Now Playing: May-December 2016

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In the latter half of 2016 I played a number of games. Doom 3, Max Payne 3, Saints Row IV’s expansion, Infamous 2, Crysis 3, etc. I’m currently on Watch Dogs for the last month and I’ve been enjoying it more than most people did. I’m with Jim Sterling on this game and it’s fun for what it is. I haven’t been expecting more from it. My thoughts on other games are as follows.

I started out playing Doom 3. It was much better than I thought it would be, but it’s still a bit cliche for the gotcha type of horror it went for. However, I did like it and I felt the pace was a small amount faster in the expansions of Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission. Those were a welcome addition.

Then I moved onto Max Payne 3. It was the fun Payne gameplay we’ve come to know just with an updated sense about it that’s needed in today’s gaming scene. The story was the good, but I did feel the game lasted longer than I had liked. It was still worth my time regardless of this complaint.

Next up was Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The previous game in the series I played was Saints Row 2. I was going to do the usual play them in order since I have SR3 and IV, but I thought screw it. I went for the out the top hellscape adventure because Usagi704 was playing it and it looked wonderfully fun in all of its ridiculous glory. It was certainly that.

Continuing on with the PlayStation 3 marathon I was on, I played and finished Infamous 2. I had tried to start it 2014, but felt the need to get back to my gaming roots at that time. I was worried I would abandon it again, but thankfully that was never an issue this time around. I played on the evil side the first and only time I plan on playing it. It’s just easier to have fun Infamous’ open world that way. In the end I chose to become what I hunted for the whole time.

Crysis 3 was the last game before Watch Dogs and it was pretty much what I expected. The only problem is that eventually I was placed in, what I felt was, an unfair boss fight. I took my sweet ass time throughout the game and since I was ready to be finished with it, I called it “done” when this fight failed multiple times.

In the future I plan on playing every single game I haven’t played that I received for Xmas. This includes the lot I was given this last holiday too. In total it’ll encompass 19 games starting with Bujingai: The Forsaken City. I won’t force myself to beat a game if I’m not entertained by it. But hopefully it won’t be much of a problem. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year!

Merry Winter Solstice

Unlike in 2014 when I had been given lots of movies on Blu-ray for Xmas, this year it was mostly video games. The similarity between this year and that year is they’re all from my wish list. Upon thinking about it, I’m surprised all the games are from this last calendar year. I’m ready to load my BFG to take down the demonic mafia all the while raiding more tombs. Praise the sun!

Selma
Zootopia
Mafia III
Doom (2016)
Dark Souls III
Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Hart & Usagi #76: E3 2016

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of news and announcements from the E3 event this year.

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NEWS:
* PlayStation 4.5
* Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
* Mighty No. 9 Sequel Discussed by Inafune
* Titanfall 2 Single-Player Campaign Confirmed, See It In Action
* Titanfall 2 Has a $250 Collector’s Edition
* Quake Champions
* Doom Getting Unto The Evil DLC, SnapMap Free Updates Coming
* New Wolfenstein Game Possibly Teased At Bethesda E3 2016 Conference
* Tekken 7 Announced for Xbox One and PC in Early 2017
* Microsoft Announces Project Scorpio Console
* God of War Revealed for PS4 at E3 2016
* The Last Guardian Release Date Finally Revealed, Watch New Gameplay Trailer
* Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Announced, Watch First Trailer
* Crash Bandicoot Games Being Remastered for PS4
* Ratchet & Clank Dev Making New Spider-Man Game for PS4
* Platinum Games’ PS4-Exclusive Nier: Automata Gets Delayed

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E3 2015: Times-a-Wastin’

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The following are my comments on the blog post “The Year Ahead in Gaming” as written by @ebbderelict.

I’m interested in the newest Batman Arkham game as well. I haven’t yet played City, but I’m sure to get to it since I do own it. The main reason I had not cared for Origins was mainly because of the buggy mess I heard it was.

Star Wars: Battlefront is, well, Star Wars. That alone makes it uninteresting to me. But then again I don’t completely lack Star Wars games in my current collection. I own Episode III on GBA. I want to say WayForward developed it, but all I can find is information that Ubisoft did it.

Deus Ex on PS2 was fun, but since I’m not the biggest fan of those types of games, I don’t hope it up highly even though it was an enjoyable time. With that said I’ve had my fill of the series.

I’m still trying to get up to speed on all the E3 news and I didn’t realize Platinum was doing a Transformers game. I’m interested because they have a good pedigree. I’m less excited because Activision may rush them like they did with The Legend of Korra game. It’s a wait and see for sure.

I quite liked Mirror’s Edge. I was happy when it became known awhile back that a sequel was in the works. I have high hopes for Catalyst improving on what didn’t work so well last time.

