27th January 2010 xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Introduction</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    So as to make life a bit easier when games start dropping in a week or two a quick roundup of all the events since last post, the only release of real note is
    Mass Effect 2 which will be mentioned here but was covered in a thread from Thug4L1f3 here <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=204859" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=204859</a> .
    On the other hand homebrew continues to advance at a fair pace and we finally saw the massive flood of DLC (downloadable content) and XBLA (xbox live arcade- ports, remakes and games distributed via xbox live rather than on disc) stuff that everyone was expecting- naturally they require a homebrew capable 360. DLC seems to have been cracked properly now so it finds itself in with XBLA although as a separate list.

    Idea behind these threads

    <!--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-->

    At last post there were 218 nukes in the ABGX list but with new group to the 360 FYK making it their mission to dump just about every paid for piece of XBLA and DLC content there was along with CLANDESTiNE and upping it this included a few dupes, similarly GameStop propered a few older releases for file size reasons (none of those were bad save for the sizes of the rars (a few bytes short/over of the 100 megs standard) but some of them were somewhat older releases. No nukes for quality reasons though.
    (ABGX now lists 239).


    On the XBLA/DLC front the only real note is "dupe.RB-DLC.2010-01-26_song.included.in.2010-01-19.DLC.pack" for the FYK Rock Band packs (different name/bundle in case you went looking for it).
    XBLA nukes

    <u><b>Less notable releases</b></u>
    A handful since last time, the Japanese release makes it into the main post today.
    German version of Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 2 will be covered in the main post.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2338" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    German version of Dark Void. Not sure why it is an internal release.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2131" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    German version of The Saboteur, DNL already released a German version but this is internal so it will not get a nuke for being a dupe.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=2129" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</a>

    <b>XBLA games and DLC content</b>

    A massive flood of new content here, ABGX split XBLA, DLC and disc games into distinct categories which makes life easier. DLC finds itself in this section nowadays (before it was just XBLA stuff) although straight up updates will still be in their own section.
    Due to the flood NFOs will not be linked up <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36</a> (better yet <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36&ord=1" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/index.php?sys=x36&ord=1</a> ) has them all though if you fancy searching.

    XBLA flood

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    A fair bit of new homebrew news since last time.
    Homebrew news
    <u><b>Game updates</b></u>
    With the live bans it seems a big need for game updates "offline" appeared and many sites/groups rose to the challenge. This means we have a new section in the 360 releases posts for them. Demos are not really going to be covered.

    General info on (offline) game updates

    <a href="http://xboxupdates.24.tl/" target="_blank">http://xboxupdates.24.tl/</a> added (TU=title update):
    game updates list
    <b>Additions to ABGX360</b><u></u>
    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:

    Mass Effect 2 (Disc 2) RF
    Mass Effect 2 (Disc 1) RF
    Fable II Collector's Edition Bonus Disc RF
    Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection NTSC/U
    Fable II RF
    Dark Void RF
    Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament PAL
    Tony Hawk: Ride PAL
    Army of Two: The 40th Day RF

    <!--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.
    We have a few big games set to appear shortly and while it is by no means assured it seems that the games have been pushed back by marketing types so there may be a copy or four sitting in a warehouse somewhere.

    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.

    For the new members the general layout of each game here is
    Scene release name (in bold)
    Region locking information (rebooter apps can dodge region protection but they are far from available to all so such things are staying)
    In previous posts wave information (if known) which is not necessary now everything can run every known game and as such will not be appearing any more.
    A short writeup of the game (who made developed/published it, past history of the franchise, if I or one of mine has played it then a quick review). We invite others to comment on games and they frequently do so read their replies as there are many games/genres/franchises and so on I do not care for.
    NFO in spoilers and codebox.

    In order of most recent to pre:

    Unknown region locking (NFO would suggest Japan only but the Japanese groups rarely test such things).

    One of the few Japanese games to make it into the main post it will be known as Resonance of Fate when it appears outside of Japan but it is the newest game from tri-Ace who are best known for Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean and while those are in terms of mechanics fairly typical Japanese console RPGs this game has more in common with the later battle modes of something like Eternal Sonata, phantasy star online and maybe the original xbox game Sudeki.
    Gameplay trailer/video:
    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR5GnO3agLo&fmt=18" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR5GnO3agLo&fmt=18</a>
    Naturally it will only be in Japanese but US and EU release dates should be within a month or two.


    Region free- 2 discs.

    A bioware (they of Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars KOTOR, Jade Empire, Neverwinter nights and Baldur's Gate fame) RPG and direct sequel to Mass Effect from 2007 (note on that in a second), as mentioned in the intro we already have a thread on the subject <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=204859" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=204859</a> but quickly it is an RPG set some time after humans have managed long distance space travel. As an RPG tends to involve choices it can pose somewhat of a problem to direct sequels, Mass effect 2 does not attempt to dodge this but actively embraces it by reading your Mass Effect 1 save file and incorportating the choices there into this game (as well as your character if you want it to). Early word is that there are a few choices on the developers part that did not come off so well but other than that it will serve as a good timesink.
    To save you a search the first game appeared on the 360 as <b>Mass_Effect_PAL_XBOX360-MOMENT</b> and <b>Mass_Effect_USA_XBOX360-PROTOCOL</b> both region free although the PROTOCOL release had a rarfix so make sure you get that.


    Region free.

    It pre'd back on the 17th but as I can not find out what the difference is in terms of content between this version and the game of the year edition (platinum edition and GOTY have been known to be the same thing but platinum just being cheaper) released back in September as <b>Fable.2.GOTY.READNFO.XBOX360-WARG</b>. None the less it is the original Fable 2 and the Knothole Island and See The Future expansions.

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

    This section aims to serve as quick intro to things that are often assumed elsewhere in these threads, it is never going to be a definitive guide so do not consider it as such.

    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>
    For drive hacking related questions the jungleflasher tutorial is probably the most up to date guide:
    <a href="http://jungleflasher.net/downloads.html" target="_blank">http://jungleflasher.net/downloads.html</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. Realistically it is only the problems with the isos that you need to be worried about and even then some can be fixed (simple things like no/bad .dvd file) but we will leave it up to you to determine what you consider acceptable.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <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.

    Last 3 threads

    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=203575" target="_blank">15th January 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=202023" target="_blank">9th January 2010</a>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=197207" target="_blank">17th December 2009</a>

    Even older threads
  2. ganons

    ganons GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 12, 2005
    so theres no way to find out if older burned games are safe to play unless dumped and reburned?

    also if there is a game that does not have the lt requirements but is not used to play online, is it safe to play?
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    LT requires splitvid, this is the only real change as far the "work or not" thing goes aside from the new lack of the DMI/PFI..... checks for which failing means it is already time to declare a coaster if you have burned it.
    I am still unsure as to the exact reasoning for it being mandatory (originally it was a workaround for older firmwares) but I am guessing it is part of the timings engine or prevention of replay type attacks on the part of MS.

    ABGX360 will be able to tell you if a game uses splitvid or not (it will be in the one of the first few lines of the check be it ISO or burned DVD) and quite happily operates on burned discs- I often use it instead of the IMGBurn verify.

    As for the second question I do not know what will happen but I guess it will be like the older firmwares in that it will refuse to boot.
  4. ganons

    ganons GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 12, 2005
    Thanks, I appreciate your in depth answers [​IMG]