Games Finished In 2013


The list below shows every game that I finished in 2013. The total number comes to 36. That’s down 15 from 2012.

November proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total thanks to TMNT Month with a monthly average of 3.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 226 last year.

1. Double Dragon Neon (PSN) – 1/2
2. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (VC) – 1/11
3. Batman (NES) – 1/30
4. Bionic Commando (PS3) – 2/24
5. Shatter (PSN) – 3/6
6. Rocket Knight (PSN) – 3/10
7. Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP) – 3/15
8. G.I. Joe (ARC) – 4/11
9. Resistance 2 (PS3) – 4/13
10. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 4/26
11. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) – 5/4
12. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 5/5
13. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN) – 5/5
14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PSN) – 5/22
15. The King of Fighters ’98 (PSN) – 5/22
16. BioShock Infinite (PS3) – 5/25
17. F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3) – 6/21
18. X-Men (PSN) – 7/10
19. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 8/9
20. Tomb Raider: Underworld via The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3) – 8/11
21. Dragon Warrior via Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) – 8/21
22. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (PS2) – 8/31
23. Dragon’s Crown (PS3) – 9/20
24. Splatterhouse (TG-16) – 10/22
25. Dark Souls (PS3) – 11/8
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB) – 11/9
27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB) – 11/11
28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – 11/12
29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (PS2) – 11/20
30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
31. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES) – 11/25
33. The Mark of Kri (PS2) – 12/3
34. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 via Kirby’s Dream Collection (WII) – 12/7
35. Sleeping Dogs (PS3) – 12/13
36. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS) – 12/25

Now Playing: September 2013


During September I played only three games, but they are quite lengthy if you let them be.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance was finished at the beginning of the month to where I started Dragon’s Crown right after. You can read about MUA here.

On Dragon’s Crown I had a fairly good time with it. However, as I said last week, I had trouble with the last three bosses. My Amazon character was not properly leveled up in the skills department and therefore I could not defeat them before being forced to next the level. Thankfully I had backup in the form of Usagi704 and RivalShadeX to help me out with their badass elf and wizard, respectively.

With their help I was able to move onto what I had planned to play for a year. Why a year in advance? Because it is for my 4th annual Halloween gaming event, of course. The game? Dark Souls!

Just as I did with Demon’s Souls two years ago, I am using the Dark Souls Wikidot Wiki since the game does not always explain things very well.

This time my beginning class is the Knight. Not for namesake reasons (though that is nice enough), but it was the overwhelming choice of the Internet Zeitgeist that it is the best class for beginners.

It did me well up until I faced off against the boss of Lower Undead Burg, the Capra Demon. With the help of two dogs I was killed six times before I was reminded by Usagi704 that “fat rolling” was mainly what was getting me killed. Once I lightened the load of my armor and was able to more swiftly roll about, I was victorious. I was also very lucky on my sixth attempt to get the two dogs out of the way quickly. After that I simply lured the Capra Demon up the stairs multiple times and had him jump off for a long recovery time.

Overall it has been going quite well for me. How’s your gaming life been (trick or) treating you lately?

Thanks for reading and have a good upcoming Halloween season!

* Marvel Ultimate Alliance – #22 finished; 19h52m
* Dragon’s Crown – #23 finished; 16h55m; Lv 29
* Dark Souls – 11h55m; Level 35 (Knight)

PS: Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Complete In Box Fridays article on the Grand Theft Auto: Collector’s Edition.

Halloween Comes Early


As you know, I’ve been playing Dragon’s Crown for the last two weeks. As I usually do in games with a lot more skills to obtain than skill points to spend, I’ve spread out the skills acquired for my Amazon that I’m now nowhere near ready to take on the last two bosses or the final boss. The Chimera and Red Dragon are those two bosses who have the final two talismans. Unfortunately, they both force you to exit the stage before they are defeated if you don’t finish them off fast enough.

At 15 hours and 48 minutes of gameplay my level is currently 28 and I’m not dying to take the time to level up to compensate for the bad skill decisions I made. This is fine by me as I’m ready to get into the Halloween spirit early. And by early I mean this also includes starting Dark Souls for my annual Halloween game playing event.

Thanks for reading this quick update. A new Hart & Usagi Podcast episode will be recording this Friday with a brand new guest. So that’s something to look forward to.


Crysis Ultimate Alliance


What does the 2006 game Marvel Ultimate Alliance have in common with this year’s release of Dragon’s Crown? Do you have a guess? No, it’s not that I am or that I have played these two games despite being true. It’s that they both allow for simultaneous four-player brawling action.

The game I finished a week and a half ago was Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The last time I checked in with you about it I was 15.5 hours into the game near the end. After all was finished with MUA, I clocked in just under 20 hours and for most of the latter part of the game I stuck with the team of Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, and Wolverine. The Dhalsim punches of Mr. Fantastic were particularly helpful. I was also happy that my AI controlled allies who were usually on-the-ball with attacking my foes. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is my 22nd game finished for this calendar year.

