GTA Countdown – 21st & 22nd April 2008 (One Week Left!) by Anthony Barlow
April 22, 2008, 12:39 pm
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Yeah so it’s only seven little days until I, like many others, get my hands on GTA. I’m back in college in college now so postings will be a little less frequent but as the week ticks down i’ll try and post daily. So let me recap the last two days.

21st April 2008

Back in college today after a very nice break. After spending a few meager hours doing work in college I was off back home ready to chill out and as per usual play some games. Was more than looking forward to playing the MGSO Beta but as it was postponed I played some Euro 2008 online. Which, although it was a little laggy, was really good even if I did get beat in every game. Didn’t do much as I was really knackered I did watch some of the 1st season of ‘Lost’ but that was about it.

22nd April 2008

Now for today. Well at this precise moment i’m sat in college and meant to be working and listening to Lupe Fiasco (one of the few rappers I like). Started to read books because I’m so bored of the wait between now and next Tuesday. Currently reading ‘I Am Legend’ by Richard Matheson. Reading seems to pass the time quite well. Feeling I should have brought my PSP and used remote play to play some Pixel Junk Monsters. I’ll probably play some Euro 2008 and finish off the 1st disc of ‘Lost’ season 1 tonight.

That’s it for now. I really can’t wait for GTA now. I should have my two copies on Tuesday and will be sending someone out on an errand to take one to be traded in. Got to pay for my special edition tomorrow (£69.99) and my standard one on Sunday (£36.99). I’m paying a lot of money but it’s worth it really as I’ll probably get about £30 back when I trade a copy in anyway.

What Games Do You Game? by Anthony Barlow
April 22, 2008, 10:54 am
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Yeah, like everything this week, WGDYG? has been delayed until now. I had to do some actual work this week (college) so my gaming time was cut short but here’s the games I gamed this week.

  • UEFA Euro 2008 – I played this for a fair bit since the last WGDYG? and everytime I play it it seems to get better than FIFA. To me this seems like the FIFA 09 beta in a way. It has less teams and some of the game modes aren’t perfected but if it carries on this way EA could rule the video game footy scene once again.
  • Rock Band – Got me some new tracks so Rock Band is now interesting again. Playing ‘Still Alive’ and some other stuff really is funny with a few mates. You gotta love it.
  • Super Stardust HD – A bit of a casual one to finish off. Thought about downloading the new add-on but decided against it due to lack of funds and the fact I haven’t played the original that much so I decided to give it a go again, and it’s great. The PSN might have less games than XBLA but it certainly has some of the best between the two systems. 

So that’s it for this weeks What Games Do You Game? I will be back later this week the regular time (Friday).

GTA Countdown 18th, 19th & 20th April 2008 (Only 9 More Days!) by Anthony Barlow
April 20, 2008, 2:17 pm
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Yeah the GTa countdown is coming to a close and we only have 9 more days to wait! Expect the news to come flooding in over the next week but for now i’ll give you an update on what i’ve been doing in this GTA Countdown triple-header.

18th April 2008

Not much to report today. Played some Rock Band and Euro 2008 but not much gaming today been finishing some work off for college watched some movies but like I said the downhill slide has begun.

19th April 2008

Saturday was ok me and a mate were playing some Euro 2008 in the new ‘Captain Your Country’ mode which was really sweet and will definitely be one of the modes i’ll be playing more often. Rock Band also provided some footy downtime but Euro 2008 seems to be my game of choice at the moment.

20th April 2008

Been catching up with my podcasts today (GameScoop & 1Up Yours). Other than that been working for college again. Taking a break and have been playing a little Euro 2008 but i’m playing Super Stardust HD. Got my Konami iD/Game iD for MGS Online so will be playing that tomorrow.

Catch ya later readers.

UEFA Euro 2008 – First Impressions by Anthony Barlow
April 18, 2008, 6:38 am
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I’ve had the game a good few hours now and I’ve decided i’ll share my findings with the rest of you. First of all let me say this game is great; if you like FIFA & PES you’ll love this. Here are my feelings.


  • Updated Graphics
  • Overall Smooth Gameplay
  • Smooth Animation
  • Amount Of Game Modes
  • All The Fully Licensed European National Teams
  • User controlled celebrations


  • Small frame drops on set pieces and crosses
  • Outdated managers on sidelines (i.e. McLaren – England)
  • Innacurate player ratings
  • Game speed is too fast (i’ll check settings)

Like i’ve said I love the game but there are a few things that could’ve been better. It’s still a must buy for footy fans though.

GTA Countdown – 17th April 2008 (12 Days To Go!) by Anthony Barlow
April 18, 2008, 1:52 am
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The best gaming day (for me at least) between now and GTA with a whole host of crazy crap to play I don’t know how i’m gonna get to write about it all, but I will.

First up. I checked the, newly updated, PS Store today and found some nice new content for some of my favorite games. We got a new add-on pack for Warhawk (as did the U.S.). Operation Broken Mirror launched today and although i’m yet to download it (lack of funds) but will do as Warhawk is cool and new content is always good. Alongside that both the EU and US got a new add-on pack for Super Stardust HD which adds some cool features but is another one i’m yet to download. For the full list from both stores check out my new feature to be announced shortly.

Today’s best new content is the MGS Online BETA which hit the EU store for free and for anyone, unlike the US. After finding that a rather slow downloading patch was needed I set it aside for later on (it’s just finished now) and played Euro 2008.

Yep I finished Dark Sector last night around midnight (as was said in last night’s/yesterday morning’s post) and took it back to my not so local gaming outlet where, after a few hours of waiting for a delivery, I picked up UEFA Euro 2008 on the PS3. I’m having an awesome time with it so far and will be posting my early impressions soon. This will definitely tide me over until GTA for which i’m extremely happy as I have run out of dosh, but will have it for the release of GTA.

So guys, the possible pinacle of the wait comes on the 12th day. Is it all downhill from here? Can I survive without spending until May? All will be reveled soon enough, but for now this is the XeNonX GTA Countdown for 17th April 2008, I’ve been Barmelo and I’m out.

GTA Countdown 16th April (13 Days To Go!) by Anthony Barlow
April 17, 2008, 12:12 am
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Unlucky 13, Unlucky 13 usually not too good but today was once again pretty cool. I think the boredom may have surpassed but the hype as gone into overdrive. I can’t wait for GTA and especially as I can now pay for both my copies.

Anyway today I went and stuck my pre-order down on Euro 2008 and wandered aimlessly around Warrington town centre trying to resist the temptation to buy some cheap DVD’s. Needless to say, I didn’t and here’s what i picked up:

  • Raging Bull
  • The Pursuit Of Happyness
  • Jarhead
  • Van Wilder: Party Liaison

Yeah, so I got some movies to watch :).

I DID finally finish Dark Sector today about half an hour before this post and will be taking it back to the shop tomorrow and exchange it for Euro 2008. That should be pretty sweet tomorrow. Shame i’ve only got four more days holiday before going back to college though :(.

By the way the GTA countdown will be up the day after the events (i.e. 16th going up on 17th e.t.c.)