Hart & Usagi #80: Shadow of Logan

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Episode 80 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of topics like the Nintendo Switch, recently played Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, E3 now being open to the public, and more.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Nintendo Switch Battery Life and Play Modes Confirmed
* Splatoon 2 Announced for Nintendo Switch, Due for Release This Summer
* Nintendo Switch Controllers Prices and Details
* Ultra Street Fighter 2 Announced for Switch, Has New Characters and Mode
* King of Fighters ’98, Metal Slug 3 and More Neo Geo Games Coming To Switch
* Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Dated for Xbox One/PC, Physical Xbox One/PS4 Versions Coming
* Yakuza 0 Review Roundup
* Trump’s proposed trade tariff could impact the price of consoles, games in the US
* Trump’s Travel Policy: Video Game Industry Group Responds
* PS4 Patch 4.50’s Boost Mode Improves Games That Aren’t Pro-Enabled
* E3 is open to the public this year, 15,000 tickets go on sale Monday
* Steam Greenlight Is Dead, Long Live Steam Direct
* Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter Crossover Game Sounds Unlikely, But Not Ruled Out
* Nioh DLC And Free Updates Detailed
* Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remaster May Not Be PS4 Exclusive
* Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

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Hart & Usagi #79: Thanks a lot, Microsoft!

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Episode 79 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of topics like the Scalebound cancellation, our playthrough of Shadow of the Colossus, quality of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service over the years, and more.

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NEWS:
* Recent games played
* Microsoft Cancelling Platinum Games’ Xbox One Exclusive, Scalebound
* Yakuza: Kiyami, Yakuza 6 announced
* First Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Gameplay Trailer Shows Power of Infinity Stones
* Parappa, Wipeout, Crash Bandicoot Getting PS4 Upgrades
* Nintendo Switch Will Play GameCube Games via Virtual Console [Report]
* Hackers Crack the NES Mini To Add More Games Via USB
* Ex-SNK Devs Develop New Fighting Game for… Super Nintendo
* The King of Fighters XIV Holiday Promo and Graphical Update Announced
* Double Dragon 4’s Gameplay Looks Unbelievably Old School
* Beyond the NES Classic Edition: Super NES, Genesis, And More
* Game-Rave TV Ep. 81 & 82: PlayStation Classic Console – Part 1 & Part 2

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RE: E3 2016 Reactions

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Below are my thoughts on @ebbderelict’sE3 2016 Reactions” blog post.

• I own a number of Spider-Man games, but I’ve only really played Ultimate. Of course, Insomniac helming this new entry does seem promising.
• So much VR talk these days. It’s like the days of motion controls and stereoscopic 3D in gaming. I feel the need to be against it simply because it feels like it’s being forced on me. Utter crap, I say.
• I only played a little bit of the first Resident Evil. Despite that I have an appreciation of that game because of how much of an impact it had on the industry. I haven’t had any interest beyond that.
• I’m the same. I just want to read reviews of The Last Guardian. There’s nothing more they can really show.
• As I mentioned on the podcast, I don’t understand exactly how the Crash Bandicoot games can be legit remasters. You’d think it’d look particularly bad at a higher resolution than the original game releases. I’m fine with being proven wrong, but it feels simply like too much like a Halo Anniversary style of “remaster.”

Hart & Usagi #76: E3 2016

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of news and announcements from the E3 event this year.

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NEWS:
* PlayStation 4.5
* Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
* Mighty No. 9 Sequel Discussed by Inafune
* Titanfall 2 Single-Player Campaign Confirmed, See It In Action
* Titanfall 2 Has a $250 Collector’s Edition
* Quake Champions
* Doom Getting Unto The Evil DLC, SnapMap Free Updates Coming
* New Wolfenstein Game Possibly Teased At Bethesda E3 2016 Conference
* Tekken 7 Announced for Xbox One and PC in Early 2017
* Microsoft Announces Project Scorpio Console
* God of War Revealed for PS4 at E3 2016
* The Last Guardian Release Date Finally Revealed, Watch New Gameplay Trailer
* Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Announced, Watch First Trailer
* Crash Bandicoot Games Being Remastered for PS4
* Ratchet & Clank Dev Making New Spider-Man Game for PS4
* Platinum Games’ PS4-Exclusive Nier: Automata Gets Delayed

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #45: A Landfill of Myths

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We’re back at you with dose number 45 of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. Off the top I let you know of our new Twitter account for the show. It’s @HartandUsagi! So please do follow for updates and notifications on episode releases.

