Hart & Usagi Podcast #30: Mean Streets of Burnout


Welcome to a brand new episode of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. This is episode 30 and we celebrate by talking about our memories of racing/driving games. And by we I mean Usagi704 and myself along with our guests Gigastormz and ebbderelict!

This is a single topic episode and the longest one to date. We are the record setters around here. :D Below you’ll find a few helpful notes, but otherwise enjoy the show!

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* Encyclopedia Bombastica: Burnout 2: Point of Impact

List of games talked about (a portion of):
* Pole Position
* Outrun
* Mario Kart
* Need For Speed
* Daytona USA
* Stunts
* Gran Turismo
* Lucky & Wild
* Burnout
* Chase H.Q.
* Jak X: Combat Racing
* MX vs. ATV
* Pure
* R.C. Pro-Am
* Championship Sprint

Digital Derby Auto Raceway



Big, Bang, and Full of Batman


It’s been almost a month since I last mentioned anything about this game when it comes to my progress. As you may have guessed it hasn’t been much. I’m just not into it like I would like or thought I’d be. With that said, I know I’ll eventually get back to it.

My stopping point was the planet Orxon after 3 hours and 11 minutes.

I’m still playing this game and slowly I’m making my way through. I’m now up to Level 8-10 (Paris) which is the boss level. It’s been very difficult to beat this boss. They usually have about four parts that need to be beat without taking a hit otherwise the battle needs to be repeated from the start.

It’s still some fun and I like a variety that it provides.

I wasn’t sure what to start playing next and I was thinking of putting it up to a vote with systems I own being what would be chosen from. Then I noticed that ebbderelict had just started Batman Begins so I decided that would also be the game that I’ll play.

I liked the look of the game even before I bought it back in August of 2008. And it looks great in person too. Overall, the game it pretty simple, but I actually like it that way. I felt that playing the first Batmobile level was also pretty thrilling.

I can remember not liking the movie all that much, but can say for sure that I do like the game much more.

First off I want to thank everybody for your help in suggesting games. Earlier today I asked them what they already had and what they were interested in. I also got some more ideas from seeing what they liked of what I personally had. I then checked prices and related games on GameSpot.

I ultimately would like to get them something that they’d like that they don’t know about. I’m thinking of going with Namco Museum, Brain Age, or something like it for my niece.

My nephew said “maybe” to Gunstar Super Heroes so I’m sure that Astro Boy: Omega Factor would be a winner. That one will be hard to find and if I have to I can always part with Sonic Rush.

From now until the end of the month eStarland.com is offering free regular shipping for all used games. I ordered and received Super Chase H.Q., Lotus II R.E.C.S, and Shadowgate Classic. All of them are game only and weren’t anything expensive. I did have Pit Fighter ordered as well, but I guess it was out of stock once the order was shipped.


Thanks for reading and make it a great holiday season!

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.

1988 Game of the Year


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

Here’s how this show works. I’ll list the nominees (up to 5) and then choose the game of the year and runner-up. The games chosen have to be games that I’ve played. They don’t have to have been played at the time, but they do have to be within the year noted in the title.

NOMINEES (All games are the arcade versions unless otherwise noted.)
Alien Crush (TG-16)
Altered Beast
Chase H.Q.
Contra (NES)

1988 Game of the Year: Contra
Runner-up: Chase H.Q.

Those that know me well enough or have simply read my blog for awhile will not be surprised to see Contra as my Game of the Year for 1988. I actually never owned it at the time, but I did get to play it when a friend of my brother left his copy at my place for several weeks. I remember being up all night playing this on the weekends.

You can probably tell by now that I was at the arcades a lot at the time with a number of the nominees being arcade games. Chase H.Q. was another one of those games. This one was basically doing what I love about the Burnout series way before Criterion Games was even a thought. The name of the game was to chase down a target car and then ram into them until you’ve won. Sounds like Burnout’s road rage mode to me. :D

Going back to that side note that I pointed out the last time. RoboCop was another arcade game that I liked that was available at my local Coliseum Roller Rink in the early ’90s.

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