Now Playing: May-December 2016

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In the latter half of 2016 I played a number of games. Doom 3, Max Payne 3, Saints Row IV’s expansion, Infamous 2, Crysis 3, etc. I’m currently on Watch Dogs for the last month and I’ve been enjoying it more than most people did. I’m with Jim Sterling on this game and it’s fun for what it is. I haven’t been expecting more from it. My thoughts on other games are as follows.

I started out playing Doom 3. It was much better than I thought it would be, but it’s still a bit cliche for the gotcha type of horror it went for. However, I did like it and I felt the pace was a small amount faster in the expansions of Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission. Those were a welcome addition.

Then I moved onto Max Payne 3. It was the fun Payne gameplay we’ve come to know just with an updated sense about it that’s needed in today’s gaming scene. The story was the good, but I did feel the game lasted longer than I had liked. It was still worth my time regardless of this complaint.

Next up was Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The previous game in the series I played was Saints Row 2. I was going to do the usual play them in order since I have SR3 and IV, but I thought screw it. I went for the out the top hellscape adventure because Usagi704 was playing it and it looked wonderfully fun in all of its ridiculous glory. It was certainly that.

Continuing on with the PlayStation 3 marathon I was on, I played and finished Infamous 2. I had tried to start it 2014, but felt the need to get back to my gaming roots at that time. I was worried I would abandon it again, but thankfully that was never an issue this time around. I played on the evil side the first and only time I plan on playing it. It’s just easier to have fun Infamous’ open world that way. In the end I chose to become what I hunted for the whole time.

Crysis 3 was the last game before Watch Dogs and it was pretty much what I expected. The only problem is that eventually I was placed in, what I felt was, an unfair boss fight. I took my sweet ass time throughout the game and since I was ready to be finished with it, I called it “done” when this fight failed multiple times.

In the future I plan on playing every single game I haven’t played that I received for Xmas. This includes the lot I was given this last holiday too. In total it’ll encompass 19 games starting with Bujingai: The Forsaken City. I won’t force myself to beat a game if I’m not entertained by it. But hopefully it won’t be much of a problem. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year!

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The Blade Runners

Two weeks ago a package unexpectedly, but also expectedly, arrived in the mail. It was from my Space Suplex podcast co-host @24bitAJE. Without charging me a single penny, Anthony graciously sent me five WWE Blu-ray releases spanning from 2012-2014.

First up is The Best of Sting and Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection. Both are 2-disc sets for each of the former Blade Runners, if you will. The next one has almost all of the around 30 War Games matches that WCW presented from 1987-2000. The great Dusty Rhodes gives some of his thoughts on what went into putting these crazy matches together in War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches.

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Finally, there’s two volumes of ECW Unreleased. The use of the term “unreleased” is kind of a misnomer. It seems to only apply to the ECW Championship match at CyberSlam 2000. Regardless, I’m sure both volumes will be enjoyable.

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On a separate note I picked up Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse on PSN during their recent flash sale for $5.

Thanks for reading.

Komplete First Editions

Here’s another set of four new movies. Two more DVD upgrades in The American President and Collateral Damage. The latter was a former Blockbuster rental copy. Oh, Blockbuster. Those where the days. The other two, Whiplash and Gangs of New York, are new to my collection altogether. I was reminded that Gangs was a Martin Scorsese picture so I decided to get it. Whiplash was my newest favorite after my initial viewing. It was the reason I selected it.

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Onto the gaming side. I was with Usagi704 and we visited an out of town gaming store called Warp Zone. After much digging around, because heaven forbid I not be kneeling on the floor, looking through a bin of portable games, I found the Japanese version of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge. The only difference I’m aware of is the subweapon difference of the Axe (NA) being the Cross (JP). I also found NHL Blades of Steel 2000 for the Game Boy Color. I didn’t know Konami ever made another Blades of Steel game after the NES title. I guess this is it. Unlike the original game it has both the NHL and NHL Players licenses.

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The final three games puchased was the PlayStation 4 version of the rebooted Shadow Warrior. It marks my fifth game for the system I still do not own. I also picked up on a whim the Komplete Edition of Mortal Kombat, which was a used copy without an online pass, and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Both are for the PS3. I don’t plan to play online with MK9 so it’s just as well it didn’t have the pass with it. Gat Out of Hell was labeled a “First Edition.” It’s probably similar to “Day 1 Edition” and it includes DLC called the “Devil’s Workshop Pack.”

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #61 – March 28th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat remaster of games and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/hart-usagi-podcast-61-remastered/

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SPACE SUPLEX #17 – April 1st 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat WrestleMania 31 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/space-suplex-podcast-ep-17-wrestlemania-31/

Holiday Gaming Plans

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Last night I was ready to play a new game after finishing up with The Mark of Kri. I wasn’t sure what it should be so I left it up to my Twitter followers.

I asked them to choose from a platformer or an open world game. Both where chosen. NiceGuyNeon went with open world and from the following list picked Sleeping Dogs.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Far Cry 3
Infamous 2
The Saboteur
Sleeping Dogs
Yakuza 3

Gamecamiller and SonicHomeboy opted for a platformer and of the four games I had in mind they chose Kirby’s Dream Land 2 and Super Mario Galaxy, respectively.

Castlevania: Dracula X
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
Super Mario Galaxy
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My current plans are to play Kirby’s Dream Land 2 and then Sleeping Dogs and Super Mario Galaxy.

On a side note I found a cheap copy of Saints Row: The Third. It’s a Greatest Hits version and it has the new owner of the IP, Deep Silver, on the cover instead of THQ.

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New Releases 2013: Aug. 18-Sept. 7

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WEEK of 8/18
Disney Infinity (PS3, X360, PC, WII, WU, 3DS)
Divekick (PS3, PSV)
Saints Row IV (PS3, X360, PC)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, X360, PC, WU)

WEEK of 8/25
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition (PC)
Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
Killer Is Dead (PS3, X360)
Lost Planet 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Madden NFL 25 (PS3, X360)
PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate (PC)
Pokemon Rumble U (WU)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (X360)

WEEK of 9/1
Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland (PSV)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3, PC)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PS3, X360)
Diablo III (PS3, X360)
Rayman Legends (PS3,X360, PC, WU, PSV)
Total War: Rome II (PC)

Why Did It Have To Be Zombies?

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The Internet has apparently blown its collective mind over the recently released trailer for Dead Island. Lots of people have been calling it fantastic and some have even waxed poetic about it.

I don’t see it that way.

I don’t see the trailer as amazing in any way. This would have to do with Dead Island being another zombie themed game. If you asked me what the most prolific types of games there are now I’d tell you it’s modern first-person shooters and zombie themed games. It’s gotten to be so much that the king of the former, Call of Duty, also has a mode for the latter.

I don’t know what made this type of theme popular, but it’s pretty much the same style of gameplay in every game. However, I’d be hard pressed to consider Resident Evil among these games because it’s survivor horror that happens to have zombies in it, but I digress.

I just feel that a zombie themed game at this point is really creatively bankrupt regardless of any other possibilities for neat or interesting ideas that might be put into it.