Hart & Usagi #70: Feel The Electricity

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. We talk about Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo against Fair Use, and the greatness of the original PlayStation among other topics.

Enjoy and remember to subscribe via RSS or iTunes and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast on Twitter!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Mortal Kombat X for Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Canceled
* Mega Man Movie is in Development at Fox
* 20 Brilliant Things About PlayStation
* Wow, Umihara Kawase games coming to PC
* Nintendo’s cracking down on speedrunning and ROM hacking videos
* 3 ways the original PlayStation changed gaming forever
* TGS 2015: Sony Reveals Fresh New PS4 Wireless Headset, Controllers, HDD Bay Covers
* Edge Special List: The 100 Greatest Video Games
* Former ESPN Host Criticizes Gaming Again
* Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Day One Update Is Reportedly Bigger Than Game Itself
* Burnout Spiritual Successor Teased By Ex-Criterion Founders
* New Street Fighter V Character Laura Leaked
* What Are the Best Video Game Remakes?

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New Releases 2011: Sept. 4-24

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Over the next three weeks there’s quite a number of new big releases along with several reissues of past titles.

Of the former I’m mostly looking forward to Driver: San Francisco, but my excitement has decreased since trying the demo. However, I haven’t ruled it out yet.

It’s not surprising, to those who know me, that of the latter category I’m quite interested in God of War Origins Collection. When looking through the release list I wasn’t expecting to come across Mega Man Dual Pack for the PSP which includes Mega Man Maverick Hunter X and Mega Man Powered Up.

Anything you find interesting below?

WEEK of 9/4
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3)
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3)
Driver: San Francisco (PC, WII, X360, PS3)
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3, X360)
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, X360, PC)

WEEK of 9/11
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC)
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Expansion (PS3, X360, PC)
God of War Origins Collection (PS3)
Mega Man Dual Pack (PSP)
NHL 12 (PS3, X360)
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)
White Knight Chronicles II (PS3)

WEEK of 9/18
Burnout Crash! (PS3, X360)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
F1 2011 (X360, PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas – Lonesome Road (PC, PS3, X360)
Frogger 3D (3DS)
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
Kirby Mass Attack (DS)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)
Resident Evil 4 HD (X360, PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin (PSP)

E3 2010 As I Saw It: The Nintendo Press Conference

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I didn’t catch Nintendo’s conference live last Tuesday morning. However, I did watch it from start to finish as if it was live and have those comments below. Enjoy.

* Countdown control 4, 3, 2, 1. Here’s Reggie.

* Technology is ONLY a tool as the experience comes first. Thanks for that lesson teacher.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD
* Trailer for newest Zelda game is brief and doesn’t show me anything that we haven’t already seen before.

* Miyamoto in video talking about the new Zelda game.

* Motion Plus will be used in game which goes back to the stage for a gameplay demo.

* Miyamoto appears on stage, to the delight of the crowd, to explain the controls. You’d think that the controls will be roughly the same from the previous game.

* This gameplay demo is quite longer than I expected. I don’t see why since the game can’t be that different from the last one.

* Apparently wireless devices in the crowd are interfering with the game’s controls. That amuses me on some level. :P

* Their apologies for not doing more of the demo because of the wireless problems also amuses me.

* Universal appealing sports games? Madden? No. NBA Jam? You bet!

MARIO SPORTS MIX
* Trailer showing new Mario sports game. I can’t say I’ve ever been interested in such things.

* It’s Mario Sports Mix obviously “mixing it up” with many sports.

* Annual sales gloating time. Reggie claims that casual Wii owners do buy games and play more than the other two systems. I can’t see how they really know that.

WII PARTY
* Look! Exactly what the Wii needs more of. Mini-games. *sigh*

GOLDEN SUN: DARK DAWN
* Trailer for new Golden Sun DS game for those RPG lovers out there.

* Golden has a different meaning? What’s that?

GOLDENEYE
* GoldenEye returns on Wii with multiplayer. I don’t consider the original amazing as many do so my excitement in null.

EPIC MICKEY
* Warren Spector out on stage to show off Epic Mickey. Epic? We’ll see.

