Games Finished In 2013

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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: April 2013

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I don’t always play a ton of games throughout a month, but it has been known to happen. As I mentioned in my “5 Favorite Android Apps” blog post over a week ago, I had good reasons to not be playing much. With that said it’s time to talk about the three games I did play.

My favorite part of Resistance 2 is the online co-op mode. I probably haven’t played it since 2010, but when a GPY event for Call of Duty 4 was screwed up because of Punkbuster not allowing for more than one player from the same IP address, we all switched to Resistance 2. It was just three of us, Usagi704 (Medic), madtyger (Soldier), and myself (Special Ops), but we each played our roles well and prevailed more often than not.

G.I. Joe was another game I played this month. I joined Usagi on MAME to “duke” it out with Cobra in this 1992 arcade title by Konami. If you remember their 1988 game Devastators, then this is pretty much the same thing, but with the G.I. Joe license and much improved in the gameplay department. Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, and Snake Eyes are selectable. You fight against Metal-Head, The Baroness, the Crimson Twins, Major Bludd, Destro, and Cobra Commander as the bosses. I found it a lot of fun to go back and revisit this arcade classic. I’d love to see it get the X-Men treatment for PSN/XBL.

BioShock Infinite. Now where do I start with this one? I had zero interest in the series before this third entry was released. It’s not easy to miss talk about the series if you visit gaming sites regularly. So obviously I knew quite a bit about BioShock history, but I didn’t go out of my way to care about Infinite.

It wasn’t until the reviews started to roll in that I started to read and hear things I really liked. I’ve had surprisingly fun games come out of nowhere before, but nothing like this. Nothing like wanting to gladly pay the full price of $60. BioShock Infinite made it happen.

The gameplay itself is good. Shooting is fun and the controls make sense. All of that is as expected and of the norm. What took me by surprise was the story. It’s very much set in a highly religious place where racism runs rampant. This crap in real life just ticks me the hell off therefore I knew I was going to enjoy breaking necks or whatever else the game would let me do to these scumbags.

I played for about 55 minutes searching around and listening to the dialog of the people of Columbia all before ever being given a weapon. It was the best buildup ever in a game. Pro wrestling only wishes they could compete with this these days. When it was time to give a baseball a toss I didn’t hesitate for a second to place the ball hard into the announcer’s balls. I think if you let BioShock Infinite’s story take you in from the start, then the choice you make with the baseball, during your first time through, will show what type of person you really are in real life.

I’m currently at the Monument Tower and welcome more of this game without any resistance.

On a side note, I’m planning on doing a reveal all podcast episode for BioShock Infinite once I’ve finished it. If you’ve completed the game and wish to throw your name in the hat for a possible guest appearance on the Hart & Usagi Podcast, then just drop me a line via GameSpot PM or Twitter DM.

Thanks for reading!

Peace!

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

NES Wish List

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Yesterday I went through the list of NES games on GameSpot. I found 24 games that I either owned or played years ago that are nowhere in sight today. Below is the 24 games split up into three categories, Owned, Rented/Played, and Never Played.

Owned (9)
Castlevania
Dragon Warrior*
Excitebike*
Ikari III: The Rescue
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out*
Ninja Gaiden*
Shadow of the Ninja*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game*
Time Lord

Rented/Played (11)
Bad Dudes
Batman*
Blades of Steel
Bump ‘N Jump
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Gun Smoke*
Mega Man 2*
P.O.W.
Road Blasters
Street Fighter 2010

Never Played (4)
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Double Dragon
G.I. Joe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

Out of these 24 games, all but eight are available from where I’ve looked online. The games that are marked with an asterisk are ones that I remember playing a lot of and enjoying, as well.

I will be getting most of these games, eventually. A game like Time Lord will more likely be dropped off of the list than be purchased, however.

On an interesting side note, Time Lord, being a pretty crappy game, was developed by none other than Rare. Yes, that’s right. The same company that made great games like Killer Instinct, Goldeneye, and Perfect Dark were also responsible for ass games like A Nightmare on Elm Street (AVGN review) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (AVGN review).

So there it is. My list of NES games that I’d like to have once again. Expect an SNES list and Game Boy list soon!