Games Finished In 2016

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2016. The total number comes to only 13. That’s down 9 from 2015.

The highest month was January with three games finished. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.08.

1. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PS+) – 1/3
2. Donkey Kong Country (SNES) – 1/19
3. Hotline Miami (PS3) – 1/28
4. Jak 3 (PS2) – 2/8
5. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception via Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) – 3/15
6. Doom 3 via Doom 3: BFG Edition (PS3) – 6/24
7. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil via Doom 3: BFG Edition (PS3) – 7/5
8. Doom 3: The Lost Mission via Doom 3: BFG Edition (PS3) – 7/19
9. Max Payne 3 (PS3) – 8/10
10. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PS3) – 8/29
11. Adventure Island (GB) – 9/6
12. Infamous 2 (PS3) – 9/30
13. Mortal Kombat II (SNES) – 10/15

Now Playing: April 2016

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Since I never did a Now Playing article for either February or March thanks to my PC being out of commission, I figured I’d do one for April.

Why a week sooner than I’d usually aim to do it? This is because I don’t see myself having much time or interest in gaming in the coming weeks. My free time is more spent these days watching movies or TV. I feel it doesn’t do me any good to tell myself I’m going to play a game later on knowing I’m probably not going to bother. It’s a pointless expectation to have if my interest isn’t there when the time comes.

Now don’t take me as one of those “I’m done with gaming” types. That’s preposterous. It’s much more along the lines of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” things. Time away from playing games will ultimately help me get more excited to play them.

In these last two months I did play and beat Jak 3 (PS2) and Uncharted 3 via the Uncharted Collection on PS4. The former was fun until the final boss. Trying to shoot specific spots without any sort of auto aim in a vehicle that only shoots straight ahead is not what I call fun. The latter was fun and Drake was a wonderfully voiced character as always, but the constant big set piece escapes from crumbling structures got old very, very fast.

I also played some of the RPG Star Ocean: First Departure on PSP. It was fun for about 5 hours and, as usual, I lost interest. Rarely does an RPG keep me entertained these days.

I do want to eventually finish The Legend of Kage 2 (DS) and Bully (PS2), but those will have to wait until my gaming mojo returns.

In the meantime, I’ve watched A Clockwork Orange and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The scenes you usually see about the movie are from the beginning section and that never convinced me to watch it. However, a breakdown of the movie via Renegade Cut showed me other parts of the film making it much more intriguing. This is something you simply cannot accomplish for me by avoiding spoilers as the Internet community would have you believe.

A Clockwork Orange was an excellent piece on society’s view on criminal punishment and rehabilitation. In that regardless of debt paid while incarcerated the victims still want a piece of payback for themselves. It’s actually quite sad and makes Alex, the main character, sympathetic by the end. At the end, though, it seems as if Alex reverts back to his old ways. Is this the case or am I reading more into it than is there?

Finally, I’ll leave you with my new acquisition of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. Thanks for reading!

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Now Playing: January 2016

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I decided to queue up most of the games I have that were featured at this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick which took place at the beginning of the month. These are games I have that were played at the event, but that I haven’t played as of yet.

First up was Donkey Kong Country. The unplayed aspect is actually untrue here as I had it back when it had been released in 1994. In fact, my copy is still the same one and it works great. I’m not particularly a fan of the DKC series or of Rare in general, but my overall experience this time around was less frustrating than in the past.

I’m currently on Jak 3. I played and beat the first game, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, many years ago and avoided Jak II on reasons of unfair difficulty. This problem does seem to be addressed here though there can still be factors that are annoying from time to time. It’s less platforming than the first game and more shooting and driving.

I also finished Hotline Miami again (as I first did in 2014) only this time on the PS3. I bought the PS4 version recently for $2.00 and it came with the PS3 and Vita versions as well. It’s still quite a fun game as I remember.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Donkey Kong Country – 4h19m; 42%
* Jak 3 – 5h1m; 44%
* Hotline Miami – Finished on PS3; 9 trophies

Hart & Usagi #69: The Super SNES

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. We talk about DigitalTrends.com’s Top 25 SNES games article, the cancelled Jak 4, and we get excited for announced titles such as Mafia 3, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, and Dark Souls III. All this and more!

