10th November 2009 xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Nov 10, 2009.

Nov 10, 2009
  1. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Introduction</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Welcome back to the 360 releases threads, as far as notable new games only Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast (PAL version and US version) was released and those were taken care of on the forums by Maz7006 and Rock Raiyu respectively, we do have a whole bunch of less notable releases though and some homebrew stuff worth mentioning so a post appeared.

    A post will hopefully appear by the end of the day but so as to lighten the doom and gloom the 360 scene finds itself in with bans, wave 4 and updates I am hoping we can get a 360 reviews of the year going on.

    Old threads linked at the end of the post as usual.

    For those just joining us the general idea behind these posts is in each post the days (or time since last post if nothing much happens on a given day) summarises the state of the 360 scene, it is done in the subforum as GBAtemp is mainly geared to towards the GBA and current Nintendo consoles but there are a substantial amount of 'tempers familiar with other consoles as well who discuss such things on the 'temp.
    We cover big releases (a short writeup, release name, region locking information and NFO), the smaller releases (those without English in are usually covered here although we will cover a big Japanese release on the rare occasions one happens), any nuke information and likewise any confirmed games added to the 360 game verification tool ABGX360 as well as any homebrew news.
    We tend to avoid covering the P2P game releases as they are not especially reliable when they beat the scene to releasing (previous years have seen several big releases made ahead of street dates which were later found to not be up to scratch, this has been repeated this year as well) and afterwards there is not much point, this being said if any are of note they will be mentioned in passing.
    If you have any suggestions for the format of the post or things we should add please chime in, if you want to help out in the coming months when things get really busy (we are sure you have all seen at least one summer games drought followed by a packed autumn/winter release schedule which is usually made even worse by being able to move in these circles) we are recruiting people to help post these up.
    Recruitment thread:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179009" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179009</a>

    For the time being I will leave this warning section in
    Wave 4 which has workarounds available is upon us, see wave 4 thread for more: <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185528" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185528</a>
    I am having trouble finding an up to the minute source that tells me what wave a release is (abgx360 lags a few days for obvious reasons) but I will share any info I can get- we did first expect a short lag where wave 4 games would be less common (similar to the wave 3 stuff) but despite being in a Christmas runup full of big releases wave 4 is now nearly certain in a release.

    A wave4 supporting iextreme (version 1.61) is now available for benq and samsung drive users, spoofing is still entirely possible and thanks to tools like jungleflasher very simple to pull off if you should you have a spare/old drive around. No ETA on liteon or other drive models although a even newer version of the hacked firmwares was announced as in testing for liteon drives (more in the homebrew section).
    1.6 users (available to all but Hitachi) can still use the one shot boot disc and 1.51 hitachi users should be able to boot without any special measures at all.

    Guides to and tools to patch a game to a given wave are also available but we strongly suggest you do not use them and certainly do not get to rely on them at this time (even if you are not on live we would say think twice).

    MS have started their ban wave for Autumn/Winter 2009, no word on who how people are being targeted (people with all drive models, all drive firmwares, abgx360 checked games, before release and after release playing have reported bans while others are carrying on business as usual). c4e/commodore4eva has stated that some tests are ongoing to try and determine what goes. Note that banning is no longer just a lack of live but a lack of hard drive installs and a few network streaming abilities so it might be worth pulling the network cable for a while.

    Thread here:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188345&st=0&start=0" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188...t=0&start=0</a>

    This happened a little while back now but they apparently cracking down on games being played before street dates as well (a change from their actions in the past), more here:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186000&hl=" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186000&hl=</a>

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Nukes and related news as well as less notable releases.</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Technically only a single nuke since last time (ABGX lists 210) but a few other nukes depending on what parts of the scene you follow appeared.

    <b>Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.SPANiSH-XBOX360-ChaTo</b>- nuked for being a dupe of the other Spanish release, nothing technical though.

    Official reason is "dupe.RanGer.2009-11-07".

    <b>Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.SPANiSH-XBOX360-RanGer</b>- not seen a nuke on abgx but some sites have it as "mislabeled_german.inside [Sheep]". Not sure how to play it here.

