28th of October 2009 xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Oct 28, 2009.

Oct 28, 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-->
    I go away for a day and it all happens.....
    Old threads linked at the end of the post as usual.

    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- while I imagine a few of the games released over the next few weeks will have been pressed ahead of time we have already seen a handful of fairly high profile releases bearing the wave 4 mark so do not count on it. A wave4 supporting iextreme (version 1.61) is set to appear by the end of the month although 1.6 users can use the one shot boot disc and 1.51 hitachi users should be able to boot without any special measures.

    MS are also apparently cracking down on games being played before street dates (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>

    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, they came thick and fast and for various reasons over the last couple of days (ABGX lists 207).
    Just before I started this
    <b>Ben.10.Alien.Force.Vilgax.Attacks-XBOX360</b> wrong.volumes.size_must.be.50.or.100mb_read.Console.Standards.2009-CONSOLE_point.2.2- Another nuke for wrong rar sizes and as usual this is just scene rules and nothing to worry about from the user point of view. Will be appearing in the main post.

    <b>Are.You.Smarter.Than.A.5th.Grader.Game.Time.USA-XBOX360</b>- wrong.volumes.size_must.be.50.or.100mb_read.Console.Standards.2009-CONSOLE_point.2.2
    If I am going to be copying and pasting the same nuke reasons I might as well copy and paste my description- Another nuke for wrong rar sizes and as usual this is just scene rules and nothing to worry about from the user point of view. Will be appearing in the main post.

    No new un nukes.


    Nothing new on the "proper" homebrew front, continue watching xbox hacker if you want though.
    On the other hand we saw an update to HDDHackr the other day and apparently a 250GB HDDSS.BIN is now out in the wild meaning you can build your own 250 gig 360 hard drive (prices appear to start at around $90 USD which a quick search tells me is about the same price that a 120 gig 360 drive goes for, I will leave a debate as to the merits of having a large drive on the 360 for another day)

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

    Just the one today (Bayonetta is going in the main post despite region locking)
    <b>Forza_Motorsport_3_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>- The Japanese version of Forza 3 (probably region locked), 2 discs and only pre'd a little while before I started this post. The SuperX360 release I assume did not feature Japanese.
    NFO link:
    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1915" target="_blank">http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1915</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
    ABGX360 ( <a href="http://abgx360.net/verified.php" target="_blank">Web frontend to verified database</a> ) added:

    Forza Motorsport 3 (Disc 2) NTSC/U
    Forza Motorsport 3 (Disc 1) NTSC/U
    Brutal Legend PAL
    Sacred 2: Fallen Angel PAL
    DJ Hero RF
    Cars: Race-O-Rama RF 4th wave

    Cars was the first 4th wave game that was ripped and now the third 4th wave game in the abgx360 database. Presently this 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.

    <!--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.
    I have no idea what to expect and when over the next few days

    In order of most recent to pre, ABGX does not seem to be on the ball for the last few releases but we have you covered here:
    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.

    Region locked US and PAL only according to the NFO, ABGX says region free. Unknown wave.

    MARVEL bring us the somewhat awaited standalone version of GTA 4 featuring the downloadable content/episodes "The lost and the damned" and "The Ballad of Gay Tony" the latter of which sees a release to downloadable content networks today. The story in both cases is loosely related to the events of GTA 4, a review:
    <a href="http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox360/grand-theft-auto-iv-lost-and-damned" target="_blank">http://www.gamerevolution.com/review/xbox3...lost-and-damned</a>

    Personally I have yet to play GTA4 at length and the last expansion pack I played was GTA london (of all the versions of GTA including the GBC versions it most hated version of GTA) so I am not going to comment further.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Unknown region locking. Probably wave 4.

    CLANDESTiNE are new to the 360 it seems (a quick scan says this is their first release anywhere), as for the game it is a 3d platformer from THQ based on an upcoming TV film of the same name. THQ have pumped out some awful licensed games in the past but their 360 efforts have largely been passable.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked US only.

    Nuked for wrong rar sizes, no trouble with the game.

    A computer game of the TV quiz show. A multi guess quiz on largely pointless trivia by the looks of things and it looks like I might have found something I find less interesting that sports games. Apparently previous iterations did not bore reviewers to death, in the unlikely event I was inclined to play such a game I would probably find one of the millions of quiz sites that ask similar questions.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free.

    Nuked for wrong rar sizes according to scene rules but the game is not in question.

    Courtesy of my little cousin I have actually played some of the DS Ben 10 games and was pleased to find they were not awful, I doubt they will be played again in 10 years time like some of the old disney licensed platformers. In this version "players will take control of Ben and the popular alien forms: Echo Echo, Goop, Brainstorm, ChromaStone, Big Chill, Humungousaur, Spidermonkey, Swampfire, Jet Ray, and Cannonbolt" in an original storyline. There have probably been better action/platform games in the last few months. On the other hand the developers have not released anything of note and their main claim to fame would probably be the cancelled game based on/set as a sequel to Taxi Driver).

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked Japan only. US and Eu release set in early 2010

    Whoo first Japanese only 360 game to make it into the main post. The 360 version scored a perfect 40 in Famitsu but they seem to give those out to anything that passes by these days so it probably is not worth reading too far into that. The game itself appears to be a more gun oriented version of devil may cry. Style appears to be important as is the tendency for the genre, I am tempted to call Devil may cry meets ninja gaiden meets Wet meets Gunvalkyrie although I will be surprised if it eventually sucks down as many hours as any of them for me and mine.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free.

    I once played a PC CSI game; competent point and click adventure that more or less missed the point entirely would be how I described it (which is not far off how I would describe the show as well). Based on the Las Vegas series this time, the term fan game probably applies and others are encouraged to look elsewhere.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free, wave 3 according to the NFO.

    Another music game to add to the pile, gimmick of choice here is a turntable (although from the looks of it you may well be in for a less amateurish experience here that the guitar hero/rock band series) which is both necessary to play the game and not available as a separate purchase at this time. A few songs have guitar parts so those with guitar hero controllers can also get some use there.
    The song list can be found here <a href="http://www.djhero.com/music/" target="_blank">http://www.djhero.com/music/</a> and as usual they will probably try to gouge some money out by way of downloadable content.

    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 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=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. sweenish

    Member sweenish GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 16, 2008
    United States
    these threads are impressive, and extremely informative.

    keep up the good work!

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