Category Archives: Xbox Live

Xbox 360: XNA Creators Club Game Launcher

Here’s a quote from MajorNelson.com:

Download the XNA Creators Club Game Launcher (Xbox 360 HDD Required) in order to play the special preview selection of game demos created by the community using XNA Game Studio. When your download is complete, go to the Games Library, select My Games, and navigate to the XNA Creators Club category along the top. From there, press Y to view, download, and play the available trial games for this limited period.

The launcher is not available in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan.

On a sidenote, if you live in one of those countries that can’t download the XNA Creators Launcher, you can make an US account. This will also let you download demos, trailers, themes & gamerpictures that is only available in USA.

Xbox 360: New Xbox Originals coming next week

Next week, Monday February 11 to be exact, we will see three new (or old) Xbox Originals hitting Xbox Live Marketplace. The games are Black, Ninja Gaiden Black and Sid Meier’s Pirates. Each game costs 1200 points.
(Source: MajorNelson.com)

BLACK™

Join the world’s most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK™ tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the U.S. from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out covert operations around the globe.

From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal combat. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done.

  • Guns are the stars: An explosive arsenal of bleeding-edge weaponry is at your disposal.
  • Every bullet counts: Everything in the environment is affected by gunfire.
  • It’s bigger and louder: Experience the most exhilarating and destructive shooter ever created.
  • Death is an opportunity: Every enemy dies like a stuntman.

Ninja Gaiden Black

Ninja Gaiden, the critically acclaimed cut-and-slash action game, took the action genre by storm with its unique and innovative gameplay, killer story, and mind-blowing graphics. Now you can experience even more of Ryu Hayabusa’s deadly artistry in Ninja Gaiden® BLACK, the newest installment in the series, slashing its way to Xbox®.

  • Action-packed story: Play Story mode or Mission mode, including boss battles, time challenges, and more!
  • Hurricane Pack content: Encounter new enemies, big bad bosses, and new costumes from Hurricane Packs 1 and 2.
  • Difficulty levels: Choose from five levels of difficulty for all kinds of gamers, from “Ninja Dog” to “Very Difficult Master Ninja.”
  • Bonus extras: Play the original arcade versions of Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Ryukenden.

Sid Meier’s Pirates!®

Sid Meier’s Pirates!® is the action-packed roleplaying game that lets you live the life of a pirate in the seventeenth-century Caribbean. Choose which exploits and quests to pursue in this Xbox®-customized version of Sid’s original, award-winning Pirates! PC game.

  • Engage in fierce naval battles: Fight single enemies or multiple ships.
  • Build a fleet: Take the helm of 27 different ship types enhanced with assorted ammo, cannons, and other upgrades.
  • Integrated melee: Parry and slash your dueling opponents into submission with lightning quick moves onboard ships, in seedy taverns, and even in the Governor’s mansion.
  • Take your crew ashore: Dig up buried treasure or plunder enemy ports in strategic land battles. Sneak in and out of towns, escape from prisons, and avoid guards, or surprise them and knock them out!
  • A pirate’s life: Increase your riches and win the heart of the Governor’s daughter to earn gifts and valuable information.
  • Multiplayer combat: Grab a controller and jump into four-player ship battles in Versus mode.
  • Make your own story: Challenge and pursue the most infamous pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Henry Morgan. If you prevail, they’ll teach unique skills to you!
  • Online bonuses: Use Xbox LIVE® to upload scores and compare your pirating prowess with friends and foes alike. Also, download sail emblems, flags, and other content.
  • Renowned creator: Designed by Hall-of-Fame game designer Sid Meier.

Xbox 360: Poker Smash coming to XBLA Wednesday February 6

This week on Wednesday February 6, we will get one new Xbox Live Arcade game to download. It will cost you 800 points.

