Now Playing: December 2019

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The previous three months has been a trying time to find a game I can get into. I succeeded, but the percentage was low. The racing games of Hydro Thunder (PS), Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2), and Flatout 2 (PS2) were more of the usual rubber-banding AI opponents that can make for a frustrating experience.

Flatout 2 had the worst of this issue, but the most annoying problem was the destructible track elements that got in the way on later laps once they were destroyed the debris was laying about. Burnout 2’s deal was solely the issue of the AI being perfect. I was having fun even when not winning, but once a certain mountain area track was what I was currently racing there seemed to be no way to progress regardless of the car I selected. Arcade racer Hydro Thunder was fun, but the bare bones presentation and odd decision to lock tracks behind a currency earning progression system was where I fell off of this one.

I then went to portable side of gaming with my DS Lite and PSP. I was hankering for some Puzzle Quest, but Puzzle Quest: Galactrix was too much of a departure of what made the first game so enjoyable. On top of that they added timed puzzle to complete. This is not what I call a fun Puzzle Quest experience. It was an immediate turn this game off moment.

I had the sequel on hand so I inserted the cartridge for Puzzle Quest 2. It was much more of the traditional fun game with additions that are much more welcome. There isn’t any timed puzzled, thankfully. I didn’t complete the game, but at least I had gotten my fill of Puzzle Quest in a more satisfying way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 was a first person shooter, as one would expect, but it’s on the PSP. Because of this everything hinges on how good the controls are. They’re…decent. It’s not a quick reflexes style of the recent Call of Duty titles on home consoles. It’s quite plodding to be very honest. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mainly suffer from AI that can aim accurately. This is bad when you’re under a time limit to get out of a base that’s going to explode! This is precisely the scenario I was in when I hung this game’s boots up and moved on.

The game I moved onto was a 2019 released game, if you can believe it. It was The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. Not a new game in practice since the original version was from 1994 on the Super Nintendo. I love the original and this is definitely a worthy improvement. I’m not fond of the two new characters or that you can’t grab and throw the level 1 boss, but otherwise it’s excellent. The game didn’t need a two-player mode, but it’s done well enough with both players sharing the life and blaster (battery in the new version) meters.

Finally, I not only bought The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors in the last month or so, but I was also given Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by Usagi704 for Xmas. My total new games for the year of 2019 is a big ol’ seven.

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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)

Saving Gaming History

Recently I wanted to tackle some outlier games that have been eluding my collection. I didn’t get ones such as Captain America: Super Soldier or Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, but I did get a few others.

The first two games, you can see in the photo directly below, are actually not apart of those games I was trying to find. Medal of Honor: Vanguard and ICO were unplanned pickups. The former was released around the same time on the PS2 that Medal of Honor: Airborne was on PS3 and X360. The latter, ICO, I already have via The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection on PS3. I only got it because I felt the need to save it from the unwashed masses. It’s not everyday you come across a complete copy of ICO on PS2 in good condition.

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It’s also not everyday you come across a good conditioned complete copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess either. Okay, actually you do. But not the Gamecube version! I’m not much of a fan of The Legend of Zelda as you guys already know, but I still felt a need to save this game as well. It’s another one I didn’t need because I did already have the ubiquitous Wii version.

Here’s the first game which I did go to specifically to find. It’s Sega Arcade Gallery on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a four game compilation of AfterBurner, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On, and (best of all) OutRun! In case you didn’t know these games are all of Sega’s super sweet superscaler arcade lineup. You can never have enough of those!

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I finally found Ray Tracers, but I did have to go to eBay for it. The game is easily summed up as a polygonal version of Chase H.Q. and that’s okay by me. Both games were developed by Taito.

Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal was another game that wasn’t really on my wish list. I can see it as a very mediocre game, but in some ways it reminded me of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project from 2002 in how it plays even though the game I bought was from 1996.

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Finally, I picked up a new copy of the 2008 Special Edition of Rambo 4. Yes, I do already own the Extended Cut. However, I was disappointed that the commentary track was cut out of that version. This one has exactly what I was missing.

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS

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This is a special episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We welcome back ebbderelict. Our main discussion will be about first-person shooters. However, beforehand we discuss some news.

