Hart & Usagi Podcast #30: Mean Streets of Burnout


Welcome to a brand new episode of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. This is episode 30 and we celebrate by talking about our memories of racing/driving games. And by we I mean Usagi704 and myself along with our guests Gigastormz and ebbderelict!

This is a single topic episode and the longest one to date. We are the record setters around here. :D Below you’ll find a few helpful notes, but otherwise enjoy the show!

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* Encyclopedia Bombastica: Burnout 2: Point of Impact

List of games talked about (a portion of):
* Pole Position
* Outrun
* Mario Kart
* Need For Speed
* Daytona USA
* Stunts
* Gran Turismo
* Lucky & Wild
* Burnout
* Chase H.Q.
* Jak X: Combat Racing
* MX vs. ATV
* Pure
* R.C. Pro-Am
* Championship Sprint

Digital Derby Auto Raceway



E3 2010 As I Saw It: The Sony Press Conference


I was on twitter during most of the conference throwing out my thoughts. I had missed Killzone 3 and an announcement for the Sly Cooper Collection (think God of War Collection), but otherwise I saw everything else. Here’s a straight copy and paste of what I had said. Mind the language if that’s not your thing.

* Move talk as expected. Hopefully it’s at a minimum.

* Move: You’re in the game. No! Ahhhh!

* Not showing me the same things again? Wow a company with a brain.

* This is Harry Potter based on the look in the very least.

* Character changes to a rat gets an applause. I’m scared of them now. :P

* Get your Harry Potter knock-off next Spring. (lol)

* Move for Tiger Woods golf. This will likely be good time for a break.

* Swing the club already!

* They’re piping in fake ass golf claps. It’s kind of annoying.

* Heroes on the Move, eh?

* Six of Sony’s characters, but nothing really explained. Fail!

* Kevin Butler comes out and gets an applause.

* KB wants to focus on the games. As do I!

* Move in EU Sept. 15, NA on Sept 19. Details here.

* New Time Crisis quickly announced for Move.

* God of War: Ghost of Sparta teaser shown. Looks great as usual!

* They’re really glossing over the PSP stuff. Despite what they say things don’t seem to be changing on that platform.

* PSN talk with 50 million users.

* The Tester has another season. No! That was crap!

* LittleBigPlanet 2 with Alex Evens on stage now. I will likely not be getting this. I didn’t play the original all that much.

* LBP2 has pointless minigames. I’ve seen those before. :(

* I gotta say that I’m over the look of LBP. It doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

* A slam on Xbox about charging for online play.

* PlayStation Plus gets you early demos/betas, special themes and the like. 3 mo. for $18 on low end. More info here.

* I’m not going to be purchasing the optional PS Plus.

* That guy has got to be the one on the Medal of Honor cover. (lol) Mega beard!

* Unlockable breads! The guy on stage said that he did so with his 20 mins. ago. (lol)

* MoH multiplayer maps shown. Again, it looks like Call of Duty. Not interested.

* A PS3 exclusive HD version of MoH Frontline? Give me now!

* Dead Space 2 exclusive pack with Extraction on Move announced.

* Gabe Newell in on the Sony stage with Portal 2! Never say never! Wow! Not expected.

* Gabe still needs punched for his previous comments, in my opinion.

* First brief look at Portal 2.

* Brief video of MMO Final Fantasy XIV. Great if that’s your thing.

* Multiplayer beta only on PS3 for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

* I’m not sure how Assassin’s Creed will play against others. Doesn’t seem like a good fit.

* Another one of the many multi-game hype trailers.

* I’m not a fan of Gran Turismo, but I’ve always been amazed with the realistic graphics.

* It looks like the main character Cole with added hair for a better look which is good for a change of pace from the bald look.

* Surprise is…

* Twisted fucking Metal!

* David Jaffe and Scott Campbell on stage with Sweet Tooth! :D

* Online gameplay shown played by Jaffe and Campbell. Looks great as expected!

Overall I was pretty impressed by Sony’s showing this year. They had an okay start for me with a bit more on Move than I wanted, but Kevin Butler’s appearance was welcome and funny unlike Joel McHale for Ubisoft. Gabe Newell’s segment where he was finally humbled in front of a live crowd was great after hearing him talk trash for years. I loved the final showing of Twisted Metal.

New Releases 2009: Sept. 20-Oct. 3


Another set of new releases for another two week shot and the outlook is pretty varied.

