Criticizing Gets Remastered


“For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. It’s sub-cost, it’s an IP that’s there, you can remaster, and that’s great. We don’t do that here. I don’t think that’s ever been in our culture.”

The above quote is from Electronic Arts’ COO Peter Moore. You know, the same guy who worked at Sega until 2003 where he worked on the Xbox with Microsoft until 2007. This is when he ran EA Sports. He’s been EA’s COO for four years now.

When I hear Mr. Moore criticize the current amount of remaster rereleases of existing games I think he needs to watch himself. He’s certainly correct in that remasters are a low cost way to make easy money. However, I find it difficult to hear him say it since he’s one of the top executives in a company who puts out a yearly sports game in the Madden series.

I know a remaster of a game and a new entry in the Madden football series isn’t exactly the same thing. But when that yearly football release has little differences from the previous year, you can see how the Madden games might feel like a rerelease instead of anything actually new.

On a similar note it’s why I haven’t bought any new WWE games since 2003. They’re also a yearly release with little additions or improvements along the way. In fact, after seeing footage of the newest title, WWE 2K16, I think it looks particularly ugly graphically.

I think remasters are cool, but there needs to be actual effort put into them. An example of no/little effort would be God of War III and an example of real effort would be Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition.

GameSpot news: EA Exec Criticizes HD Remasters


Hart & Usagi Podcast #49: EA’s Uncomfortable With Change


On this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about how awesome Platinum Games is and how much EA isn’t. We also give our thoughts on what being an “indie” game is. All this and more can be yours with a simple download of the episode below.

Enjoy the show and remember to subscribe and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast today!

* Assassin’s Creed IV, Code of Princess, Shovel Knight, and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams reviews
* Phil Spencer: Consumers love Kinect, they’ll still buy it
* Microsoft Arc and Logitech K750 keyboards
* The Legend of Korra: as told by Bayonetta dev Platinum Games
* Gamers Uncomfortable with Change, Says EA’s Peter Moore
* EA Mobile Says Dungeon Keeper May Have ‘Innovated Too Much’
* It’s Impossible to Define “Indie” So We Should Stop Using It Altogether
* The Best and Worst Character Reboots and Redesigns
* The Greatest Games for NES: 1985-87

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #42: The Beat Down


The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back for the first episode of the new year to talk about the beat-’em-up genre of gaming. To do so we welcome back Anthony from the ++Good Games podcast.

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and also talk about today’s evolution of the beat-’em-up genre!

List of games talked about (a portion of):
* Streets of Rage
* Final Fight
* Double Dragon
* Riot Zone
* Sengoku
* Rushing Beat
* The Punisher
* Splatterhouse
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* X-Men
* Knights of the Round
* Magic Sword
* Devil May Cry
* Bayonetta
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* Ninja Gaiden
* God Hand
* Target: Renegade
* Sword of Sodan
* Rastan
* Guardian Heroes
* Golden Axe
* Dungeons & Dragons
* Ikari III: The Rescue
* Rise to Honor
* Bujingai
* Vendetta
* The Bouncer
* The Combatribes

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New Releases 2013: Oct. 6-26


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)

Hart & Usagi Podcast #25: Dropping Da Mic


The unwarranted attack on video games continues and this time it comes in a small amount from an unlikely source. Also some fun announcements like new versions of Divekick and cheap Virtual Console games. Join us for all of this and much more as we “drop da mic” on episode 25 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

* Wanpaku Graffiti
* Sony vs. Jerry Lambert
* Divekick
* Tomm Hulett
* 30ยข Wii U VC games
* Resident Evil: Revelations
* Is Nintendo Trapped by Its Legacy?
* Leland Yee: Gamers Have ‘No Credibility’ in Violent Video Game Debate, Should ‘Just Quiet Down’
* House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings
* CT senator says games influenced Sandy Hook shooter
* The Consequences of Unchecked Violence (GS Twitter discussion)
* “Access to guns” quote from 2001 study
* Homeland Security Head Warns of ‘Cyber 911’ if Congress Doesn’t Pass Cybersecurity Legislation
* THQ bid winners, prices and runners-up

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2012 Award Winners (Part 2)

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


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.


Giant Bombcast
The Jimmy Dore Show
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!


Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Crash Commando
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.


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.


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.


Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth
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.


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).


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.


Games Finished In 2012


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.