Games Finished In 2016


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: May-December 2016


In the latter half of 2016 I played a number of games. Doom 3, Max Payne 3, Saints Row IV’s expansion, Infamous 2, Crysis 3, etc. I’m currently on Watch Dogs for the last month and I’ve been enjoying it more than most people did. I’m with Jim Sterling on this game and it’s fun for what it is. I haven’t been expecting more from it. My thoughts on other games are as follows.

I started out playing Doom 3. It was much better than I thought it would be, but it’s still a bit cliche for the gotcha type of horror it went for. However, I did like it and I felt the pace was a small amount faster in the expansions of Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission. Those were a welcome addition.

Then I moved onto Max Payne 3. It was the fun Payne gameplay we’ve come to know just with an updated sense about it that’s needed in today’s gaming scene. The story was the good, but I did feel the game lasted longer than I had liked. It was still worth my time regardless of this complaint.

Next up was Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The previous game in the series I played was Saints Row 2. I was going to do the usual play them in order since I have SR3 and IV, but I thought screw it. I went for the out the top hellscape adventure because Usagi704 was playing it and it looked wonderfully fun in all of its ridiculous glory. It was certainly that.

Continuing on with the PlayStation 3 marathon I was on, I played and finished Infamous 2. I had tried to start it 2014, but felt the need to get back to my gaming roots at that time. I was worried I would abandon it again, but thankfully that was never an issue this time around. I played on the evil side the first and only time I plan on playing it. It’s just easier to have fun Infamous’ open world that way. In the end I chose to become what I hunted for the whole time.

Crysis 3 was the last game before Watch Dogs and it was pretty much what I expected. The only problem is that eventually I was placed in, what I felt was, an unfair boss fight. I took my sweet ass time throughout the game and since I was ready to be finished with it, I called it “done” when this fight failed multiple times.

In the future I plan on playing every single game I haven’t played that I received for Xmas. This includes the lot I was given this last holiday too. In total it’ll encompass 19 games starting with Bujingai: The Forsaken City. I won’t force myself to beat a game if I’m not entertained by it. But hopefully it won’t be much of a problem. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year!

Hart & Usagi #73: Yakuza Zeroes In


In this new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk much about the Yakuza series and specifically the North American release of the 5th game and about the announcement of Yakuza 0. We also touch on Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Uncharted 4, and more!

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

* Last Chance to Play Uncharted 4’s Closed Beta, “No Plans” for Open Beta
* DariusBurst Chronicles Saviours PS4 Review: Taking it Back to the Old School
* Street Fighter’s Akuma Joins Tekken 7 Roster
* Street Fighter V Changes Made “Internally” To Reach Larger Audience
* Street Fighter 5’s Final Launch Character and DLC Fighters Revealed
* Former FCC commissioner drags ISIS into net neutrality fight
* PlayStation 2 on PlayStation 4: The Good, the Bad, the Plain Ol’ Ugly
* Max Payne Rated for PlayStation 4
* These Eight PS2 Games Are Coming to PS4 Tomorrow With 1080p Graphics
* Yakuza 0 Will Get A Physical Release In The West!
* How Dare You Criticize Fallout 4 Jeff Gerstmann!
* Onimusha Meets Dark Souls in Team Ninja’s New PS4 Action Game
* Uncharted 4 Has Branching Dialogue Options in Some Parts

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Odds and Ends and Max Payne


Here’s a few odds and ends to wrap up which I didn’t have much to say about to dedicate a blog post to each item.

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I was given Max Payne 3 by Usagi704. The game didn’t feel like a must have like the first one did on PC back in 2001, but I still did want to play it. Speaking of the first game, I remember trying the demo and then buying it that very weekend to take back up to college with me.

I also decided to throw down $15 for Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. This is the usual digital release of older Capcom arcade games by Iron Galaxy Studios and is a compilations of Shadow Over Mystara and Tower of Doom. The presentation format is similar to that of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins and Darkstalkers Resurrection. I’m all about the classic arcade beat-’em-up genre and I hope to see some of you playing these two games soon!

Lastly, I have a gameplay video some of you might be familiar with, but I seemingly forgot to link to it at the time of upload in August 2011. It’s my gameplay of Alien Crush on the PSP and my score started at 219,270,300 and the video ends at 230,339,600.

Thanks for reading and watching!



Games Finished In 2012


The list below shows every game that I finished in 2012. The total number comes to 51. That’s up 11 from 2011.

