Hart & Usagi #77: PS4.0 Pro

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The wait it over! A brand new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of news and announcements since E3 surrounding PlayStation like the PS Plus price hike, the PS4 Pro, the new firmware update among other items of note and interest.

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NEWS:
* Mr. Shifty Is a More Empowering Version of Hotline Miami
* Garou: Mark Of The Wolves Coming To PS4 And Vita
* Sega Considering PS4 Remakes for Yakuza 2, 3, 4 and 5
* PlayStation Plus Bumping Up to $60 in September
* PS4 Pro Now Available to Preorder
* PS4 4.00 Out Now, Here’s What It Adds and Changes
* Sony CEO Says Pokemon Go Is a “Game-Changer,” Talks Company’s Own Plans for Mobile
* Duke Nukem 3D: Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming 20th Anniversary Edition
* Nintendo’s NES Returning With Mini Version, Includes These 30 Games

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Trilogy of Anthologies

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A trilogy of anthologies has arrived. My history with each series is quite limited.

Most all of my time with any World Heroes game was the Takara published Super Nintendo version of World Heroes 2. Survival matches were the draw of that game. The full set of games included in World Heroes Anthology is World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, and World Heroes Perfect.

For the many Fatal Fury games, the ones within Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 are what I’ve played being Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, and Fatal Fury Special. However, other than the arcade version of the first game, the SNES once again was where I played those three. Volume 2 is the Real Bout titles which I’ve never played, but I can’t wait to GET IN THE RING!

The final PS2 disc is the Samurai Shodown Anthology. This crazy batch has a total a six games. It could’ve had seven, but this set forgoes Samurai Shodown V Special. All of them I didn’t play except for the first game with the help of, you guessed it, the SNES.

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Now Playing: May 2013

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I played a bunch of games over the month of May. A majority of them were multiplayer sessions with SonicHomeboy and/or Usagi704. Check out this blog post entitled, fittingly so, Much Multiplayer, to read up on my time with Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie for Genesis, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

The last two and a half weeks have consisted mainly of BioShock Infinite. I would cover it now, but this Tuesday will be a new recording of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. This will be where SonicHomeboy, lightnarcissus, and I will be talking in depth about this amazing game. Listen in, won’t you?

Back to multiplayer gaming, I played another three fighting games against Usagi. They were JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver., Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, and The King of Fighters ’98.

Just to get this one out of the way, the Fatal Fury game is decent, but lacks enough polish that playing vs. others isn’t much fun.

I actually had much more fun playing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and I know nothing about the anime or this game. I chose to play as Black Polnareff simply because I like his theme music. As it turned out the character is also easy to pick up and play. I had a few surprising wins which I can only attribute to my knowledge of many other Capcom fighting titles. I would definitely play Usagi again.

The King of Fighters ’98 was specifically the original PlayStation Japanese port downloaded from PSN. There’s a reason why this game holds up after 15 years. It’s because the game is damn glorious! If you want to play KoF ’98, and I suggest that you do, by all means pick up a copy of The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match. It’s an even better version!

That’ll do it for me as of this moment. Don’t forget to check out the upcoming BioShock Infinite special of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

Peace!

Two Left On PS2 Wish List

Over the past month I’ve been looking through my wish list and getting it down to the core games I still want. This meant I decided on not getting the final two games I had listed for a long time for the Game Boy (Ninja Gaiden Shadow and Kid Dracula) among others. I’m close to being finished with several systems like PS1 (10), PS2 (2), GBA/SNES (6), NES (4), and GEN (7).

Now I give you my latest acquisitions.

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IKARI III: THE RESCUE
This was quite an off-shoot for the third game in the Ikari Warriors series. This was a beat-’em-up more akin to another of SNK’s efforts, P.O.W., than a shoot-’em-up as the previous two games were.

STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2
Everybody knows of the Street Fighter Alpha series. I personally like this one the best as Alpha 1 felt like an unfinished or rushed game and Alpha 3, while probably the overall best in the series, had a bit too much going on in it.

POWER RANGERS: TIME FORCE
From the little bit of time I tested it, this Power Rangers game hits the right notes as far as the license goes, but fails to play well with d-pad controls in 3D space and a bad top-down viewing angle.

FATAL FURY: WILD AMBITION
Here’s the attempt for Fatal Fury to get a 3D graphics update. It looks average at best, but at least plays pretty well.

X-MEN: MUTANT ACADEMY 1 & 2
I was under the impression that X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 was a good fighting game and better than the prequel which was a different type of game. As it turns out they’re both fighting games and so similar to each other I couldn’t tell which was good at all when testing them.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK: THE PANTHEON SAGA
This clearly isn’t a good game. I was going after X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 and this happened to also be apart of the same auction. I guess they can’t all be winners.

