Purchase Stats 2016

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The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2016.

Total number of games: 30
Amount bought decreased by 10 from 2015.

18 PS4 (60%)
DMC
Hotline Miami
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Batman: Arkham Knight
Bloodborne
Far Cry 4
Just Cause 3
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Cruse
Transformers: Devastation
Grand Theft Auto V
Ratchet & Clank
Dark Souls III
Doom
Mafia III
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Wild Guns Reloaded

1 PSP (4%)
Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes

4 PS3 (13%)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Yakuza 5
Far Cry Compilation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze

2 PC (7%)
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
Strife

5 GBA (16%)
Island Xtreme Stunts
Stuntman
SSX Tricky
American Dragon: Jake Long – Rise of the Huntsclan
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams

1 MISC.
SNES Capcom Soldier Pad

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I also bought myself one last game in the final week of 2016 which is included in the stats above. It’s Nastume’s Wild Guns Reloaded!

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Back With A Revengenance!

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I’m back. My new PC is up and running “gud” so it’s time to get back to business.

In the coming weeks you’ll get new episodes of both the Hart & Usagi and Space Suplex podcasts. Along with that I’ll also be coming soon with an update on my gaming progress (or lack of it, as the case may be). This update will focus on the purchases I’ve made during the weeks of downtime.

First up is new games!

I picked up Hotline Miami on the PlayStation Network for just $2.00. It gave me versions for the PS3, PS4, and Vita. Of Wolfenstein I got a local copy of The Old Blood. I would’ve had The New Order at the same time, but the case was broken and Best Buy didn’t have an copies to replace it. A new PSP was acquired too. This was a third import of the Kamen Rider Climax Heroes series entitled Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes.

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Onto newly bought movies!

I picked up Boyz n the Hood soon after seeing Straight Outta Compton in the theater last year, which I also bought. Both are very good and worth seeing.

Usagi704 improved his collection with a Steelbook of Casino as did I with For Your Eyes Only. I took the older version of the former film off of him for a bargain bin price.

On DVD is how I original saw The Mechanic (1972). It was on one of those very cheap three film sets on one disc deals. I upgraded to a stand-alone Blu-ray for ultimate in picture quality along with extras like my beloved commentary.

Other movies I got were: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Legend of Billie Jean, Air Force One, and Samurai Pizza Cats (a 52 episode cartoon show).

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Purchase Stats 2015

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The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2015.

Total number of games: 40
Amount bought increased by 21 from 2014.

9 New games^ (22.5%)
25 Used games (62.5%)
6 Downloadable games* (15%)

16 PS3
Blades of Time^
Mortal Kombat (Komplete Edition)
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell^
Kamen Rider: Battride War^
Kamen Rider: Battride War II^
Ultra Street Fighter IV^
Guerrilla War*
Ikari III: The Rescue*
Ikari Warriors*
Vanguard*
Victory Road*
Captain America: Super Soldier
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

7 PS4
Infamous: Second Son^
The Pinball Arcade^
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris*
Shadow Warrior^
Watch Dogs
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection^

4 GBA
The Revenge of Shinobi
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Sega Arcade Gallery
Rayman: 10th Anniversary

3 PS
Street Fighter: The Movie
Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal
Ray Tracers

3 GB
Dracula Densetsu II
Adventure Island
The King of Fighters ’96

2 PS2
ICO
Medal of Honor: Vanguard

1 SAT
Outrun

1 WII
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

1 GBC
NHL Blades of Steel 2000

1 SNES
Dirt Trax FX

1 GC
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

10 MISC.
PS2 Component cables
Saturn (import gray)
Saturn S-Video cables
PS2 memory cards (2 red)
PS1 memory cards (2 black)
PlayStation 2 (model 2; silver)
PS2 controller (silver)
PS4 controller (gray)
PS4 controller (white)
PlayStation 4 (black)

The Collection Grows

Several weeks old purchases are finally being shown off. These are the Disney movie based on a stage play and the last of two import games I was waiting on. I give to you Into the Woods and Kamen Rider: Battride War on PS3, respectively.

My total movie collection is at 252. 30% (or 76) of them are Blu-ray.

On the other side my total video game collection is at 978. 15.64% (or 153) are on the PlayStation 3. Only the PS2 bests it by less than 20.

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If you’d like to be in the running for our digital movie contest which includes Into the Woods, then please check out Hart & Usagi Podcast or Space Suplex below.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #62 – April 20th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat Mortal Kombat X, Comcast, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/hart-usagi-podcast-62-losing-our-history/

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SPACE SUPLEX #18 – April 28th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat Extreme Rules 2015 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/space-suplex-podcast-ep-18-get-extreme/

Complete In Box Fridays – Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO

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Welcome back the Complete In Box Fridays feature. This is the 18th installment and the first one since November 2013. You’re welcome to check out the previous entries here.