Doom 4, as I’ll be calling it unofficially to avoid confusion with the PC classic, has the Doom 3 aesthetics with what looks like faster gameplay similar to the original two games. It really looks like this could be what fans of Doom have been waiting for since 2004.

I own the majority of the Ratchet & Clank series and I always have fun with them, but since they all feel about the same to me (says the guy who loves God of War games), I don’t see the need to get to them when picking an unplayed game to tackle next. Regardless I know I’ll pick up the first R&C outing on the PS4 to see how it turns out.

We’re simply old men who feel “times-a-wastin'” so the bird-dog needs to pick up the slack and get moving. The Last Guardian will probably be another title, along with this studio’s previous efforts, that I’ll buy with little interest in actually playing. You know, as in “I’ll get to it when I get to it.”

I’m in the opposite camp. I’m excited about Uncharted 4. I also liked the first game, but I was stoked for the second game and enjoyed it too. The third game, however, not so much though I do plan to get to it whenever that will be.

I’m always amused by the fact that Square Enix themselves said years ago that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would not happen, but despite this fans of the game just wouldn’t shut up about it. They went so far as in to actually expect the remake announcement at PSX last year. No doubt the remake actually happening is a shocker, but I still do not care in the slightest other than finally they can all collectively be quiet on this since they finally got what they wanted.

Shenmue III: see Final Fantasy VII remake from above.

Hart & Usagi Podcast #41: ++Good PS4

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In this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast, we welcome back Georgie and, for as a first-time guest, one of the hosts from ++Good Games podcast it’s Anthony!

Our main topic for discussion is our experiences with the recently released PlayStation 4. We also speak on games we’ve played as of late along with a couple of news items.

Strap one on ’cause it’s time to jam with the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

TOPICS:
* Sega 3DS 3D titles
* Killzone: Shadow Fall
* Kirby’s Dream Land 2
* Sleeping Dogs
* Doom
* Shadow Hearts
* Saints Row Twitter contest
* PlayStation 4 experiences
* Windows & Linux
* Pre-orders open for God of War Collection on Vita
* Persona 5 is Just the Beginning: Atlus Goes Persona Crazy
* Save The Last Christmas (For Me)
* Meeting Rob Van Dam
* Pacific Blue

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Complete In Box Fridays: Doom II

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For the final 2013 Halloween edition of Complete In Box Fridays I give you the first-person shooter genre classic…Doom II.

I, like a lot of people back in the early 1990s, discovered the first-person shooter genre with id Software’s classic Doom. There’s a lot to be said about how successful the shareware model for promoting games was back then. Because of this the full version of Doom wasn’t available on retail shelves until after the sequel, Doom II, was released (or at least that’s how I’ve reasoned it in my head). I was introduced to this game by a computer salesman at a small local PC store at the time. I never played the whole of the original Doom until I picked up a retail version called “The Ultimate Doom.” This featured the debut of a fourth episode of levels entitled “Thy Flesh Consumed.” To say I was into these two games is an understatement.

When Doom and Doom II hit home consoles like the Super Nintendo and PlayStation, the controls didn’t translate as well. They were doable, but not as desirable as on the PC in this pre-analog stick age. Because of this Doom II’s release on the Game Boy Advance in 2002 plays like they did on 1990s console generations. I own a number of versions of these games despite not spending nearly as much time with them.

The price of a complete copy of Doom II for the Game Boy Advance is quite steep at the moment going for a whopping $70.

Well that’ll do it for this week’s Complete In Box Fridays article. As always you can click the photo below to super size it. Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!

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Doom, Ninjas, and a Hedgehog

About a week ago I found a decent deal at a local store for a video game which is odd because this same store usually keeps their prices higher for longer than most. The game in question is Doom 3 BFG Edition and the price was $20.

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Neal of ++Good Games was having some kind of giveaway via DM on Twitter recently. I can’t even remember what it was, but because he had a number of codes for downloadable games and the fact that I was willing to enter the drawing, he tossed me a Steam code for a mystery game for the hell of it. I hadn’t installed Steam in years and this was reason enough to find out what the game was. It wasn’t my dream game, but I also wasn’t going to scoff at a such a nice gesture. Thanks Neal for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II!

Two days ago I was told about some recent trade-ins at my favorite local game store It’s About Games by one of the employees via Twitter. They’d said it was something I wouldn’t believe. I dropped by and my eyes gazed upon a complete boxed NES that, while previously opened, looked like it was still never removed from the box or used before. Along with this NES came a bunch of complete and boxed NES games. I saw and didn’t hesitate to purchase one of those titles. It was the Natsume classic Shadow of the Ninja! Sure it was $33, but for such an out-of-the-blue surprise and a memorable game from my past, I had to have this copy.

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Click for HULK sized view.

Thanks for gazing at my most recent purchases.

Peace!