Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS


This is a special episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We welcome back ebbderelict. Our main discussion will be about first-person shooters. However, beforehand we discuss some news.

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* Top 5 Most Violent Games of 2014, According to Consumer Reports
* Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users
* CISPA To Be Reintroduced in The House This Week
* ESRB Gives Hatred An Adults Only Rating
* Hotline Miami 2 Designer To Australian Gamer: Just Pirate It
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your Most Anticipated Game of 2015?
* First-person shooters discussion

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My Latest Round of New Additions to the Collective


Over the last week I’ve added new game and TV titles to my ever growing collection.

I tried to purchase Ys: The Oath in Felghana off of Glyde, but the seller I guess decided to not sell the game in the end. This sent me to eStarland to find it. While they didn’t have this Ys III remake, they did have Ys I & II Chronicles. I didn’t care which of the two PSP titles I got. I just wanted one of them. So I decided to go with that and added Goldeneye 007: Reloaded on for good measure.

Another game store I’ve mentioned before, Gameplay Unlimited, is about an hour out of town, but it’s probably the best I been to that isn’t local. I couldn’t find anything from my wish list, but I did remember the Dragon Ball Z Game Retropective done late last year by ProJared once I saw a bunch of DBZ GBA carts. After some research on my phone I picked up Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (covered in part 3 of the retrospective).


Finally the newly released game that a big beat-’em-up fan like me can’t do without at $10 less than the usual retail price…Dragon’s Crown. I doubt this game needs to be explained other than to say it’s a ++10/10!


I happened to stumble upon these Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD sets and because I didn’t know about them I thought they were new. As it turns out they’re six years old. I found this out when I was inserting them into my spreadsheet/collection database. Regardless, I have been on a Star Trek: The Next Generation kick as of the last two weeks and felt these themed sets were perfect. I bought two sets; one on the Borg and the other focusing on all five television show’s captains entitled “Captain’s Log.” There is one other of these sets themed for Q which I’d also like to get at some point.


Bond 50

A couple of weeks ago I was watching For Your Eyes Only. It’s the 1981 Bond film starring Roger Moore. In fact, it’s the only one I like out of his tenure as 007. I skipped the opening pre-title sequence because it seemed to be their way to quickly kill off Blofeld after they lost the rights to use the character plus it has zero to do with the story post-titles.

During the viewing I started to feel a want for a better quality video transfer. I do, after all, own every film up to The World Is Not Enough of the early 2000s Special Edition DVDs. This is something I don’t usually care about one way or the other, but for whatever reason I did this time. I started looking for Blu-ray releases and found reviews on Blu-Ray.com of singles of the whole “Bond 50” anniversary set. I decided to purchase just the few I really enjoy so as to get what I want without breaking the bank for the $200 set.

I found the five I wanted at Target (The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill, and Tomorrow Never Dies) and at Wal-Mart (For Your Eyes Only and Goldeneye). I was happy to see that all of the many extras which were on my DVD versions were also present here along with, sometimes, more (ie: a third ‘Eyes Only audio commentary by Roger Moore).

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Buy Any Bad Games?


Listed below are games which I knew weren’t good, but wanted to try them out anyway. I do own more terrible games, like Shaq Fu, but the reason I don’t count them is because I didn’t purposely get them. They might have been acquired via an eBay lot or as a gift. I also didn’t count games I thought would be good and then ended up being a disappointment (Mortal Kombat 3 for Game Boy).

Everybody has knowingly bought a game which was terrible. Whether it was because of many negative reviews or the reputation the title garnered over time. You know, because sometimes you just want to experience for yourself how bad they really are (for as little money as possible, of course).

I haven’t played a majority of the games listed below as of yet. Those that I have tried out are marked with an asterisk.

Dead To Rights (GBA, PS2)
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (PS)
WCW Backstage Assault (PS)
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (PS2)
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)*
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2)*
Lifeline (PS2)
Sega Classics Collection (PS2)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Duke Nukem Forever (PS3)
Rogue Warrior (PS3)
Double Switch (SCD)
Night Trap (SCD)*
Rival Turf (SNES)*
Brawl Brothers (SNES)*

The final two games are together part of a beat-’em-up trilogy called Rushing Beat in Japan. Outside the country Jaleco considered them separate games. I’m sure most of you remember the first title, Rival Turf. Brawl Brothers is the sequel and while less common, it can still be found. The Peace Keepers, on the other hand, is rare and I’ve never seen it anywhere.

2011 Award Nominees

The Protect IP Act (PIPA) scheduled vote on January 24, 2012 has been postponed. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been sidelined until February. These bills are NOT dead. Also, an international version called ACTA is close to passage. Keep on fighting! Thank you.


This list of games below is every single game I played in 2011 regardless of finished or not. All are eligible for my 2011 awards. I’m not sure what the exact awards themselves will be at this time. All shall be revealed when the winners are.

I’m a bit late to the awards of 2011 party, but I hope you’ll be interested in them nonetheless.

Super Street Fighter II
Streets of Rage 2
Gunstar Heroes
Mortal Kombat

Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Magic Sword via Final Fight: Double Impact
Streets of Rage 2
Alien Crush
Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Super Stardust HD

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike via Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Medal of Honor: European Assault

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time via Prince of Persia Trilogy
Street Fighter IV
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Streets of Rage via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Sonic Spinball via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Shinobi via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Grand Theft Auto IV
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Assassin’s Creed
Half-Life 2: Episode One via The Orange Box
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Army of Two
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Demon’s Souls

Duke Nukem: Time to Kill
Mortal Kombat 3
Quake II

Rush’n Attack

Twisted Metal: Head On
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO
Baseball Stars 2 via SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1
Gradius via Gradius Collection
Gradius II via Gradius Collection
Gradius III via Gradius Collection
Tekken 6
Golden Axe via Sega Genesis Collection
Gradius Gaiden via Gradius Collection

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Ultimate Mortal Kombat

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Final Fight One
Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
Robocop Versus The Terminator
Run Saber
Street Racer
Knights of the Round
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat
Art of Fighting 2
Final Fight 2

Shadowgate Classic

Hart & Usagi Podcast #9


Episode nine of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is now available with returning special guest SonicHomeboy. The total time is just under an hour. Enjoy!

* Key Bank check cashing
* Best Buy DVD return (back of case)
* Defective Street Fighter controllers
* Ocean Marketing meme explodes
* Christmas gifts
* Movies recently rewatched

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Favorite Game Music: Volume IV


A fourth volume of some of my favorite video game music is here! Out of the ten choices below I like “War Like Requiem” and “Nova theme” the most with “Main menu theme” being a more off-beat choice.

* Main menu theme from EA Los Angeles’ GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
* Storm Eagle theme from Capcom’s Mega Man X (SNES)
* Jungle from WayForward Technologies’ Contra 4 (DS)
* Stages 1 & 6 from Sunsoft’s Batman: Return of the Joker (NES)
* Metal Squad from Technosoft’s Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (GEN)
* War Like Requiem from Technosoft’s Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (GEN)
* Captain America theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* She-Hulk theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Iron Fist theme from Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
* Nova theme from Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Previous volumes: I | II | III