CRASH: MIND OVER MUTANT
I have quite the memories of the PS1 era Crash games as I’m sure most do. This is the only one outside of those titles I wished to get.

LEGEND OF KAY
I hadn’t heard of Legend of Kay before ebbderelict started playing it. From his video footage it looked pretty fun so bought it I did.

Games Finished In 2009

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2009. The total number comes to 47 across 11 systems. That’s up 17 from 2008.

PS3
Burnout Paradise
Conan
Crash Commando
Fracture
God of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Infamous
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Prince of Persia
Saints Row 2
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Uno
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2

SNES
Fatal Fury
Final Fight 3
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
The Ninja Warriors
Street Fighter II

PSP
Captain Commando
Chili Con Carnage
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 3
Sengoku
Tekken: Dark Resurrection

GBA
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

GEN
OutRun

NES
Contra
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Shadowgate

PS2
Batman Begins
Burnout Revenge
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
The Punisher
RayStorm
TMNT
Unreal Tournament

DS
Biker Mice From Mars
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Retro Game Challenge

PS
Crash Bandicoot: Warped

GB
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams

TG-16
Splatterhouse

I also got my first two platinum trophies within the previous 12 months. The first one came along back in March with Burnout Paradise and the second one was captured more recently in November with God of War.

In some interesting trivia about my game collection (idea from DuncanR2N), the oldest game I own is Dodge ‘Em for the Atari 2600. This is an estimate since it’s extremely hard to find more than just the year of 1980 for a release date. GameSpot has it listed for 1978 so it’s obviously not known for sure.

The newest game I own is a lot easier to look up. It would be Pandemic’s final game The Saboteur which was released a month ago.

On my wish list the oldest game that I’m looking to get is the NES version of Konami’s Gradius which was released on December 1, 1986.

The newest game that I’d like to have (mainly because I’m a big fan of beat-’em-up games) is Revenge of the Wounded Dragons on the PSN. It was released 23 years and 9 days after Gradius on December 10, 2009.

Coming up soon I’ll have my Game of the Year announced. Game on!

Game Version Showdown

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Substance TV is doing a little giveaway this month with both versions of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. To enter they simply want you to let them know what and why a certain version of a game, any game, is your favorite. Below are my responses.

Street Fighter Collection 2 vs. Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1
Back on the PS1 and Saturn, Capcom released the first three versions of Street Fighter II in the form of Street Fighter Collection 2. These were arcade perfect outside of some loading that took place.

Seven years later these same versions were included in the first volume of Capcom Classics Collection. It even included the deluxe vs. mode from the previous collection.

Which do I prefer? I’d have to go with SFC2 for the sole reason of sound. In CCCV1 the sound seems an octave higher than normal which drove me crazy since I’m so used to how it originally sounded.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Despite the numerous changes in these two games, they really can be considered the same game. I like both for a number of reasons, but the simple addition of the run button made The Hyperstone Heist the more entertaining game of the two for me.

Main Event: Triple Threat Match!
Fatal Fury – Neo-Geo vs. Genesis vs. Super NES

Back in the day I, like a lot of people, couldn’t afford the costly Neo-Geo AES. So we were instead playing ports of SNK games that were pretty good, but still had their problems.

Since at that time all I had was a SNES, I was okay with that version until I saw the Genesis version. That version let you choose from any character in vs. mode where only player two was allowed to do so in the SNES version. An odd decision for the developers to make to be sure.

Another problem with the SNES version was the controls being too stiff. Pulling off special moves was one hell of a chore.

Of course the arcade perfection of the Neo-Geo version can’t be overlooked. I finally played it again last year on the PSP via SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1. The vs. mode in the original only allows for the main three characters to be chosen, but the controls were spot on and beating the game on every difficulty doesn’t hurt either.

The winner: Fatal Fury on Neo-Geo

1999 Game of the Year

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Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

NOMINEES
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Medal of Honor
Quake III Arena
WCW Mayhem
Unreal Tournament

1999 Game of the Year: Medal of Honor
Runner-up: Garou: Mark of the Wolves

1999 was where the first-person shooter really took off in popularity. You had your fast-paced frag fests and others that provided a slower, more realistic style. The original Medal of Honor came at a time when the series was good and before the market was flooded with World War II based games. If you’re looking for an WWII FPS that doesn’t suck, then I recommend giving this PS1 classic a try.

I haven’t played that much of Garou: Mark of the Wolves, but even so I can tell that it’s one of the SNK greats. It’s certainly the best of the Fatal Fury series and should be checked out by anyone that considers themselves a fighting game fan. It’s even easier now that the game’s on Xbox Live.

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Now Playing: January ’09

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It’s been awhile since I’ve racked up as many games played in a month’s time. This time it was a total of 14.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (SNES)
Skyblazer (SNES)
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)
Fatal Fury (GEN/SNES)
Prince of Persia (PS3)
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 (PS2)
Chili Con Carnage (PSP)
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (PSP)
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Castlevania Chronicles (PSN)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)

The games that I finished are CoD4, GTA IV (again), Fatal Fury (arcade/SNES), and Prince of Persia.