    Mentioned in passing but some pre sites list <b>Assassins_Creed_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b> as having just pre'd despite the exact same release from the group also having pre'd about this time in 2007.

    No un nukes.


    We mentioned a wave patcher a few posts back, it seems the final version appeared along with a pack. Again we do not suggest using them at all unless you can argue otherwise.

    An unofficial version of abgx360 which supposedly has wave 4 support is doing the rounds, official ABGX will still work but the iso will be flagged up as stealth uncertain. Safe to wait for an official release.

    Free60 JTAG Hack Jasper
    As the name implies a version of xell now exists for Jasper motherboards although only the 16 megabyte ones (those with larger nand sections are not so lucky).

    Finally if you venture over to #fw (the efnet network IRC channel for 360 firmware hacks discussions) then you will see
    "[c4eva] new fw in dev/test - ixtreme LT (Lite Touch) - more efficient , minimal patching , all aspects of fw indistinguisable from orig, no more bans, No ETA!"
    A new hacked firmware is in the works with liteon drives being the first version to come (before saying anything know that 1.51 hitachi already has wave 4 support and beng and samsung iextreme 1.61 also with wave 4 exist) although no eta.

    <u><b>Less notable releases</b></u>

    A whole slew of less notable releases since last time.

    <b>Call of Duty modern warfare 2</b> got many region dupes.

    Call_of_Duty_Modern_Warfare_2_PAL_FRENCH_XBOX360-ZER0 Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.SPANiSH-XBOX360-ChaTo Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.SPANiSH-XBOX360-RanGer Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.ITALIAN.XBOX360-DNL Call.of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.PAL.GERMAN.XBOX360-DNL

    As mentioned above ChaTo's release got nuked for being a dupe but otherwise you have the French, Spanish, Italian and German releases.
    NFOs in said order:
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1940" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1940</a>
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1938" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1938</a>
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1937" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1937</a>
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1936" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1936</a>

    <b>NBA_Live_10_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>- Japanese version of NBA Live 10. The "PAL" release also supposedly supported Japanese region 360s but I guess this version has Japanese language where the other did not.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1933" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Colin_Mcrae_Dirt2_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b> Apparently DiRT 2 still bears the Colin Mcrae name in Japan. Other releases were region free so this is most likely a language thing.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1932" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Pro.Evolution.Soccer.2010.iTALIAN.PAL.XBOX360-RoME</b>- Italian region dupe of the 2010 iteration of Pro Evolution soccer.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1935" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Namco_Museum_Virtual_Arcade_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>- A region locked Japanese version of a collection of arcade titles (in both senses of the word: they were originally arcade machine games and also were seen on the 360 arcade).
    Allstars and xbox360 have had a version out for PAL and US area for 6 and 12 months respectively although the US version may need to be run through ABGX360 first.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1931" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>World_Soccer_Winning_Eleven_2010_JPN_XBOX360-SuperX360</b>- Japanese region locked region dupe of the Pro Evolution Soccer series.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1930" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Additions to ABGX360</b>
    We suggest you use the link below and the abgx360 tool as the site does not use scene naming meaning it can be quite hard to tell entries apart, this is just for reference really (RF= region free)
    ABGX360 ( <a href="http://abgx360.net/verified.php" target="_blank">Web frontend to verified database</a> ) added:

    Indianapolis 500 Evolution NTSC/U (3rd wave)
    Fable II RF (2nd wave)
    Backyard Football '10 NTSC/U (3rd wave)
    Band Hero RF (3rd wave)

    Presently the ABGX360 database is the only source we have other than NFOs for determining what is 4th wave or not, if you have a better source for us PM FAST6191 or reply in the one of the relevant posts. With 1.61 and other wave 4 compatible firmwares available or on the horizon now this message will probably go when everyone can easily play wave 4 games.

