2012 Award Winners (Part 2)

It’s now time for the final half of my 2012 awards!

BEST PODCAST EPISODE (eps. 10-23)
13
15
18
WINNER: 19

Lightwarrior179’s first time on the Hart & Usagi Podcast was fun talking about mainly the Mass Effect 3 debacle (#13). Episode 15 was a post-E3 show. Madtyger was a welcomed guest for the first time in our post-PAX show (#18). The most fun, however, was the jumbo 19th episode with SonicHomeboy and midway through a call to madtyger.

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BEST PODCAST NOT MY OWN
Giant Bombcast
The Jimmy Dore Show
MLW
WINNER: No More Whoppers

All of these podcasts are fantastic for different reasons. The Giant Bombcast for gaming, The Jimmmy Dore Show for a comedians take on politics, and MLW for pro wrestling talk featuring former WCW talent Konnan. No More Whoppers is the winner for being a consistently entertaining mix of gaming and life in Japan. It’s fun stuff!

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MOST FUN WITH GPY
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Crash Commando
Borderlands
WINNER: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Madtyger runs a gaming clan (GPY) which I’ve played with on several occasions. I won several of these events. Most notably Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection and Crash Commando. I ultimately had more fun playing Call of Duty 4 and that was after Usagi704 couldn’t join us because his PS3 rejected the online portion of the game. It was fun to get owned by madtyger.

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FAVORITE UNPLAYED GAME SUGGESTED
Darksiders
Daxter
Deus Ex: The Conspiracy
WINNER: Assassin’s Creed II

Thanks to all of the responses from everyone in early 2012, I played a number of games I owned but hadn’t yet started. Of all of them these were the four I enjoyed the most with my lone platinum trophy gained in the last calendar belonging to the most fun of these being Assassin’s Creed II. I also have to give props to Deus Ex: The Conspiracy. It gave me a lot to think and talk about during the time I played it.

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FAVORITE MASTERED GAME SUGGESTED
Burnout 3: Takedown
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES)
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
WINNER: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

In a similar fashion to the award above I asked which of the games on my Backloggery mastered list I should revisit. All are great fun and were so once again, but, man, if I don’t love Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and its copious amounts of replay value.

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BEST PLATFORMER
Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth
Daxter
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
WINNER: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

I don’t consider myself big into platformers, but that might have more to do with the downplay of them in today’s gaming environment. Regardless, I do love the greats and Klonoa: Door to Phantomile is certainly one of those.

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BIGGEST SURPRISE
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Beyond Oasis
WINNER: Deus Ex: The Conspiracy

Last year’s winner was Run Saber. It easily took the crown, but this is a bit of a closer race in that I didn’t expect to be surprised by as many this time. Lost Planet was more exciting than I thought, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 went better once I seriously tried to play it, and Beyond Oasis was less confusing than it seemed initially. If anything Deus Ex: The Conspiracy was thought provoking enough to inspire four blog posts my yours truly. It also had several ways to tackle most missions making for a unique experience (one I didn’t feel was hampered by being on the PS2).

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ABSOLUTE BEST GAME OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed II
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
WINNER: Devil May Cry

A great open world game, platformer, shooter, and action game. All I’d highly recommend with Devil May Cry being at the top. I put this game off as being not for me for a long time. But when seeing it again with fresh eyes and via the HD collection, I had to give it a shot. It didn’t disappoint and I now see why it was and still is highly influential and considered a classic in the truest sense.

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New Releases 2012: Wii U & Rest of the Year

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WEEK of NOV. 18
007 Legends (WU)
Assassin’s Creed III (PC, WU)
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition (WU)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (WU)
Darksiders II (WU)
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3, X360, PC, WU, WII, MAC)
Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion (3DS)
Hitman: Absolution (PS3, X360)
Just Dance 4 (WU)
NBA 2K13 (WU)
New Super Mario Bros. U (WU)
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (WU)
Nintendo Land (WU)
Persona 4 Golden (PSV)
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PSV)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (3DS)
Resistance Collection (PS3)
Skylanders Giants (WU)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3, X360, WU)
Tank! Tank! Tank! (WU)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (WU)
ZombiU (WU)

WEEK of NOV. 25
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (PS3, PSV)

