Super Combo of Revenge

Recently I had bought three new games. One was a retail release of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for the PlayStation 4. The other two were from the PlayStation Network. Those were Fu’un Super Combo, consisting of the fighting games Savage Reign and Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle. This was originally a PS2 compilation released in Japan in 2007.

The final game purchased was Double Dragon II: The Revenge. This is the Hamster emulated arcade game original.

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #65: Bombshells

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat mainly about the game announcements from E3 2015 among a few other things. Join us.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* GameStop to acquire ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet
* The First Class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame
* Uncharted PS4 Collection Removes Multiplayer for Uncharted 2 and 3
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your All-Time Favorite Arcade Game?
* The Jimquisition: Steam Refunds
* Arc System Works buys out Double Dragon, River City Ransom rights
* Bethesda E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Electronic Arts E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Ubisoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Sony E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* All of the Nintendo E3 2015 Release Dates
* Sony will support development of ‘Shenmue 3’
* Season Passes are Not Good for Gamers, says Hitman Dev
* How Far Can Drawn to Death’s Intriguing Aesthetic Take It?
* Shenmue 3 Creator Also Wants to do Shenmue 4

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My Latest Round of New Additions to the Collective

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Over the last week I’ve added new game and TV titles to my ever growing collection.

I tried to purchase Ys: The Oath in Felghana off of Glyde, but the seller I guess decided to not sell the game in the end. This sent me to eStarland to find it. While they didn’t have this Ys III remake, they did have Ys I & II Chronicles. I didn’t care which of the two PSP titles I got. I just wanted one of them. So I decided to go with that and added Goldeneye 007: Reloaded on for good measure.

Another game store I’ve mentioned before, Gameplay Unlimited, is about an hour out of town, but it’s probably the best I been to that isn’t local. I couldn’t find anything from my wish list, but I did remember the Dragon Ball Z Game Retropective done late last year by ProJared once I saw a bunch of DBZ GBA carts. After some research on my phone I picked up Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (covered in part 3 of the retrospective).

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Finally the newly released game that a big beat-’em-up fan like me can’t do without at $10 less than the usual retail price…Dragon’s Crown. I doubt this game needs to be explained other than to say it’s a ++10/10!

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I happened to stumble upon these Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD sets and because I didn’t know about them I thought they were new. As it turns out they’re six years old. I found this out when I was inserting them into my spreadsheet/collection database. Regardless, I have been on a Star Trek: The Next Generation kick as of the last two weeks and felt these themed sets were perfect. I bought two sets; one on the Borg and the other focusing on all five television show’s captains entitled “Captain’s Log.” There is one other of these sets themed for Q which I’d also like to get at some point.

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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

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.

New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.

While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new

Total this time around: 11

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor