Trine and Winning

Over the last two months I bought a few things off of my various wish lists.

The first group of games were all from a recent sale on the PlayStation Store. Slain: Back From Hell has interested me since it was released with a bunch of tweaks to overhaul how the gameplay felt. There was enough positive thoughts on it that I figured I might like it.

I also, on a whim, bought the trilogy of Trine games. I did play the demo of the original many years ago. It was decent, but nothing that was amazing. At the very low price all three games were going for I thought what the hell why not and bought the package deal.

Finally, here’s two movies I’ve been wanting to get. Yes, that’s two. You can ignore Halloween 6 and 8. I bought that triple feature because it was the only way to get Halloween H2O on Blu-ray. Best of the Best 2 isn’t even available on BD so I opted for a more expensive DVD. Previously I’d bought it on a used VHS tape in 2011. Here’s where I published my thoughts on it.


Now Playing: October 2015


I hope you’re enjoying the Halloween season like I am. To recap my Halloween Gaming Event, I played and finished Demon’s Souls. I’ve also been playing through Evil Dead: Regeneration on the PlayStation 2.

Out of the total of ten levels in Evil Dead: Regeneration, I’ve completed seven of them so far. Despite the Halloween season has come to a conclusion for this year, I will be seeing this game to the end. About halfway through the game you get a harpoon and rocket launcher in place of the classic chainsaw and they’ve made combat quite entertaining. Ash’s sidekick, Sam, can be killed as many times as necessary and it’s usually with hilarious results.

While Evil Dead: Regeneration will never be on anyone’s best games list. It certainly isn’t going to be on the worst of list either. I guess that’s high praise enough.


HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.


SPACE SUPLEX #23 – October 12th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Night of Champions 2015, Live from MSG special, and more.

An Evil Dead Halloween


I decided to play another game since I finished up Demon’s Souls more quickly than I expected I would. I selected a game I had placed in my 2012 poll for which set of games I’d play for that year’s Halloween season

The game in question is Evil Dead: Regeneration. It’s the third in a line of games obviously based on the Evil Dead trilogy of movies. It’s not the best game ever, but for the franchise it’s based on it is.

Evil Dead Regeneration is one of those middle-of-the-road games that’s average, but still very competent and being what it is…a fun video game. This is something we’ve lost since 2006 with the rise of the HD era of gaming. The only game I can think of that makes me think “middle-of-the-road” since then is Deadpool. I’m sure there’s a few more, but they’re few and far between, indeed.

Stay spooked. HartKnight out!

Halloween Event Odds and Ends


Time for a update to my Halloween Gaming Event of 2015.

It has been going quite well. Thanks to the co-op help from JiibayDan and Usagi704, I was able to complete my third playthrough of Demon’s Souls in just over 14 hours. I’m going to play a bit more on a continuation of the same character I have. I still have yet to get the Mausoleum Key from Ostrava as I had mentioned previously that I’d like to do. This time I will make it my first priority.

Completing Demon’s Souls gives me my 16th game finished this year. It’s the lowest amount by mid-October I’ve ever had. I had 16 games beat by March 2014, May 2013, April 2012, and June 2011 in those specific years.

By the middle of October I had finished as many as list that follows:

2014: 35
2013: 23
2012: 40
2011: 29

If there’s any October left I’ll probably choose another game to finish up Halloween 2015.

In other news, I made an appearance on the first episode of Checkpoint with @ebbderelict. We chatted about recent movies watched, what we call the “fake Konami ban,” and PC Gamer’s 100 top games list.

And finally I purchased the 1994 film True Lies. You’ll notice I got it on DVD and not Blu-ray. Sadly, there’s still no release planned for Blu-ray. This version is from 1999 which means there isn’t a newer version. It’s very strange to have such a blockbuster movie be literally ignored for the last 15 years.



HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.


SPACE SUPLEX #23 – October 12th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Night of Champions 2015, Live from MSG special, and more.

Halloween Gaming 2015: Demon’s Souls Co-op


For this year’s 6th Annual Halloween Gaming Event I’ll be playing co-op Demon’s Souls. I made it a solo adventure when I first played it in 2011, but getting back into it has required help. I’m still using my original character who is now up to Soul Level 166. This is my third playthrough of the game with a total time of 110 hours and 39 minutes.

Some new goals have been realized. I never did much with miracles previously and decided to go after getting the Second Chance miracle. It required the boss soul of the Old Hero in 4-2. I died more times than I’d like to admit, but with the help of Usagi704 and JiibayDan, we made it through after several tries.

Eventually we also faced off against Penetrator in 1-3. In this battle I was trying to evade all while trying to heal, gain magic points back, and casting Homing Soul Arrow. This was fairly difficult after both of my co-op buddies were killed off. I was able to make up for the many times I died getting to or fighting Old Hero by knocking this boss out in one visit. It’s amazing how easy Penetrator becomes if you simply have the NPC Biorr to help out. He’s a must to have fighting at your side if you’re playing Demon’s Souls for the first time.

My next goal is to get the Mausoleum Key from Ostrava to be able to fight Old King Doran and get the Demonbrandt plus my first new PSN trophy for this game since 2011. Wish me luck!

Halloween Season Is Upon Us


Welcome to my 6th Annual Halloween Gaming Event. Starting today I will be resurrecting Demon’s Souls from when I last played it four years ago. This time I’ll be trying to play co-op with Usagi704 and JiibayDan. I say “trying” because of my third-shift schedule will try and make this endeavor impossible, but I’ll get it my best shot.

In other game playing news, I played some of Tecmo Super NBA Basketball and it wasn’t very good. The pace was slower than I’d like and there seemed to lack any defense programming.

The same can also be said about the defense in NBA Give ‘N Go as well. This Konami developed Super Nintendo basketball game makes offense trivial which means you need to block shots if you have any hope of winning. Currently I’m playing a shorten season with the 1994 Bulls and my record is 10W-0L as of this blog post.

I hope you’ve been doing well. What game are you playing for Halloween? Have a good one!

Now Playing: October 2014


Well, folks, it has been a fun and enjoyable October. This’ll conclude my 5th Annual Halloween Gaming Event where you voted on what games I’d play. This year it was all about the Castlevania series (and I do like my Castlevania games). I played two of three of the top vote getters and they were Order of Ecclesia (update 1 and update 2/finish) and the vastly underrated Dracula X on the Super Nintendo.

Even prior to the event starting I’d played through another Castlevania game, namely the classic Symphony of the Night. It was also talked about at the beginning of episode 51 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast along with more discussion of it within the series as a whole on episode 52.

In addition I also performed a speed run through Hotline Miami. The total time, including all of the bonus levels, was 1 hour and 49 minutes. As I’ve very likely said before, it’s definitely one of my new top favorite games in recent memory.

Finally it wouldn’t have been Halloween without at least one run through of the TG-16 classic Splatterhouse! I did play it last year too, but this time around my skills were very rusty. I even lost a life on the very first stage and this is coming from a guy who previously had one credit cleared it on the secret Hard difficulty. I was able to finish the game before all of the credits ran out, but it was close.

Last year for November, besides voting, I played a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games dubbed #TMNTNov. Because I already have interest shown for something similar, I’ll be doing #RatchetNov. I’ll be playing as many unplayed Ratchet & Clank games I currently own. I’ll be starting off with ebbderelict’s choice of Ratchet: Deadlocked on PS2 and then move onto Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction on PS3 as picked out by SonicHomeboy.

Thanks for reading!

Halloween Gaming 2014 – Castlevania: Dracula X


After playing Order of Ecclesia, I started up the second most vote getter in Castlevania: Dracula X.

Most people consider this game to be the Super Nintendo’s poor man’s version of Rondo of Blood from the PC Engine. Think of it as you will, but I think it plays perfectly fine. It sounds great and, in my opinion, looks better than its PCE counterpart.

Regardless of any of that I was always hesitant to play Dracula X because of the difficulty of these older style of Castlevania games. As it turns out it wasn’t all that bad. Sure it was definitely challenging, but nothing I couldn’t eventually overcome. The password system in the game would even bring a rare smile to the face of the Angry Video Game Nerd.

I will admit I did you the Game Genie, but only for infinite lives. I was still going to get punished in many other ways. One of those ways was the amount of invulnerability after getting hit. It wasn’t much at all. In fact, it was much too little. The overall difficulty of the game was based on the types of enemies and their placement within the levels. The amount of enemies on a given screen is always sparse, but where they are makes all of the difference. I must say Dracula X has expert enemy placement!

Where there’s a Castlevania game, there’s subweapons. Let’s touch on those. All of the usual assortment can be found here. The worst being the stopwatch. It doesn’t actually stop anything. It simply slows enemies down. It’s not exactly what I would call helpful. The knife becomes plural because you can throw three at the same time. The cross does it’s boomerang thing, but it doesn’t travel as far out. It’s still useful in certain situations. The axe is the overall best. It travels further horizontally than in other games with roughly the same height as before. It has great screen coverage. Holy water creates a trail as in a few of the other games, but is also thrown out further than before.

I’d recommend playing Dracula X even to those Rondo of Blood purists who insist that game is superior. I think you’ll find enough differences here for it to be worth your time.


HART & USAGI PODCAST #54 – October 19th 2014 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight, usagi704, and ebbderelict chat Tetris movie, Vib Ribbon, GameSpot’s 10/10s, Used DLC, and more.


SPACE SUPLEX #12 – October 23rd 2014 (@SpaceSuplex)
HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat Raw’s buildup to Hell In A Cell, the recent two Monday Night War episodes, and Bound For Glory.

Halloween Gaming 2014: Order of Ecclesia Update 2


Another just over two hours of game time in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia since my last update on the game and I can call it. Dracula has been defeated.

Dracula himself was a super easy battle as long as you knew what to equip and how you use it. You know, just like how his boss fight was in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. Those items to equip are the Death and Judgment rings along with Melio Falcis, Nitesco, and Dominus Agony glyphs. Once in front of your nemesis keep holding Up and pressing the attack button. A huge downward arcing sword striking version of the beam attack you see in the header graphic above is the result. And along with Dominus Agony activated, a large amount of damage is dealt. At 9,999 HP, Dracula only took about five hits to defeat.

It’s not over, however. To truly finish Dracula off you need to equip all three Dominus glyphs (other two being Anger and Hatred) and perform a Glyph Union (the Up + Attack from before) while he’s getting ready to unleash an otherwise unstoppable screen filling attack. And by unstoppable I mean once started he doesn’t stop…ever. So get him before it begins.

Final game stats are as follows:

Lv. 61; Exp. 733003; 31h57m; 92.9%; 13400 Kills

Halloween Gaming 2014: Order of Ecclesia Update


I’ve added another 14 hours of game time to Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for my Halloween Gaming Event. In this amount of time I made it to Dracula’s Castle. It’s by far the largest level in the game. However, this isn’t the reason for the majority of the extra time put into the game. It has been for the grinding of gold. I need my health potions and they’re expensive! I was going between two candles at the beginning of the Somnus Reef level which are on opposite sides of a screen transition. This has been time consuming and I instead equipped two thief rings to get the more rare drops out of treasure chests and then sell those items at the shop. It helps increase the gold amount a bit, but is still slow going.

The boss battles before those within Dracula’s Castle were fairly simple to understand and beat. However, in the castle it hasn’t always been straight forward. Wallman was the first one I came across. I thought I had to knock the health potion out of his hand before he used it, but this wasn’t the case. All you have to do is to find an opening and take his glyph.

Blackmore was challenging simply by the amount of damage received if hit. It turns out a villager quest gives you an Onyx pin which means taking a bit becomes manageable.

Finally Eligor is one of those tedious multi-part bosses, but despite a towering presence, as long as you’re well equipped with the best glyphs this boss will eventually take a dirt nap like the rest of them.

Previously I forgot to mention a pretty cool addition to the game. There’s these Records numbered 1-8 and when you use them they change the background music to some of the 8-bit classics for the stage you’re currently on. It’s probably my favorite little extra about the game that I wish was in a few of the other Symphony of the Night style games.

My current stats: Lv. 57; Exp. 589775; 29h28m; 82.5%; 12469 Kills