Enjoy and remember to subscribe via RSS or iTunes and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast on Twitter!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Here Are The Top 25 Games That Made The SNES, Well, Super
* USgamer Community Question: Which is Best – Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis?
* Consumers complain to FCC about ‘data caps’
* Beautiful Concept Art from Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter 4 Canceled Game Surfaces
* Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treatment Of Staff By Dictatorial Konami Management
* PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Officially Hits PS Vita Tuesday
* Need for Speed Series Had Too Many Games, Too Quickly, Dev Says
* Why New Need for Speed for Xbox One/PS4/PC Is Always-Online
* Activision Blizzard CEO Donates $50,000 to Chris Christie Presidential Bid
* Reddit bans some of its most well-known racist communities
* Mafia 3 Tackles Racism and the Vietnam War in 1960s New Orleans
* Why Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a Frontrunner for Gamescom’s Best Game
* Dark Souls III is Faster, Smoother, and More Fluid Than its Predecessors
* 90 Minutes with Dark Souls III Put My “Sequelitis” Fears to Rest
* Street Fighter 5 is a Bolder Reinvention Than Looks Suggest
* Crackdown 3 to Include “100 Percent Destructible Environments”
* Crackdown 3 Destruction Restricted to Multiplayer
* Sony’s New PS4 Projector Costs As Much As The Console
* Sony Explains Decision to Increase PlayStation Plus Three Month Subscription Price in Europe
* PS4 System Update 3.00 Adds Twitter Video, YouTube Broadcasts, and More
* Resident Evil 2 Remake Confirmed
* Wow, Spotify’s New Privacy Policy is Atrocious

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New Releases 2013: June 9-29

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Week of 6/9
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
The Last of Us (PS3)

Week of 6/16
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PSV)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3, X360)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PSV)
New Super Luigi U (WU)

Week of 6/23
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
Deadpool (PS3, X360, PC)
Game & Wario (WU)
Muramasa Rebirth (PSV)

Hart & Usagi Podcast #30: Mean Streets of Burnout

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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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NOTES:
* 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

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New Releases 2012: Jan. 29-Feb. 18

ACTA REMINDER
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For the first of the major new releases of the new year, it starts of slowly and then builds up to the launch of the PlayStation Vita. Despite a bunch of greatly anticipated games, I’m not sure about most of them. How’s it looking for you? Let me know in the comments.

WEEK of 1/29
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, X360)
NeverDead (PS3, X360)
Soul Calibur V (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 2/5
Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3, X360, PC)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Shank 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
The Darkness II (PS3, X360, PC)
The House of the Dead III (PS3)

WEEK of 2/12
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (PS3, X360, PSV)
F1 2011 (PSV)
FIFA Soccer (PSV)
Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS3, X360)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PSV)
Little Deviants (PSV)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PSV)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PSV)
Rayman Origins (PSV)
Rhythm Heaven Fever (WII)
Tales of the Abyss (3DS)
Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS)
Twisted Metal (PS3)
UFC Undisputed 3 (PS3, X360)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PSV)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour (PSV)
Wipeout 2048 (PSV)

Michael Jackson’s Pro Skater

Thanks to Usagi704 for a few games he sold me. He wants to get his entire PlayStation 2 collection switched over to black original labels. I saw the following three games and decided I’d purchase them.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – Special Edition
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4

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The other game that was also shown in the photo above was Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. I wasn’t looking for it, but had seen it at the usual local games store, It’s About Games. It wasn’t in the greatest of shape with the label on the cartridge obviously being fairly worn off on the top corner.

The worst was the connector pins themselves. The oxidation on Moonwalker was the worst I’ve had to deal with. After using steel wool and scrubbing off most of it the game not only looked a lot better, as you can see below, but it also worked! Who’s bad?

