Now Playing: August-October 2018

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So I’ve been playing these things called “video games” and I figured I’d tell you about some of them. :D

The Bourne Conspiracy follows the events of The Bourne Identity and adds a bit more to it to lengthen the game. You play just about every major and minor scene from the movie including the big car chase scene. That specific moment, however, is done poorly and is not all that fun. Luckily most of the game is beat-’em-up and shooting style of gameplay. There are opportunities for stealthy takedowns, but it’s not required and is the other part of the game that’s also not done all that well.

Speaking of stealthy gameplay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus on the Game Boy Advance is much better at it than the above game. It’s also much more enjoyable than TMNT 2 on the main consoles of its time like the PlayStation 2. You have to find crystals throughout the levels, but you have to use each turtle because each have different abilities allowing you to access places the others can’t reach. The difficulty of combat is fairly easy, but it’s welcome in this way since the traversal is what keeps you wanting to play some more.

I finally got around to playing *the* Spider-Man game that gets all the praise since it’s 2004 release and that’s, obviously, Spider-Man 2. The praise is pretty much universally for the swinging abilities and it’s well deserved. But, that’s where it ends, in my opinion. The points needs to progress the story from menial rescues are very repetitive. I also didn’t enjoy most, if any, of the boss battles. I don’t dislike the game. I just wish it was as good as its reputation leads you to believe.

Of the four games I played in these last few months, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was the most fun. I liked the first two games quite a bit, and I still like them the most, but this game was a step up from the disappointment of Uncharted 3. Sam is a great companion and Sully’s dry wit is as welcome as always. The overall gameplay isn’t much different and that’s okay. It was good to begin with.

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Now Playing: January 2017

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Shortly after I posted about what I played in the latter half of 2016 at the beginning of this month (a week later to be precise), I finished my first game of the new year. It was Watch Dogs.

I enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs more so than it’s reputation would lead you to believe is possible. The story is passé as you’ve probably heard, but since I don’t get caught up in worrying about that I had fun.

Oh and I uploaded ten clips of things I found amusing while I played Watch Dogs. Take a peek at them if you so wish.

With my current game I’m three stages from being finished. It’s Bujingai: The Forsaken City on PlayStation 2. It’s has an enjoyable combat system where you play as a character that was motion captured by singer Gackt.

The problem with the game is figuring out where to go or what exactly to do on some of the stages. Stages range from dead simple straight forward affairs to mind-melting mazes of confusion. Clearly a well-planned out and cohesive game Bujingai is not. To avoid wanting to chuck a controller at the wall, I suggest having a FAQ on hand. I’m playing on Easy to help this out as well.

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Finally I have more purchases to tell you about.

Shadow Complex Remastered on PSN was for about $6 on sale so I went for it. Also, I have picked up locally two movies: Big and Enemy at the Gates.

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Movie Deals

These nine movies are on eight discs within five sets. All were free* from Amazon.

Bad Boys is the only upgrade from a previous DVD edition. It’s also the only other movie (besides The Rock) in which is a good Michael Bay directed film. The rest of the movies are first time purchases, but not necessarily the first time I’ll watch them.

I’m not as big of a fan of Batman Returns as the original from 1989, but I found it worth getting after watching The Film Den on it a few months ago. A similar thing happened with The Hunt For Red October. I had watched a Lost in Adaptation episode on it and I was interested enough to check it out. I liked it enough after seeing the movie itself that I added it to my list.

The rest of the movies are on multi-movie DVD sets since they aren’t available on Blu-ray. The American Ninja Double Feature set are the two sequels after the original I already found in a three film set.

The final four movies are lesser known works of Michael J. Fox spanning from 1987-1994. I’ve previously seen The Secret of My Success, The Hard Way, and For Love or Money. I haven’t watched Greedy yet, but I have been trying to get it to win a voting round on Twitter which hasn’t happened yet. Those three movies I did watch were pretty decent from what I can remember. It’s also not a bad price for this DVD set titled Michael J. Fox Comedy Favorites Collection.

That’s it for me. Have a good one!

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*Free as in gift card money.

Now Playing: April 2016

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Since I never did a Now Playing article for either February or March thanks to my PC being out of commission, I figured I’d do one for April.

Why a week sooner than I’d usually aim to do it? This is because I don’t see myself having much time or interest in gaming in the coming weeks. My free time is more spent these days watching movies or TV. I feel it doesn’t do me any good to tell myself I’m going to play a game later on knowing I’m probably not going to bother. It’s a pointless expectation to have if my interest isn’t there when the time comes.

Now don’t take me as one of those “I’m done with gaming” types. That’s preposterous. It’s much more along the lines of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” things. Time away from playing games will ultimately help me get more excited to play them.