Poker Smash

Poker Smash™ is an action-packed puzzle game with a poker twist. Poker Smash expands on the traditional match-three puzzle mechanic with elements of one of the world’s most popular card games: poker. Make vertical and horizontal matches by forming poker hands, and play in seven different game modes, including multiplayer. Fast and fluid controls paired with radical features such as super-slow motion and card-blasting bombs make this game a whole new puzzle experience!

  • Innovative gameplay: Match-three gameplay with a twist. Create poker hands and form chains to rack up the big score.
  • Seven game modes: Intense game modes include action, timed, puzzle levels (55 of them), practice, custom playlist, split screen head-to-head, and multiplayer tournaments.
  • Multiplayer experience: Two-player offline and multiplayer over Xbox LIVE® is featured.
  • New leaderboards: In addition to the traditional leaderboards, Poker Smash features never-before-seen rivalry tracking and even movie recording with shared playback.
  • Immersive environment: The next-gen 3-D graphics feature eleven different highly detailed environments and background themes, coupled with thirteen new original soundtracks for play.

Xbox 360 & PS3: Burnout Paradise coming this week

This week, Burnout Paradise is coming to both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The release date in US is January 22 and Europe January 25.

I’m getting the game buy the end of this week and looking forward to play it. It was a while I was wondering if I should get the PS3 version or the one for Xbox 360. I’m going to buy the Xbox 360 version mainly beacause of two things: I like the way Microsoft is handeling online gaming (with Xbox Live) and gamerpoints.

While you wait for the game to come, you can watch this review from IGN.com. On the bottom of this post, I’ve listed places to buy the game from.

Amazon.co.uk

Xbox 360 (PAL version)

Playstation 3

Burnout Paradise Official Game Guide

Amazon.com

Xbox 360 (NTSC version)

Playstation 3

Play-Asia.com

Xbox 360 (US version)

Playstation 3 (region free)

Burnout Paradise: Prima Official Game Guide

Xbox 360: Backup your harddrive and memory unit


This is a small guide to how you can backup the content on your Xbox 360 harddrive and Memory Unit. This may be consider as a hack, since it’s not offical Microsoft products. But there are many legal reasons for doing this.

At the bottom of this post I have links to sites where I found the information I need to do, and there is also links to where you can buy the different gadgets/hardware you need. I recommand you to read my post and on the websites I have linked to. This will give you a good picture of what you need to do and how to do it.

WARNING! When you follow this guide (and the related links), you do it on your own risk. Things can go wrong. So be careful.

My reason for doing this, is that I bought the new 120GB on eBay without the transfer cable. So I couldn’t transfer all of my stuff from the 20GB to the 120GB drive. So I went to Divineo.cn and bought the 360 MiniSpy SATA Hard Drive Adapter. It’s easy to install in your PC (there is also a USB version of the device). You only need to find i a free SATA port and powerconnector (I think I used my last one).

It’s very important that you connect the device to the Xbox 360 drive as showed on the pictures. Any other way will brake you HDD, so do it right.

When you have connected everything (don’t hotswap the HDD), turn on your PC and start Xplorer360. If you get a message from Windows saying that you have to i format, initialize your HDD or something similar, DON’T DO IT. This will make your HDD unusable on Xbox 360. If you have a 120GB (like me), you need Xplorer360 extreme2 version that suppport this drive.

Selecet Drive, Open and Harddrive or Memcard.

You will will the see three partitions. Partition 0 is caching (I think), Partition 2 is for backward compatibility and Partition 3 is userdate (gamesave, music, etc.)

You will find a lot of folders. In Partition 3 under Content, you will find the profiles. To backup a folder or file, right-click and select Extract and save the files to your PC harddrive. If your need help, check this site: http://360.kingla.com/. This will help you identify which game is in the different folders.
When you have made backup of all the files you need; Turn of your PC, switch Xbox 360 drives and turn your PC on again. Then you you insert the backuped files.

For some reasons, my 120GB drive did not have Partition 2. I had to make a backup of Partition 2 on my 20GB and restore that on the 120GB drive. There is a option in Xplorer360 to do that.

