Hart & Usagi Podcast #42: The Beat Down

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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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Now Playing: December 2013

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This month of video game greatness has had me log nine total games played with four of them finished.

The first up was Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom. This 1993 beat-’em-up arcade game isn’t as exciting as I was hoping. It’s not to say that Capcom didn’t do well on the game. I guess there’s more to the game than I was expecting. I’m sure to pick it back up in the future to get a better feeling for it.

The next three titles, The Mark of Kri, Kirby’s Dream Land 2, and Sleeping Dogs have been talked about in their own blog posts. Check them out at the links provided above.

As gamers know, Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii has been praised much upon its release. One thing I realized while playing it is that I’m not one of those people. I also figured one other thing. I don’t think I’m as interested (or skilled) in platformers than I like to fancy myself as. This was evident while playing Kirby’s Dream Land 2, but much more so with Super Mario Galaxy.

There’s also several issues I think SMG actually suffers from. Here’s bullet-point list of them.

  • The camera isn’t ideal for judging distance of jumps very well.
  • Swimming in most every game is bad, but controlling Mario underwater was particularly craptastic.
  • Spring Mario is the worst in control since the only way to move is by continuous jumping. It doesn’t help the use was normally on narrow paths.
  • The pull stars aren’t all that bad, but when needing to move quickly under a time constraint, like say a race, isn’t exactly what I call fun.

I know I might be seen as a bit too picky about my complaints, but I did stick with the game for over 12 hours.

I played some of the DS exclusive title Space Invaders Extreme 2. Just like the previous game, the music is really great and the visual style gets me in the right mood to shoot some of those pesky classic space invaders. I suggest getting either game if you’re into classic arcade score chasers!

Finally, along with Usagi704, we hooked up our original model PlayStation systems to separate televisions and connected the consoles together with the PlayStation Link Cable. We had some fantastic fun playing co-op in Doom. We finished around ten levels.

Yesterday we played some of the classic launch game Destruction Derby. I still really like that game. Getting through intersections by “threading the needle” (aka close calls) is still as thilling as ever!

We also played some of Mortal Kombat Trilogy (a non-link cable game) and Usagi played his Team Shenanigans in 2-on-2 Kombat consisting of Human Smoke and Kitana. My team was a combination of Scorpion, Cyrax, and Nightwolf. Some characters were given new moves. Nightwolf was given a red Shoulder Charge (←←→HK) which helps a lot to get in and stay in close. Scorpion was given a forward Teleport Punch (↓→HP) to keep opponents guessing. As usual I still get beat more than not, but overall still a fun time!

Enjoy the New Year!

Odds and Ends and Max Payne

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Here’s a few odds and ends to wrap up which I didn’t have much to say about to dedicate a blog post to each item.

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I was given Max Payne 3 by Usagi704. The game didn’t feel like a must have like the first one did on PC back in 2001, but I still did want to play it. Speaking of the first game, I remember trying the demo and then buying it that very weekend to take back up to college with me.

I also decided to throw down $15 for Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. This is the usual digital release of older Capcom arcade games by Iron Galaxy Studios and is a compilations of Shadow Over Mystara and Tower of Doom. The presentation format is similar to that of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins and Darkstalkers Resurrection. I’m all about the classic arcade beat-’em-up genre and I hope to see some of you playing these two games soon!

Lastly, I have a gameplay video some of you might be familiar with, but I seemingly forgot to link to it at the time of upload in August 2011. It’s my gameplay of Alien Crush on the PSP and my score started at 219,270,300 and the video ends at 230,339,600.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Peace!

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New Releases 2013: June 9-29

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Week of 6/9
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
The Last of Us (PS3)

Week of 6/16
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PSV)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3, X360)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PSV)
New Super Luigi U (WU)

Week of 6/23
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
Deadpool (PS3, X360, PC)
Game & Wario (WU)
Muramasa Rebirth (PSV)

Cartoons: The 1980s

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Back in the 1980s, as one might expect, there were a number of cartoons that I knew about and a few others that I watched regularly before or after school.

At the time I definitely would’ve named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as my favorite. However, these days I find it much harder to watch that original 1987 series. For the most part I feel like my intelligence is insulted. That may seem like really harsh criticism, but it was obviously written for an audience of the age I was at the time. So when the series came back in 2003, I was delighted that it was closer to the comics in tone.

When I look through the list of shows below, the one that I would consider my favorite of the ’80s now would be G.I. Joe. My favorite characters would have to be Destro and Cobra Commander. It’s always funny to listen to them, especially Destro’s laugh!

The Transformers would be the runner-up and it probably has to do with the fact that both shows were voiced by the same team. So it probably doesn’t surprise anybody that I liked Starscream since he was voiced by the same guy that did Cobra Commander. My favorite character from the show is Soundwave. The voice was unique and was just so awesome! :lol:

YouTube video: 30 minutes of 80’s cartoon Openings

28 shows (15 known or 53.6%)
* Shows that I watched at least somewhat regularly.

Known
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Inspector Gadget*
The Real Ghostbusters*
Heathcliff
Voltron
DangerMouse
DuckTales
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Captain N: The Game Master*
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!*
G.I. Joe*
The Transformers*
Beetlejuice
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

Unknown
Ghostbusters (Filmation)
Bravestarr
Heathcliff and Marmaduke
Gilligan’s Planet
Mighty Orbots
The Littles
Pac-Man
The Legend of Zelda
Thundarr the Barbarian
Challenge of the GoBots
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Dungeons & Dragons
Blackstar