Hart & Usagi Podcast #65: Bombshells

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat mainly about the game announcements from E3 2015 among a few other things. Join us.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* GameStop to acquire ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet
* The First Class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame
* Uncharted PS4 Collection Removes Multiplayer for Uncharted 2 and 3
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your All-Time Favorite Arcade Game?
* The Jimquisition: Steam Refunds
* Arc System Works buys out Double Dragon, River City Ransom rights
* Bethesda E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Electronic Arts E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Ubisoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Sony E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* All of the Nintendo E3 2015 Release Dates
* Sony will support development of ‘Shenmue 3’
* Season Passes are Not Good for Gamers, says Hitman Dev
* How Far Can Drawn to Death’s Intriguing Aesthetic Take It?
* Shenmue 3 Creator Also Wants to do Shenmue 4

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New Releases 2013: March

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March is a month of big releases and one of the mainstays of this month over the last eight years has been God of War. Being a big fan of the series I was quite disappointed of the demo for Ascension. I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually, but I don’t feel the need to right away like I have in the past.

I’m more interested in Tomb Raider and a possibility of Darkstalkers Resurrection, a compilation of the second and third arcade games.

WEEK of 3/3
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)
MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV)
MLB 2K13 (PS3, X360)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, X360)
Scribblenauts Collection (DS)
SimCity (PC)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition (WU)
Tomb Raider (PS3, X360, PC)
Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition (PC)

WEEK of 3/10
Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3, X360)
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)

WEEK of 3/17
Dead or Alive 5 Plus (PSV)
Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (WU, 3DS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WU)
Resident Evil 6 (PC)
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (PS3, X360, PC, WU)

WEEK of 3/24
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel {PS3, X360)
BioShock Infinite (PS3, X360, PC)
Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection – Seekers Edition (X360)
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Pandora’s Tower (WII)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PS3, X360)

As I Saw It: E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference

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PLEASE NOTE: This is my comments from Twitter that I made as the conference happened. If you can’t handle a difference of opinion from your own, then please DO NOT read this or comment.
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* “Global media” making them sound important. As if.

HALO 4
* Hey, look! It’s Halo 4. Their only offering for this year.

* Looks like a “visor view” in this one. Metroid Prime called…

* RT @SonicHomeboy: LOL I’m loving the Metroid Prime references on these Tweets. I couldn’t agree more really.
Reply::And here I thought I was being original.

SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST
* Mastering abilities just means press a button, watch animation.

* They’re in the Middle East. So topical. Also, Arabs always speak English. These are someone’s “facts.”

* EA Sports segment = boring segment. #amirite?

MADDEN ’13
* Joe Montana on stage for Madden 13 demo.

* Joe says “hike” and the delay was really awkward.

* More softcore games on Kinect like Fable: The Journey.

* YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CAN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE ELSE BUT ON XBOX, DAMMIT!

GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT
* More Gears of War. CliffyB wants to milk this series dry and you’d better like it!

* Subtitled Judgment. Nice and over used word.

* RT @Casey_Malone: Thank god that even in the post-apocalyptic Earth of Gears of War, there will still be hairdressers to frost people’s tips.

FORZA: HORIZON
* Forza: Horizon. Drop that “Motorsport.”

RANDOM ENTERLAMEMENT
* AT XBOX WE LOVE ENTERTAINMENT! What’s your problem? Why don’t you?

* Bing is a horrible search. DuckDuckGo.com, d00ds!

* Applause for a Bing search. Audience needs shot.

* I’m glad they have TV shows because I wouldn’t be able to get it ANYWHERE ELSE…like, you know, a damn TV.

* I love whatever MS tells me to like.

* Kinect does not make you creative. >_>

* More sports assrape with Nike now. What’s the damn point of this?!

* “Can you imagine being without Xbox Live?” Yes, I can. I live it everyday. Better off, too.

* RT @usagi704: I think they forgot who they are talking to. HINT: It isn’t the most athletically minded people.

* Hey, @Microsoft (@Xbox)! I think you forgot about the games for your video game console.

* I’m not asking about the “web on Xbox.” Don’t need it. It’s on my PC!

* Internet Exploder for Xbox now. Are they trying to further red ring customer’s systems?

* RT @lightwarrior179: Internet Explorer.Also known as “I was raped by toolbars and popups so now I just hang myself for the world to see”

TOMB RAIDER
* Finally. Games! Again. Tomb Raider update.

* A quick look at Ascend: New Gods, LocoCycle, & Matter.

RESIDENT EVIL 6
* RT @6h05tly: Resident Evil 6: I’m scared to even watch what the series has become.
Reply::A game about RE’s decent away from survivor horror is more horrifying than the series these days,

* Capcom of Japan is still trying to make a Western game.

WRECKATEER
* RT @alex_navarro: This girl looks just a little too pleased to be giving this Wreckateer demo.

DANCE CENTRAL 3
* Usher and dancing. Not giving a single care.

* RT @lightwarrior179: Usher is here. Kindly USHER him out of here!
Reply::Why didn’t I think of that joke? XD

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II
* It’s Call of Duty all year every year for most gamers. I’m still wondering when they will be tired of this. I am.

* And with an extended view of “Big, Bang, Boom” MS is done.

New Releases 2011: Sept. 4-24

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Over the next three weeks there’s quite a number of new big releases along with several reissues of past titles.

Of the former I’m mostly looking forward to Driver: San Francisco, but my excitement has decreased since trying the demo. However, I haven’t ruled it out yet.