* Painting is EPIC! Doesn’t sound interesting. Also looks like Mickey pisses on things to erase them. (lol)

* The Steamboat Willie 2D level reminds me of the first level in David Jaffe’s first game Mickey Mania.

KIRBY’S EPIC YARN
* Image of Kirby on screen. New game? Why yes. First time on consoles in seven years.

* This game has a very different look. Hey! Kirby needs to be filled in. :P

* Robo-Kirby!

* Yarn is EPIC! My grandmother never told me that. (lol)

DRAGON QUEST IX: SENTINELS OF THE STARRY SKIES
* Reggie says it’s also EPIC! There’s too much of that going around Nintendo.

* July 11th release date.

METROID: OTHER M
* Gameplay trailer now showing. Looks good. I’m sort of a fan of the series.

* Released Aug. 31st.

DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS
* Donkey Kong Country looks to have a new game. Some sound effects even sound the same.

* Crowd liked that announcement. I’m not all that interested.

NINTENDO 3DS
* Reggie doesn’t like those damn 3D glasses. (lol)

* It looks like heaven brought us the 3DS seen on stage. Oh wait it was just Satoru Iwata. *sigh of relief* I thought I was going to have to start believing again. (lol)

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* Widescreen on top and standard screen on bottom.

* Choose all 3D or no 3D effect. That I like.

* Graphics are improved? How? Analog stick also added like PSP has.

* Photos in 3D. I’m not sure why I’d need that.

* 3D movies on 3DS. Didn’t movies fail on PSP? I remember hearing that being the case from somewhere.

KID ICARUS: UPRISING
* Pit apologizes at start of trailer for keeping fans waiting for a new game. He should be ashamed! (lol)

* It actually looks like fun unlike any of the previous games.

* Iwata says that the 3DS communicates with other systems without your knowledge. Do you know what this means? Nintendo is selling sentient game machines! Run for your life! (lol)

* Several third-party 3DS games were announced. Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid got the biggest cheers.

I gotta say that I was…wait for it…impressed. For as many missteps as I feel Nintendo takes I can safely say that this conference wasn’t one of them. Most of the games shown were unknown which was nice though only Metroid: Other M caught my interest slightly for Wii. The 3DS looks hot (in red) and the ability to turn off the 3D effects is very welcome. I haven’t ruled out getting the system like I originally thought I would. Kid Icarus: Uprising was the best game of the conference.

Choose Your Path

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When last I mentioned that I had finished Borderlands, I said that my soldier was at level 44. Well, since then I got him to the max level of 50. You’d think that I’d feel unstoppable with this character, but I don’t. In fact, I have yet to finish the second playthough because of this.

I can’t be sure, but I think it’s because I didn’t specialize my character in one of the three branches as you can see in the screenshot below.

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I was just all over the place being a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. I created a second soldier with a current level of 21 and I’m remedying this problem now.

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I’m still offering the remaining 11 RPG games to those that are interested. If you’d like to purchase one or more of the following games from me please PM me with the titles of the ones you’re interested in. At that time I’ll provide you with photos of the product. They’ve all been tested and are in working order. Any major wear and tear on them were from previous owners. All prices include shipping.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2; complete; $12)
Chrono Trigger (SNES; game only; $30)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2; complete; $12)
Dragon Warrior III (GBC; game only; $13)
Final Fantasy (NES; game & box; $10)
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES; game only; $6)
Final Fantasy IX (PS; complete; $10)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA; complete; $15)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES; game only; $9)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB; game only; $4)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC; game only $10)

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic remainder of your weekend!

Third Platinum!

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BORDERLANDS
I just obtained my third ever platinum trophy thanks to the fun I had with Borderlands. Compared to the other two platinums from Burnout Paradise and God of War, this one was the least troublesome to get.

Trophies: 51 / 51 (100%)

Current total: 525 trophies; 73% of Level 9

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ROLE-PLAYING GAMES
I was talking with a friend yesterday about RPGs and how lengthy those games tend to be compared to most other genres. Also, as most of you know, I’m not really much of an RPG fan. As such I’ve only played a scant few and finished even less of them. I’d play many more of them if they averaged 20 hours instead of 60-100 hours.

