1st Anniversary/ Eulogy/Announcement by Anthony Barlow
February 25, 2009, 12:49 pm
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If look back into the archives you’ll find that XeNonX was started as a lowly blog for a games forum just one year ago. Not for one minute did I realise that it would be this blog that propelled me into wanting a career in video games journalism. Sure, I knew I wanted to write and I knew a hell of a lot about games. That’s why the blog was created. What I didn’t realise is how much more it would come to mean.

As the months passed the XeNonX comminity grew and the blog became something that, occassionally, members would read. Then it fell apart, a stupid, yet poignant argument split the group into two ‘facttions’ leaving myself and Ad’s the task of managing the forum ourselves or shutting up shop. After a few failed attempts at keeping it going we called it quits, but the blog remained and grew.

The blog became it’s own thing. We began to concentrate on real games news and move on from our old forum roots.

We got to April and the release of GTA IV, we began to count down the days until release and soon after my PS3 broke. Turning the countdown into, pretty much, what I was doing without it. We started to do regular features like the PlayStation Store Update and What Games Do You Game. There were also many failed attempts at new features (there are to this day). We also saw the release of the new PlayStation Store and the Metal Gear Online beta was released. We also welcomed some of our ‘old friends’ back into the fold from the XeNonX days, however this was shortlived after a tirade of daft comments (and multiple deletions)  from them we split once again.

May came around and brought with it fresh rumors of in game XMB, a new special edition PlayStation 3 (gun metal). I had more PS3 trouble and focussed on a backlog of older games, none of which were ever finished. BioShock was confirmed for the PS3 (finally).

Another new, regular, feature began in June. ‘This/Next Week In Rock Band’. After my swift acquisition of Rock Band I decided this needed addressing. E3 came and went and we had our first liveblog, videos came to the U.S. but we’re still waiting in Europe. Metal Gear Solid 4 was released and I swiftly went into hibernation until I finished it. There were still some good posts though :). We had rumors of a PS3Mote, but that never surfaced.

Moving into July we got news of Uncharted trophies, platunum games, Bionic Commando rearmed and a hell of a lot of LittleBigPlanet info.

August brought news of TrICO, the £2 screensaver Linger In Shadows and much more. There was, as their always is, rumors on firmware and Home. As well as a lot of stuff announced during the lull. We eagerly awaited what the end of the year would bring. August also saw the introduction of a new editor, Steve. This helped me out a lot. Cheers. Our reviews started here too, I think we were gaining some kind of credibility thanks to appearances on N4G and Kotaku.

September saw the post count step up considerably with the ammount of news going up increasing each week. At this point I thought we were onto something go0d. Develoepers were interested in talking to us and overall I felt we were doing really well. The Killzone 2 beta began and everyone was eagerly awaiting keys. We got our first video courtesy of Ryan Gray, who we’d just brought on as a contributing editor (he’s now a regular). Facebook was the word as Darren Uddenbeg joined the crew. Burnout got it’s long awaited trophy patch and everything was going pretty damn well. We were introduced to Ad’s as a full editor, king of comments he may be but his addition to the writing staff once again lifted the pressure a little. We had an editorial team!

October saw Harmonix announce a game based on The Beatles music libarary. The release of Sony’s next big thing was October too. LittleBigPlanet finally hit shelves under somewhat extrenuous circumstances. We also saw MotorStorm 2 released in the first of a slew of cool stuff hitting the PS3. Chimera invaded Los Angeles and the trophy whoring continued. We also brought in Ryan Gray and Giancarlo Feltrin, who helped take the weight off my shoulders a hell of a lot. Original content was more than introduced too as we started to gather speed and views.

By November we’d started to get interviews with people and developer Q&A’s. Things were going well and I was thinking expansion (more on that later).

December rolled around and the ammount of games released subsided. We got reports of TMNT Sackboys and the release of Dead Rising PS3. Writing news has now become an extension of me, I was now realised I was obsessed with writing.

January brought fresh thoughts of expansion and XeNonX invaded the U.S. of A. Pop Cap brought their games to PSN, Criterion announced more paid-dlc. The closure of EGM caused a swift interview to one of those laid off and reviews became more frequent.

