Hart & Usagi #102: Genesis Sound

In episode 102 we talk about the new Streets of Rage 4 video game, Bloodstained’s update, NBA Jam: The Book, Space Suplex podcast topics, and more.

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Hart & Usagi #101: Many Sense

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In episode 101 we talk about the new DualSense controller, several remakes in the works, and ESRB’s loot box warning.

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TOPICS:
* Namcot Collection announced for Switch
* Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Switch now available
* Nier is getting remastered for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
* Sony Unveils “DualSense,” the PS5’s Next-Gen Controller
* Resident Evil 4 remake is currently in the works from Capcom
* ESRB ratings will begin warning players of loot boxes in games
* Crysis Remastered Leaks, Coming to Current-Gen Consoles and PC [Update: It’s Confirmed]

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Hart & Usagi #100: Hyaku

In episode 100 we talk about E3 being canceled, PS5 specs, GameStop ignoring how not essential of a business they are, plus more.

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Hart & Usagi #99: Hotel Atari

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In episode 99 we chat about Atari themed hotels, Google waving the white flag for Stadia, Reggie joins GameStop, plus more.

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TOPICS:
* Mortal Kombat Kollection Online rated for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in Europe
* SNK Brings Garou: Mark of the Wolves Into the Modern Era With Rollback Netcode
* Housemarque puts battle royale shooter on hold, shifts focus to “biggest and most ambitious title yet”
* Atari teams up with the producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot to make gaming-themed hotels
* EVO 2020 title lineup announced
* Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle coming west for PS4 and Switch on February 20
* Lara Croft in Rainbow Six Siege looks like your mum doing bad cosplay
* Google Stadia doesn’t have many games because it isn’t offering devs enough money
* Google Says Upcoming Stadia Game Announcements “Are Up to the Publishers”
* Antonio Banderas confirmed for Uncharted movie
* Bloodstained Won’t Be Getting a Roguelike Mode After All
* Reggie Fils-Aimé joins GameStop Board of Directors

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Now Playing: March 2020

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Back in December I mentioned that I had played a number of racing games. This time the variety has arrived.

The big game this time was Syndicate’s single player. I enjoyed what I played, but it seemed to not allow the player to utilize the special abilities that it had available at most times. There are these armored enemies that are invulnerable to attack until disabled. The final boss (or at least what I expected) had this issue along with high damaging attacks. Any of those special abilities also can’t be used against these enemies or this boss. This lead to a frustrating fight that felt very cheap and uninteresting to finish. The multiplayer portion I played years ago still remains much more worth playing.

Trine 2: Complete Story was more of the same when compared to the first title. Because of this I felt less interested to continue after 12 stages of a total of 20. The frustration of Syndicate’s last boss fight continued with the PSP version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. This isn’t the same game as the home console versions and I did go into it knowing the difficulty. The first boss here wasn’t hard to figure out. The game cooperating was an issue. It didn’t seem like the animation was programmed for the better.

The rest of my time was spent with the old school side of gaming.

* Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition — I played this against Usagi704 where his Lipsyncher was devastating. I also had a trial mode win streak of six. That’s the game’s survival mode.

* Super Chase H.Q. — I was able to get to the final of five stages (or rounds as the game calls them) on the allotted three continues. It’s quite tough, but it’s still a fun first person style of the third person original arcade game, Chase H.Q. Maybe some day I shall complete that fifth and last round.

* Axelay — The still fantastic looking Super Nintendo shoot-’em-up from Konami. It’s overall more basic playing than other similar shooters at the time. It’s wow factor is from the weapon switching, music, and the superb graphics. I was able to get to the very end on Easy after many tries. Eventually I used a Game Genie (the horror) to get seven lives instead of only three. This did help me in beating the game (and, yes, this still counts, you macho masochists).

* Galaga, Double Dragon, & Double Dragon II: The Revenge — These arcade classics are easy and quick ways to have fun for a few minutes. The Arcade Game Series release of Galaga has the great feature of allowing you to start on the last stage you’ve reached. Mine is currently on stage 88. No online high scores can be set this way, but that’s to be expected. The first Double Dragon can also be called “Back Elbow: The Game.” Just execute that very move on every enemy for the most damage. In Double Dragon II this move is more enemy specific plus the game is overall more challenging. I finished Double Dragon and also effectively did so with an endless game like Galaga.

Hart & Usagi #98: The Back Button Overlords

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In episode 98 we welcome Steve back to the show and chat about Joe Biden’s out-of-touch Jack Thompson video game arguments, M2’s plan for the whole Toaplan gaming library, how Steve couldn’t ever get into the classic Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games, plus more.

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TOPICS:
* M2 to release nearly every Toaplan game for console starting 2020 in Japan
* Bayonetta and Vanquish anniversary bundle is coming to PS4 and Xbox One next year
* Resident Evil 3 Remake officially announced, watch the first trailer
* Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s best-looking and most striking console design yet
* Street Fighter V: Champion Edition adds Seth; Gill available now
* DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment announced
* DOOM and DOOM II updated with add-ons, 60 frames per second support, more; PC version released
* Shopping at GameStop is miserable
* Devil May Cry 3 for Nintendo Switch to include new Seamless Style feature
* Joe Biden calls Silicon Valley game developers “little creeps” who make games that “teach you how to kill”
* Loot boxes push kids into gambling, says NHS mental health director

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Now Playing: December 2019

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The previous three months has been a trying time to find a game I can get into. I succeeded, but the percentage was low. The racing games of Hydro Thunder (PS), Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2), and Flatout 2 (PS2) were more of the usual rubber-banding AI opponents that can make for a frustrating experience.

Flatout 2 had the worst of this issue, but the most annoying problem was the destructible track elements that got in the way on later laps once they were destroyed the debris was laying about. Burnout 2’s deal was solely the issue of the AI being perfect. I was having fun even when not winning, but once a certain mountain area track was what I was currently racing there seemed to be no way to progress regardless of the car I selected. Arcade racer Hydro Thunder was fun, but the bare bones presentation and odd decision to lock tracks behind a currency earning progression system was where I fell off of this one.

I then went to portable side of gaming with my DS Lite and PSP. I was hankering for some Puzzle Quest, but Puzzle Quest: Galactrix was too much of a departure of what made the first game so enjoyable. On top of that they added timed puzzle to complete. This is not what I call a fun Puzzle Quest experience. It was an immediate turn this game off moment.

I had the sequel on hand so I inserted the cartridge for Puzzle Quest 2. It was much more of the traditional fun game with additions that are much more welcome. There isn’t any timed puzzled, thankfully. I didn’t complete the game, but at least I had gotten my fill of Puzzle Quest in a more satisfying way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 was a first person shooter, as one would expect, but it’s on the PSP. Because of this everything hinges on how good the controls are. They’re…decent. It’s not a quick reflexes style of the recent Call of Duty titles on home consoles. It’s quite plodding to be very honest. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mainly suffer from AI that can aim accurately. This is bad when you’re under a time limit to get out of a base that’s going to explode! This is precisely the scenario I was in when I hung this game’s boots up and moved on.

The game I moved onto was a 2019 released game, if you can believe it. It was The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. Not a new game in practice since the original version was from 1994 on the Super Nintendo. I love the original and this is definitely a worthy improvement. I’m not fond of the two new characters or that you can’t grab and throw the level 1 boss, but otherwise it’s excellent. The game didn’t need a two-player mode, but it’s done well enough with both players sharing the life and blaster (battery in the new version) meters.

Finally, I not only bought The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors in the last month or so, but I was also given Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by Usagi704 for Xmas. My total new games for the year of 2019 is a big ol’ seven.

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