Komplete First Editions

Here’s another set of four new movies. Two more DVD upgrades in The American President and Collateral Damage. The latter was a former Blockbuster rental copy. Oh, Blockbuster. Those where the days. The other two, Whiplash and Gangs of New York, are new to my collection altogether. I was reminded that Gangs was a Martin Scorsese picture so I decided to get it. Whiplash was my newest favorite after my initial viewing. It was the reason I selected it.

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Onto the gaming side. I was with Usagi704 and we visited an out of town gaming store called Warp Zone. After much digging around, because heaven forbid I not be kneeling on the floor, looking through a bin of portable games, I found the Japanese version of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge. The only difference I’m aware of is the subweapon difference of the Axe (NA) being the Cross (JP). I also found NHL Blades of Steel 2000 for the Game Boy Color. I didn’t know Konami ever made another Blades of Steel game after the NES title. I guess this is it. Unlike the original game it has both the NHL and NHL Players licenses.

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The final three games puchased was the PlayStation 4 version of the rebooted Shadow Warrior. It marks my fifth game for the system I still do not own. I also picked up on a whim the Komplete Edition of Mortal Kombat, which was a used copy without an online pass, and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Both are for the PS3. I don’t plan to play online with MK9 so it’s just as well it didn’t have the pass with it. Gat Out of Hell was labeled a “First Edition.” It’s probably similar to “Day 1 Edition” and it includes DLC called the “Devil’s Workshop Pack.”

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #61 – March 28th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat remaster of games and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/hart-usagi-podcast-61-remastered/

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HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat WrestleMania 31 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/space-suplex-podcast-ep-17-wrestlemania-31/

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Data East Arcade Classics

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Just like in August of last year, I ordered Data East Arcade Classics on Glyde and it was cancelled for me. I can only assume this was done because the seller didn’t have the game anymore, but decided not to take their listing down. Unlike last time, though, I purchased it on eBay with no trouble whatsoever.

The following list below are the 15 arcade games included in Data East Arcade Classics for the Wii. Six of the games are, for some reason, using either the Japanese or European titles. Those are marked with an asterisk.

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja
Burger Time
Burnin’ Rubber*
Caveman Ninja*
Crude Buster*
Express Raider*
Heavy Barrel
Lock ‘n’ Chase
Magical Drop III
Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory
Secret Agent*
Side Pocket
Street Hoop*
Super Real Darwin
Wizard Fire

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Game of the Year 2013 – Most Disappointing Game

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Continuing on with my great 2013 gaming awards I’m going to be getting real with you all, my audience. Some games sound great, are even considered some of the best of all time, but once played they unfortunately disappoint.

Super Mario Galaxy is probably my biggest example of what I mean and I have details in my Now Playing article from December. This game rarely gets a bad word said about it, but I just didn’t care for it. It might be that I’m simply not the fan of platformers I thought I was.

One thing is for certain, however. I am definitely a fan of beat-’em-ups as I love to say again and again. Two games in that genre had disappointed me in the last year. I don’t think either are bad games by any means, but I wasn’t as enthralled with Dragon’s Crown or the winner of this award, Double Dragon Neon.

I pretty much hung up Dragon’s Crown until I was helped out by two friends who helped me finish it. I also beat Double Dragon Neon, but the mechanics didn’t do much for me. This was unfortunate since I loved the graphics style and soundtrack.

Double The Double Dragon

When Double Dragon Neon was released three weeks ago, I didn’t purchase right away. I wanted to try my luck at scoring a free code via WayForward’s Twitter account. Alas, I didn’t win. Last week Marvel vs. Capcom Origins was released and that’s when I bought both of those games. The latter title includes arcade versions of Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes.

A games shop in Galion was where I went for the final two games. I got some more Double Dragon this time it was the first game for the Game Boy. I also picked up God of War Origins Collection and it includes (as you know) the PSP titles Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta.

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MORE: Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 19

One Game Is Not Enough

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The following is my reply to the blog post “Stop Single Game Syndrome” on Substance TV.com.

I’m definitely all about new/unique/different gaming experiences or at the very least more of them.

I was never a fan or even interested in the Tomb Raider series. However, I got interested once I saw Tomb Raider: Legend in action. I picked it up and was happy I did. In fact, Tomb Raider: Anniversary (finished too) and Underworld are similar so I’ve since picked them up.

I’ve also tried other games that I wouldn’t normal bother with that didn’t go over so well. The two that come to mind is Psychonauts and Splinter Cell. The former was a big collect-a-thon and I’m not into those kinds of games. The latter was too strict on the stealth which lead to a not-so-enjoyable experience. At least I gave those games a try. I have since bought the third Splinter Cell game, Chaos Theory, to see if I like it more.

Another great example is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I never liked any of the 2D games so I didn’t think to look at this game when it came out. In 2006 I decided to give the game a shot. Not only did I like it a lot, I also bought Warrior Within and The Two Thrones soon after. I even did three speed runs of the game back-to-back with my best time being just under three hours. On top of that I’ve bought the PSP versions of the latter two games renamed Revelations and Rival Swords, respectively. The 2008 game was a big letdown with the frustrating combat. The Forgotten Sands looks to be a return to form for the series, which I greatly approve of.

With my most recent purchases I picked up Alter Echo which looked interesting after seeing some gameplay videos. I even decided to get the PS2 Shinobi game and Urban Reign, if I can ever find it, because your show made them look so good. :)

New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.

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While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new

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Total this time around: 11

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

Bottom 10 Owned Games

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The following list is the ten games in my collection that have the lowest amount of total GameSpot members owning as well.

Raging Fighter (GB) – 16
NBA Action starring David Robinson (GG) – 31
Dragon’s Revenge (GEN) & Pong/Asteroids/Yar’s Revenge (GBA) – 33
Natural Selection (PC) – 36
VR Troopers (GEN) – 38
Raiden Trad (GEN) & Tomb Raider: Legend (GBA) – 39
The Combatribes (SNES) – 41
Fighter’s History (SNES) & Nanostray 2 (DS) – 47
Dragon’s Fury (GEN) – 49
Crue Ball (GEN) – 54

SOME INTERESTING GAME INFO
I’m sure that most of you have never heard of Raging Fighter. It’s a Konami fighting game and I think it was the first of that genre to be released for the Game Boy at the time. I was huge into fighting games at the time so it was great to have something on the go.

Natural Selection is actually a modification for the original Half-Life that was very unique in that one team played very different from the other. Another HL mod that was like that was Vampire Slayer.

Hard rock/heavy metal fans will probably be wondering about the Genesis title, Crue Ball. If it sounds like a pinball game with the Motley Crue license, then you’d be correct.

How’s the bottom of your collection list looking right now?