And now we get to February. This month saw us posting news even more, gearing up for Killzone 2 and I had big dreams once again.

That was really self indulgent and I bet everyone hates it, I just wanted to show everyone how we’d progressed in one simple post. Sadly, XeNonX will be closing it’s doors today but don’t worry we’re still around.

Over the past two weeks or so (that’s why there’s been no posts) myself and Ad’s worked on an expansion. We tried to move XeNonX but the man kept us down. We’ve had to change the name, but the spirit is still there.

From here on our you can find us over at ThePlayStatioNetwork. The new site which keeps XeNonX alive. We’ve got a great new layout and hopefully a new chunk of credibility. You didn’t really think we were gonna go just like that did ya.

So go on, go forth and check out www.theplaystationetwork.com. We’ll be moving this domain to redirect there soon. On behalf of the team, and i’m sure they’ll agree. It’s been a pleasure writing here and I hope you’ll follow us to the new site. We’ve got some cool stuff coming up over the next few weeks including a review of Killzone 2 and more. So please, do it.

Thanks, Anthony Barlow editor in chief of XeNonX & ThePlayStatioNetwork.

Anyone else please feel free to add to this or comment below, cheers, Anthony.

Yes it was self indulgent but I needed to give it a good send off. Thanks peeople. As Garnett Lee would say, we are….ghost!

North American PlayStation Store Update (12.02.08) by Anthony Barlow
February 13, 2009, 9:38 am
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[By Anthony]

So let’s see what those Americans have this week. Flower also makes an appearance here too, there’s some cool downloadable stuff, but generally it’s a slow week for PSN games. I think Sony might have delayed some stuff in order to give Flower a better run, if not I think it’ll help either way. Continue reading

European PlayStation Store Update (13.02.09) by Anthony Barlow
February 13, 2009, 9:27 am
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[By Anthony]

Yes, it’s late I know. You didn’t really expect the update to be on time did you? You did, well…fair enough. So yeah, for once in a long while BOTH of the PlayStation Store updates are late. Sorry. If you’re all amped up about me being late, for £6.29 you can calm yourselves down with Thatgamecompany’s Flower. Also this week sees the return of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars, a new demo for Motorstorm 2 and some new paid-for content for LittleBigPlanet. Hit the jump for the full list. Continue reading

Ten New inFamous Screens by Anthony Barlow
February 11, 2009, 12:15 pm
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[By Anthony]

New York Comic Con has wrapped up and it looks like we’ve missed a few things. In particular, some new screenshots from Sucker Punch’s upcoming, superpowered, action title inFamous. This game looks to to be shaping up quite well, but with this and Prototype in serious competition, who’s going to come out on top? We’ll have to wait and see won’t we, but for now check out these new screens…they’re pretty cool. Enjoy!

They’re Coming by Anthony Barlow
February 10, 2009, 1:21 pm
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[By Anthony]

Sony have announced that a set of Sackboy action figures will be hitting shelves courtesy of Mezco Toys. The figures are four inches tall and will be released this spring. Alongside these smaller figures, Mezco will be releasing special edition figures ranging from eight to twelve inches tall. Sony have also said that they’re still working on Sackboy plushies, now that would be much cooler.

SOCOM Gets A European Release Date by Anthony Barlow
February 8, 2009, 8:44 pm
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[By Anthony]

Slant 6’s SOCOM: Confrontation has finally been given a European release date. The question is…is anyone arsed? I think not. Those living in North America have been able to play the game since late last year. Although it looked promising at first, it didn’t live up to what it could’ve been and it’s ‘problematic’ release didn’t help either.

Either way, if you’re living in Europe and, even with the above comments and the less than impressive review scores (click here to to see Giancarlo’s verdict), you want to play it’s coming out on March 13th…and subsequently going up against Resident Evil 5. I guess it was going to flop anyway, releasing it then gives Sony an excuse.

