4th November 2009 xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Nov 4, 2009.

Nov 4, 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-->
    We avoided posting these up as there was only one big release (modern warfare 2) after the edits of the last post but now there have been a few releases we are back. We will have a quick summary of the weekend but you are directed to that post if you want more on it.

    I am also now looking seriously at making a notable 360 releases of the year review/writeup sort of thing seen as we only have a few big releases left this year and contributions will be appreciated (nothing wrong with having multiple reviews per game), more on this in the coming days.

    Old threads linked at the end of the post as usual.

    Weekend summary, these are not going to become a normal thing but this time it is warranted:
    Since posting last Saturday morning the post was edited to include:

    <b>Call.Of.Duty.Modern.Warfare.2.Xbox360.RF.WAVE3-Strikeforce</b> (later nuked for being a ban magnet in waiting, more on MW2 in the nukes section, a good version from RRoD is mentioned in the post below.

    <b>Dragon_Age_Origins-XBOX360-SPARE</b> (I am unsure if it was a error on the part of the prebot but some sites also have a nuked release from the group xbox360)
    A fairly anticipated release of a new action/rpg from the developers or Baldur's Gate, star wars KOTOR and mass effect to name but a few titles. Standard western medieval/fantasy theme is the order of the day here.

    Note that the game features a fair amount of downloadable content right off the bat, some of it is "free" to purchasers of the new game via included codes, some is available to those who buy the deluxe version or otherwise paid for. See back this time next year for the inevitable game of the year edition.

    <b>Divinity_2_XBOX360-CLARE</b>- another RPG (we actually seem to be getting quite a few of these). Sequel to the well liked Divine Divinity game from 2002. Seen a release in German for several months now. Aimed at a seriously branching story depending on your actions (even NPCs play into it).

    <b>Band.Hero.XBOX360-MARVEL</b>- writeup in the post below.

    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 runup 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. No ETA on liteon or other drive models.
    1.6 users (available to all but Hitachi) can still use the one shot boot disc and 1.51 hitachi users should be able to boot without any special measures at all.

    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), it will be mentioned today in passing in the homebrew section.

    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).
    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 few days back 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>

    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>

    <!--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-->

    Two new (ABGX lists 209).
    First up is a slightly older release (fortunately the pre channel was in focus at the time) (pre'd on the 25th of September),

    Nuked for "game.data.corrupted.vs.verified.retail_pastebin.ca_1653745"
    pastebin log
    <a href="http://pastebin.ca/1653745" target="_blank">http://pastebin.ca/1653745</a>
    No word on a release/patch to proper it and ABGX360 can not fix it, any release to proper it will be mentioned.

    Next and surprising nobody (a one time group releases a wave 3 game set to be released over a week from now and bad releases were seen on p2p networks beforehand.......)
    Nuked on the scene for "pred.without.sfv_p2p.repack_questionmark" and abgx confirmed wave 3 patching (the first p2p release lacked PFI, SS and DMI info). Some more notes on the various p2p releases thanks to Thug4L1f3: <a href="http://pastebin.ca/1650913" target="_blank">http://pastebin.ca/1650913</a> . We now have a scene release which will be covered in the main post.

    Mentioned in passing but on some sites the group xbox360 has been nuked for duping SPARE on the release of Dragon Age origins, I am unsure if it was a error on the part of the prebot or a courier and indeed there was only about 11 minutes in it so it might have been that xbox360 lost the race. In the unlikely event you encounter it then you should be OK still.

    No un nukes.


    The only thing of note is a new wave patching tool over on a French site, alas we can not link it directly as it probably breaks rules around here, it is called 360 Waves Patcher and is made by Librasoft.
    The aim of the app is to make patching isos between waves nearly trivial, we do not suggest such things (everyone has a way to run wave 4 games and it is fairly simple in each case, similarly if you patch a game now and update later you may well find your games no longer work without use of a disc with "activate.iso" burned to it as strict compliance is the order of the day for hacked 360 drive firmwares).

    xbox-scene also reported on some replacement parts (pads and thumbstick mechanisms) for 360 controllers now being available: <a href="http://www.talismoon.com/cgi-bin/multipage/engine.pl?function=viewid&id=RKS000212&cat=XBOX360-PARTS" target="_blank">http://www.talismoon.com/cgi-bin/multipage...t=XBOX360-PARTS</a>
    Personally I have only had wires go on me but parts kits like these I always find are welcome.

    As usual keep reading xbox hacker and the like (many links at the end of these posts before the old links threads) as things can move quickly.

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

    Just the one release since last post

    <b>Tayutama_Kiss_on_my_Deity_JAP_XBOX360-KFC</b>- Region locked Japanese. I could not find a great deal about this game other than it belongs to the visual novel genre and was an eroge/H game that has been on the PC for over a year now. Before you ask how this fits in with MS's fairly strict publishing criteria apparently this was toned down, while there have been examples of porn without the porn working ( <a href="http://www.listal.com/video/634837" target="_blank">http://www.listal.com/video/634837</a> and "PG porn") I am not sure it will do anyone any good here. On the flip side I believe it is a generally accepted idea that challenging such levels of deviancy is never a wise idea.

