Xmas 2014

When it comes to gifts of brotherly love, I was in a Nintendo giving mood this year. As I’m sure you’ll eventually see in a video of his, Usagi704 got from me two Classic Controller Pros. One was white and the other was gold. He also needed a Wii remote to connect the others to and I also hooked him up with that. There’s a movie in there somewhere too.

On a side note. A pre-Xmas game for myself was my second PlayStation 4 game. It was the newest Strider off of PSN. I still don’t have the system in question to play, but I did get the game on a recent sale.

Back to gifts, but this time for me. The photo below shows off a total of ten movies on Blu-ray. These are all off of my wish list from Usagi704 and my parents.

Liar Liar (1997 – 2013 BD)
Ghostbusters (1984 – 2014 BD)
Cobra (1986 – 2011 BD)
Casino Royale (2006 – 2013 BD)
Rush Hour (1998 – 2010 BD)
Skyfall (2012 – 2013 BD)
Death Proof (2007 – 2008 BD)
Rocky (1976 – 2014 BD)
Street Fighter (1994 – 2009 BD)
The Warriors (1979 – 2007 BD)

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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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Hart & Usagi Podcast #21: American Failures!

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A host of fun stuff is talked about on the 21st episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We start off with smug gloating of the crushing defeat the GOP received in the 2012 US election. Then we move onto making fun of “Uncle” Stan Lee in a trailer for the Avengers Kinect title among many other news items.

Get yourself strapped in for the amazing adventures of American Failures in this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

NOTE: The audio isn’t the best this time around. Sorry about that.

TOPICS/NEWS:
* Election/Politics
* Avengers: Battle for Earth
* Sensory Sweep
* Kickstarter
* Zynga
* 38 Studios
* Steam to Linux
* Gamestop
* Natural Selection II
* Skyfall
* Papa John’s

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New Releases 2010: Oct. 31-Nov. 13

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As you can see from the list below Kinect is getting released this coming week. Since nobody cares about it we’ll just pretend it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) exist by looking at the rest of the goodies getting released.

As you can probably gather from my gaming interests plus it’s a move that’ll surprise no one, I’ll be getting the God of War: Ghost of Sparta PSP system pack. However, in a move that may surprise some of you, I did pre-order it.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/31
Dance Central (X360)
DanceMasters (X360)
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3, X360)
EyePet (PSP)
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (PS3, X360)
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)
GoldenEye 007 (WII, DS)
James Bond 007: Bloodstone (PS3, X360, PC, DS)
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Kinect Joyride (X360)
Kinect Sports (X360)
Kinectimals (X360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS2, PSP)
Sonic Free Riders (X360)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 11/7
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
MySims Collection (WII)
The Fight: Lights Out (PS3)
The Sly Collection (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 (WII)

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ONLINE PS2 GAMES
Recently I was wondering if any of my online enabled PS2 games would still have that service up and running. To my surprise quite a number of them still do. Sure it’s less than half, but it still amazed me that 12 of 20 games worked online.

There was one thing that was consistent with my findings. If GameSpy operated the online servers, you could guarantee that those games would still be playable.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Burnout 3: Takedown
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Champions: Return To Arms
Flatout 2
Midnight Club II
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Ratchet: Deadlocked
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Urban Chaos: Riot Response

EA games seemed to be the ones that were the least likely to work. However it was odd that of the Burnout games tested Takedown worked while Revenge didn’t as you can see below in the list of games shut down.

Burnout Revenge
Everything or Nothing
Goldeneye: Rogue Agent
NFL Street 2
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Project: Snowblind
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

SYSTEM LINK PS1 GAMES
In similar news, I was looking for a list of games that were system link compatible for the original PlayStation system since Usagi704 did buy the cable and I had got one of the original models.

Unfortunately there’s only apparently 30 games that have this option, as listed on Wikipedia, with quite a few being racing games of some type.

Of that list, I have Destruction Derby, Doom, Final Doom, and R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. I’m looking into a few of the others like The Need For Speed, Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012, and Armored Core among a couple more.

BORDERLANDS
Since my last blog post I’ve found some more fun to be had with Borderlands. I’m much quicker when comparing weapons and items and I don’t feel as much like a weakling anymore, though it still happens from time to time. Level 13 must be where the magic is. My current level is 20.

Trophies: 19 / 51 (37%)

2001 Game of the Year

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Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

NOMINEES
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire
Max Payne
Twisted Metal: Black

2001 Game of the Year: Max Payne
Runner-up: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Ah. Max Payne. It’s the only PC game other than Half-Life 2 that I bought on the week that it was released. I remember being in my college dorm where I downloaded and played the demo. That weekend at home I bought the game to take back up with me. I remember playing it through several times and also messing around with some modifications. Those mods weren’t nearly as interesting as the ones for Half-Life at the time, though.

For my first time playing Jak and Daxter, I borrowed the game from Usagi704. For an early PS2 title it still had the collect-a-thon element that was present in a majority of the previous console generation’s platformers. It had me frustrated once in awhile, but it was still a very fun game.

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GoldenEye Is Not The Best Bond Game

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When I was thinking of what to exactly say about my gripe with those that consider GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64 to be the end all and be all of Bond games, I didn’t want to just copy and paste what I had said over two years ago. I decided to go to the forums for all of the ammo I needed. Sure enough I found this thread. Enjoy the rant.

Ah yes, Quantum of Solace. It’s the newest game from the James Bond universe. It’s also another reason for fans of GoldenEye on the N64 to start doing their usual comparison only to come to the same jaded conclusion that no Bond game can live up to their beloved game.

I don’t have any problem for those that have played GoldenEye since 1997 and can still enjoy it, but I have a hard time believing that most of those that claim the game’s greatness have played it since then. It really is time to take off the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia that you’ve been wearing for over the last decade are realize that most all of the Bond games since then have been better. And I’m doing a direct FPS comparison when I say that and not referring to the third-person shooters like Everything or Nothing or From Russia With Love.

It wasn’t until 2001 that another Bond FPS game was released. This game was Agent Under Fire. I liked playing the game, but it definitely wasn’t superb. However, it still was better than GoldenEye solely because of better control with dual analog sticks. A year later NightFire was released and it really felt like a major improvement.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent was released in 2004. If any Bond game should be compared to the N64 game then it would have to be this one. In the first minute of this developer interview, Chris Plummer, the Senior Producer of Rogue Agent, says that they were trying to recreate the experience of the Rare’s game. Well, if that was the case then you fans of the original can have at him, but I feel that this game does hold its own to a degree.

Now it’s 2008. In four years the progression of first-person shooters has come a long way. To have Quantum of Solace basically play similar to GoldenEye at this point in time would have been a huge mistake. Sure the new game takes a bunch from the successful Call of Duty games and adds a Kill Switch cover system, but the game’s better off for it. You can be sure that it plays way better than GoldenEye ever did.

In closing I have to ask one thing of those wondering why the Quantum of Solace game is more based on the previous film, Casino Royale. Have you seen the latest movie? The story hardly makes any sense. It makes me consider watching A View To A Kill and that one was garbage too.