Games Finished In 2015

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2015. The total number comes to 22. That’s down 24 from 2014.

September proved to be the best month for beating games with 5 in total. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.8.

1. Tomb Raider (PS3) – 1/22
2. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB) – 2/19
3. Far Cry 3 (PS3) – 4/16
4. Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) – 4/19
5. CT Special Forces (GBA) – 4/29
6. The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris (GBA) – 5/12
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA) – 5/17
8. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) – 6/20
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) – 7/10
10. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN) – 7/24
11. Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot (PSN) – 9/7
12. Fighter’s History (SFC) – 9/7
13. Fighter’s History (ARC) – 9/13
14. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN) – 9/22
15. NBA Give ‘N Go (SNES) – 9/27
16. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 10/12
17. Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2) – 11/3
18. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) – 11/11
19. Twisted Metal (PS) – 11/17
20. Quantum of Solace (PS2) – 12/8
21. Haze (PS3) – 12/17
22. TRON: Evolution (PS3) – 12/30

Game of the Year 2015 Nominees

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My thoughts on a personal 2015 Game of the Year for myself will be brief. I will be foregoing the usual series of gaming award blog posts that I’ve done in recent years. I’m going to present a single Game of the Year award to my top pick like I did the last time for 2010.

Until I figure out what the winner will be I’ll give you my list of nominees.

Tomb Raider (PS3, 2013)
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 2012)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, 2010)
Fighter’s History (SNES, 1994)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN, 2013)
TRON: Evolution (PS3, 2010)

Now Playing: July 2015

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The main game I just finished playing yesterday for the month of July was Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. It has a lot to like about it. The shooting feels good. The selection of weapons, while small, are all fun to use and it doesn’t make you think you’re missing any additional firearms.

I’m personally not a fan of the old west setting, but when a game like this one is as well crafted as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is, even I can come around to enjoy it. I did feel the story interrupted the action a bit too often, but it was an interesting way to narrate so I let that slide. On a new game plus playthrough, however, I can’t be as forgiving.

The one aspect of Gunslinger I can’t be in a forgiving mood for is the one-on-one gun duels. These are pass or fail scenarios and while I’ll admit they fit the setting perfectly, they don’t translate into a fun experience for a video game.

It’s all about the majority of the game as a first-person shooter in Gunslinger and if you can fight your way past the duels, you’ll find a fun and satisfying romp through the tales of the old west.

Onto some multiplayer Street Fighter action against Usagi704. At first we played a number of rounds of Alpha 2, but the controls were a lot stricter than I remember or liked. I convinced him to change the game to Hyper Fighting. I had a much better time with the classic turbo update of The World Warrior. We had played about 80+ matches on that game and it was quite fun. We had also put in around 30 matches on Champion Edition too. I think my Guile skills have slightly improved from complete scrub.

I had also played Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I’ll spare you any repeating of my thoughts here. My review can be heard in a discussion with ebbderelict on Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 66 at 2:07:50.

Hart & Usagi #66: A Westward Odyssey

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Steve returns oh so soon to review Enslaved: Odyssey to the West with us along with news of Atlus, Sega, Nintendo, and more. Tune in today!

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

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Australia passes controversial anti-piracy web censorship law
* SumOfUs.org takes aim at TWC at shareholders meeting
* Europe bans roaming charges, adopts stricter net neutrality rules
* AT&T promises cheap internet for the poor if FCC approves merger with DirecTV
* Sega Learned About Making Quality Games From Atlus, Aim To Regain Trust From Players
* PewDiePie: “Money Doesn’t Make You Happy”
* Shenmue 3 Creator Says Sony Won’t See a Cent of Kickstarter Funds
* Starting Today, GameStop is Selling Retro Consoles and Games
* GameStop Still Wants to Sell Secondhand Digital Games
* Wii U Exclusive Devil’s Third Dev Responds to “Lies and Rumors”
* Acclaimed Shovel Knight Getting Physical Release on Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and 3DS
* PlayStation 20th Anniversary DualShock 4 Getting Standalone Release in September
* The Rock to Star in New Movie Based on Arcade Classic Rampage
* Sony Explains Long Wait for The Last Guardian, and Big Changes to Team Ico
* Nintendo Pitched F-Zero Wii U to Burnout Dev
* Ken Announced for Street Fighter V, Additional Beta Phases Planned
* Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next
* Franchises that Deserve the Platinum Treatment
* Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Enslaved Princess

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After surviving judgment day/the end of the world and not wanting to just be left with a lousy t-shirt, I did some late night video game shopping. At $20 a piece I picked up Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

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I’ve been interested in Enslaved ever since it was released, but I didn’t feel it was worth the full asking price. The story has me fairly intrigued though I hope the most important part of being a video game, the gameplay/interaction, is also top notch.

When it comes to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, I really don’t know why I bought it other than the price. I’m not a fan of the series and I’ve only been able to finish The Minish Cap on GBA. I’ve tried all of the others I own and I couldn’t get into them. I guess it’s a lot like how I am with Sonic games. I rarely like them or play them, but I purchase one every so often.

New Releases 2010: Oct. 3-16

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A number of games jump out at me for the next fortnight. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow looks decent as does Enslaved: Odyssey to the West a bit more.

Medal of Honor has been on my radar ever since the announcement at E3 of the remake of Frontline included at no extra cost.

I may finally get around to playing Devil Kings on PS2 with the release of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/3
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3, X360)
Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (X360)
Def Jam Rapstar (PS3, X360, WII)
NBA Jam (WII)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, X360)
FIFA Soccer 11 (WII, DS)
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS)
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice (X360)
NBA 2K11 (PS3, X360, WII, PS2, PSP, PC)
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (DS)
Wii Party (WII)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/10
Alan Wake: The Writer (X360)
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Everquest: House of Thule (PC)
Invizimals (PSP)
Lost Planet 2 (PC)
Lucha Libre AAA Heroes of the Ring (PS3, X360, DS, PSP)
Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (DS)
Medal of Honor (PS3, X360, PC)
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PS3, WII)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (PS3, X360, WII)
Super Scribblenauts (DS)
The Shoot (PS3)