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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Hart & Usagi Podcast #52: Castlevania

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We have a special edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast for you this time. We’ll be focusing our discussion on the Castlevania series past, present, and possible future. What’s our favorite games of the series? Well you just have to listen to find out. JiibayDan is our guest once again and as usual he’ll give his unique insight into the topics on hand.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Yooper problems
* Syndicate and online co-op
* Tearaway
* Air Zonk
* Azure Striker Gunvolt
* Sleeping Dogs
* Google Didn’t Buy Twitch Because of Potential Antitrust Issues – Report
* Report: FCC Considering Reclassifying Broadband Providers as ‘Common Carriers’
* Nintendo unveils ‘new’ 3DS, 3DS XL
* Sega unsheathes Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath
* Bayonetta 2 gives Wii U a new ‘do on October 24
* Castlevania series

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #27: PlayStation 4 Special

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Sony’s press conference happened and as expected it was the announcement of the PlayStation 4. Shortly after the event ended I put a call out for guests and was able to rope in four. This makes for the largest panel ever on the show. The returning champions are da_bluewolfy, SonicHomeboy, madtyger, and ebbderelict. We talk about all of the information Sony delivered and what we thought about it. Usagi is missing in action this time around, but have no fear because he’ll return next time.

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Now Playing: November ’08

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN)
Tekken Advance (GBA)
Capcom Classics Reloaded (PSP)
Street Fighter Collection (PS)
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Mortal Kombat (SNES)
Puzzle Quest (DS)
Mercenaries 2 (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

As you can see from the list above, I enjoyed myself, gaming-wise, this last month.

Resistance 2 is definitely my Game of the Month. The single player portion was good, but the co-op multiplayer was the most satisfying. I even had a blast with others like s0njas0n and VixDiesel. As of now my Medic is at level 20, my Special Op is at level 16, and my Soldier is at level 5. I have yet to play any of the competitive part of the online experience and, to be honest, I don’t really plan to. Co-op is just too much fun.

The runner-up for the month is probably something unexpected. I was ready to name LittleBigPlanet or Puzzle Quest for this honor a few days ago. That was until Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix dropped onto the PlayStation Network. I wasn’t even going to bother getting this downloadable game, but now that I’ve played it I’m glad that I did. It’s so much more fun now than before this update that I now prefer it over my previous favorite Street Fighter game, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting.

LittleBigPlanet was an interesting game with fun platforming. A few user created levels are fun like one based on the eliminator course from American Gladiators and others based on Gradius and Mirror’s Edge.

That about does it for me. Until next time.

Now Playing: October ’08 (Now with more Sackboy!)

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From Mega Man to Motorstorm, here’s my month of October in gaming.

Mega Man 4 (NES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
Mega Man II (GB)
Batman (GB)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II (SNES)
Night Trap (SCD)
Motorstorm (PS3)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS)

While it took the newly acquired Game Genie, I still did finish Mega Man 4. The same can be said for Mega Man II on the Game Boy sans cheats. Mega Man: The Wily Wars was also some fun as I played it’s 16-bit take on the NES’ Mega Man 2. That version of the first three games only have the more difficult versions.

Despite my need for an RPG early in the month and choosing Chrono Trigger with some of your help, I ended up not playing much of it. I think it was all of the Mega Man games that started taking up my time. (hehe) I know that since I have already started it that I will be going back to Chrono Trigger at some point.

Another game I finished this month was the infamous Sega CD game Night Trap. I managed to only miss about 6-7 Augers. It seems that no matter how many times I play it I always find the theme song scene in the living room to be amusing. (video)

Motorstorm and Puzzle Quest have been my recent addictions. Motorstorm is still pretty frustrating as I’ve previously stated. This is especially true with playing online. Somehow there’s a way (like an exploit) that the player can get way ahead of everybody else within 30 seconds or less at the start of a race and no matter how good you do you’ll never catch up. Not even a little bit. It’s some major bullshit, but I still play for some reason.

BONUS: I purchased LittleBigPlanet today. The funny thing is that it’s the “naughty” version from the same store that the owner said he wasn’t selling since he had to send them back. Gamestop was selling copies last Saturday (as I’m sure you heard about) which made him change his mind. Here it is! Yay!

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I Got Your Recall Right Here

According to this PS3Fanboy.com post, a number of Wal-Mart and Target stores have been selling the recalled copies of LittleBigPlanet. In fact the post also states that “a patch removing the song will be released alongside the official new release date for reprinted discs.” So that makes me wonder why there was a recall to begin with since both versions of the game will be the same in the end.

I almost bought a copy yesterday at that wonderful local video game store called It’s About Games. The owner had two copies of LBP, but said that he couldn’t sell them because it was possible that his distributor would cancel any games on order for the holiday season.

I’m still going to see if I can get the “naughty” version today at one of those major retailers. If I can expect to see a new post on it. Laters!

Oh noes! The song that was cut out of LBP can be heard here.

EDIT: Unfortunately, none of the stores that I checked earlier today had LittleBigPlanet. Oh well, next week it is.

EDIT #2: (10/22 @ 3:33pm) I checked both Toys-R-Us and Circuit City today with no luck. I think that soon after the game’s release Sony should patch the song back in since I’m offended at the offense taken on something so stupid. It makes as much sense to give me what I want (the original product as intended) as it does appeasing a few koran lovers.