Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. In this corner it’s USGamer’s 10 best PlayStation 4 games and in the opposite corner it’s two guys who played almost none of them. A captivating match-up! Other showdowns include Ant-Man vs. Pixels, UK businesses vs. personal use, and EVO vs. Jamie Lee Curtis.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* PlayStation Mobile Officially Closes Today
* The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games
* UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material
* Jamie Lee Curtis Attended EVO Disguised As Vega From Street Fighter
* Don’t Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You’ve Actually Won
* Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America
* Xbox One Backwards Compatibility an “Enormous Engineering Challenge”
* What are the Hardest Video Games?
* Adam Sandler’s Video Game Movie Pixels Wins Friday With $9.2 Million
* Pixels Has Slow Start at Box Office
* China’s Console Ban Is Now Totally Over
* Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #11

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In this episode we’re joined once again by 4-time returning champion, SonicHomeboy, to discuss a single topic: GamePro’s list of The Best 50 Fighting Game Characters Ever from the magazine’s final issue. Runtime is 1 hour and 17 minutes. Enjoy!

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50. Blanka (Street Fighter II)
49. Mokujin (Tekken 3)
48. Mitsurugi (Soul Edge)
47. Kirby (Super Smash Bros.)
46. Q (Street Fighter III)
45. Lei Wulong (Tekken 2)
44. Meat (Mortal Kombat 4)
43. Marth (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
42. Wolverine (X-Men: Children of the Atom)
41. Bang Shishigami (BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger)
40. Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)
39. Lilith (Vampire Savior)
38. Rancid (Time Killers)
37. Gon (Tekken 3)
36. Deku (Fighters Megamix)
35. Sarah Bryant (Virtua Fighter)
34. Barbarian (Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior)
33. Goro (Mortal Kombat)
32. Bridget (Guilty Gear XX)
31. Marshall Law (Tekken)
30. Rouge (Power Stone)
29. Xianghua (Soul Calibur)
28. King (Tekken)
27. Red Shadow (Bushido Blade)
26. Cyrax (Mortal Kombat 3)
25. Sophitia (Soul Edge)
24. Pikachu (Super Smash Bros.)
23. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
22. Guile (Street Fighter II)
21. R. Mika (Street Fighter Alpha 3)
20. Rza (Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style)
19. the “Red Guy” (Karate Champ)
18. Amaterasu (Marvel vs. Capcom 3)
17. Cammy (Super Street Fighter II)
16. Felicia (Darkstalkers)
15. I-No (Guilty Gear XX)
14. The Imp (Thrill Kill)
13. M. Bison (Street Fighter II)
12. Liu Kang (Mortal Kombat)
11. Siegfried (Soul Edge)
10. Link (Super Smash Bros.)
9. Chipp Zanuff (Guilty Gear)
8. Voldo (Soul Edge)
7. Ryu (Street Fighter)
6. Morrigan (Darkstalkers)
5. Ken (Street Fighter)
4. Dhalsim (Street Fighter II)
3. Kasumi (Dead or Alive)
2. Kilik (Soul Calibur)
1. Chun Li (Street Fighter II)

New Releases 2009: May 10-23

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 5/10
Battlestations: Pacific (PC, X360)
Desktop Tower Defense (DS)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (WII)
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PS3, X360)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (PS2)

As you can see above, this week isn’t really showing anything that I’d eventually get. However, the Shin Megami Tensei series has always been one of high quality, so I can recommend Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 to those that enjoy those games wholeheartedly.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 5/17
Bionic Commando (PS3, X360)
Boom Blox Bash Party (WII)
Punch-Out (WII)
Steal Princess (DS)
Terminator Salvation (PC, PS3, X360)
UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3, X360)

For the second week it’s looking much better. I wasn’t anything other than confused with the UFC demo and the Terminator game’s an iffy choice since it’s a movie tie-in, but some may like them. I know that many are looking forward to Punch-Out, but I’ll be picking the other series revival in Bionic Commando. From what I’m hearing from those in the beta, multiplayer is sounding really good.

RETRO GAME SUGGESTIONS
Code Name: Viper (NES)
Truxton (GEN)

These last two games are ones that I’ve known of for many years and only just now tried them out. Both are excellent games worth finding and picking up if you’re looking for something that’s not so new, but terrific all the same.

Code Name: Viper (released in Japan as Ningen Heiki Dead Fox) is an action platform shooter by Capcom for the NES. It ranges in price from $1.00-$7.50.

Truxton (known in Japan as Tatsujin) is a great early shoot-’em-up for the Genesis by Toaplan. It ranges in price from $5.00-$15.00.

A pretty cheap alternative, wouldn’t you say? That’ll do it for this time. Thanks for stopping by.

New Releases 2009: March 29-April 11

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I’m not really surprised that this next fortnight doesn’t have much, at least for what I’m looking forward to.

One game that I’m probably have to get right away that I’m interested in is the Altus DS title Tokyo Beat Down. I haven’t heard much about it so I’ll be eager to find out more about it.

I did give the recent demo of Riddick a try. I can’t say that I really liked it all that much. I guess that the praise of the original Xbox game raised my hopes a little too high.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 3/29
Braid (PC)
Burn Zombie Burn (PSN)
Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS3, X360, WII)
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (PC, X360)
Tokyo Beat Down (DS)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 4/5
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (PC)
Flock (PC, PSN, XBL)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PS2, PSP)
Ninja Blade (X360)
Samurai Shodown Anthology (WII)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PC, PS3, X360)
The Godfather II (PC, PS3, X360)

New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.

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While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new

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Total this time around: 11

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