Punisher: No Mercy Hitting PSN This Spring by Anthony Barlow
February 8, 2009, 8:30 pm
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Sniper Rifle = Good

Sniper Rifle = Good

[By Anthony]

Zen Studios’, PSN-exclusive, Punisher: No Mercy is coming to the PS3 this spring. Not only did the press release contain the release window info but 6 new screenshots full of explodey goodness. When it was originally announced I was a little skeptical, but looking at these screenshots I think it could actually be good. Check out the screens above and below.

‘Cops & Robbers’ Coming To Burnout Paradise by Anthony Barlow
February 7, 2009, 1:15 am
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[By Anthony]

Remember those screens we posted a little while back showing a Paradise City Police Car? Sure you do. Well, Criterion have announced today that a new ‘Cops & Robbers’ mode is coming for Burnout: Paradise.

According to the “Criterion Games Network” (viewable on the PS3 and PC versions),this DLC will arrive after all of the other previously announced packs (excluding the island). It’s apparently “dedicated to bringing the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.”. Sounds good, hopefully we’ll get more info soon. Nice job guys.

North American PlayStation Store Update (05.02.09) by Anthony Barlow
February 6, 2009, 10:04 am
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[By Anthony]

Ok, so Europe had a damn good PlayStation Store update this week. Sure, most of it has already been released on the North American store, but good nontheless. What’s not good is the lack of a Killzone 2 demo here, and also that those in North America can’t download it from Europe either due to IP restriction. Shame. So this week’s update is surprisingly crappy. Double shame. Continue reading

European PlayStation Store Update (05.02.08) by Anthony Barlow
February 5, 2009, 6:31 pm
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[By Anthony]

The Killzone 2 demo is live! Oh yeah, there’s other stuff too. Europe can finally get a hold of Lumines: Supernova and Cuboid. Criterion have released the first bunch of paid-for downloadable content for Burnout: Paradise, we also see the release of NHL arcade and the usual weekly stuff from Rock Band & Guitar Hero. Hit the jump for the list. Continue reading

New Uncharted 2 Screens by Anthony Barlow
February 4, 2009, 12:24 pm
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[By Anthony]

Naughty Dog have released a slew of new screens for, the extremely impressive looking, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The screens show off some of the new environments you’ll be battling your enemies in, your new lady friend and a gruftier (damn you Ian!) looking Nathan Drake (above). Take a look at the gallery below.

Under Siege Coming In Autumn by Anthony Barlow
February 4, 2009, 12:07 pm
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[By Anthony]

Under Seige (no not the Segal movie), another PS3 exclusive tower defence game is coming this ‘fall’ to the PlayStation Store. The game was unveiled last year, but no one has heard or seen anything of it since. Well now, developer, Seed Studios have announced that the game is coming to the PSN towards the end of the year. Best of all – it’ll include a level editor and users will be able to share their levels online. We have a couple of screens from the Alpha build and, let’s just say i’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Flower Priced For Europe by Anthony Barlow
February 4, 2009, 12:00 pm
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[By Anthony]

Thatgamecompany’s latest game has been priced for Europe. The creators of Flow are releasing Flower in a couple of weeks and now the company have announced that the game will be available for £6.29 from the European PlayStation Store. Good to hear this game looks…relaxing.

Street Fighter IV, Resi 5 Invade Home by Anthony Barlow
February 4, 2009, 9:36 am
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[By Anthony]

It looks like Capcom have been hard at work giving the fans something cool in PlayStation Home. The Japanese developer are adding a slew of Street Fighter costumes into Sony’s social service as well as Resident Evil 5 costumes and an RE 5 themed game space. Little is known about these add-on’s as of yet, but i’m sure they’ll sell if they’re not overpriced (of course, the game space is free). I wonder if they’ll chuck in a zombie themed mini game? I hope so. More on this when we get the info.

SingStar: Queen Tracklist Revealed by Anthony Barlow
February 4, 2009, 9:24 am
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[By Anthony]

ABBA got their own version of Sony’s popular singing game so it was only right that rock gods Queen got their own version too. Announced a few months back, it looks like the game is on the horizon as Sony have released the final tracklist for the title which will be available on disc and as a download, presumably from the SingStore. Although, there’s a bit of a bonus with the Blu-Ray version which might make you go ‘ga ga’ (sorry). Hit the jump for the tracklist and more. Continue reading