Hidden Deals

Thanks to Gigastormz on Twitter for letting it be known of, what I like to call, Best Buy’s hidden sale of Darksiders II. The game was listed on the shelf at $50, but was actually available for $15. I tried to see if any others were lower than they were listed, like Saints Row: The Third and Max Payne 3. This was not the case, but the listed price of $20 for Syndicate was good and I picked it up too.

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Games Finished In 2012

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2012. The total number comes to 51. That’s up 11 from 2011.

1. Metal Slug Advance (GBA) – 1/11
2. Batman Forever (SNES) – 1/14
3. Riot Zone (VC) – 1/15
4. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 1/30
5. Darksiders (PS3) – 2/14
6. Daxter (PSP) – 2/19
7. Super Street Fighter II (SNES) – 2/24
8. Max Payne (PS2) – 2/27
9. Contra (NES) – 3/6
10. Fighting Force (PS) – 3/7
11. Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) – 3/22
12. Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2) – 3/26
13. X-Men (PSN) – 4/4
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (GBA) – 4/10
15. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA) – 4/12
16. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 4/17
17. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – 4/30
18. Yakuza 2 (PS2) – 6/1
19. Super Hang-On (PSN) – 6/14
20. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3) – 6/23
21. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 7/1
22. Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP) – 7/21
23. Beyond Oasis via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 7/24
24. Neo Contra (PS2) – 7/25
25. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS) – 7/30
26. Tetris DS (DS) – 8/6
27. Tetris DX (GBC) – 8/8
28. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS) – 8/17
29. Rise to Honor (PS2) – 8/19
30. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSN) – 8/22
31. Half-Life 2: Episode Two via The Orange Box (PS3) – 8/29
32. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 9/4
33. Mortal Kombat II (SNES) – 9/5
34. Devil May Cry via Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) – 9/7
35. Crash Commando (PSN) – 9/14
36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES) – 9/23
37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (FC) – 9/24
38. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC) – 10/5
39. Marvel Super Heroes via Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (PSN) – 10/10
40. Alien Storm via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 10/17
41. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 10/27
42. Growl via Taito Legends 2 (PS2) – 10/30
43. Contra (FC) – 11/1
44. Prototype (PS3) – 11/16
45. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3) – 11/22
46. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) – 12/2
47. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow via Castlevania Double Pack (GBA) – 12/7
48. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 12/8
49. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 12/10
50. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 12/13
51. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) – 12/18

August, September, and December proved to be the best months for beating games with 6 in total for each with a monthly average of 4.25.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 207 last year. One of them was a platinum from Assassin’s Creed II in April.

New Releases 2012: Wii U & Rest of the Year

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WEEK of NOV. 18
007 Legends (WU)
Assassin’s Creed III (PC, WU)
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition (WU)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (WU)
Darksiders II (WU)
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3, X360, PC, WU, WII, MAC)
Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion (3DS)
Hitman: Absolution (PS3, X360)
Just Dance 4 (WU)
NBA 2K13 (WU)
New Super Mario Bros. U (WU)
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (WU)
Nintendo Land (WU)
Persona 4 Golden (PSV)
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PSV)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (3DS)
Resistance Collection (PS3)
Skylanders Giants (WU)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3, X360, WU)
Tank! Tank! Tank! (WU)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (WU)
ZombiU (WU)

WEEK of NOV. 25
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (PS3, PSV)

WEEK of DEC. 2
Far Cry 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)

WEEK of DEC. 9
Hawken (PC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PSV, 3DS)

My Top Wish List (GameSpot ’12)

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The following list is the ten games on my wish list that have the highest amount of total GameSpot members that have also placed these games on their wish list.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl – 17,719
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 7,904
Batman: Arkham City – 2,182
Dark Souls – 1,321
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – 935
The House of the Dead: Overkill – 574
Saints Row: The Third – 489
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – 468
Darksiders II – 360
Sleeping Dogs – 355

E3 ’12 Excitement

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These are the games I’m interested to see more of and know more about at E3.

This first group consists of the games I’m already pretty excited about. Being a fan of the beat-’em-up genre, I’m hopeful for Double Dragon: Neon.

Double Dragon: Neon
Borderlands 2
Assassin’s Creed III
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
DMC

This next group is where my interest is a little less for a few reasons depending on the game. For instance God of War: Ascension and its multiplayer mode and Injustice: Gods Among Us and hearing what Ed Boon has in store for this DC fighter.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
God of War: Ascension
007 Legends
Darksiders II
Tomb Raider
Injustice: Gods Among Us

These last two are ones where there’s been next to nothing about them since their announcement. Hopefully we’ll hear a bit more at the event next week.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It goes without saying to let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing more of at E3. Stay in touch on Twitter (@HartKnight) if you want to read more of my babbling. ;)

Now Playing: February 2012

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This month I racked up eight games played.

Earlier in the month I talked about Darksiders and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix here and talked about finishing the former game along with some vs. fighting game fun against toolzz and Usagi704 and Burnout Paradise challenges with Doomguard3 over here.

Since then I’ve started and finished Daxter as suggested by lightwarrior179. In fact I did so in just four days. I enjoyed parts of it. When this game focused on platforming, it was damn good. When it decided to change things up with timed events, doing mini-games, or driving a vehicle, it became classic Jak & Daxter frustration. Thankfully, the game usually stuck to the sweet, sweet platforming sections.

Yesterday I was roped into more vs. fighting action by Usagi. This time it was Super Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo. Out of the copious number of matches we had, I found myself on a roll with Vega. Wall diving here and cross ups there brought me many victories. This was the case until he chose Ken. Doing a fake wall dive wasn’t guaranteed anymore since he could bust out a fierce Dragon Punch to catch me with its long range. The pain was brought and I felt it. :D

That’s all for this edition of Now Playing. I’ll be continuing on with the next game on the list of suggested games to play by my GS gaming buddies. It’ll be Max Payne (PS2; already played on PC). Be sure to catch our latest episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast if you haven’t yet. Until next time!

The Steel Wheels of War

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Behold! Darksiders has been finished! This gives me my fifth game beaten this year.

In last week’s update I was in the middle of activating beams to free Azrael. I’ve since then TKO’d Straga and War’s dark doppelganger, found the scattered pieces of the Armageddon Blade, and defeated the final boss, The Destroyer.

Most of the bosses in this game, as I’ve pointed out before, were puzzle oriented. I didn’t feel The Destroyer was since I was focused on him the whole time and not worried about alternate ways to damage him. Because of this it was a much easier battle.

Darksiders II does still interest me. Hopefully they’ll have a smaller inventory next time.

The next major game I’ll focus my efforts on will be the PSP title Daxter as suggested by lightwarrior179.

In multiplayer action I played against Usagi704 in Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition on the Genesis and completely sucked.

I faced off against toolzz in MK and UMK3 via the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. The speed jump when switching games threw me off for a bit. I didn’t think I had that great of a performance. He mentioned that he recorded our matches. I’ll link to the corresponding video(s) in a future blog post once they’re uploaded.

Finally I was helping out Doomguard3 with online challenges in Burnout Paradise. The highlight while playing was when “jim” was typed in the text chat instead of “him” in referring to a random player we were waiting on. It didn’t take long for us to start joking around that Jim needed to hurry up. I even sent a PM to the player in question simply saying “Hey, Jim. Over here!”

Thanks for reading and have a good Valentine’s Day!