E3 2015: Times-a-Wastin’

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The following are my comments on the blog post “The Year Ahead in Gaming” as written by @ebbderelict.

I’m interested in the newest Batman Arkham game as well. I haven’t yet played City, but I’m sure to get to it since I do own it. The main reason I had not cared for Origins was mainly because of the buggy mess I heard it was.

Star Wars: Battlefront is, well, Star Wars. That alone makes it uninteresting to me. But then again I don’t completely lack Star Wars games in my current collection. I own Episode III on GBA. I want to say WayForward developed it, but all I can find is information that Ubisoft did it.

Deus Ex on PS2 was fun, but since I’m not the biggest fan of those types of games, I don’t hope it up highly even though it was an enjoyable time. With that said I’ve had my fill of the series.

I’m still trying to get up to speed on all the E3 news and I didn’t realize Platinum was doing a Transformers game. I’m interested because they have a good pedigree. I’m less excited because Activision may rush them like they did with The Legend of Korra game. It’s a wait and see for sure.

I quite liked Mirror’s Edge. I was happy when it became known awhile back that a sequel was in the works. I have high hopes for Catalyst improving on what didn’t work so well last time.

Doom 4, as I’ll be calling it unofficially to avoid confusion with the PC classic, has the Doom 3 aesthetics with what looks like faster gameplay similar to the original two games. It really looks like this could be what fans of Doom have been waiting for since 2004.

I own the majority of the Ratchet & Clank series and I always have fun with them, but since they all feel about the same to me (says the guy who loves God of War games), I don’t see the need to get to them when picking an unplayed game to tackle next. Regardless I know I’ll pick up the first R&C outing on the PS4 to see how it turns out.

We’re simply old men who feel “times-a-wastin'” so the bird-dog needs to pick up the slack and get moving. The Last Guardian will probably be another title, along with this studio’s previous efforts, that I’ll buy with little interest in actually playing. You know, as in “I’ll get to it when I get to it.”

I’m in the opposite camp. I’m excited about Uncharted 4. I also liked the first game, but I was stoked for the second game and enjoyed it too. The third game, however, not so much though I do plan to get to it whenever that will be.

I’m always amused by the fact that Square Enix themselves said years ago that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would not happen, but despite this fans of the game just wouldn’t shut up about it. They went so far as in to actually expect the remake announcement at PSX last year. No doubt the remake actually happening is a shocker, but I still do not care in the slightest other than finally they can all collectively be quiet on this since they finally got what they wanted.

Shenmue III: see Final Fantasy VII remake from above.

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS

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This is a special episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We welcome back ebbderelict. Our main discussion will be about first-person shooters. However, beforehand we discuss some news.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Top 5 Most Violent Games of 2014, According to Consumer Reports
* Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users
* CISPA To Be Reintroduced in The House This Week
* ESRB Gives Hatred An Adults Only Rating
* Hotline Miami 2 Designer To Australian Gamer: Just Pirate It
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your Most Anticipated Game of 2015?
* First-person shooters discussion

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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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New Releases 2013: Oct. 6-26

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Capcom Esssentials is a compilation at retail of five previously released games: Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV.

WEEK of 10/6
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Capcom Essentials (PS3, X360)
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)
F1 2013 (PC)
Just Dance 2014 (PS3, X360, WU, WII)
Pokemon X (3DS)
Pokemon Y (3DS)

WEEK of 10/13
Skylanders Swap Force (PS3, X360, WU, 3DS, WII)
Valhalla Knights 3 (PSV)

WEEK of 10/20
Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
Beyblade: Evolution (3DS)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (PSV, 3DS, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (PS3, X360, PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (X360, 3DS, WII)
Wii Party U (WU)

2012 Award Winners (Part 2)

It’s now time for the final half of my 2012 awards!

BEST PODCAST EPISODE (eps. 10-23)
13
15
18
WINNER: 19

Lightwarrior179’s first time on the Hart & Usagi Podcast was fun talking about mainly the Mass Effect 3 debacle (#13). Episode 15 was a post-E3 show. Madtyger was a welcomed guest for the first time in our post-PAX show (#18). The most fun, however, was the jumbo 19th episode with SonicHomeboy and midway through a call to madtyger.

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BEST PODCAST NOT MY OWN
Giant Bombcast
The Jimmy Dore Show
MLW
WINNER: No More Whoppers

All of these podcasts are fantastic for different reasons. The Giant Bombcast for gaming, The Jimmmy Dore Show for a comedians take on politics, and MLW for pro wrestling talk featuring former WCW talent Konnan. No More Whoppers is the winner for being a consistently entertaining mix of gaming and life in Japan. It’s fun stuff!