1. Metal Slug Advance (GBA) – 1/11
2. Batman Forever (SNES) – 1/14
3. Riot Zone (VC) – 1/15
4. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 1/30
5. Darksiders (PS3) – 2/14
6. Daxter (PSP) – 2/19
7. Super Street Fighter II (SNES) – 2/24
8. Max Payne (PS2) – 2/27
9. Contra (NES) – 3/6
10. Fighting Force (PS) – 3/7
11. Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) – 3/22
12. Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2) – 3/26
13. X-Men (PSN) – 4/4
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (GBA) – 4/10
15. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA) – 4/12
16. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 4/17
17. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – 4/30
18. Yakuza 2 (PS2) – 6/1
19. Super Hang-On (PSN) – 6/14
20. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3) – 6/23
21. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 7/1
22. Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP) – 7/21
23. Beyond Oasis via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 7/24
24. Neo Contra (PS2) – 7/25
25. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS) – 7/30
26. Tetris DS (DS) – 8/6
27. Tetris DX (GBC) – 8/8
28. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS) – 8/17
29. Rise to Honor (PS2) – 8/19
30. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSN) – 8/22
31. Half-Life 2: Episode Two via The Orange Box (PS3) – 8/29
32. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 9/4
33. Mortal Kombat II (SNES) – 9/5
34. Devil May Cry via Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) – 9/7
35. Crash Commando (PSN) – 9/14
36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES) – 9/23
37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (FC) – 9/24
38. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC) – 10/5
39. Marvel Super Heroes via Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (PSN) – 10/10
40. Alien Storm via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 10/17
41. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 10/27
42. Growl via Taito Legends 2 (PS2) – 10/30
43. Contra (FC) – 11/1
44. Prototype (PS3) – 11/16
45. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3) – 11/22
46. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) – 12/2
47. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow via Castlevania Double Pack (GBA) – 12/7
48. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 12/8
49. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 12/10
50. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 12/13
51. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) – 12/18

August, September, and December proved to be the best months for beating games with 6 in total for each with a monthly average of 4.25.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 207 last year. One of them was a platinum from Assassin’s Creed II in April.

My Favorite 6th Generation Game Titles


Burnout 3: Takedown
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
God of War II
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
Max Payne
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Sly 2: Band of Thieves

*Based only on games I’ve played.

Now Playing: May 2012


The May edition of Now Playing for 2012 is now upon you.

This one’s going to be fairly short. I only played three games this whole month. PC and car problems will do that to ya. Well, okay, it did that to me at the very least.

From the end of last month I had finished up Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It gave me 17 total games finished so far for this year and stands as the current total. Since I beat it four weeks ago at this point, there’s not much extra I can say about the game that I didn’t already mention in Now Playing for April. One interesting note was that this version of Max Payne 2, the PS2 version, was released for download on PSN on the day I finished it.

The above game was the final one from the list of suggestions I got from some of you good friends when I asked at the beginning of the year. My planned reward was Yakuza 2 which I’m currently getting through at the moment, but very slowly I might add.

Despite being excited to start it, I’ve been less enthralled by the game over time. I’m not entirely sure why this is since I really liked the first game (sans annoyingly difficult boss fights). It might be that way because the game is mostly the same with additions or improvements where needed. I’m sure it’s also because of my lack of desire to have to deal with difficult boss fights again and this is why I chose to play on Easy over Normal. The main antagonist, Ryuji Goda, spends quite a bit of time outside of the story which I also found disappointing.

Regardless, I have still found it to be very enjoyable to have Kazuma’s fists meet the faces of many opponents. And sometimes a wall, bike, or pipe. The Heat moves are also fun. In Osaka next to the river hitting △ threw the guy in the water. Doing the same next to a glass display case had Kazuma pick up the guy and throw him into it smashing the stand into pieces. XD

Overall, it’s still a great game even though I sound a bit down on it.

Final game was once again Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival. I improved several of my times in the Survival and Time Attack modes when playing as Shin Akuma.

Thanks for reading. Peace!

* Yakuza 2 – Chapter 13; 15h52m
* Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival
Survival: vs. 5 – 7:55
vs. 10 – 21:35
vs. 30 – 2:55:45
vs. 50 – 5:15:98
vs. 100 – 11:41:92

Time Attack: Normal 8 – 1:18:90
4 Boss – 53:52
vs. Shin Akuma – 13:82
vs. Ryu, Ken, Shin Akuma – 46:89
vs. All – 4:41:62