Hart & Usagi #91: The Becky & Jennifer Show


In episode 91 the new Mortal Kombat 11 shows that loot boxes aren’t needed to have a fun game, Google’s expectations for Stadia don’t live in the real world, and Becky and Jennifer stop by to chat for a bit with each other.

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* Sega Stops Sales Of Yakuza Spinoff Judgment In Japan After Actor Arrested For Alleged Cocaine Use
* Google’s New Game Streaming Platform is Called Stadia
* Konami Announces Three Classic Collections: Arcade, Castlevania, Contra
* GDC 2019: Google Confirms Stadia Won’t Allow Offline Downloads
* Google Stadia Boss Is “Absolutely, Unequivocally” Sure Latency Won’t Be An Issue
* Judgment actor Pierre Taki will be completely scrubbed from game’s western release
* Sega Genesis Mini Will Release in September With 40 Games
* PlayStation Store Now Offering Refunds, But There’s a Catch
* Borderlands 3’s expensive editions come with boost mods for loot drop rates, XP
* Valve Stops Borderlands Review Bombing Over BL3 Epic Store Exclusivity
* Mortal Kombat 11 Has No Loot Boxes, Neo From The Matrix Won’t Be Added
* Blind Squirrel was indeed working on Mortal Kombat Remaster but it was cancelled, first screenshots
* Capcom Home Arcade is an Outrageously Priced Plug-and-Play Retro Console
* Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony’s Next-Gen PlayStation

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Zeebo Calls Wanat


Here’s a few quick items of interest that I noticed today on my RSS feed.

Wanted’s Wanat considers Wii development a ‘narrow market’
I’d already listened to the podcast from whence it came and I actually agree with what was said. However, later in the show I disagreed with Pete Wanat about games becoming only available via download. If that’s the case, then get yourself attached to the Zeebo. I must say that I did get a laugh when Wanat started off his rant with “The Wii is like having a Sega Genesis.” at about the seven minute mark.

GDC09: Resistance 2 patch and DLC detailed, dated for March 26
There’s some cool new stuff that’s going to be available in two days for Resistance 2. A patch with have a new multiplayer mode called Meltdown, a higher co-op difficulty setting with bigger XP rewards, and allow a local co-op player to use their PSN ID to save scores. Some paid content will also be released. Check out the above link for details on those.

Xi infiltrates Home – and it’s kind of neat
I checked this out yesterday and I found it to be somewhat interesting. Granted there’s not a lot to do as of yet, but at least this gives some purpose to Home and Xi itself seems to have potential. Figuring out the puzzles with a friend is also a fun time.

New NES games
I figured there was little reason to have a post solely to make these new additions known, so here they are.

Rad Racer II
The Adventures of Bayou Billy


In The Anticipation Zone: Post GDC

In just a week after posting my ten anticipated games for 2008, I’m updating again. The Game Developers Conference was way more exciting than I was expecting. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that this year’s event had some of that E3 feeling with all of the great announcements. GameSpot’s coverage was great as was the wealth of videos on other sites like Gametrailers.

This list isn’t in any specific order and probably doesn’t have games that you want. Don’t like it? Too bad. Deal with it.

Prototype by Radical Ent.
PS3, X360, PC – Q3 2008

Last time I noted that the Mercenaries series is great for the kind of misc. mayhem that’s offered in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Well, here’s the game that’s being made by that same development team. I wasn’t all that excited for this even knowing what style of game it was until I heard that Radical Entertainment was behind it. This game has awesome written all over it!


The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga by SNK Playmore
PSP, PS2, WII – Q4 2008

In my SNK column I listed the huge amount of games that SNK Playmore is releasing this year. I’m excited for all of them, but this one is probably my most anticipated game from them. Having the first five King of Fighters games in one package is great, but since I’ll have KoF ’98 on the PS2 with The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match, then for this collection I’ll be taking it on the go with the PSP version. Sweetness!


Sega Superstars Tennis by Sumo Digital
PS3, PS2, X360, DS, WII – March 18, 2008

I originally wasn’t all that interested in this game since Nintendo has pretty much covered all of the sports with their Mario franchise. I’ve also never played those games because of all of the extra hazards on the field/court. However, once I saw this game in action from GDC videos I must say that I was impressed with how the game has turned out so far.


Lego Batman by Traveller’s Tales
PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII – Q2 2008

I find it funny how I’ve been tracking this game before the Lego Indiana Jones game was even announced and this is the first time that there’s been some more information on Lego Batman. I like how almost every major character will be making an appearance in the game in some way. It also reminds me of the great Batman: The Animated Series show from the mid-’90s.


Other anticipated games of 2008:
God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – March 4, 2008

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood by BioWare
DS – TBA 2008

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match by SNK Playmore
PSP – Q4 2008

Dark Sector by Digital Extremes
PS3, X360 – March 25, 2008

Space Invaders Extreme by Taito Corporation
PSP, DS – June 10, 2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS2, PS3, PC, X360 – TBA 2008

Region Free PS3

Great news for importing gamers came in the form of Phil Harrison from Sony as he confirmed that all games on the PlayStation 3 will be region free. This means no more lid replacements and no need for disc hot swapping. Even better is that all existing television formats will be available on one disc.

This decision will make collecting games that much easier as we won’t have to worry what region the game is of since it won’t have one.

Joystiq – Region-free PS3, free online multiplayer confirmed
1up.com – GDC 2006: Phil Harrison PS3 Q&A
GameSpot – GDC: PS3 games region-free, movie/music download confirmed