With that said I know that to a majority of gamers the new Halo game is the only thing on their radar. The rest of the games are non-existent to them. I guess that makes sense to a degree with only Zombie Apocalypse being the other game coming out on the Xbox system.

On the other hand, all PlayStation platforms are seeing no less than 12 games in the next fortnight.

My pick would have to be MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the PSP or PS2. Regardless, I’m very interested to see how it comes out on the less powerful systems.

Fallout 3: Broken Steel (PSN)
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (WII)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

Dead Space Extraction (WII)
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage (PSN)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (PSN)
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (PS2)
Undead Knights (PSP)

I’ll leave you with a few interesting recent items from my twitter account.

* Tricky bastards with their renaming of the Genesis version of Gauntlet to Gauntlet IV.
* For some reason when I read Joystiq’s “What’s In A Name” post title I keep saying it in the same way as the “What is a man” line from SotN.
* Fav. obscure NES games. Metal Storm, P.O.W., Power Blade, Shadow of the Ninja, Super Spike V’Ball, Code Name: Viper, Heavy Barrel, Shatterhand, Star Force, Vice: Project Doom.
* Terrible box art: The Orange Box.
* Favorite Game Music: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Downtown (SNES).
* ESPN eXtreme Games: It’s more extreme than spilling your morning coffee on your car!
* Played some of Usagi704’s newly acquired copy of Street Fighter Alpha for the GBC. Also beat it first time playing it. Final score with Sagat: 1.03 million! 37th game beat this year.
* Favorite video game music: Crystal Castle theme from Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

RRW – Day 4: Virtua Racing / E3 As I Saw It: The Sony Press Conference


I’m back on schedule with my retro gaming. Day 4 was all about Virtua Racing for the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive if you prefer. Primitive polygons and an oddly shaped cartridge can’t keep me away from this intense racer.

Continuing in true form I wasn’t all that great at placing or even finishing the races that I played. The best I did was 4th and in the video that I’ve uploaded I slipped down to 8th place on the expert track.

Earlier in the day I played some more against Usagi704. The game this time was Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. In video recorded by him, it sounds like fun, but overall it wasn’t. I had to crack jokes otherwise I think I would’ve been bored. It’s not like I don’t joke around at other times anyway. If I play anymore fighting games they’ll have to be known good ones instead of known bad ones. Maybe Gundam Wing W: Endless Duel on SNES. I had some fun a week or so ago with that game.

* Usagi704 shows the head-to-head battle against me in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
* dr4cul4 shows skill in Demon’s Crest.

Duke Nukem: Time To Kill looks to be the target game for Day 5. Retro rules!


I was on twitter during the whole conference throwing out my thoughts. Here’s a straight copy and paste of what I had said. Mind the language if that’s not your thing.

* [Jack] Tretton names off a few games [at the start] getting Heavy Rain the most cheers.

* I like your stuff, Sony. But could you avoid the same gloating that Nintendo does? It’d be nice.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
* The action is hot and heavy early on with Uncharted 2!

MAG (Massive Action Game)
* [The] crazy idea of MAG up now to show gameplay as Tretton said.

* MAG demo was a little dry for sure. 256 players at once is impressive, but I’ll never be able to really appreciate it right now.

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
* Assassin’s Creed [on PSP] gets a subtitle.

* Hannah Montana PSP bundle gets a cheer? WTF?

* Haz Hirai just announced the PSP Go as the worst kept secret. That’s putting it lightly.

* Wow! The PSP Go is amazingly small! 50% smaller; 40% lighter.

* PSP games aren’t going to be just download. They’ll be for both UMD and download! That’s great for me!

Gran Turismo
* Gran Turismo time. This round it’s on the PSP.

* PSP Go is way too expensive at $249.99 on October 1st. Best PSP to date is still the 2000 model.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
* Kojima’s a busy man. First Microsoft’s conf. and at Sony’s with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Takes place 10 yrs. after MGS3. * MGS teaser site showed Raiden for Raising and Big Boss for Peace Walker. Kojima loves all consoles. (lol)

Resident Evil Portable
* Resident Evil getting a PSP release.

* Hannah Montana on PSP got a cheer again. What’s that audience smoking?

* Jack Tretton brings the gloat train back. Home isn’t that great and should be placed on the down-low for conf.

* I’ll always not care about this place called Home as much as Sony wants me to.