I realized that as much as I’d like to start playing Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES or Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, I noticed that I don’t because of the fact that these games are at least 60-80 hours and that doesn’t include any side missions. This is the main reason I’ve decided to part ways with 14 of these titles.

If anybody would like to purchase one or more of the following games from me please PM me with the titles of the ones you’re interested in. At that time I’ll provide you with photos of the product and the price. They’ve all been tested and are in working order. Any major wear and tear on them were from previous owners.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
Beggar Prince (GEN)
Chrono Cross (PS)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Dragon Warrior III (GBC)
Final Fantasy (NES)
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)
Final Fantasy IX (PS)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2)

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

New Releases 2009: February 15-28

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These final two weeks of February are smokin’ hot. Street Fighter IV and Killzone 2 are obviously going to be the kings of their respective week with a lot of other high quality titles hitting the shelves too.

For those of you that were hoping to find Legacy of Ys this past week I’m sure were disappointed. Soon after my last post of new releases, it was delayed for two weeks. Hopefully Atlus will make this date stick this time.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/15
Street Fighter IV (PS3, X360)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (X360)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS)
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? (PSP)
Noby Noby Boy (PS3)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/22
Killzone 2 (PS3)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope (X360)
Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop (WII)
Blue Dragon Plus (DS)
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II (DS)
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (X360, PC)
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PC)

As I previously mentioned, I won’t be getting Killzone 2, but I’m definitely going to throw down $60 to purchase SFIV. I’m also thinking about checking out one of the Mad Catz game pads.

What I’m Looking Forward To For February ’09

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What I’m looking forward to for this month isn’t something I’ve been exactly keeping a secret. There’s also some tentative titles (marked with an *) that I may look into.

Burnout Paradise update:
The Burnout Paradise update was released late last week. I can say for sure that I’m not a fan of a bunch of the changes that were made.

Barrel rolls were made to now automatically right the car after the first roll. It makes it really difficult to do two or more now where as that wasn’t the case before. To those that can’t do a barrel roll, you just need to get some practice. It’s what you do to get skillful. Of course, I’d like to see this “fix” undone.

Another thing that sucks is how long it takes to just start the game. There’s even more menus now than before and it serves nothing other than to confuse new players. On top of that now you need an ea.com account before you can play online. I didn’t before so why now? It doesn’t serve any purpose in the game.

My World My Way (DS)*
Normally I wouldn’t be caught dead with a game like this, but after hearing about it on a recent podcast, it sounds pretty fun. You play as some super pampered girl that defeats enemies with her powerful pouting abilities. Seriously that’s what this character mainly does. Sounds hilarious.

3 on 3 NHL Arcade (PSN)*
I doubt I’ll actually bother with getting this game since I have yet to play NHL Rock the Rink for PS1. However, I do have the demo ready for a run through.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (PS3)*
I played this demo about two weeks ago. I really liked the shooting mechanics just like I did in the PC demo for the original game. If you know me, then you’ll know that the horror genre doesn’t usually go over well with me. Sometimes there’s an exception, but it’s a rarity to be sure.

Retro Game Challenge (DS)
My main interest in this game is two-fold. (1) Usagi704 talking about how great the import version was and (2) finally a new DS game that I actually care about. It’s being released this week and is one of two games that I will be picking up.

Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3)
This is the other game I’ll be getting this week. At first I wasn’t so keen on bothering with what is technically the Sega Genesis Collection Vol. 2, but then I started to realize what was being offered here. Sure some of the games I enjoyed on the Sega Genesis Collection have gone missing, but the addition of the entire Streets of Rage series is worth it alone. Along with online play for certain titles and trophy support pushes this collection into the must have column.

Street Fighter IV (PS3)
SFIV is without a doubt the biggest game to drop this month. Obviously I’m going to get it, but I’m, for whatever reason, not sure if I’ll do so right away. I thought this way right before the release of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix back in November, but then I bought it right away and I was glad that I did. I should probably just do the same here. It’s not like I really have anything to worry about.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)*
The only Dragon Quest game I’ve played to date was the original NES game. I do own III and VIII, on GBC and PS2 respectively, but I’ve yet to play them. This and that I’m a very light fan of RPGs to begin with makes for a very unlikely purchase.