As for Dragon’s Crown, I started it on the same day I was done with MUA. Since then I’ve put in 11 hours and 23 minutes into this absolutely beautiful looking beat-’em-up by Vanillaware. I chose to play as the Amazon and named her “BigAxe” because, you know, she has a big…axe. My dying message is “Where’s Xena when I need her?”

Finally two purchases I made at Best Buy yesterday was for Crysis 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987; Season 3). Crysis 3 was surprisingly just $15 and the season of TMNT ’87 was $10 for all 47 episodes (with no frills, of course).

When it comes to the TV shows over the years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I don’t enjoy the 1987 series as much as I used to. Sure I did while growing up. I mean, who didn’t? But it just doesn’t work for me these days especially since we now have the 2003 and 2012 series. I prefer the two more recent outings more, but just like with a season or two of Transformers and G.I. Joe, I don’t mind owning a season of the ’87 TMNT show. It was a big part of my childhood after all.


Hart & Usagi Podcast #35


On this 35th edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome new guest RivalShadeX to the show and talk about Duck Tales Remastered, Gamestop horror stories, and more. Check it out!!

* X-Men, Elysium, Jackie Brown
* Star Trek episodes
* Iwata Says Price Isn’t the Wii U’s Problem
* Annoyed Gamer: Everything Is Wrong
* Pixel art controllers coming from Hyperkin this September
* Retron 5
* Xbox One won’t require plugged-in Kinect, Whitten says
* Gamestop horror stories
* GameStop’s motion to dismiss used games class action lawsuit denied
* Jimquisition: Dragon’s Frown
* Senran Kagura Burst – Anime Trailer 3DS

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My Latest Round of New Additions to the Collective


Over the last week I’ve added new game and TV titles to my ever growing collection.

I tried to purchase Ys: The Oath in Felghana off of Glyde, but the seller I guess decided to not sell the game in the end. This sent me to eStarland to find it. While they didn’t have this Ys III remake, they did have Ys I & II Chronicles. I didn’t care which of the two PSP titles I got. I just wanted one of them. So I decided to go with that and added Goldeneye 007: Reloaded on for good measure.

Another game store I’ve mentioned before, Gameplay Unlimited, is about an hour out of town, but it’s probably the best I been to that isn’t local. I couldn’t find anything from my wish list, but I did remember the Dragon Ball Z Game Retropective done late last year by ProJared once I saw a bunch of DBZ GBA carts. After some research on my phone I picked up Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (covered in part 3 of the retrospective).


Finally the newly released game that a big beat-’em-up fan like me can’t do without at $10 less than the usual retail price…Dragon’s Crown. I doubt this game needs to be explained other than to say it’s a ++10/10!


I happened to stumble upon these Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD sets and because I didn’t know about them I thought they were new. As it turns out they’re six years old. I found this out when I was inserting them into my spreadsheet/collection database. Regardless, I have been on a Star Trek: The Next Generation kick as of the last two weeks and felt these themed sets were perfect. I bought two sets; one on the Borg and the other focusing on all five television show’s captains entitled “Captain’s Log.” There is one other of these sets themed for Q which I’d also like to get at some point.


Post E3 Game Thoughts 2011 – Part 1


With everybody focusing too much on the press conferences and giving them letter grades as if it were a high school course, I’m going to be giving my attention to what E3 is really all about: The Games! I will now share some of my thoughts on the games that caught my attention.

Blades of Time – This is an indirect follow up to the failed X-Blades. It has the same main character as before, but the style of the graphics are very different this time around. The ability for the player to rewind time and copy themselves up to ten times is quite an interesting game mechanic. I hope this game ends up good with it being in the hands of Konami’s Most Extreme Producer, Tak Fujii. :P

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 – This game looks like Inglorious Basterds in game form. That in and of itself is a cool concept and hopefully Gearbox can pull it off. Randy Pitchford has promised co-op for both online and off with up to four players and a seamless drop-in/drop-out experience. There’s not much to go on at this point, but my interest is fairly high.

Dragon’s Crown – Here’s a game I know next to nothing about, but I’m pretty excited about it because it’s a Vanilla Ware game and has the same art style as Odin Sphere. With it being released on the PS3, the graphics will look even more amazing than they did on the PS2. The PlayStation Vita is also getting a version of its own.

God of War Origins Collection – You guys know me and my love for the God of War series. So the fact that I’m looking forward to this title shouldn’t be of any surprise to you. Just think of it as the God of War Collection only with the two PSP games instead. It’ll include updated HD graphics with trophy support for play on the PS3. I remember thinking a few years ago that I’d gladly buy a PS2 version of Chains of Olympus if it was ever made. Well, this is that, but better!

Renegade Ops – I saw a quick glimpse of this downloadable title when GameSpot’s Homer was roaming around Sega’s booth. I checked out more gameplay footage on Gametrailers and it looked like it could provide some entertainment. It seemed like it was a dual-stick shoot-’em-up, but with actually missions/objectives. It’s being developed by Avalanche Studios. The same crew that made the Just Cause series.

Far Cry 3
The King of Fighters XIII
Ninja Gaiden III
No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise

Thanks for reading!