Final Fantasy VII
* Just in case anybody is confused, Final Fantasy VII that was announced is the PS1 game for PSN and not a remake.

* Okay Sony, enough with the damn montages already. They’re like James Cameron’s Ubisoft talk. Long and fairly boring.

* Montage already over? C’mon Sony that was too short. (lol)

* Rockstar is kind enough to give the new game Agent all to the PS3.

Assassin’s Creed II
* What’s the name of the main character in Assassin’s Creed again? It sounded like a bunch of gibberish. (lol)

* Great demo. Too bad Agent didn’t get anything other than its announcement.

Final Fantasy XIV Online
* First footage of Final Fantasy Versus XIII up now. Oh, wait, it’s footage of Final Fantasy XIV! There’s your surprise!

* Oh it’s another online version of the series. Nevermind.

Prototype motion controller compatible with the PlayStation Eye
* Gawd damn it! PS3 now has it’s own waggle wand.

* This demo is SUCH a buzzkiller. More proof that I’m not a fanboy. Sony can suck too. Just not in the amount that people think.

* No! Stop clapping! This totally sucks ass!

* Please take that sword, make it real, and kill yourself.

* Jack, please make that NOT a part of your system’s future.

ModNation Racers
* ModNation Racers looks like a cart racing game with cute Sackboy sized characters. I’m still buzzkilled over here.

* Don’t lie to me. You are NOT using the full power of the PS3. Maybe the Wii, but not PS3.

* Creating races does look really easy unlike LittleBigPlanet so that’s a plus.

The Last Guardian
* New Trico trailer being shown. Title of the game is now The Last Guardian.

* So cute! I want my own giant pet too! (lol)

God of War III
* Hell yeah! God of War III right now, brother!

* Nothing really to say about the gameplay demo. It’s God of War and it’s sweet!

* The quick time event on-screen buttons are oddly at the sides of the screen.

* March 2010 release date kind of sucks.

Gasp! More Fighting Games!


Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2) – complete; fair
The Mark of Kri (PS2) – complete; good
Red Faction (PS2) – complete; great
Red Faction II (PS2) – complete; great
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – complete; good
The King of Fighters XI (PS2) – complete; “new” as in opened display copy at no discount (business as usual for Gamestop).


Critical Depth (PS) – complete; great
Road Rash (GEN) – complete; excellent
Streets of Rage (GEN) – complete; great
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (PS2) – complete; good
Kinetica (PS2) – complete; great
Timesplitters (PS2) – complete; good

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

New Releases 2008: April 13-26


It’s great to see the lineup for the next fortnight after the previous one. A number of big titles are getting released with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and Persona 3: FES being the best that their respective weeks have to offer. An interesting turn of events sees two great PlayStation 2 games make their way to the Wii. Those games being Okami and The Red Star.

Enjoy these next two weeks as they look to have quite a bit of fun in store.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (PC)
Okami (WII)

Final Fantasy XI: Vana’diel Collection 2008 (PC)
Europa Universalis: Rome (PC)
The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff (PC)
Turok (PC)

Persona 3: FES (PS2)
The World Ends With You (DS)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Time (DS)

Battle of the Bands (WII)
The Red Star (WII)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One (X360, PS3)

Now Playing: October ’06

This month’s edition of “Now Playing” starts off with a few left overs from last month. Medal of Honor Underground and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (which doesn’t suck, if you haven’t heard yet) are those games. The former was finished, however, the highly difficult bonus mission wasn’t (damn dogs, robots, and other unusual enemies). Another game that I finished was Tetris DS. At least the three specific modes that could be beaten were (Standard Marathon thru level 20, all 200 Puzzles, and all 50 Touch Puzzles).

Ridge Racer Type 4, Guitar Hero, and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero were three games that I would play to break up my time with the four main ones that I was into. Project: Snowblind isn’t the most exciting FPS I’ve ever played, but it does give lots of awesome guns and other weapons and abilities to mess with. I was taken away from that game once I started playing Usagi’s copy of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. I completed the Konquest mode rather quickly, created a fighter that looks like Paul Phoenix from the Tekken series, and played lots of two player Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 from the special edition version of the game.

I’m currently having a blast playing Need For Speed Most Wanted. I totally hate the drag racing, but the rest is awesome. Adding new parts to a car is rather painless unlike what I remember when I last played a Gran Turismo game.

What is the one game that you are currently playing the most?