It’s not surprising, to those who know me, that of the latter category I’m quite interested in God of War Origins Collection. When looking through the release list I wasn’t expecting to come across Mega Man Dual Pack for the PSP which includes Mega Man Maverick Hunter X and Mega Man Powered Up.

Anything you find interesting below?

WEEK of 9/4
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3)
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3)
Driver: San Francisco (PC, WII, X360, PS3)
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3, X360)
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, X360, PC)

WEEK of 9/11
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC)
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Expansion (PS3, X360, PC)
God of War Origins Collection (PS3)
Mega Man Dual Pack (PSP)
NHL 12 (PS3, X360)
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)
White Knight Chronicles II (PS3)

WEEK of 9/18
Burnout Crash! (PS3, X360)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
F1 2011 (X360, PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas – Lonesome Road (PC, PS3, X360)
Frogger 3D (3DS)
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
Kirby Mass Attack (DS)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)
Resident Evil 4 HD (X360, PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin (PSP)

E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference

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PLEASE NOTE: This is my comments from Twitter that I made as the conference happened. If you can’t handle a difference of opinion from your own, then please DO NOT read this or comment.
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* First up for the Microsoft press conf. is, you guessed it, a shooter. It’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Yawn!

* Honestly, why are they showing this game. Everybody knows what to expect and they buy it. I won’t, but this was already known too.

* Good thing a guy is shown playing. I always thought video games played themselves. Heck they kind of do nowadays.

* Tomb Raider reboot up now. This is one game that seems interesting to me.

* Peter Moore out for EA Sports imagining Kinect crap.

* I think I speak for all Mass Effect fans when I say Mass Effect 3 doesn’t need Kinect support.

* Ubisoft with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. How may E3s has this been at now? At least 2.

* Can Kinect make taking a piss more “fun” too?

* TV doesn’t need to be “improved” with Kinect. A person’s voice isn’t standardized, but the remote is. I’ll take the “so horrible” remote.

* The INTERNET itself finds things better than Xbox Live.

* Entertainment with Xbox IS NOT the way I want it. It’s the way YOU want it Microsoft and that sucks!

* Dana White [UFC President]? He adds nothing being here expect for maybe getting an attitude with someone.

* Awww. It’s CliffyB & Ice-T for Gears of War 3. How cute.

* Crytek with Ryse trailer and now Halo history trailer for Halo 1 remake.

* Forza 4 trailer shown. Now Peter Molyneux on to over promise with the newest Fable game.

* Minecraft getting an Xbox release. I still don’t understand the appeal of it.

* Dinseyland Adventures for the Kinect looks like Home.

* [Kids on stage playing a demo.] “Oh no the Queen! Fistbump!” *rolls eyes*

* [Star Wars Kinect game pops on screen.] Clearly people are programmed to cheer anything Star Wars related. Stop it!

* Double Fine with their Sesame Street game.

* It’s Tim Schafer and, of course, we have to act like everything he does is so damn wonderful.

* It’s time for that wacky Kudo Tsunoda!

* That’s a lot of cheering for Avatar features.

* Kinect Sports 2 up now. AKA Wii Sports Resort.

* You can’t become #1 console in the world if the Japanese aren’t buying it.

* Halo 4 teaser for 2012 ends the show.

New Releases 2011: February 13-26

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Being a fan of the Contra series, I’m excited for Hard Corps: Uprising. I’ll just have to wait a bit longer for the PS3 version. With Splinter Cell: Conviction getting a release on the Macintosh I’m holding out some hope a PS3 port is in the cards at some point.

Okay, enough of what I wish to happen and onto what is happening that I’m interested in.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’m not looking to get Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at the moment. But I did hear it doesn’t play as close to its prequel as it does play more like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Still I’m not totally against eventually giving this game a look.

As with any game which gets a bad rap from shit mongers like Fox News, I will be getting a new copy of Bulletstorm at some point. Knowingly lying by saying such dumb shit from so-called “experts” like this game will make you want to rape will get any game my full support.

The Dreamcast Collection for the Xbox 360 consists of Sega Bass Fishing, Sonic Adventure, Space Channel 5 Part 2, and Crazy Taxi for anybody wondering what’s included.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/13
Back To The Future: Episode I (PS3)
Gears of War Triple Pack (X360)
Hard Corps: Uprising (X360)
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3, X360)
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (MAC)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/20
Bejeweled Blitz Live (X360)
Bulletstorm (PS3, X360)
Dreamcast Collection (PC, X360)
EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious (PC)
Fallout: New Vegas – Dead Money (PS3, PC)
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Radiant Historia (DS)
Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP)
de Blob 2 (PS3, X360, WII, DS)

2006 Game of the Year

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2006 wasn’t the best year for myself gaming wise. Evidence of this can be seen in the nominee Call of Duty 3. It wasn’t a very strong offering, but it showed up on my short list anyway.

NOMINEES
Black
Call of Duty 3
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Gears of War
Tomb Raider: Legend

2006 Game of the Year: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Runner-up: Gears of War

I liked the two games chosen enough that I couldn’t choose which I wanted to win. I let it be decided via a coin flip giving it to Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. This second portable Castlevania game on the DS was a much better experience without the touchscreen game mechanics of Dawn of Sorrow. In a similar way to how you uncover the second half of Symphony of the Night, you can also play much more of the game by using a specific spell Charlotte has on Loretta and Stella. There’s quite a lengthy game here that took me over 14 hours to play through.

In the same way that 2003’s Kill Switch was an entertaining game, Gears of War took the cover system and applied it to popular success. I enjoyed much of what I played even if the default walking speed was a bit too slow. I don’t really need to talk much about Gears of War because even if you haven’t played it you know about it.

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