As for the rest of this episode, Usagi704 and I give our thoughts on various topics. We reminisce about the Game Boy which recently turned 25, Adam Sessler leaving video game coverage for other interests of his, the infamous Atari landfill, and much, much more!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Games recently played
* A Legendary Brotherhood
* In Tangier the Parade Bar is closed….
* Are Video Gamers Athletes?
* Mozilla CEO resigns, opposition to gay marriage drew fire
* Xbox One’s Kinect is “unnecessary” and “a joke,” Molyneux says
* The Game Boy Legacy: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
* Sony Suddenly Makes Almost Every PlayStation Classic and PSP Game Downloadable and Playable on PS Vita
* The Gaming Historian – The Atari Landfill Myth
* Turtle Rock community manager let go after Donald Sterling Twitter remarks
* Net Neutrality R.I.P. (1969 – 2014)
* Think The Cassette Tape Is Dead? Then Why Did Sony Just Squeeze 185TB Of Data Onto One?

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Now Playing: January 2013

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The first game I finished for the new year, and two days in at that, was Double Dragon Neon. I was very excited for this game when it was released back in September. Sadly, I may have just waited too long to play it. I didn’t have as much fun with the game as I was hoping for.

It’s not a bad game by any means. I know it sounds like I’m apologizing for it, but I do think it was my inability to master the controls as well as I wanted to which made for a more aggravating time. The key is to activate Gleam as often as possible by performing split-second dodges of enemy attacks to be able to deal out at least double damage.

Everything else was enjoyable about the game. The graphics give that ’80s vibe and the music, redone and new, are fantastic. Skullmageddon is a fun and funny villain and his one-liners will stick with you. Now where’s my promised online co-op?

It should come to no surprise that I played another version of Street Fighter II. It’s Champion Edition on the TG-16 to be exact via the Virtual Console. It became finished game number two.

SFII CE here is another typical 16-bit port of what you’d see at the time. Compared to others on the SNES or Genesis it looks close though there are a few missing elements like the foreground fence on Zangief’s stage as an example. Otherwise the controls are tight and the sound effects sound as you’d hope for. However, the music itself is quite bad and shows why this should’ve been a CD based game. All the stage music is much less than desirable ranging from tolerable (Zangief’s stage) to don’t-choose-that-stage garbage (Sagat’s stage). It’s not hard to still recommend the SNES version, SFII Turbo, over all other 16-bit ports.

The last time I played a Crash Bandicoot game was the third PS1 game, Warped, in 2009. After the PS1 era the series saw a number of developers make titles for it. One of those studios was Vicarious Visions and the game was Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced on the Game Boy Advance.

This game, other than being in 2D, is very much mimicking the Naughty Dog titles. The sounds effects are carried over and the graphics are as close to its 3D counterpart as one might expect.

I always fancied myself as a small fan of the Crash Bandicoot games, but I think I’ve finally realized that maybe this isn’t the case. Even when I played Crash Bandicoot: Warped, it always felt like the difficulty was either too easy or spiked too hard in many instances. I didn’t ever feel there was a good middle ground. This second GBA title doesn’t change things in this regard. In fact, it might have made them worse with the new ideas for some of the levels.

If you’re more of a fan of the Crash games, then you might find N-Tranced to be fun, but other than Crash of the Titans in the future, I’m probably done.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Double Dragon Neon – #1 finished; 4h35m
* Street Fighter II: Champion Edition – #2 finished; 6h35m
* Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced – Lv. 19; 39%

Little To No Purchases

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It’s something of a surprise since it doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve gone one month without a single game purchase. I’ve certainly added games to my wish list in the meantime like God Hand and more recent releases like Moon Diver. Along with the games below I also added a third Game Boy Advance SP to the collection in early February. I have a feeling these 16 games are still more than most have bought this year or maybe I’m just being a bit cocky. :P

January:
Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (PS3 import)

February:
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype (PSN)
Shatter (PSN)
Peggle (PSN)
Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)
Run Saber (SNES)
X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (GBA)
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (GBA)
RayCrisis: Series Termination (PS)
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (DS)

March:
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (WII)
Gradius Collection (PSP)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Tetris (PSN)
Super Hang-On (GEN)
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO (PSP import)