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

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Top 5 Most Violent Games of 2014, According to Consumer Reports
* Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users
* CISPA To Be Reintroduced in The House This Week
* ESRB Gives Hatred An Adults Only Rating
* Hotline Miami 2 Designer To Australian Gamer: Just Pirate It
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your Most Anticipated Game of 2015?
* First-person shooters discussion

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Moore Crying For Warfighter

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A week ago EA announced it was putting the Medal of Honor series on hiatus for the time being. Peter Moore commented that “the game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers.”

As you know I’ve had hate for this game ever since last E3 when their whole stupid marketing campaign was launched to desperately try to make people believe their BS “this game is authentic” hype.

Moore also went onto say that “critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved.”

This is such a comment I’d expect them to think, but, word from the wise, keep it to yourself. When the game boils down to just another Call of Duty-like experience which is done poorly with a bunch of door breaching, consider yourself lucky you even averaged 54% on GameRankings.com across all three versions of this crap shooter.

Joystiq news: EA: Medal of Honor is ‘out of rotation’ following poor Warfighter scores

Games Finished In 2012

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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.

Authentic Sterling

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The following are my 15 favorite quotes from Jim Sterling’s review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter on Destructoid.

“[Warfighter is] a perfectly fitting name for one of the many annual ‘me too’ military first-person shooters that hit the market toward the end of the year.”

“…it’s a tacky and melodramatic look at military life with a script that could have been trotted out by a twelve-year-old.”

“Warfighter seems content to just go through the motions with most of its campaign, copying entire scenarios from its own reboot, as well as Battlefield and Call of Duty, to create a set of missions that feel like the videogame equivalent of a TV series clip show.”

“…the action of Warfighter gets stale within the first few minutes and never freshens up…”

“Naturally, Warfighter took [door breaching] overuse and made a farce of it.”

“I still don’t know why I was supposed to hate any of the villains.” […] “Nobody gave me a reason to be quite so invested.”

“…Medal of Honor has no identity. It is merely a hollow reflection of the market leaders, too timid to strike out on its own.”

“…you’re looking at a fairly standard multiplayer affair, no matter how much it tries to obscure the fact by assaulting you with information. From the very moment you jump in (after installing the massive patch, setting up Origin, and inputting an online pass), you’re introduced to a screen littered with options and pop-up info boxes.”

“…after a few rounds, the style-over-utility visual information starts to make sense, and you settle into a rather bland — but totally serviceable — online shooter that really could be interchanged with any other.”

“Warfighter is a largely pointless game. It exists simply to be just another brown FPS, and in that endeavor it undoubtedly succeeds.”

“You just go through the motions, doing the same stuff you’ve been doing for the past five years.”

“Ironically, it would have been better served if it never rebooted in 2010 and stuck with World War II — barely anybody’s doing those games anymore.”

“…the studio rushed development to get out ahead of the competition, demonstrating what a soulless pissing contest these games have become.”

“…it is a noisier presentation and an avalanche of content, none of which matters when the core gameplay is so mind-numbingly dull at this point in time.”

“it’s just insipid and shallow, a title that exists solely to exist, and squeeze whatever profit remains to be had from serving the same flavorless porridge to the same unadventurous customers.”

New Releases 2012: October 7-27

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WEEK of Oct. 7
Code of Princess (3DS)
Dishonored (PS3, X360, PC)
Just Dance 4 (PS3, X360, WII)
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise (PS3, X360)
Pokemon Black Version 2 (DS)
Retro City Rampage (PS3, PSV, PC)
Spy Hunter (PSV)
Worms Revolution (PS3, X360, PC)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3, X360, PC)

WEEK of Oct. 14
007 Legends (PS3, X360, PC)
Dance Central 3 (X360)
Dokuro (PSV)
Doom 3 BFG Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Jet Set Radio (PSV)
Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PSV)

WEEK of Oct. 21
Forza Horizon (X360)
Just Dance: Disney Party (WII, X360)
Killzone HD (PS3)
Killzone Trilogy (PS3)
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PS3, X360, PC)
Skylanders Giants (PS3, X360, WII, 3DS)
Spy Hunter (3DS)
Street Fighter X Tekken (PSV)
The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

Hart & Usagi Podcast #15: E3 Stunt Spectacular

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Hart and Usagi discuss all of their love and hate of the happenings from E3 2012. We cover about 60 games shown at this year’s event and have an bit of a discussion about the grievances GameSpot’s Tom McShea had about Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Get ready for our longest episode yet. Who am I kidding? U R Not E.

