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Xbox 360 launch titles revealed?

But where's Perfect Dark Zero?

Eurogamer has learned that the website for USK, Germany's videogame ratings board, is displaying a list of all the Xbox 360 titles it's been testing since the end of August.

While developers can submit betas for testing, they must have exactly the same content as the final version - which means the list gives us a pretty good idea of which games are completed or very near to completion. And therefore, of course, which games are likely to launch alongside the 360 when it hits Europe on December 2.

Good news for Kameo fans, first of all: Rare's ace-looking action adventure was submitted for testing all the way back on August 15, so it's bound to be ready for launch. As is Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Ridge Racer, NHL 2K6 and NBA 2K6 - all of which were tested in September.

Then on October 4, USK tested Project Gotham Racing 3 - so it looks like Bizarre's latest racer will be here on launch day, despite whatever rumours you might have heard to the contrary. It's likely to be joined by Peter Jackson's King Kong, Call of Duty 2 and GUN - all done and dusted by the middle of October.

Final Fantasy XI was tested on October 21, and this week they've been busy with FIFA 2006 and Dead or Alive 4.

In addition, a whole bundle of Xbox Live Arcade games have been tested, including Bejewelled, Zuma, Hearts and Hexic, the Alexey Pajitnov-created puzzler that will come pre-installed on the Xbox 360 hard drive.

But there's one title that's conspicuous by its absence: Rare's much-hyped shooter, Perfect Dark Zero. Could this mean that PD0 won't be finished in time for launch? Or are they just cutting it a bit fine?

Who can say? All we know is we'll be keeping a close eye on the USK website for as long as it's still publishing such interesting dates...

  • Hexic
  • Kameo
  • NHL 2K6
  • NBA 2K6
  • Ridge Racer
  • Kiosk Demo Disc
  • Project Gotham Racing 3
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • Spades
  • Hearts
  • Marble Blast 2
  • Bejewelled 2
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Backgammon
  • Call Of Duty 2
  • GUN
  • Joust
  • Gauntlet
  • Zuma
  • Wik: Fable of Souls
  • Robotron
  • Outpost Kaloki
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Crystal Quest
  • Final Fantasy XI
  • FIFA 2006
  • Dead or Alive 4

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