Hart & Usagi Podcast #60: Respect the PS2


On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we read your feedback. As far as the news topics go we chat about the FCC’s Net Neutrality ruling, those who think it’s a bad thing (like Mark Cuban), and possible coming attacks against it from the GOP. Also we weight in on Peter Molyneux’s over-promising career of over-promises and show much love for the PlayStation 2.

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* FCC Reclassifies Broadband and Mobile Providers as Common Carriers Under Title II
* Forty-Three Municipal Broadband Providers Ask The FCC For A Reclassification Exemption
* Republicans Mount Multi-Pronged Attack on Net Neutrality Rule Changes As FCC Vote Looms
* Net Neutrality Will “F**K Everything Up,” Billionaire Mark Cuban Says
* California Public Utilities Commission Gives Approval With Conditions To Comcast-TWC Merger
* President To Sign ‘Advisory’ Executive Order on Cybersecurity Today
* Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $1.58 Million For Charity
* Peter Molyneux Won’t Do Interviews After Death Threats
* The Jimquisition: The Old ‘How Long Should Games Be?’ Debate
* “More Realistic” Guitar Hero In Development for Xbox One, PS4 – Report
* GameStop Once Again Accepting PS2 Trade-Ins
* Classic Claymation Game ClayFighter Getting Remastered

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Top 18 Middle-of-the-Road Video Games


Today’s video game industry doesn’t care much for the modest budgeted titles of just the last generation. The focus is always on the gimmicky no-budget or the all sizzle no steak of the million dollar titles.

What I’m going to focus on here is my favorite eighteen mid-tier games I’ve played. These will be listed without description, but they will have reviews linked for more information. These aren’t usually the best rated games, but if you go in being forgiving of some of the faults you’ll no doubt find, then you may just realize you’re enjoying yourself. But who am I kidding. It’s not like we’d want that to happen. Let’s get to it.

* Batman Begins
* Black
* Guitar Hero
* The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
* Kill Switch
* Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
* Mercenaries
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* NightFire
* Stuntman Ignition
* The Warriors

* Bionic Commando
* Conan
* Demon’s Souls
* Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
* Mirror’s Edge
* Viking: Battle for Asgard
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine

GamePro #266 Isn’t Very Good


GamePro issue 266 would be the current November offering and overall it’s pretty disappointing.

I did like the Inbox section with some of the reader opinions on stories and articles from past issues.

Then we get the guest written articles. The first one on Bit.Trip Runner doesn’t interest me since the Bit.Trip series hasn’t ever looked like fun. Equally as unexciting and skippable was the column on Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Why does anybody care about these games anymore? Do not answer that question. I was being facetious. My travels through I-don’t-caresville continues with an article about games on the Apple store.

The big Fall Preview cover feature was next. It covers almost 30 games, but most of them are already released making it pointless to read. Just look at this list below. When I received this issue last week most of this section was outdated.


The best article in the whole magazine was on, of all things, the NES controller! I also enjoyed the look back at the history of NBA Jam by Aaron Thomas.

New Releases 2010: Sept. 19-Oct. 2


Other than Dead Rising 2 next week, there isn’t a whole lot of big name releases for the rest of this month. I’m personally looking forward to the PS3 version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Darksiders (PC)
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (PS3, X360)
F1 2010 (PS3, X360, PC)
New Carnival Games (WII, DS)
Painkiller: Pandemonium (PC)
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (X360)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (PC)
Sonic Adventure (PS3)

Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution (PS3, X360, PC)
Dead Rising 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy (WII)
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3, X360, WII, PC, PS2, PSP, DS)
Front Mission Evolved (PS3, X360, PC)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (PS3, X360, PC, WII)
Hydrophobia (X360)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PS3, PC)
MySims SkyHeroes (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Quantum Theory (PS3, X360)
Samurai Warriors 3 (WII)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (WII)
The Sims 3 Deluxe (PC)

New Releases 2009: June 7-13


As you can see below there’s a ton of stuff being released post E3. And, yes, that is all for this week.

My picks for the week are the highly anticipated Prototype and Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. I’m not expecting much from the latter game. I didn’t even know it was for anything other than the Wii for weeks after I heard David Jaffe mention it. He admits to being an Indy nerd.

I don’t have to suggest any retro games for the week since one is being re-released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. That game is none other than Gunstar Heroes. You know you want it. :P

Bomberman Ultra (PSN)
Class of Heroes (PSP)
Grand Slam Tennis (WII)
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits (DS)
Gunstar Heroes (PSN, XBL)
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP, PS2, DS, WII)
Lego Battles (DS)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (DSIW)
MySims Racing (DS, WII)
Prototype (PS3, PC, X360)
Rock Band Unplugged (PSP)
Terminator Salvation (PC)
The Legendary Starfy (DS)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, WII)
Virtua Tennis 2009 (PS3, X360, PC)

Anything look good to you?

Like always, I’ll put up another blog here soon. Thanks for reading.

Vote On Next Game! #5 plus Replacement Games


I’d like to start off by thanking all of those that voted a little over two weeks ago. The winning games, Saints Row 2 and Metal Slug 3, were really fun. Since the previous time was a success, I bring you two lists of six games once again.

Just as before you may choose two games to vote for.

Selections via the fortune cookie on Backloggery.com.
Half-Life 2 via The Orange Box (PS3)
Captain Commando via Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (PSP)
The Legend of Kage 2 (DS)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Quake II (PS)

My personal selections.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
Gunstar Super Heroes (GBA)
Gungrave (PS2)
Strider 2 (PS)


The two games pictured above are new games replaced two other games in my collection.

The first one, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, was bought after I decided to return the copy of Haze that I’d last talked about getting two days ago. I figured that I’d rather have this DS game now and will pick up Haze at some other time. For this game I also traded-in the extra copy of Twisted Metal: Head On that I had.

When it comes to Guitar Hero: Metallica, it’s the first title I’ve purchased within this series since the very first game from 2005. Because I still have the first game, I figured I’d get the PS2 version so I wouldn’t need to get another plastic guitar.

Thanks again for your time on commenting and voting and make sure to check out my last blog post if you missed it.

New Releases 2009: March 29-April 11


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.

Braid (PC)
Burn Zombie Burn (PSN)
Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS3, X360, WII)
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (PC, X360)
Tokyo Beat Down (DS)

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)