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.

No Dough Spared

About a month ago I added three games to my collection. One was a Super Nintendo game and the other two were from the PlayStation Store. The latter two first.

They are Galaga and Windjammers. Both were heavily discounted at $1.59 and $1.49, respectively. I don’t play that many games as old as Galaga, but, of them from that era, this is one of my favorites.

Up to this point I’ve never played Windjammers before. I mainly knew of it through podcasts that Jeff Gerstmann was on over the years when he would briefly mention the game. It does look to be one of the many SNK classics!

Finally, I bought King of Dragons on the SNES. This was the final of the three medieval beat-’em-ups made by Capcom that I didn’t have ported to the system. The easiest one to find is Knights of the Round with Magic Sword being a bit more rare. It was $70 for only the cartridge, but I haven’t bought many games in a long time so I had the dough to spare on this purchase.

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Merry Winter Solstice

Unlike in 2014 when I had been given lots of movies on Blu-ray for Xmas, this year it was mostly video games. The similarity between this year and that year is they’re all from my wish list. Upon thinking about it, I’m surprised all the games are from this last calendar year. I’m ready to load my BFG to take down the demonic mafia all the while raiding more tombs. Praise the sun!

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Zootopia
Mafia III
Doom (2016)
Dark Souls III
Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Back With A Revengenance!

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I’m back. My new PC is up and running “gud” so it’s time to get back to business.

In the coming weeks you’ll get new episodes of both the Hart & Usagi and Space Suplex podcasts. Along with that I’ll also be coming soon with an update on my gaming progress (or lack of it, as the case may be). This update will focus on the purchases I’ve made during the weeks of downtime.

First up is new games!

I picked up Hotline Miami on the PlayStation Network for just $2.00. It gave me versions for the PS3, PS4, and Vita. Of Wolfenstein I got a local copy of The Old Blood. I would’ve had The New Order at the same time, but the case was broken and Best Buy didn’t have an copies to replace it. A new PSP was acquired too. This was a third import of the Kamen Rider Climax Heroes series entitled Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes.

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Onto newly bought movies!

I picked up Boyz n the Hood soon after seeing Straight Outta Compton in the theater last year, which I also bought. Both are very good and worth seeing.

Usagi704 improved his collection with a Steelbook of Casino as did I with For Your Eyes Only. I took the older version of the former film off of him for a bargain bin price.

On DVD is how I original saw The Mechanic (1972). It was on one of those very cheap three film sets on one disc deals. I upgraded to a stand-alone Blu-ray for ultimate in picture quality along with extras like my beloved commentary.

Other movies I got were: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Legend of Billie Jean, Air Force One, and Samurai Pizza Cats (a 52 episode cartoon show).

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The Collection Grows

Several weeks old purchases are finally being shown off. These are the Disney movie based on a stage play and the last of two import games I was waiting on. I give to you Into the Woods and Kamen Rider: Battride War on PS3, respectively.

My total movie collection is at 252. 30% (or 76) of them are Blu-ray.

On the other side my total video game collection is at 978. 15.64% (or 153) are on the PlayStation 3. Only the PS2 bests it by less than 20.

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If you’d like to be in the running for our digital movie contest which includes Into the Woods, then please check out Hart & Usagi Podcast or Space Suplex below.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #62 – April 20th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat Mortal Kombat X, Comcast, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/hart-usagi-podcast-62-losing-our-history/

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SPACE SUPLEX #18 – April 28th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat Extreme Rules 2015 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/space-suplex-podcast-ep-18-get-extreme/

Odds and Ends and Far Cry 3

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Two weeks after I started Far Cry 3 I’m having a much more fun time after, as Usagi704 would say, “getting good.” My problems with driving in the first-person perspective are no longer an issue. Hunting is also no longer an issue or even a thing I do on purpose anymore. Unless there’s future billboards with special hunts on them, I don’t need to do it because I’ve successfully crafted everything from the wallet to the lootsack including all upgrades. All of this was finished before I’d even landed on Hoyt’s southern island. How’s that for progress, SonicHomeboy?

Most of the story has been pretty lame. This is especially the case with anything regarding Jason Brody’s rise and acceptance as a warrior. Whenever a cutscene would play talking about this I only starting thinking about Ultimate Warrior’s entrance theme. Only three characters have been interesting and they’re Vaas, Agent Willis, and Sam Becker. Willis leaves for Russia halfway through the game which was unfortunate.

Recently on the podcast Twitter accounts (@HartandUsagi, @SpaceSuplex) I did a giveaway contest for two of the digital movie vouchers I got with Blu-ray purchases. One was for Gangs of New York and the other was for Total Recall (the 1990 edition, of course). I have a few more to giveaway and I’ll be doing that in the future on the shows. If you’d like to be in the running for them, then follow the podcasts on Twitter and look for when I’ll announce more.

It’s a long story for this final odd and end. I’ll try and keep it short.

My usual experience purchasing from Play-Asia is problematic in several ways. 1) I need to notify my bank I’m making an international transaction so they don’t block payment, 2) Endure a small fee for said payment, and 3) Wait an ungodly amount of time for Play-Asia to ship any items bought.

In this case I purchased Kamen Rider: Battride War and Kamen Rider: Battride War II for PlayStation 3. Of course I would buy more Kamen Rider right, JiibayDan? *wink* They’re basically a Dynasty Warriors clone with the Kamen Rider license.

I got the sequel to arrive first because it’s availability was 24 hours where as the first game was labeled as 1 week. As you can see below the second game arrived. The other game has yet to be charged or shipped to me and the order was placed on March 13th.

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So that’s what I’ve been doing (or waiting for). What are you guys/gals up to?

PSP XTREME!!! (shhh… GameSpot likes it quiet)

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Since my Now Playing blog post I finished the final few stages of Ragnarok mode in Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO and unlocking the rest of the characters. This included running through the arcade mode once to unlock Kamen Rider W in Cyclone Accel Xtreme form. I felt this character to be unnecessary since this form of W never happened in the show. It was only an idea of Shroud in a thought bubble.

While over at a friends place earlier in the week I played some of Baseball Stars 2 on SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 via my PSP. I’ve always had trouble with pitching to the correct base on games of this era. I hit the throw button while my character is running in the direction of the base, but ball instead goes to the base as corresponds to the d-pad (1st = Right, 2nd = Up, 3rd = Left, Home = Down). It makes sense, but I hardly seem to do it correctly when under pressure to make it before the runner. I lost in extra innings as you probably guessed.

I’ve mainly been playing on the PSP since the visit. I’ve mostly played Gradius Collection and it’s reminded me why I like the series so much. Shoot-’em-ups don’t attract me all that much, but I like these games. I started with Gradius III and can get quite far. I just haven’t been able to finish it yet.

In my first session with the original Gradius, I finished it. It’s overall a much easier game with bosses that are very repetitive and easy. Gradius II, on the other hand, is the most difficult out of the three. I can’t pass stage 2 yet. The collection also has Gradius IV and Gaiden (a PS1 game), but I didn’t want to start them for now.

I plan to start playing GoldenEye: Rogue Agent next. Usagi704 just recently played through it fairly quickly on Xbox. I’ll be breaking out the PS2 version.

GAMNG STATS:
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO – All characters unlocked (#12 finished for 2011)
Gradius – Score: 450,000 (#13 finished for 2011)
Gradius II – Score: 114,600
Gradius III – Score: 244,210