BEFORE (SIDE A)
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AFTER (SIDE A)
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BEFORE (SIDE B)
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AFTER (SIDE B)
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Samus and The Prince Power Up

In case some of you don’t know, eStarland.com has a giveaway program called “Power Ups” in which you can win a free game in a random drawing. I won Every Extend Extra for PSP on August 25th.

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Sadly, though, you aren’t given a choice on which system for multiplatform games you’d want the game for. This means I could get an Xbox 360 version of a game despite not owning the system. It also means you could win a repeat copy of a game you already have as was the case for me.

The good news is I used the extra copy along with a few other games to obtain four Game Boy Advance games I’ve been wanting for awhile. I traded in seven games, but only really rid myself of two, Chorno Trigger and Psychonauts, since the rest, Donkey Kong Country (SNES), Street Fighter II (SNES), Shadow of the Ninja, and God of War: Chains of Olympus, were repeats.

THE GAMES
* Blackthorne (complete)
* Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (complete)
* Medal of Honor: Infiltrator (game only)
* Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (game only)

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I also tried to get a complete copy of Splinter Cell on the same system, but apparently they didn’t have it.

OTHER GAMES PICKED UP LOCALLY
* Metroid: Other M
* Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2)
* Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PSP)

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I picked up Metroid: Other M right now mainly because I keep hearing how split fans are on this game. It has been bugging me so I wanted to find out where I stand on it. I’m going to go into the game with an open mind and not let the negativity of some internet celebrities color how I feel about the game before I’ve even played it.

The other two games, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier and the PSP version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, were snatched up because they were pretty cheap when I was out looking for a Nintendo points card.

PSP Demos

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I figured it’s time to play a few more demos. This time they’re all on the PSP.

UNDEAD KNIGHTS
At this point with so many games going the zombie route, I’m pretty sick of that theme for anything. However, Undead Knights it a pretty decent game. Sure it’s a bit simplistic, but it still has its moments.

I thought that I wouldn’t be all the interested in it after the mediocre reviews. The demo was fun, but at it’s current price of $40, it’s not worth that much.

Rating: Bargain Bin

JAK AND DAXTER: THE LOST FRONTIER
I’ve never been much of a fan of the Jak and Daxter series, but I did like the first game and I have the PSP title, Daxter, ready to go. I was pretty interested in this new adventure and this demo didn’t discourage me, but it did bring down the excitement a few notches.

The controls are the biggest problem as they’re better than lots of early PSP games, but still aren’t as up to the task as other games released for the system more recently. I hope that the PS2 version is better on the control side because it seems like that would be the way to go. And by what I can gather from ebbderelict’s review, it does look like that’s the version I’ll go with.

Rating: Bargain Bin

MOTORSTORM: ARCTIC EDGE
It’s more Motorstorm which is a good thing if you liked the PS3 games. It’s also a great thing for those that have yet to try out the series. I, on the other hand, have played the original game and while I liked it, I was never a big fan. The game is pretty frustrating for me and I’m at a point in that first game where I can’t proceed because the AI is too difficult.

What I found odd was my preference for the last generation of racing games style of control where gas and brake were on X and Square, respectively, instead of the default R and L. I could’ve also used the d-pad to steer too.

This PSP demo consisted of one track and one vehicle to race and that was fine since the previous demos for the series did just that. I liked the new addition of cooling down the boost meter quicker by driving through snow.

Overall I liked what it had to offer, but with the experience being the same, I’ll have to pass.

Rating: Skip It

PROMETHUS
As we all know demos are usually free. So even if it’s of a bad game, you still don’t lose anything other than a little time. Well when it comes to Promethus stay away.

I seems like a Metroid clone only crap in about every way possible. This video shows off the demo in action, but don’t be fooled, it’s not fun.

Rating: Skip It

Rating scale: Day One – Sooner Rather Than Later – Bargain Bin – Skip It