12th of November 2009 xbox 360 releases.

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Nov 12, 2009.

Nov 12, 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-->
    A few games appeared since last post so we are back, most of the big releases were released ahead of time or were already region free but a few games that might be worth looking at have appeared.
    Old threads linked at the end of the post as usual.

    I know I said this last time but 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.

    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 run up 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.
    1.51 hitachi users should be able to boot without any special measures at all.
    1.6 users (available to all but Hitachi) can still use the one shot boot disc.
    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.

    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) as updates to iextreme will probably render your discs useless.

    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 (system link still works) 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 now lists 211).

    <b>Hasbro.Family.Game.Night.USA-XBOX360</b>- had a bit of a nuke/unnuke thing going on.

    not.a.scene.grp_dont.trade [Nuclear]
    e.instead [oneNET]
    100.percent.nuke.rate.for.grp_nonstandard.rars_not.a.scene.grp_dont.trade [Nuclear]

    For those not familiar with how the scene works the short version is that some are claiming the group XBOX360 are not a scene group.
    Someone unnuked requesting proof.
    The release was then nuked again for nonstandard rar sizes and a claim the group has a 100 nuke rate (not true although they have a lot of nukes for wrong rar size) and then calls either for a scene ban or just to ignore them.
    At no point is the release called into question so it will be appearing in the main post. If any more news on this state of affairs appears it will be relayed in these posts here.

    <b>Call_of_Duty_Modern_Warfare_2-XBOX360-DAGGER</b>- not nuked yet but the RRoD release was region free (as is this) and has not been nuked either, no proof has yet been provided that the RRoD release is bad so we may see a nuke for being a dupe.

    No un nukes beyond the Hasbro stuff up above.


    The big news of the day is that ABGX360 got an update with a large changelog. War was kind enough to post up a thread in this forum section <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=190293" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=190293</a>
    The big two changes though as far as most people are concerned are
    - Added support for 4th Wave PFI/Video
    - Added support for SS v2
    Homepage of the app: <a href="http://abgx360.net/" target="_blank">http://abgx360.net/</a> (also has a nice explanation of wave 4 below the release notes).

    Nothing else of note.

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

    Once again we have a few region dupes.

    <b>Need_for_Speed_Shift_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>- the "US" release was compatible with Japanese consoles so this is a language thing really. Region locked Japan only.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1945" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>Dragon_Ball_Raging_Blast_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b> Japanese region dupe of Dragon Ball Raging Blast. According to the NFO region locked Japan only, the games often feature Japanese voiceovers when they make it to the west though so probably no loss there.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1944" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    We also had a few game guides released. We do not make a great effort to cover these but as they were they for the copy and pasting.

    <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:

    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast NTSC/U (4th wave)
    Fairytale Fights (US and PAL) (4th wave)
    Dragon Age: Origins PAL (4th wave)
    LEGO Rock Band RF (4th wave)
    Medal of Honor: Airborne PAL (2nd wave)
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 RF (4th wave)

    Presently the ABGX360 database is the only source we have other than NFOs for determining what is 4th wave or not (we do not love you enough to download every ISO and check it), 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.
    Unless any edits appear today was mainly to cover a handful of releases that might interest people in an otherwise fairly quiet week on the scene.
    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 year at least so the possibility of a pre release is always there.

    As an aside if possible 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.

    In order of most recent to pre:


    Looks to be region locked PAL and no word of a US release.

    Rev0 bring us a couple of releases today, first up is at least according to gamefaqs a massive pre release (street date is 27th there).

    The developer is 49Games who have been around a few years now, mainly make competitive sports games and do not have a very impressive track record at all. RTL need to fire their marketing department as well as there is next to no info out there on the title other than a few articles in German and their flash ridden website, still boardercross, ski flying (I assume this means ski jumping), Alpine skiing, freeride skiing, short-track speed skating, figure skating, bobsledding, and biathlon.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Should be region free.

    Quote from the product blurb:
    "Tropico 3 lets players take the reigns of a small, but strategically positioned Caribbean island and challenges them to stay in power for more than 50 years.

    As the famed “El Presidente,” players ward off political opposition while choosing to either lead their country into peace and prosperity, or rule their banana republic through fear as a tyrannical dictator."

    A strategy game with some nice looking graphics (the game plays a bit like sim city but looks more like the sims), not sure how well such things translate to consoles or more specifically console controllers (historically they have not fared well once we left the realms of simple/slow paced games). The PC version has some good reviews (great reviews for a strategy game- they usually do not fare so well outside of their niche).

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    As the NFO and name say the previous release was region locked US only.

    Tornado outbreak is one of a recent glut of action platformer games and is the first game from Loose Cannon, it got some fairly good reviews and is probably worth a look if you like these sort of games. Some have called Katamari Damacy knockoff but I shall confess to never having seen Katamari Damacy played let alone indulging in it myself so no further comment there.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    Region locked US only. Nuked for invalid rar sizes but that does not cause any problems for the end user, see the nukes section for more.

    As the name would suggest you get to play a computerised selection of classic and not so classic board games.
    Listings of the games vary a bit but "CONNECT FOUR, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, BOGGLE, SORRY! and the all new, SORRY! Sliders" seems to be a common theme and there are supposedly several remixes of those games bundled as well (whether this just means common alternative rules or something genuinely new is up for debate).
    I suspect if I was asked for a one word summary "inoffensive" would be it.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Region free- wave 4.

    Included for whatever reason (as far as we know the RRoD release is still good and nothing to suggest otherwise has been offered up).
    You have probably heard of this by now, if not it is a fairly hyped FPS title, for me at least while it was never going to live up to the hype I would not rate it among the best games either. Others will probably disagree but I saw most of the other FPS titles from the last few months were as good if not better.

    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=190082" target="_blank">10th November 2009</a>
    <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>
  2. triassic911

    Member triassic911 Burst Mode

    May 9, 2007
    NYC, USA
    United States
    Does anyone know if that hasbro games collection are the same ones offered on xbox live arcade?
  3. Maz7006

    Member Maz7006 iSEXu

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nice post, ACII got a scene release i believe, looks like another fishy release though.
  4. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    @triassic911 it looks likely although some of the streaming things have probably been replaced (I got caught out and spent a few minutes looking at an arcade version writeup when doing some research for the release).

    @Maz7006 there have been several releases of AC2 (all wave 4 and region free).
    DNL- supposedly their own (the NFO says they have proof in the game). They did a p2p repack the other month in brutal legend though so this is why people are not taking their word at face value.

    MegaWare- they are actually a p2p group but somehow got mistaken for a scene group and ended up having their release pre'd. For some reason this seems to be the most commonly spread release (it was one of the first to be released but that usually means little after the scene catches up).

    There have been two other p2p releases, one from Stepto and another from someone else (I really do not follow the p2p scene).

    Some doubt has been cast on some of the p2p releases in terms of languages.
    Just now I see some supposedly sporting Spanish but I am not sure what to make of them and the usual array of patched games (I am sure it would get worse as I head deeper into torrent circles).

    I might do a writeup this evening if something else comes out (only Final Fantasy 11 "GOTY" version) thus far but it looks like Saturday morning is a better time for this sort of thing.

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