Halloween Season Is Upon Us

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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!

Don’t Think Just Rush’n!

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Since the start of September I’ve been playing the first of only two games ever developed by Vatra Games out of the Czech Republic. It was Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot. The other game was Silent Hill: Downpour.

Rush’n Attack was a 1985 arcade game by Konami that was eventually ported to the NES two years later. It wasn’t until 2011 that a second game was ever produced. That’s this game, subtitled Ex-Patriot.

The original game’s style was all about the player keeping on the move and stabbing/shooting any enemy running your way. In Ex-Patriot, if you wish for a good ranking at the end of each lengthy level you should play in the same manner. The reason I say this is that the presentation, despite not being very good graphically, seems to suggest through story that you should take it slow and stealthy. It’s fun to play the game in this way, but it isn’t necessary.

Overall, Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot isn’t a stellar game by any means, but if you’re looking for some simple game mechanics in a short (less than) five hour game, then it’s not the worst thing you can be playing.

I’ve been playing against Usagi704 in some of his stash of lesser known fighting games as of late. One of those games, which I also have, is Fighter’s History on the SNES. My main character is Ray who is the most Ryu/Ken like fighter, but he still doesn’t play exactly like either of those Street Fighter counterparts.

I also took the liberty of finishing Fighter’s History on the Hardest CPU difficulty level with Ray. I could cheese several opponents with Dynamite Tackle (→ → Punch) again and again. Even the first of two bosses, Clown, was a joke with this tactic (pun intended).

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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!

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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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Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. In this corner it’s USGamer’s 10 best PlayStation 4 games and in the opposite corner it’s two guys who played almost none of them. A captivating match-up! Other showdowns include Ant-Man vs. Pixels, UK businesses vs. personal use, and EVO vs. Jamie Lee Curtis.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* PlayStation Mobile Officially Closes Today
* The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games
* UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material
* Jamie Lee Curtis Attended EVO Disguised As Vega From Street Fighter
* Don’t Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You’ve Actually Won
* Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America
* Xbox One Backwards Compatibility an “Enormous Engineering Challenge”
* What are the Hardest Video Games?
* Adam Sandler’s Video Game Movie Pixels Wins Friday With $9.2 Million
* Pixels Has Slow Start at Box Office
* China’s Console Ban Is Now Totally Over
* Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

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Warp Zone Trax

Four months ago Usagi704 and I had visited this out of town gaming store called Warp Zone. Once again we had made a trip down to this place where I picked up more games not on my wish list.

First up was a much lesser known Super FX chip game on the Super Nintendo called Dirt Trax FX. It’s a dirt bike racing game developed by Sculptured Software and published by Acclaim. Believe it or not I did remember playing this game at the time it was released in late 1995.

Next up is a Game Boy Advance title that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was on the Genesis. Sega teamed up with THQ for this 2002 edition of The Revenge of Shinobi which clearly didn’t go over as well. It was released the same year as the PlayStation 2 version of Shinobi.

Here’s actually a game I did have on my wish list sometime ago. I removed it because I didn’t ever expect to find it. The Game Boy Advance version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus is more of a 2D stealth game. It seemed to be similar to Splinter Cell’s outing on this same platform (another game I never found and removed from my list).

And finally I picked up an import Japanese Game Boy release of The King of Fighters ’96. This was the same one Usagi704 had received earlier this year.

That do it for this time. Check the photo below and have a good one!

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #64: Twitch’s Hatred

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Steve (first time since ep. 58) to chat about Simon Pegg’s recent “nerd culture” comments and the reaction along with Twitch banning AO-rated games on streams as well as other news items. Also, Vita a legacy platform?

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Project X Zone
* Daxter
* Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
* Law firm files petition with FCC claiming new net neutrality rules don’t go far enough
* Ratchet & Clank Movie Delayed, But Cast Is Surprisingly Good
* Konami CEO: ‘Mobile is where the future of gaming lies’
* Doom 4 Video Shows Scrapped Project Looked More Like Call of Duty
* Doom Gets Tantalising Ten Second Teaser
* The People vs. “Nerd Culture”
* Simon Pegg is worried that our obsession with nerd culture is “infantilizing”
* Scrabble Dictionary Adds “Newb,” “Pwn,” and “LOLZ”
* Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable
* Charter seeks to buy Time Warner Cable in $55.1 billion deal
* Charter promises no data caps for customers under new mega-cable company structure
* Sony Brands Vita a ‘Legacy Platform’ Outside Japan
* Twitch bans ‘Adults Only’ game streams
* Twitch Bans Adult-Only Games, but Provides No Clarity on Mature Titles

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Igarashi’s Magnum Opus

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I was quite amazing news recently when Koji Igarashi asked if fans wanted a new game in the style of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Fans responded in droves showing support for Igarashi’s vision to do this type of game when Konami wouldn’t. Not only did the fans say “Yes, we want to play what you have on offer,” but they also showed it with cold hard cash. As of this blog post the project has 20 days to go on Kickstarter and it has gained over $2.6 million!

The game in question is called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I know a number of gamers personally that have given some of their hard earned cash to Iga’s game. I, myself, not being one of them, but I’ll gladly purchase the game once it’s released to show my support. In fact, I know I’ll be buying the version for the PlayStation 4 that’s going to be released into retail stores on disc. Team Hardcopy for the win!

I’m a big fan of Igavania games. I enjoyed the initial classic in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and going so far as to give it my Game of the Year award for 2014. On episode 52 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast, we chatted awhile about out favorite Castlevania games. Mine, in addition to SotN, were Aria of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin. Add to those Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest from the “classic-vania” titles and you have my top five all-time favorites of the entire series.

Get hyped because you don’t see games like this anymore!

Interviews with Igarashi:
GameSpot | USgamer | The Jimquisition