7th October xbox 360 releases

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Games & Content' started by FAST6191, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    A couple of games appeared after the last thread, nothing that was not predicted though and there has been a substantial amount of development on the homebrew front.
    Also a slight layout tweak to these posts (I try to change boilerplate text a bit every time but this a more substantial rework). As always the old posts are linked at the end of this main post.

    These threads have been going on for a while (even longer if you count that they happened in previous years as well) but the general idea is in each post the days (or time since last post if nothing 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.
    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 likewise any confirmed games added to the 360 game verification tool ABGX360 and 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 and afterwards there is not much point although 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>

    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 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. In the last day or two many more versions of Xell (the homebrew loader) have been compiled so most 360 models are now hackable (more on that below in homebrew news).

    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.
    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.

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    Nukes, no new nukes (ABGX still lists 190) although ZRY released a proper of NBA2K10 (the first release was not really mentioned (I do not see it in any of the release databases and as far as I can see it was not spread so no worries there).


    It appears we missed this the other day along with many others but it will allow for a writeup now. As always if you have done the August the 11th update or any of the following ones you are out of luck as far as homebrew goes right now (and that does not look set to change any time soon).
    For those that just want to get to it:
    <a href="http://www.free60.org/JTAG_Hack" target="_blank">http://www.free60.org/JTAG_Hack</a>
    More info
    The first in this new iteration of 360 hack was released back in early September but only for the first model of 360 (the Xenon) but not the others. Now there are versions for the Falcon (v3) and Zephyr (v2) boards.
    Opus- ones returned from official repair (usually from an RROD fix but it is far from unheard of for MS just to stick a new board in anyway) are mentioned as having a working hack in parts of the page so we will leave it up in the air for now.
    No mention of Jasper (v4) boards just yet- they started appearing in late March 2009 but remember stock often sits on the shelves for some time.

    A few pieces of homebrew were released for the original xell hack including a megadrive/genesis emulator, a video player and more importantly an ELF loader (think homebrew channel on the wii or your flash card's loader on the DS). An audio driver for 360 linux (using ASLA architecture supporting both SP-DIF and the good old analog audio outputs) also appeared which should be useful for whatever is to come.
    Xbins and xboxhacker linked up in the intro section should cover it.

    <b>Less notable releases</b>

    Only two releases which are both getting coverage in the main section.

    <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:

    ABGX360 added nothing new at time of posting today.

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    A couple of releases today although region locking appears again. In order of most recent to pre

    Region free.

    A basketball game from 2K games, we have seen more than a few sports games these last few weeks and with the exception of a couple of football (soccer) games and some more minor titles this is the last big one until the cycle starts again next year. ZRY released it as a proper (as mentioned in the nukes section the "original" release never pre'd as far as I can see or got spread) but that matters little here.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Region locked US only. PAL street date is not for another month or so.

    A third person survival horror set in the SAW "universe" (the sixth film in the franchise is set to come out later this month although. Personally I watched a few of the films and could not have been more bored, Konami (Silent Hill series if looking at his genre) have apparently had a big hand in developing it although the main developers are Zombie Studios. Zombie studios have been around for about 15 years now but have not really done much of great note (surviving 15 years in games is quite a feat though), suffice to say most of their games feature the term "black ops"- and the last game of theirs you might have played was the not so well received 2006 game Shadow Ops: Red Mercury on the original xbox. More on the developer here: <a href="http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/zombie-inc/" target="_blank">http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/zombie-inc/</a>

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Other than region dupes the next big release is Dreamkiller (street date 12th of October in the US)
    Release dates can be found here: <a href="http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/" target="_blank">http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/</a>
    As usual these posts will be back as and when something happens.

    <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=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>