Now Playing: August 2015

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I was crusin’ down Phendrana Drifts in my 6-4. Getting those upgrades and knockin’ around foes when I picked up my last missile expansion for 100%. This good feeling was soon trashed as I eventually found myself fighting Ridley.

The first half of the battle was fine, but once he landed and no longer could take flight Metroid Prime’s controls let me down once again. I know I was dodging at the right time when Ridley rushed in with a charging attack, but the controls didn’t cooperate leaving me to get smacked just about every time. I barely had any health left after the fight.

If that boss battle wasn’t annoying enough, the Impact Crater area had more in store. Fission Metroids appear here. They split into two and then are only damaged by the beam weapon of the same color. As you know, the color palate in Metroid Prime is more muted than in some other series titles. Because of this I had a terrible time telling which color they were. It was too much to bear and I decided to end the game there.

I did see a video featuring the boss fight of the game’s namesake. It was the usual consistent switching of weapons to match boss color. It also doesn’t help that bosses overstay their welcome too. Battling them takes way too long to be enjoyable and then to top it off this thing has two forms. Uggh!

I was at least happy with my 100% item collection in the game. Thankfully, Metroid Prime was fun the majority of the 12 hours and 11 minutes I spent with it.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #69 – August 24th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat top SNES games, cancelled Jak 4, Mafia 3, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/hart-usagi-69-the-super-snes/

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SPACE SUPLEX #22 – August 27th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat SummerSlam 2015 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/space-suplex-22-summer-takeover/

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Hart & Usagi #69: The Super SNES

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. We talk about DigitalTrends.com’s Top 25 SNES games article, the cancelled Jak 4, and we get excited for announced titles such as Mafia 3, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, and Dark Souls III. All this and more!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Here Are The Top 25 Games That Made The SNES, Well, Super
* USgamer Community Question: Which is Best – Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis?
* Consumers complain to FCC about ‘data caps’
* Beautiful Concept Art from Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter 4 Canceled Game Surfaces
* Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treatment Of Staff By Dictatorial Konami Management
* PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Officially Hits PS Vita Tuesday
* Need for Speed Series Had Too Many Games, Too Quickly, Dev Says
* Why New Need for Speed for Xbox One/PS4/PC Is Always-Online
* Activision Blizzard CEO Donates $50,000 to Chris Christie Presidential Bid
* Reddit bans some of its most well-known racist communities
* Mafia 3 Tackles Racism and the Vietnam War in 1960s New Orleans
* Why Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a Frontrunner for Gamescom’s Best Game
* Dark Souls III is Faster, Smoother, and More Fluid Than its Predecessors
* 90 Minutes with Dark Souls III Put My “Sequelitis” Fears to Rest
* Street Fighter 5 is a Bolder Reinvention Than Looks Suggest
* Crackdown 3 to Include “100 Percent Destructible Environments”
* Crackdown 3 Destruction Restricted to Multiplayer
* Sony’s New PS4 Projector Costs As Much As The Console
* Sony Explains Decision to Increase PlayStation Plus Three Month Subscription Price in Europe
* PS4 System Update 3.00 Adds Twitter Video, YouTube Broadcasts, and More
* Resident Evil 2 Remake Confirmed
* Wow, Spotify’s New Privacy Policy is Atrocious

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Clunky Metroid

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Lately I’ve been playing a suggested game by @NiceGuyNeon and it has been Metroid Prime. He considers it one of the greatest games of all-time. Obviously he isn’t alone. Metroid Prime is consistently ranked in the top games lists just about everywhere you look.

Of the over four hours I’ve played my opinion of the game being less great than its earned reputation has mainly to do with the Gamecube’s controller. I’ve never been a fan of said controller. It’s average, but not great. Sure Nintendo has always used their own odd controllers to greater effect than most third parties have. However, the controls for the game’s camera are just horrible. The plunger-like L button serves as a lock-on for enemies giving you the ability to strafe, but it also allows strafing when held outside of combat too. It sounds great, but feels clunky. The manual aiming on the R button isn’t any better. You’re always fighting against the camera wanting to center itself which makes for a lot of shaky shots that I can’t rely on.

Otherwise, I’m still having fun. Yes, I have been using a walkthrough to minimize my frustrations with knowing where to go and what to do, but I’ve been doing this for every Metroid game I’ve ever played. It doesn’t lessen the experience for me and I liked the Game Boy Advanced titles, Fusion and Zero Mission, quite a bit.

Hart & Usagi Podcast #65: Bombshells

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat mainly about the game announcements from E3 2015 among a few other things. Join us.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* GameStop to acquire ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet
* The First Class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame
* Uncharted PS4 Collection Removes Multiplayer for Uncharted 2 and 3
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your All-Time Favorite Arcade Game?
* The Jimquisition: Steam Refunds
* Arc System Works buys out Double Dragon, River City Ransom rights
* Bethesda E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Electronic Arts E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Ubisoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* Sony E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup
* All of the Nintendo E3 2015 Release Dates
* Sony will support development of ‘Shenmue 3’
* Season Passes are Not Good for Gamers, says Hitman Dev
* How Far Can Drawn to Death’s Intriguing Aesthetic Take It?
* Shenmue 3 Creator Also Wants to do Shenmue 4

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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.

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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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Hart & Usagi Podcast #49: EA’s Uncomfortable With Change

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On this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about how awesome Platinum Games is and how much EA isn’t. We also give our thoughts on what being an “indie” game is. All this and more can be yours with a simple download of the episode below.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Assassin’s Creed IV, Code of Princess, Shovel Knight, and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams reviews
* Phil Spencer: Consumers love Kinect, they’ll still buy it
* Microsoft Arc and Logitech K750 keyboards
* The Legend of Korra: as told by Bayonetta dev Platinum Games
* Gamers Uncomfortable with Change, Says EA’s Peter Moore
* EA Mobile Says Dungeon Keeper May Have ‘Innovated Too Much’
* It’s Impossible to Define “Indie” So We Should Stop Using It Altogether
* The Best and Worst Character Reboots and Redesigns
* The Greatest Games for NES: 1985-87

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #25: Dropping Da Mic

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The unwarranted attack on video games continues and this time it comes in a small amount from an unlikely source. Also some fun announcements like new versions of Divekick and cheap Virtual Console games. Join us for all of this and much more as we “drop da mic” on episode 25 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

TOPIC/NEWS:
* DMC
* Wanpaku Graffiti
* Sony vs. Jerry Lambert
* Divekick
* Tomm Hulett
* 30ยข Wii U VC games
* Resident Evil: Revelations
* Is Nintendo Trapped by Its Legacy?
* Leland Yee: Gamers Have ‘No Credibility’ in Violent Video Game Debate, Should ‘Just Quiet Down’
* House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings
* CT senator says games influenced Sandy Hook shooter
* The Consequences of Unchecked Violence (GS Twitter discussion)
* “Access to guns” quote from 2001 study
* Homeland Security Head Warns of ‘Cyber 911’ if Congress Doesn’t Pass Cybersecurity Legislation
* THQ bid winners, prices and runners-up

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