E3 TOPICS:
* What we were hoping to see at the event.
* All five press conferences.
* Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
* Extra talk about games we saw stage demos of.

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Original article by Tom McShea: When did regenerating health become realistic?

Video of Tom McShea talking with Greg Goodrich: A Matter of Authenticity

Blog post by nate1222: In Defense of Tom McShea

As I Saw It: E3 2012 EA Press Conference

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PLEASE NOTE: This is my comments from Twitter that I made as the conference happened. If you can’t handle a difference of opinion from your own, then please DO NOT read this or comment.
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* EA’s conf. has begun. Expecting suckage.

* Caution: Rich, out-of-touch man on stage.

DEAD SPACE 3
* Dead Space 3 trailer. Go, go “spine-tingling.”

* Live demo lacks the, oh I don’t know, spine-tingling I was promised. What am I watching? RE6?

* RT @lightwarrior179: Dead Space 3 has morphed into a cousin of Gears and Lost Planet and it is so obvious I feel Captain Obvious threatening me from afar.

* Nice try at the end of the demo to claim you are still scary. #fail

MADDEN NFL ’13
* Madden NFL ’13 tells you that you aren’t good enough. :P

* The new Infinity engine. To “Infinity” and beyond.

* Michael Irvin talking about biting too much. Next thing you know he’ll go for the guy’s ear.

* Speaking of retirement: This game series needs to retire.

SIMCITY
* Maxis rep. out to Facebook your Simcity. Subtitled “Social.”

* RT @jeffgerstmann: Dude behind us is losing it at every announcement. Simcity Facebook? “Oohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!”

* New Simcity shown (main version). Never been a fan so no comment. Has multiplayer.

BATTLEFIELD 3
* Battlefield 3 theme sounds like it’s used for torture.

* “Premium” service is just EA wanting some of that “Elite” money.

* Did that say “Own More?” According to companies like EA, I don’t own anything, I license it.

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
* Please remove this from my screen. That IP is old alright…and stale.

MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER
* Time for Mega Beard to tells us about Medal of Honor: Warfighter. You know, more CoD. *rolls eyes*

* Reminder: Middle East = topical, Arabs speak English.

* RT @lightwarrior179: Medal of Honor. Do they still have those ULTRA-realistic beards? Or is the focus on MAN-chest hair this time?
Reply::Beard and chest hair DLC.

* RT @lightwarrior179: No pubes? Or is that a secret mod reserved for the “Hot Coffee” DLC?
Reply::No Comment ROFL!

* Okay, @EA, enough with the ULTRA MAN GAMES!

* All of these FPS CoD games are making me want to dislike the movie Black Hawk Down. Screw them!

* RT @JimSterling: In Medal of Honor: GunGunGun, weld guns to your guns so the guns shoot guns at an army of giant guns armed with giant guns.

FIFA ’13
* I hate to break it to this FIFA guy, but he must be told. You aren’t innovative! You’re simulating real life. NOT innovative!

* FIFA 13 is also not any sort of revolution. Just stop. I don’t buy marketing speak, numbnuts.

UFC…something
* Hey, look! It’s Dana White! EA found a bigger douchebag than themselves.

* Herp, derp is all I hear out of Dana’s mouth.

NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED
* Need For Speed; Most Wanted? Criteron is making it, but didn’t we already get a “Most Wanted?”

* I wish they’d go back to Burnout. Crash doesn’t count!

* It’s pretty obvious by fan reactions: They want a new Burnout instead.

* RT @lightwarrior179: Most Wanted seems closer to Burnout Paradise than one would have imagined. That’s a good thing of course.
Reply:: Damn right. Let’s hope so anyway.

CRYSIS 3
* Demo time for Crysis 3. It’s another shooter. It had better do different things than BF, CoD, or MoH and more of it.

* “If you’re watching on the Internet, thanks for being here.” I’m not sure how I’m able to be there. Johnny’s a bit confused on how the Internet works.