In other games, Castlevania Chronicles is of the older style of that series and, as expected, gives me some trouble. This PS1 game has an original mode and an arranged mode. The latter mode isn’t just a slight graphical upgrade. It’s also much easier. The proof here is that in original mode I can’t get past stage 2 where as in the arranged mode I’ve made it to stage 6.

I’ve definitely played more Fatal Fury over this last month than I think it should be played. On top of beating the arcade version on the PSP several times, I also cheated my way though the SNES version and played quite a bit in vs. mode with Usagi on the Genesis version. He loved using Michael Max against me and I could see why. The dude is totally broken when it comes to his semi-automatic dashing. It comes out as fast as you’re willing to double tap. Cheap! (lol)

More recently I’ve been online with Resistance 2 and my personal 2008 Game of the Year, Burnout Paradise.

I was mostly playing co-op as a medic in Resistance 2 to get my XP up before the patch that came out today. Apparently the medic was able to get XP much quicker then the other two classes before the patch. So I was getting as much as I could beforehand. :D

It was nice to get two more online challenges in Burnout completed. After awhile it becomes difficult to get to ones that haven’t been done.

Grand Theft Auto IV wins for a second time as Game of the Month. Last time it was back in May. The addition of trophies was cool as was reversing all of the decisions from the first play through. Most of those decisions don’t really matter which one you do. However the first one, killing either Playboy X or Dwayne, is much better on one side. The online side of the game is pretty small now with only “griefers” left it seems.

The next game that the fortune cookie of Backloggery.com suggests I play is Jurassic Park on the Sega CD. To that I say “hell no.” :P

Games Finished In 2008

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Here’s the list of games that I finished within the boundaries of 2008. Out of those that list of 30, here’s some comments on a few of those games.

Fatal Fury
I ended up beating the arcade version on easy, normal, hard, and insane difficulty levels via SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 on the PSP. That sounds impressive until to know how to best each CPU opponent. I didn’t even get a challenge on the insane setting. It still felt like easy or normal. Raiden is really easy once you realize that throwing a punch at a distance will make him do his flame breath that doesn’t hit, then hitting him with a move like Terry’s Burning Knuckle.

Neo Turf Masters
Thanks to SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, I was able to play this interesting golf game. It’s actually a pretty competent game of golf. More so than you’d first expect.

Kirby’s Dream Land
I remember really well playing this game at the time of its release in 1992. However, it wasn’t until I bought my own copy last year that I quickly beat it. There’s also a code to make the game more difficult, which is displayed at the end of the game. It ends up being the insane difficulty that Fatal Fury was looking for. :lol:

Stuntman Ignition
There are some games that I really enjoy and I play the crap out of them before moving on. Examples of this are Tomb Raider: Legend, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and this game. I played the PS2 version a lot until it was completed and then played it some more to five star some scenes that I didn’t the first time. While I haven’t played it yet, I have bought the PS3 version as well.

Power Blade
I didn’t expect to like Power Blade all that much since I didn’t know anything about it when I picked it up last August. Its actually fairly easy when compared to other NES games of the time. Once I understood what to do it was pretty fun. I now have Power Blade 2 on my wish list.

Contra 4
I’ve only finished this game on easy since this game is the definition of hardcore gaming. I spent most of my time on the challenges which were a little frustrating, but ultimately fun.

Mega Man 4 & Mega Man II
Back when Mega Man 9 was released, I decided to get some play time in on older Mega Man games. I played some of Mega Man 8 and Mega Man X4, but I had more fun playing Mega Man 4 on the NES and Mega Man II on the Game Boy. I finished the former with the Game Genie since I’m not all that skilled in the series, but I did beat the latter game without cheats.

The games I recommend from my list of 30 completed games are:
The King of Fighters ’97
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition
Justice League Heroes: The Flash
Power Blade
Stuntman Ignition
Kill Switch

September ’08 Purchases

The following videos are of me showing off my purchases for September. Below the videos are still pictures of those games. Enjoy!

Sept. Purchases: Part 1Part 2

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NBA Shootout 2000 – PS
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – PS
Colony Wars – PS
TNA Impact – PS3
Mercenaries 2: World In Flames – PS3
Fatal Fury – GEN
Sega Classics Collection – PS2
WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It – PS2
Robo Aleste – SCD

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Guerrilla War – NES
Mega Man 4 – NES
Kirby’s Adventure – NES
Castlevania – NES
Mega Man 2 – NES
Jackal – NES
WWF Super WrestleMania – GEN
NBA Give ‘N Go – SNES
Skyblazer – SNES
NBA Live ’95 – SNES
Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball – SNES

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