20th October 2009 xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Oct 20, 2009.

Oct 20, 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 Tuesday lunchtime writeup of the events of the weekend. We are firmly within the run up to Christmas releases now and things have also changed somewhat on the homebrew and drive firmware front. As usual links to old posts are at the end of this one.
    Homebrew: we have it and it can be used to alter the region of your 360. Chip development is ongoing but until then it is a region change rather than switch, you do however need a 360 that has not had the August the 11th 2009 update or any subsequent ones initially to get your keys to do it all with, if you have the keys already you should still be able to swap but you will not have true homebrew.

    Drive firmware: wave 4 is upon us but as discs have already been pressed there are still wave 3 games coming out, the big two releases of the week are Borderlands (region free, wave 3) and Pro Evolution Soccer 10 (region locked PAL, wave 3). ABGX360 have a nice writeup on the whole affair but put simply hitachi iextreme 1.51 is good to go, every other iextreme 1.51 is not (this is not what was first suspected) while iextreme 1.6 (which exists for everything but hitachi) can be used with the one shot boot disc. A firmware update is coming but some more information needs to be gathered first (cutoff date for all things to be come wave 4 and any games either side of said date).
    If you have already flashed then all drives that had hard to get keys now have simple methods.
    If you are unsure what firmware you are at only 1.6 has 0800 mode built in (a dumping method that gets your drive to appear in Windows so you can use something like xbox backup creator).
    See the 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.

    Releases: nothing this time that can not be covered in the main post.

    In case you missed it MS are cracking down on users of the prereleases of Forza 3 in the form of live suspensions, there have been some rumblings of other prerelease games having the same "problem" but as usual we are somewhat in the dark here. Gaisuto has more in his thread: <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186000&hl=" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=186000&hl=</a>

    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) 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>

    <!--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-->

    Nukes, four new nukes since last post (ABGX now lists 202).

    <b>Borderlands.REPACK.RF.XBOX360-BoNkErS</b> was nuked for being a p2p repack (this is in addition to the first release before the repack being nuked for invalid rar size). The rip itself has not been called into question just yet but if you have the choice go with the RRoD proper which will be mentioned in the main post.
    Official reason: "p2p.repack_i35.tinypic.com.sfdw5j.png"

    <b>Pro.Evolution.Soccer.2010.PAL.XBOX360-PES10</b>- nuked mainly for being a p2p repack but others also mention it being Italian only and the proper suggests it might be a review version. Do not touch it people.
    Official reason: "repacked.p2p.version_i37.tinypic.com.9915rm.jpg"

    <b>Lips.Number.One.Hits.XBOX360-GLoBAL</b>- does.not.work.goes.to.PLAY.music.menu , not sure what this one is about so I say avoid it until some clarification appears. Looking at the tracklist I can not imagine too many 'tempers being broken up about this.


    Nothing new on homebrew but as before it is probably worth checking out xboxhacker.net as it has been a few days now since hacks were released for the slightly later models and some more discussion has been had on the subject.

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

    <b>Forza_Motorsport_3_ASiA_XBOX360-SuperX360</b>- Japanese region compatible version of Forza 3. two discs.
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1894" target="_blank">Link to NFO at ludibria</a>

    <b>Pro_Evolution_Soccer_2010_PAL_MULTi2_XBOX360-iNCiDENT</b>- MULTI 2 version of Pro Evolution Soccer, unknown region locking and languages contained but the rest of the series has been region locked. No NFO just yet.

    <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
    ABGX360 ( <a href="http://abgx360.net/verified.php" target="_blank">Web frontend to verified database</a> ) added:
    MagnaCarta II (Disc 2) NTSC/U
    MagnaCarta II (Disc 1) NTSC/U
    Fallout 3 -- Game of the Year Edition Add-On Pack: All 5 Content Packs PAL
    Way of the Samurai 3 NTSC/U

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    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".
    As usual these posts will be back as and when something happens, we sight see a few more early releases and region dupes over the weekend.

    In order of most recent to pre:

    Region free

    Having played this I am about ready to call game of the year already and it will definitely be the benchmark by which I judge future games. With friends it is even better. NFO has game details if you had not already seen it. The releases from Bonkers have been nuked for being a p2p repack but the quality of the rips has not been called into question, go with RRoD if you have yet to get it but there is no reason yet to grab it if you have the Bonkers release.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free

    I once played a GBA game in this series but I sense it could not be much further from this game. Based on an anime series it seems to be half puzzle/card game and half marble madness/super monkey ball.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked PAL

    Computerised version of football, main competitor to the Fifa series, big rivalry, much boredom for me. Allstars bring us a proper of Pro Evolution Soccer as the first one was a p2p repack (definitely) of an Italian only (also definitely) review copy (I question it)

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked US and Europe only (no Japanese), two discs.

    The Italians had the first version of this but now comes a two disc version of fallout 3 that includes the various expansion packs released since the game initially was. I am unsure how it works; do you have one disc as the original game and the other as the expansion a la Halo 3 ODST or the game split over the discs like an RPG.
    I should imagine most people reading will have heard of Fallout 3 but for those who have not it was a post nuclear apocolypse themed open world first person or third person shoot em up (player choice) with some RPG elements released last year to a fair bit of acclaim (it is part of a series but the second was released about 10 years prior to that and is at best a game with a similar theme), a review or two <a href="http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/420-Fallout-3" target="_blank">http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/vie...n/420-Fallout-3</a> <a href="http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox360/fallout-3" target="_blank">http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox360/fallout-3</a>

    The downloadable content did not make as big an impression but not to the point where you would turn your nose up at it if this is your first time playing.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked US only

    PROTOCOL with the repack that aims to fix their anydvd corruption problem from their Friday night releases. A bit of copying and pasting from the original post:
    PROTOCOL also bring us a 360 port of a fairly well received PS3 game (31 in Famitsu) a few days ahead of time. Others were not so kind but having not played it I am not going to comment, from previews/reviews it appears to aim more for Jade Empire style gameplay than ninja gaiden and will probably suffer for it in the eyes of the fans of the latter. I am reminded somewhat of Ronin Blade on the PS1 (soul of the samurai in the US if memory serves) although I doubt it will be as unpleasant as playing a swordfighting game with a distinctly resident evil 1 engine and controls right down to the fixed camera angles.

    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 there are many that have played before release without issues so street dates for the games will be mentioned if truly necessary but do not count on it.
    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 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- nothing has yet been tried with this newest iteration of the homebrew exploit (a much older incomplete version exists) but the general idea is to (soft) reboot into a custom kernel/similar which handily ignores things like region checking.
    These are both either at a very early stage in development, for earlier versions of the 360 or far from a simple end user hack.

    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=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. quepaso

    Member quepaso GBAtemp Fan

    May 4, 2008
    United States
    Magnacarta 2 NTSC is up on abgx360 but no scene release yet. Seriously, what is up with it. -
  3. Joe88

    Member Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    theres also Fallout.3.GOTY.DLC.DiSC.ONLY.XBOX360-DoeZModZ
    not scene release

    already have the first disc (legit copy) so I just needed the DLC disc

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