and individual Act chapters with me, but I can't really find NPC/casual dialogue text nor can I locate the main menue or the battle interface. Any ideas why that could be?
5. Reveal Fantasia (PS2)
This is an entirely unrelated question, but I've got a file called Reveal.PS2 here, and I've seen some slight conversation about it on the boards here, but Apache isn't even touching it. I've also got this issue with general .DAT files. to my understanding it's more or less guesswork into finding a format to convert it to, but it's not working for me. Any way to actually extract that mischief?