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MOST FUN WITH GPY
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Crash Commando
Borderlands
WINNER: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Madtyger runs a gaming clan (GPY) which I’ve played with on several occasions. I won several of these events. Most notably Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection and Crash Commando. I ultimately had more fun playing Call of Duty 4 and that was after Usagi704 couldn’t join us because his PS3 rejected the online portion of the game. It was fun to get owned by madtyger.

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FAVORITE UNPLAYED GAME SUGGESTED
Darksiders
Daxter
Deus Ex: The Conspiracy
WINNER: Assassin’s Creed II

Thanks to all of the responses from everyone in early 2012, I played a number of games I owned but hadn’t yet started. Of all of them these were the four I enjoyed the most with my lone platinum trophy gained in the last calendar belonging to the most fun of these being Assassin’s Creed II. I also have to give props to Deus Ex: The Conspiracy. It gave me a lot to think and talk about during the time I played it.

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FAVORITE MASTERED GAME SUGGESTED
Burnout 3: Takedown
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES)
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
WINNER: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

In a similar fashion to the award above I asked which of the games on my Backloggery mastered list I should revisit. All are great fun and were so once again, but, man, if I don’t love Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and its copious amounts of replay value.

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BEST PLATFORMER
Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth
Daxter
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
WINNER: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

I don’t consider myself big into platformers, but that might have more to do with the downplay of them in today’s gaming environment. Regardless, I do love the greats and Klonoa: Door to Phantomile is certainly one of those.

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BIGGEST SURPRISE
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Beyond Oasis
WINNER: Deus Ex: The Conspiracy

Last year’s winner was Run Saber. It easily took the crown, but this is a bit of a closer race in that I didn’t expect to be surprised by as many this time. Lost Planet was more exciting than I thought, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 went better once I seriously tried to play it, and Beyond Oasis was less confusing than it seemed initially. If anything Deus Ex: The Conspiracy was thought provoking enough to inspire four blog posts my yours truly. It also had several ways to tackle most missions making for a unique experience (one I didn’t feel was hampered by being on the PS2).

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ABSOLUTE BEST GAME OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed II
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
WINNER: Devil May Cry

A great open world game, platformer, shooter, and action game. All I’d highly recommend with Devil May Cry being at the top. I put this game off as being not for me for a long time. But when seeing it again with fresh eyes and via the HD collection, I had to give it a shot. It didn’t disappoint and I now see why it was and still is highly influential and considered a classic in the truest sense.

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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.

Now Playing: March 2012

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If you haven’t got enough of my currently playing blogs, then you’re in luck. It’s time for my monthly recap article, Now Playing.

During the month itself I covered Max Payne and Deus Ex: The Conspiracy for the PlayStation 2. Click on the game’s titles to read all about them. Now onto what I didn’t previously cover.

I quickly finished Contra on the NES as I love to do. I did so after watching Craig of ScrewAttack finally beat the game without the Konami code. Something I did many years ago and still do.

Another game I love playing against Usagi704 is Super Street Fighter II. At the beginning of the month I surprised him with my crazy Balrog and within the last few days baffled him with Chun Li. Of course, he does have characters that he can use to dominate me, like Ryu and Sagat, if he chooses too.

Staying on the two-player fun, Usagi bought and finished Fighting Force. I was “forced” (see what I did there?) to pull out my copy and get into the pummeling action. I was having a bit of a difficult time until I learned the game better when playing and completing the game on Normal in co-op mode with the female characters Mace and Alana. They are really good to use and much better than Smasher. I’ve since one credit cleared the game with Alana, Hawk (who I also like), and Mace. My best score was 564,800.

A game I’ve played off and on for awhile has been Medal of Honor: European Assault. Once I completed Deus Ex, I went to quickly get this one out of the way. I did so with around six missions that were left. I mostly just ignored the squad given to me. In fact, the game strips them from you once you enter the bunker (sounds like Deus Ex again) on the impossible last mission where enemies keep spawning without an end. When are developers going to realize that this isn’t a fun challenge. It just down right makes me want to scream. If I ever play this game again, I won’t be playing the final mission.

With our dryer needing a bit of repair, I needed something to play while I was waiting for clothes to dry at the local laundromat. Usagi picked the GBA version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time over two other choices. It plays as you’d expect for the platforming, but there are extras thrown in which don’t work very well.

The sand powers are used to rewind a mistake, but you have very little of it and will absolutely need it for other things. You can pick up refills, but you don’t have the tanks from the console versions to store more. The other things you need the sand for are slowing down fast moving obstacles and, the oddest use, to deal damage to a recurring boss in that you hold the rewind button while striking the target.

At points you can turn invisible, but as it’s depicted on-screen makes it extremely difficult to see the Prince. It also doesn’t help that the save points are usually several rooms away. This has been a pretty frustrating game. It’s not one I’d recommend. Stick with the classic console versions.

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’s going to be Assassin’s Creed II as suggested by Gigastormz. Be sure to catch our latest episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast if you haven’t already. Laterz!