In these last two months I did play and beat Jak 3 (PS2) and Uncharted 3 via the Uncharted Collection on PS4. The former was fun until the final boss. Trying to shoot specific spots without any sort of auto aim in a vehicle that only shoots straight ahead is not what I call fun. The latter was fun and Drake was a wonderfully voiced character as always, but the constant big set piece escapes from crumbling structures got old very, very fast.

I also played some of the RPG Star Ocean: First Departure on PSP. It was fun for about 5 hours and, as usual, I lost interest. Rarely does an RPG keep me entertained these days.

I do want to eventually finish The Legend of Kage 2 (DS) and Bully (PS2), but those will have to wait until my gaming mojo returns.

In the meantime, I’ve watched A Clockwork Orange and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The scenes you usually see about the movie are from the beginning section and that never convinced me to watch it. However, a breakdown of the movie via Renegade Cut showed me other parts of the film making it much more intriguing. This is something you simply cannot accomplish for me by avoiding spoilers as the Internet community would have you believe.

A Clockwork Orange was an excellent piece on society’s view on criminal punishment and rehabilitation. In that regardless of debt paid while incarcerated the victims still want a piece of payback for themselves. It’s actually quite sad and makes Alex, the main character, sympathetic by the end. At the end, though, it seems as if Alex reverts back to his old ways. Is this the case or am I reading more into it than is there?

Finally, I’ll leave you with my new acquisition of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. Thanks for reading!

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Ultra Street Fighter: The Movie

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This is my game purchases for the month of June. I didn’t get any digital titles because, you know, Team Hardcopy. However, it was tempting to get Dungeon Explorer, a TG-16 classic, for $1.20 off of PSN.

What I did get was a spur of the moment purchase of Street Fighter: The Movie for the original PlayStation off of eStarland.com. I was watching this video from Game-Rave. I was reminded of the two other times in high school I bought and then eventually sold this Street Fighter game. This time it’s in my collection for good.

The other game I also bought in the same order as SF: The Movie is Watch Dogs. I know, I know. It’s a bad game, but I’m a sucker for its hacking premise despite it’s basic implementation of it.

I was able to also pick up Ultra Street Fighter IV at Best Buy. It was another unplanned purchase, but not overall as I was going to get it once the price was right. At $20 it was.

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Summer Games Done Quick 2014

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If you’ve never heard of the Games Done Quick marathons and you’re a gamer you need to unearth yourself from your rock hiding. It’s a 24/7 speed run marathon and takes place twice a year for a whole week (and a little bit after that) for charity. Check them out every January and June!

The Summer marathon is on going as of this moment for a few more days. Watch at gamesdonequick.com. You can also visit the Speed Demos Archive’s Twitch.tv past broadcasts page to catch anything you missed.

Below is a list of the speed runs I personally found to be amazing that I’ve watched so far.

*Super Mario 3D World (1h49m)
*Metal Warriors (22m)
*Tails’ Adventure (17m)
*Mega Man 3 (35m)
*Kickmaster (13m)
*Marble Madness (2m)
*Metal Storm (12m)
*Rygar (26m)
*Shatterhand (26m)
*Castlevania 64 (52m)
*Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (40m)
*Ninja Baseball Batman (30m)
*TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (20m)
*Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (50m)
*Duke Nukem II (32m)
*Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (9m)
*Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (bonus game)
*Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (8m)
*Doom 64 (1h5m)
*Halo (1h51m)

Air Control

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Remember that horrendous pile of shit called Earth: Year 2066? Sadly I do. A number of weeks ago it was finally removed from the Steam store by Valve.

Unfortunately another bullshit “game” by the name of Air Control has surfaced. This one isn’t even on the Early Access service. It’s being considered a full complete game. Complete my ass. Its “developer” is doing the same thing too. They’re lying about what the game is and silencing anybody who writes an honest review. Air Control is actually worse than Earth: Year 2066 if you can believe that.

This was covered, just like the previous farce, by Jim Sterling on the Jimquisition. He gives all of the dirty details on it. I also crafted another screenshot for you all.

With games like these getting through I really have to call into question Valve Software. Do they have any quality control on Steam anymore? I’m guessing not. I refuse to think it’s because nobody there notices these smelly turds. I think Valve is turning a blind eye to this matter. If you don’t have enough Steam staff to thoroughly deal with this problem then do I have a solution for you. Hire more people. Hell, hire me. I’ll gladly do it. I’ll happily move out to Bellevue, WA. I’m dead fucking serious!

Thanks to Jim for once again for his work! Much love doubled!

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New episodes of both podcasts coming this week. Until then…

SPACE SUPLEX #4 – May 27th 2014 (@SpaceSuplex)
24bitAJE and HartKnight welcome usagi704 and review the October 1999 WWF No Mercy PPV from Cleveland, Ohio.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/space-suplex-podcast-episode-4-no-mercy-1999/

HART & USAGI PODCAST #46 – May 22th 2014 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat recent games played, physical vs. digital games, Flappy Bird multiplayer, Google, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/hart-usagi-podcast-46-google-ruins-everything/