    <a href="http://www.ludibria.com/nfo.php?sys=x36&sysid=1926" target="_blank">ludibria.com NFO link</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 (RF= region free)
    ABGX360 ( <a href="http://abgx360.net/verified.php" target="_blank">Web frontend to verified database</a> ) added:

    Dragon Age: Origins RF 4th wave
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Deadly Intent RF 4th wave
    Fable II -- Game of the Year Edition RF 3rd wave
    Divinity II: Ego Draconis PAL 3rd wave

    Presently the ABGX360 database 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. With 1.61 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.
    Most of the big games have been released or were region free already, indeed if for some reason you have been waiting for ghostbusters to appear in European territories (remember it was a PS3 exclusive in Europe) you have been waiting for nothing as the US release was region free and released back on the 11th of June.

    In order of most recent to pre:
    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 only (PAL countries and Japan have had releases out for some time. May still be wave 3.

    It is known I care little for sports games, this is the US region version of Konami's yearly pro evolution soccer franchise.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free- unknown wave. 2 discs.

    A game of the year edition by any other name for Star Wars the force unleashed from new 360 group CLANDESTiNE. It is the same star wars- force unleased game released back in September 2008 but with the downloadable content bundled in with it.
    I have not played the downloadable content but the original game I found quite enjoyable (a far cry from the considerable hype mind you) so like most of these game of the year editions I suggest picking it up if you fancy having a go, ninja gaiden in a star wars setting and considerably easier is how I would classify it and probably about as close as fans of the dark forces/jedi knight series will get to a sequel in recent times. If it follows the same pattern as the other downloadable content bundles the second disc will be the downloadble content and the first will be the original game.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free- unknown wave.

    SWAG seem to have found a good source as this is not due out for about 2 weeks.

    A film tie in but one by Pyro Studios who made the excellent Commandos series of real time strategy games and a few other noted RTS games, how this will work for a film tie in of the "action" genre I have no idea, the game was announced some time ago and the film is not released for a short while though so there is a good chance it could even escape the "film cash in" label. The game is naturally to be based around the film which is set to be a twist on 1950's alien invasion films (same setup but humans are the invading aliens).

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free- wave 4

    Note a slew of p2p releases of this game exist and it is safe to say they are all useless even if banning is not your concern, one of these releases was butchered and repacked before being spread on the scene by one time group "strikeforce" so ignore that if you see it.
    Relatively new group RRoD however bring us a good copy (that will probably still see you strung up if you play it before release mind)

    Thanks to jaxxster for posting a release thread up in my absence, you can read more on it there
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188746" target="_blank">http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=188746</a>

    In some places it carries the modern warfare name and in others modern warfare2 is but a subtitle. Either way it is the direct sequel (call of duty 5 already exists and is back in world war 2) to the 2007 call of duty 4: modern warfare. For many this is the big release of the season (it is certainly a big release) but having played now played it I say wait for the release and play one of the many other FPS titles released in recent months as they are equally good. The game garnered some criticsm prior to release by having the option (it asks you at the start of the game if you wish to indulge in missions that may be a bit strong for some) of playing some missions where your intention is to kill civilians, the reaction of the publishers/developers was equally amusing as videos such things were posted and subsequently had takedown notices fired every which way.
    What I saw of the single player campaign looks like it relies on "gimmicks" once again (now you are in a humvee, now you are climbing a cliff, now you are manning a rocket launcher, now you are on a snowmobile.....) and some have called it too easy.

    Highlights include the secondary campaign aimed at co-op not related to the single player other than a few shared locations. Each mission follows a different theme (some stealth, some vehicle- timed and otherwise, some action be they timed or survival (think horde mode from gears of war), some sniping, some close quarters, some themed, some one man in helicopter/plane* and one on the ground)
    *yes like the mission on COD4.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region free. Unknown wave

    OK this was supposed to be edited into the last post but that was far too much effort for a * hero game. Apparently rock and metal are no longer good enough so they are raiding the pop charts instead (not that previous entries could not be considered pop songs mind).
    Lead guitar, rhythm/bass, drums and lead singer parts are available apparently.

    Song list in the spoiler and as usual you can expect overpriced downloads in fairly short order and to be able to import varying tracks from previous entries in the series.
    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=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
    Yes Band Hero is out! I'm actually gonna buy this one. I absolutely HATE rock so this is perfect for me.

    So does anyone know when ixtreme 1.61 will be out for lite-on?
  3. Maz7006

    Member Maz7006 iSEXu

    Aug 2, 2008
    I love these threads. Fast, thanks for ALL your work.

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