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Releases</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Release dates can be found here: <a href="http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/" target="_blank">http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/</a> although the dates on gamefaqs seem to be slightly "off" and as usual are subject to change at the last moment.
    This post was mainly to cover the region dupes that appeared since last time, the following week should be fairly quite unless we get a pre release but expect a few region dupes (including PAL region Tornado Outbreak and SpongeBob's Truth or Square).
    Tropico 3 as well as Chaotic: Shadow Warriors, Final Fantasy XI (the MMO final fantasy rather than the series proper) is set to see a ultimate edition (game of the year by any other name) and Stoked Big air edition is also up. The week after sees most of the remaining big releases for the season.

    The was only one game (region locked so two releases) since last time and those were taken care of on the forums by Maz7006 and Rock Raiyu
    As an aside the NFOs are being sent as unicode/some encoding that will not lose the format if possible which means we may not lose the ASCII art any more (I am far too lazy to make up picture NFOs not to mention I like text), for old ones perhaps <a href="http://shailendra88.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-view-nfo-files-in-firefox.html" target="_blank">http://shailendra88.blogspot.com/2009/02/h...in-firefox.html</a> is of some use.

    <b>Dragon_Ball_Z_Raging_Blast_PAL_XBOX360-STRANGE</b> and <b>Dragon_Ball_Raging_Blast_NTSC_XBOX360-SPARE</b>

    Region locked PAL and US for the respective releases (Japanese release should be within the next few days), unknown wave but almost certain to be wave 4.

    I can not say I have played a console Dragon Ball Z game since the megadrive/genesis (there was a really good 2d fighting game) but the game series appears to have fans outside of the fans of the anime or manga series (others are more than happy to ignore it). Based on the manga/anime rather than the recent film it features in the order of 70 faces from said series.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Useful things to know</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    First the current WIP GBAtemp 360 FAQ (not the same one that is stickied), it should cover most questions you might have on the 360 although it too is looking a bit out of date right now:
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=157263" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=157263</a>

    <a href="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/XBOX360.Release.Standards.2007.v1.340.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/XBOX360.Release.Standards.2007.v1.340.png.tn.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /></a>
    Click on the image and it will load up the full picture.
    Some sections of the scene also use the general console release standards as well as the 360 ones.

    As many of you know modding your xbox can lead to a ban from xbox live (more or less the only recourse Microsoft have), we do not know the exact methods used to detect modding but it is a fair guess that it is related to the games not appearing as originals for various reasons.
    While playing games prior to street dates has been considered and indeed as of mid October 2009 MS have been seen to be targeting those who have as yet "unreleased" games on their profiles it is still somewhat up in the air.

    On the other hand prerelease games can sometimes be bad dumps, dumps from non retail sources, bad packing of dumps like any other dump but without a retail copy it is markedly difficult to verify a release beyond the basics. The tool AGBX360 is used to verify isos, directories and games burned to disc and can fix isos and directories if necessary but requires this data (a basic check using the data the game holds is still possible though).
    Those who do not care about being banned from live or are willing to risk it then not much need to worry unless otherwise mentioned (as an example the first leaks of Halo 3 ODST were bad which meant while they would run a good chunk of gameplay was missing).

    Little bits of 360 release history will be covered from time to time but if you want to delve into the substantial back catalogue of games for the 360 then
    <a href="http://www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=6" target="_blank">http://www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=6</a> has release names and a great deal of info.
    Another site that is also very useful is (they are frequently a source of the NFOs posted with these releases)
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com</a>
    Other sites with useful tools and info are
    <a href="http://abgx360.net/" target="_blank">http://abgx360.net/</a> (the homepage for a tool to verify and fix games, once a game is added to their database a more thorough check can be performed).
    <a href="http://www.xbins.org/" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/</a> the web frontend to an FTP site dedicated to homebrew for the original xbox and 360, easyxbins is a nice tool to access the FTP site ( <a href="http://www.360mods.net/index.php?name=Downloads&file=details&id=29" target="_blank">http://www.360mods.net/index.php?name=Down...tails&id=29</a> )
    We will leave info on how to flash xboxes for games and/or homebrew to other threads as it occasionally moves fast and is better left to them.