WEEK of DEC. 2
Far Cry 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)

WEEK of DEC. 9
Hawken (PC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PSV, 3DS)

New Releases 2012: Oct. 28-Nov. 17

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WEEK of OCT. 28
007 Legends (PC)
Assassin’s Creed III (PS3, X360)
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PSV)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PC, PSV, DS)
Natural Selection II (PC)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3, X360, PC, PSV)
Okami HD (PS3)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PC)
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS)
Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 (PS3, X360)
Sports Champions 2 (PS3)
Thundercats (DS)
Transformers Prime: The Game (WII, DS, 3DS)
WWE ’13 (PS3, X360, WII)
Wreck-It Ralph (WII, DS, 3DS)
Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PS3, X360)

WEEK of NOV. 4
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection (PS3, X360)
Halo 4 (X360)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (3DS)
LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3)
Mass Effect Trilogy (X360, PC)
Midway Arcade Origins (PS3, X360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (WII)
Rayman Origins (3DS)

WEEK of NOV. 11
Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PSV)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3, X360, PC)
Karateka (X360)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PS3, X360, WII)
Madden NFL 13 (WU)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Resistance Collection (PS3)
Scribblenauts Unlimited (PC)
Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3)

Hart & Usagi Podcast #19 XL

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The Hart & Usagi Podcast is back with episode 19 and on the show we cover news on the Wii U among many other topics. We welcome SonicHomeboy back and part way during the show madtyger calls in!

TOPICS/NEWS:
Double Dragon Neon’s soundtrack
Wii U price
– Bayonetta 2
Wii U’s software launch list
Nintendo TVii
Hard drives for Wii U
Wii abandoned
WiiPads and replacement
Kill Instinct
PS3 super slim
Midway Arcade Origins
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Dead or Alive 5
Mass Effect fan negativity
– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda Softworks
– Games recently bought
– Tim Burton

Listen or Download (1:54:47)
RSS feed for the show.

Hart & Usagi Podcast #16: Post EVO 2012

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With this last weekend being the big fighting game tournament EVO 2012, Usagi and I discuss it along with other topics. One of those topics, namely Mass Effect 3, is brought to the table by first-time guest 6h05tly! Get ready for some fisticuffs on episode 16 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

TOPICS:
* Marvel vs. Capcom Origins
* EVO 2012
* 007 Legends
* Mass Effect 3
* Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
* Tiger LCD handhelds

Listen or Download (48:11)
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Hart & Usagi Podcast #13

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It’s time for episode 13 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. Usagi and I welcome a brand new guest that many of you should know. It’s lightwarrior179! A whole host of topics are discussed with much restraint shown for Mass Effect spoilers. In other words, we don’t actually talk about the game itself. Just the unwarranted outrage. With that said, on with the show!

TOPICS:
* Retake things like Mass Effect
* Street Fighter X Tekken DLC
* Kamiya’s SFxT DLC response
* EA Online Pass
* Frank Wolf (R) & Joe Baca (D) violence warning labels
* Giant Bomb joins GameSpot
* Ring Ka King

Listen or Download (1 hour 30 minutes)
RSS feed for the show.

VG Cats comic: An Airing of Grievances

Penny Arcade article: Child’s Play And “Retake Mass Effect”

Baddass Digest article: MASS EFFECT 3 Protests Prove Annie Wilkes Is The Patron Saint of Fandom

Haze press release: Korn to Release Original Song for Ubisoft’s Haze Video Game

Ars Technica news: US Congressmen expand call for violence warning label on nearly all video games

Frank Wolf & Joe Baca: The Video Game

New Releases 2012: Feb. 19-Mar. 10

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WEEK of 2/19
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (X360)
Asura’s Wrath (PS3, X360)
Dynasty Warriors Next (PSV)
Hustle Kings (PSV)
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (PSV)
Syndicate (PS3, X360, PC)
Touch My Katamari (PSV)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PSV)

WEEK of 2/26
Binary Domain (PS3, X360)
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (PS3, X360)
SSX (PS3, X360)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS)

WEEK of 3/4
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PSV)
MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV)
Major League Baseball 2K12 (PS3, X360, PC, WII, PSP, DS, PS2)
Mass Effect 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Ridge Racer Unbounded (PC)
Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3, X360)
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, X360)