26th November 2009 xbox 360 releases

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Nov 26, 2009
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    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Introduction</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Time for a 360 releases thread, ideally this should have gone up a few days ago but we are here now. The main big games have been released for the year but this last week has still seen a few games that might be of interest appear (even more so as most publishers know there is little else vying for your money).
    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, things will calm down now but if you want to help out have a look at the 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 (and wave 5) 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>
    While wave 4 is now nearly certain in a release there are the odd handful of games slipping through the cracks, 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.

    A wave4 and 5 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 or even firmtool it is 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.

    1.61 for all other drives has been cancelled in favour of lite touch (LT) which is a further branch/evolution of the firmware. No ETA and not a great deal of information is available on it though.

    ABGX360 has now been updated to support wave 4 games as well.
    Many people who have also been banned and that have older drives have also gone back to the xtreme firmwares or non stealth iextreme.

    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 (the term wave is looking a bit incorrect mind as it seems to be detection rather than the usual ways) 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 and a lot of you will find you are able to use VPN to play with local friends) 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. We have got a few things that can be done though, see homebrew section for more.
    Banning thread 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>
    Some people have taken to trying to see if they have been banned by starting a recall order, if it fails a ban is probably to come shortly after. Good news is that if you restore a NAND dump from before the ban your hard drive abilities will return for the most part and everyone should now have the ability to do such a thing (you can backup NAND regardless of kernel but be careful if you update and try to restore an old backup as fuses might have been blown and the 360 will fail to boot).
    It might have been mentioned in passing but there is also a relatively simple hardware tweak you can do but be prepared to reverse it in months to come.
    <a href="http://www.eurasia.nu/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2483&mode=&order=0&thold=0" target="_blank">http://www.eurasia.nu/modules.php?name=New...r=0&thold=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-->

    <u><b>Nukes</b></u>
    One unnuke since last post (ABGX now lists 215).

    <b>Left.4.Dead.2.MULTI6.PAL.XBOX360-RoME</b>- Original nuked for missing a rar in the SFV file (fairly petty but valid according to scene rules).
    bad.pack_r57.missing.in.sfv [FRENCHNET]
    The team released a rarfix in the form of
    <b>Left.4.Dead.2.MULTI6.PAL.RARFIX.XBOX360-RoME</b> (it was actually several rar files rather than the single rar file hinted at by the nuke reason.
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1969" target="_blank">Ludibria NFO link (for the fix)</a>

    <u><b>Homebrew</b></u>

    A fairly big development for those afflicted by the ban.
    You can now restore hard drive functionality without a backup as MS were nice enough to leave a backup of an older bin file in a NAND. You can do it by hand but there are now software tools to do it for you, either way it will require a bit of knowhow in the electronics and software side of things.
    The following two threads should help.
    <a href="http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=697231" target="_blank">http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=697231</a>
    <a href="http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=12759.0" target="_blank">http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=12759.0</a>

    Redline99 released two apps for the PC.
    <b>Xbox Image Browser v1.0</b>
    This is a tool to poke around inside of original xbox ISOs to look at the files contained within.
    NFO:
    <a href="http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1752.nfo" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1752.nfo</a>

    <b>XVal 2.0</b>
    This is for the 360, quote from the NFO
    "[if a "security event" has happened]
    It is visually displayed from dashboard in one of the system info screens. The X value is encrypted though and this tool will decrypt and display known recorded security events."
    It is a good indicator that a 360 will be banned.

    NFO:
    <a href="http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1751.nfo" target="_blank">http://www.xbins.org/nfo.php?file=xboxnfo1751.nfo</a>

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

    All releases have made the main section again so no less notable releases.

    <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:

    Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Game Time NTSC/U (4th wave)
    Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! NTSC/U (4th wave)
    Left 4 Dead 2 RF (5th wave)
    Zoids Assault NTSC/J (Excludes China) NTSC/U (2nd wave)
    Saw PAL (4th wave)
    NCAA Basketball 10 NTSC/U (4th wave)
    Assassin's Creed II RF (4th wave)
    LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues RF (4th wave)

    Left 4 Dead 2 is the first known 5th wave game and the first in the ABGX360 database. All methods to work a 4th wave game also follow for the 5th wave stuff so no need to panic there.

    Presently the ABGX360 database is the only source we have other than NFOs for determining what is 4th wave (or higher) or not and you can be certain 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.
    The year has now been essentially finished releases wise, there are still a handful of games from reasonably popular (or once reasonably popular) series but all of the big hitters have been released or pushed to next year (albeit the first few days of January). We will be keeping up with these threads although courtesy of this fact they may not be as common as they have been (Saturday morning roundups maybe) or they may be reduced to simple posts with info as necessary.

    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:

    <b>Blood.Bowl-PAL-XBOX360-DAGGER</b>
    Region locked PAL only. US release is some time early next year.

    At first glance I was tempted to call Speedball clone but on further examination it appears to be based on popular the Games Workshop board game of the same name. Previous Games Workshop games (that I have played) have been either passable or genre defining (I still hold the Warhammer Dark Omen is one of the finest RTS games ever made). For others it is a more violent version of the American Football games I usually find less than interesting but set in the Warhammer universe.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <b>Mushihimesama_Futari_Ver_1.5_JAP_XBOX360-KFC</b>
    Region locked Japan only according to the NFO but other sources (namely <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2009/11/mushihime-sama/" target="_blank">http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2009/11/mushihime-sama/</a> and the developers themselves say region free).

    A bullet hell shmup and this would probably be the game people point to when you ask them what a bullet hell shmup is, this is the 360 port of it and it features all the versions that were seen in arcades. A video will probably say more than I can fit into the space here:
    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nscP9QpXoFM&fmt=18" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nscP9QpXoFM&fmt=18</a>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    <b>Karaoke.Revolution.USA.XBOX360-CLANDESTiNE</b>
    Unknown region locking (it is a US release though)

    Karaoke game, latest iteration in the series although a reboot having previously bore the American Idol name when appearing on the 360. Song list I stole from wikipedia in the spoiler and apparently previous DLC will work with this (more DLC set for release next month).

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <b>Stoked.Big.Air.Edition.USA.XBOX360-CLANDESTiNE</b>
    No region locking information on ABGX although NFO says US only and previous entries have been region locked.

    If ever there was a dividing line between what is a game of the year edition and what is not this would blur it. It is the original game released back in February (or this time back in September if you are in Europe) but with some new mountains, tweaks to old ones, characters and gear.
    Unlike most GOTY editions this is probably worth getting if you liked the first and want some more.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <b>Rogue_Warrior_PAL-XBOX360-DAGGER</b>
    Unknown region locking (previous Bethesda Softworks games have been region locked while others have not been)

    An FPS title set in 1986 and based on the exploits of one Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, the game mentions black ops and "as you maintain the element of surprise whenever possible" which probably means stealth sections galore. Whether it will be up there with the likes of Splinter Cell and Thief or be a retread of the stealth section from Shenmue I will leave for others to find out.

    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>

    <b>XBOX360.Release.Standards.2007.v1.340</b>
    <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=191910" target="_blank">19th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=191045" target="_blank">15th November 2009</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=190439" target="_blank">12th November 2009</a>
    <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>
     
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    Sweet, Blood Bowl is finally out.
    It's one of the reasons I bought a 360.
    Now I need to get a NTSC version...
     
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    Yay, MushiFuta is finally out.
     

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