    As mentioned in the first big paragraph the 360 supports region locking leaving it to developers and publishers to choose what is done (other than German releases what will be done is very unpredictable).
    Those without a homebrew enabled 360 (even then it takes a bit of effort) will find region locking is not able to be bypassed on the 360.
    There is no great worry unless you are sporting a Japanese 360 (English language games are often region locked out and Japanese xbox games can take months to appear) as game releases usually fall very close together region wise these days. Close together means usually within a week and this still usually means before street dates in respective countries.

    It has not come up here but it has in other places; region free is region free and it does not matter what territory the game that was ripped comes from so if there is a region free NTSC sourced release and you are in a PAL country do not wait on a PAL release unless you are waiting for a given language as it will not happen (and if it does scene rules tend to mean the release is nuked), similarly we are going to shift to just stating the regions a game is locked to rather than sources to try and eliminate some confusion unless it is unknown at the time of posting.
    There are four regions as far as the 360 is concerned being Japan (NTSC-J), USA (NTSC-U), Europe (PAL) and China (NTSC-C), Australia counts as PAL and anyone anywhere else in the world will probably have an imported 360 so I will leave that to the owners to figure out. China and Japan usually overlap along with the rest of Asia but not always (there are not all that many Chinese releases anyhow).

    As mentioned there is now a homebrew method that works on new consoles (previous ones would only work on consoles without HDMI) provided you have not done the August 11th 2009 update or any subsequent ones. Many versions of Xell (the homebrew loader) have now been compiled so most 360 models are now hackable (it is mainly just the ones with large nand to go now) and the rest should fall shortly.

    There are two main options being considered:
    1) Flashing a different region code- unless you have a dual nand chip (one region on each) this is a fairly long winded process but it does work.
    If you can ignore the text speak xbox scene has a guide (we suggest you use it as a rough guide to understand what is going on):
    <a href="http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=693753" target="_blank">http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=693753</a>
    If you should manage to have your motherboard/cpu key and provided you do not downgrade then you should even be able to do it on a post august the 11th xbox, this is probably a very small subset of people but if you were hanging on with the intention of doing this sort of thing you might be in luck.
    Chip development (NAND chips this is) is also progressing once again.

    2) A "rebooter" app- The general idea is to (soft) reboot into a custom kernel/similar which handily ignores things like region checking.
    A few early stage hacks exist for older homebrew methods but recently a tool called freeboot appeared (it is still far from complete) that allows soft rebooting into a different kernel which is the first stage on the road.
    NFO from the release <a href="http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1743.nfo" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1743.nfo</a>

    A handful of 360 homebrew sites and guides exist (our own forums are also filled with knowledgeable people too) so for the curious
    <a href="http://www.free60.org/wiki/Main_Page" target="_blank">Free60 (the base of the current homebrew work)</a>
    <a href="http://www.eurasia.nu/wiki/index.php?pagename=Free60JtagHack" target="_blank">Euraisa writeup of the new hack and how it works</a>
    <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.net" target="_blank">Xboxhacker.net (forums frequented by the Free60 crew and many others)</a>
    Any discussion on those sites will be of a highly technical nature and a similar level of knowledge/ability is expected of you if you decide to join in.

    <b>Previous 360 release threads</b>
    The follow links are to the older release threads, if there is some time between threads anything that happened between threads will be covered.

    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188435" target="_blank">4th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188435" target="_blank">31st October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=187977" target="_blank">28th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=187667" target="_blank">26th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186802" target="_blank">21st October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186608" target="_blank">20th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186102" target="_blank">17th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185995" target="_blank">16th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185550" target="_blank">14th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=185003" target="_blank">11th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=184603" target="_blank">9th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=184168" target="_blank">7th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183956" target="_blank">6th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183553" target="_blank">4th October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=183171" target="_blank">2nd October 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=182346" target="_blank">28th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=181667" target="_blank">25th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=181320" target="_blank">23rd September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=180107" target="_blank">17th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179944" target="_blank">16th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179706" target="_blank">15th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179538" target="_blank">14th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179090" target="_blank">12th September 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=179016" target="_blank">11th September 2009 and the summer releases</a>

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