To make a backup or ectract files from a Memory Unit, you do the same as with a harddrive. But you need Datel’s Transfer Kit to read the memory card. You have to install X360MemoryUnitDriversV1.2 so that Xplorer360 can read the Memory Unit, both the 64MB and the 512MB (I haven’t tested it with 256MB, but that should work to).

Legeal reasons for doing this

With most games, you can move your savefile from one Memory Unit to another or the HDD. But some gamefiles are locked to the drive your first saved it on. For me that was Viva Pinata and Perfect Dark Zero. [UPDATE] The Viva Pinata game save was reported broken, so it may not be possible to transfer locked gamesaves from one unit to another.

Hexic was on my 20GB, but not the new 120GB. With Xplorer360 I was able to extract that game from my 20GB and insert in on the 120GB. The same goes for Arcade games that usualy are on new Memory Units when you buy them. You can’t move this games on to your 360 HDD with your Xbox 360.

When you buy the 120GB drive in stores, you get a transfer cable that will make a backup of the 20GB. But not everything is backedup. From what I read, savefiles from Xbox 1 games will not be backed up, and people have had problems with music to. with the Xplorer360, you can backup everything.

So good luck with the backup. Remember, read everthing both one and two times, inlcuded the links below.

This links will help you do everything the right way:

http://360.kingla.com/

http://forums.maxconsole.net/showthread.php?t=91993

http://forums.maxconsole.net/showthread.php?t=94897

http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?act=Print&client=printer&f=163&t=601318

Here is the links to where you can buy the different devices needed to make backups. I have listed different sites, so you can select one close to where you live or one that is cheaper than the other.

Datel’s Transfer Kit (for reading memory card)

Divineo.co.uk

Divineo.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

360 MiniSpy SATA Hard Drive Adapter (for reading the harddrive)

Divineo.cn

Divineo.com

Divineo.co.uk

Amazon.com

Alternative HDD reading devices. I have not tested these, but they should work fine as well (google it to find out more).

MiniSpy USB Hard Drive Adapter for Xbox+Xbox 360

Divineo.cn

Divineo.com

Divineo.co.uk

Amazon.com

XSATA

Play-Asia.com

Divineo.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

XPORT

Play-Asia.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Xbox 360: Burnout® 3: Takedown coming to Xbox Orginals

Next Monday, January 14 (2008), Burnout® 3: Takedown is coming to Xbox Originals. The download will cost you 1200 points. It will be available in all regions execpt for Japan. (source: Major Nelson.com)

Burnout® 3: Takedown™

Burnout® 3: Takedown™ rewrites the rules of the road. Arcade racing is now driven by a new mantra: Aggressive Racing Required. Racing gamers and adrenaline junkies are invited behind the wheel to experience unprecedented speed and action. Use your car to battle your way to the front of the pack. Take down rivals and trigger spectacular crashes.

  • Risk and reward: Earn boost by taking risks and battling your competitors through oncoming traffic, near-misses, tailgating, jumps, and drifting.
  • Crash mode: Cause wanton destruction in a mode dedicated to crashing. Racers are challenged to crash into (and through) busy intersections, creating carnage and as much damage as possible. Unlock new rewards and more features!
  • Incredible depth: Maximize mayhem with 67 cars, 40 different races, and 100 crash junctions on three different continents.
  • Multiple race types: Scream through nine different race modes including: Single Race, Tournament, Lap Eliminator, Burning Lap, Road Rage, and more.
  • Online multiplayer with Xbox LIVE®: Race online in seven different modes, featuring up to six participants battling through full oncoming traffic. Online modes include variations of Crash Mode, Single Race, Road Rage, and more.
  • Awesome crash technology: Take advantage of sophisticated simulation modeling that recreates high-speed crashes with extreme detail. Use your car to take out opponents—you’ll continue controlling your vehicle even after crashing!