Hart & Usagi Podcast #43: Play Monolopy

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The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back and this time we talk about our love for Robocop, the crazy idea that Flappy Bird has fans, and power laces, alright!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Robocop
* Sonic Boom Brings a Brand-New Sonic to Wii U, 3DS and TV
* Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games
* Early Access
* Net Neutrality Dead
* Street Fighter IV updates
* The Flappy Bird Saga Continues
* Magus, first game developed by Aksys, out on PS3 Feb. 25
* Watch Dogs Delayed for Wii U
* New PS Vita Model Confirmed for US, Included in Borderlands 2 Bundle
* Sly Cooper movie sneaks into theaters in 2016

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New Releases 2013: June 9-29

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Week of 6/9
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
The Last of Us (PS3)

Week of 6/16
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PSV)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3, X360)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PSV)
New Super Luigi U (WU)

Week of 6/23
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
Deadpool (PS3, X360, PC)
Game & Wario (WU)
Muramasa Rebirth (PSV)

Now Playing: June 2011

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Some quality gaming was had in this past 30 days and I’d like to tell you about it if you’ll let me.

First off my most recent purchase, if you can call it that, was the free standalone downloadable version of Streets of Rage 2 off of the PlayStation Network for PS Plus members. Thanks to the free trial I was able to get it and finally be able to experience one of the greatest beat-’em-up games of all time with online play. This is what Xbox Live has had for almost four years now. It’ll be available for $4.99 at the beginning of this coming week for everybody.

I finished SoR2, one of three this month, offline (very easy) and on online co-op (normal) getting all trophies save for the most difficult one. You have to get 800,000 points on Very Hard with just one life at the start. I doubt I’ll ever get it and it reminds me of another beat-’em-up with this same one trophy left problem. It’s the also downloadable Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.

I played a session a few days ago of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger against Usagi704. It’s the first time I’ve played it in quite awhile and as you’d probably expect I only won a round rarely. Unlike the matches we played for the PS1 version of Mortal Kombat 3, don’t expect any of my horrid lack of BlazBlue skills to be uploaded anytime soon.

One of the other three games I finished this month is the GBA version of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. I’ve been currently watching the show itself, it being very good, and I figured I’d give the Natsume developed game a shot. It’s a repetitive beat-’em-up/platformer with ‘Zord battles and a path-finding grid mini-game to get extra ‘Zords added to your arsenal. The game’s missions of find and defeat all enemies or find and save all citizens is fairly tedious, but I’ve played worse. Maybe the home console version will be better.

Finally the main game I played more recently and the third game finished giving me a total of 18 for this year is Assassin’s Creed. Back when I bought it in July 2008, it was kind of sold as similar to Prince of Persia. After having played it I can say it’s really nothing like it. Assassin’s Creed is slower paced and in an open-world where as Prince of Persia is straight on through.

The start of Assassin’s Creed was much slower all right. I was getting frustrated because of this and the slow walking (while blending) past soldiers in the Kingdom overworld definitely wasn’t helping things. Once I arrived to the first city I started to get a hang of things and after completing all side objectives and the main assassination, while the game’s missions never changed, I still found myself having quite a bit of fun.

Of the missions, eavesdropping was the least exciting thing to do. All you did was sit on a bench nearby and listen to two characters talk. I much preferred to save a citizen by running in and jumping on the first soldier and taking him out with the hidden blade and then countering strikes/throwing them to the ground.

I was recommended the first sequel, Assassin’s Creed II, by Gigastormz via Twitter. He made it sound much more varied in the ways to take out enemies and in ways to escape or hide from them. I’ll definitely be looking to eventually pick it up.

That’ll do it for me this time. Thanks for checking out my blogging space. Peace!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Streets of Rage 2 – Trophies: 11 / 12 (92%)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger – Trophies: 5 / 51 (10%)
Alien Crush – Score: 9,263,600

Help Wanted

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I have some questions and I hope you could help with some answers.

PSN PURCHASES
I’ve been thinking about two games to buy off of the PlayStation Network lately, but I’ve been torn on some things about them.