The game in the spotlight this time is Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO for the Sega CD. I know some of you aren’t lost on my fandom of Kamen Rider. I’ve watched a few of the seasons in the past. All were after 2000. I even have a few imported games namely two PSP entries of the Climate Heroes series and I’m currently waiting on the arrival of Battride War for PS3.

It’s quite surprising that a film which didn’t make it to North America, Kamen Rider ZO, would have its associated game show up and with a redundant title too. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was on it’s second season in 1994, but Kamen Rider has had just two attempts in North America since then (1995 & 2009) with much less success.

The gameplay itself is the typical fare of button prompts overlaid onto scenes from the movie as was common with a number of Sega CD titles at the time. Otherwise there’s little else to keep the player interested for long.

I was able to pickup my copy of this game in August of 2010. It currently goes for about $22 in complete condition.

Check out the gallery below and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.

Catch ya next time!

COVER:
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BACK:
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INSIDE:
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Odds and Ends and Far Cry 3

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Two weeks after I started Far Cry 3 I’m having a much more fun time after, as Usagi704 would say, “getting good.” My problems with driving in the first-person perspective are no longer an issue. Hunting is also no longer an issue or even a thing I do on purpose anymore. Unless there’s future billboards with special hunts on them, I don’t need to do it because I’ve successfully crafted everything from the wallet to the lootsack including all upgrades. All of this was finished before I’d even landed on Hoyt’s southern island. How’s that for progress, SonicHomeboy?

Most of the story has been pretty lame. This is especially the case with anything regarding Jason Brody’s rise and acceptance as a warrior. Whenever a cutscene would play talking about this I only starting thinking about Ultimate Warrior’s entrance theme. Only three characters have been interesting and they’re Vaas, Agent Willis, and Sam Becker. Willis leaves for Russia halfway through the game which was unfortunate.

Recently on the podcast Twitter accounts (@HartandUsagi, @SpaceSuplex) I did a giveaway contest for two of the digital movie vouchers I got with Blu-ray purchases. One was for Gangs of New York and the other was for Total Recall (the 1990 edition, of course). I have a few more to giveaway and I’ll be doing that in the future on the shows. If you’d like to be in the running for them, then follow the podcasts on Twitter and look for when I’ll announce more.

It’s a long story for this final odd and end. I’ll try and keep it short.

My usual experience purchasing from Play-Asia is problematic in several ways. 1) I need to notify my bank I’m making an international transaction so they don’t block payment, 2) Endure a small fee for said payment, and 3) Wait an ungodly amount of time for Play-Asia to ship any items bought.

In this case I purchased Kamen Rider: Battride War and Kamen Rider: Battride War II for PlayStation 3. Of course I would buy more Kamen Rider right, JiibayDan? *wink* They’re basically a Dynasty Warriors clone with the Kamen Rider license.

I got the sequel to arrive first because it’s availability was 24 hours where as the first game was labeled as 1 week. As you can see below the second game arrived. The other game has yet to be charged or shipped to me and the order was placed on March 13th.

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So that’s what I’ve been doing (or waiting for). What are you guys/gals up to?

The HotSpot Rides Off Into The Sunset

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The last remaining of my original list of five favorite podcasts has officially ended. GameSpot’s The HotSpot has closed up shop with its final episode being from last week. It was a great close to seven year run and I shall miss it.

I know a majority of listeners remember fondly on the first two years of the show which featured the classic GameSpot crew. I do too, but, while a different feel, I still really enjoyed the Hotspot later on with the new cast of reviewers as well. Both were great to listen to in their own right.

Which podcast will now occupy the empty spot on my top five list? It’s difficult to say at the moment, however, early contenders are the ++Good Games Podcast, SideScrollers, and No Pink Spandex.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne has been added as game number 17 to my finished list for 2012.

As far as my thoughts on the game, I’m torn. I like to improved controls and the added secondary fire for grenades. The graphics are also a step up despite being on the same engine as the initial game. Other welcome changes was extra slow-mo while in bullet time for each additional enemy killed.

However, there are a few sections of the game where I didn’t like what I had to do. The first to come to mind is the goal of protecting/covering for Max while playing as Mona. That was less than thrilling. There were also a bit too many times where you’re up high on a slim ledge and could easily fall off. I hope you saved before attempting. The final boss fight against Vlad had its problems of figuring out what to do.

All in all Max Payne 2 is a better playing game, but doesn’t always give you the fun playground the first game had.

On the collection front, I recently sold my PlayStation 2 copy of Guitar Hero: Metallica to Usagi704. Today it was replaced by a new import copy of Kamen Rider Climax Heroes Fourze on PSP.

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