First up is Peggle and its add-on Peggle Nights. I’ve heard about this game for awhile and never knew anything about it until I tried the DS version, Duel Shot, that my nephew had. It reminded me of The Price Is Right’s Plinko to an extent.

I liked what I played of it, but the DS version is $20. Both the game and the add-on is $15 in comparison on PSN which is a much better deal.

My question: Is the multiplayer mode(s), if any, worth the time?

I didn’t think much of the PSN port of Mortal Kombat II at the time of its release. That’s mainly because I have the game many times over already. I paid so little attention that I didn’t know that the price was always $5.

My question: Has the game ever been patched or does it still play as it did when it was released? Does it play good enough that any problems it may have aren’t that much of a bother?

GIFT GIVING
I’ve been thinking about games as gifts, but I’ve also been having a difficult time figuring out what to get. The two people in question are my niece and nephew.

I was thinking about Brain Age and Super Dodgeball Brawlers, both on the DS, mainly because I already own them, but now I’m thinking something else might be better.

What ideas might you have? My niece is six and my nephew is nine. They both have a DS Lite so I’m going to keep it to just DS and GBA games. Any game, new or old, on those two system are available for ideas. The only exception is Pokemon. I know that they have enough of that.

Thanks for your help on these questions.

EDIT: For the gifts I also like to stay away from newer games because they may be bought by my brother. Plus, I’d like to keep these games as cheap as possible. Also, if you could make sure nobody else has suggesting the same thing already. Most of Nintendo’s main franchise games are still going for a lot even the older ones so Mario, Link, and the like are also not the best either.

Gaming Update incl. Mercenaries 2 + 11 Games

Over the last few weeks I managed an addition of 11 games to my collection. Here they are.

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
As I mentioned previously, either twitter, here, or both, I went a little too crazy with the steel wool on my first copy of the game making it no longer work. This copy works great as is and shall remain that way.

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES)
At $5 this was the best deal I’ve ever seen for this game. Usually it goes for at least $9-10. I was going to get Double Dragon II for the Game Boy, but I had to settle for this instead. That’s not a bad thing.

God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
I originally played the copy that was disc only that came with my God of War PSP. I decided that since I see the game all of the time that I’d get a complete new copy. Next for this same treatment is Daxter.

Army of Two (PS3)
I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but apparently someone out there thinks this game has homosexual overtones in it. Please. As the person that I am I had to purchase it because of that. It’s my way of saying “Screw you.”

Soldiers of Fortune (GEN)
This game may sound like a game that you know of, but it’s not. This soldier is plural and not first-person in anyway.

Rest of the purchases:
Valis III (GEN)
Chase H.Q. II (GEN)
Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
Mirror’s Edge (PS3)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB)

Onto the gaming update portion of this blog post.

I’d recently played some more of the downloadable Super Street Fighter II Turbo and of the just bought BlazBlue against Usagi704. Not a great performance on my part since I’ve not played much of the fighting games as of recently.

Yesterday I did manage to capture Carmona in Mercenaries 2. That mission was a pain for the drive back to the HQ as I’m sure VixDiesel can understand.

I’ve also uploaded a video showing, as best I could, the ridiculous things that happen when simply driving a car in Mercenaries 2. It includes commentary to get across how absurd it all is.

Lastly, another video I uploaded was of some nearby fireworks that I could see just above the distant treeline from my front yard.

Motorstorm & 4 eBay Auctions Won

In this video I talk about my time playing Motorstorm on the PS3 and recent purchases that include four eBay auctions that I won. Also I take the time to mention about the poorly packaged winnings.

Game Genie (NES)
2nd copy of TMNT: Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (NES)
Super Dodgeball Brawlers (DS)
Taito Legends 2 (PS2)
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA)
The Legend of Kage 2 (DS)
Night Trap (SCD)
SOCOM Confrontation (w/headset) (PS3)
3-disc Halloween DVD
Android Assault (SCD)
Mortal Kombat (SCD)
Ground Zero Texas (SCD)
Stellar Fire (SCD)
Jurassic Park (SCD)
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (SCD)
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Mega Man 6 (NES)

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