Purchase Stats 2016


The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2016.

Total number of games: 30
Amount bought decreased by 10 from 2015.

18 PS4 (60%)
Hotline Miami
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Batman: Arkham Knight
Far Cry 4
Just Cause 3
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Cruse
Transformers: Devastation
Grand Theft Auto V
Ratchet & Clank
Dark Souls III
Mafia III
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Wild Guns Reloaded

1 PSP (4%)
Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes

4 PS3 (13%)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Yakuza 5
Far Cry Compilation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze

2 PC (7%)
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match

5 GBA (16%)
Island Xtreme Stunts
SSX Tricky
American Dragon: Jake Long – Rise of the Huntsclan
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams

SNES Capcom Soldier Pad


I also bought myself one last game in the final week of 2016 which is included in the stats above. It’s Nastume’s Wild Guns Reloaded!


Now Playing: April 2016


Since I never did a Now Playing article for either February or March thanks to my PC being out of commission, I figured I’d do one for April.

Why a week sooner than I’d usually aim to do it? This is because I don’t see myself having much time or interest in gaming in the coming weeks. My free time is more spent these days watching movies or TV. I feel it doesn’t do me any good to tell myself I’m going to play a game later on knowing I’m probably not going to bother. It’s a pointless expectation to have if my interest isn’t there when the time comes.

Now don’t take me as one of those “I’m done with gaming” types. That’s preposterous. It’s much more along the lines of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” things. Time away from playing games will ultimately help me get more excited to play them.

In these last two months I did play and beat Jak 3 (PS2) and Uncharted 3 via the Uncharted Collection on PS4. The former was fun until the final boss. Trying to shoot specific spots without any sort of auto aim in a vehicle that only shoots straight ahead is not what I call fun. The latter was fun and Drake was a wonderfully voiced character as always, but the constant big set piece escapes from crumbling structures got old very, very fast.

I also played some of the RPG Star Ocean: First Departure on PSP. It was fun for about 5 hours and, as usual, I lost interest. Rarely does an RPG keep me entertained these days.

I do want to eventually finish The Legend of Kage 2 (DS) and Bully (PS2), but those will have to wait until my gaming mojo returns.

In the meantime, I’ve watched A Clockwork Orange and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The scenes you usually see about the movie are from the beginning section and that never convinced me to watch it. However, a breakdown of the movie via Renegade Cut showed me other parts of the film making it much more intriguing. This is something you simply cannot accomplish for me by avoiding spoilers as the Internet community would have you believe.

A Clockwork Orange was an excellent piece on society’s view on criminal punishment and rehabilitation. In that regardless of debt paid while incarcerated the victims still want a piece of payback for themselves. It’s actually quite sad and makes Alex, the main character, sympathetic by the end. At the end, though, it seems as if Alex reverts back to his old ways. Is this the case or am I reading more into it than is there?

Finally, I’ll leave you with my new acquisition of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. Thanks for reading!


Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS


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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* 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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New Releases 2012: Oct. 28-Nov. 17


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)

New Releases 2010: Sept. 19-Oct. 2


Other than Dead Rising 2 next week, there isn’t a whole lot of big name releases for the rest of this month. I’m personally looking forward to the PS3 version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Darksiders (PC)
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (PS3, X360)
F1 2010 (PS3, X360, PC)
New Carnival Games (WII, DS)
Painkiller: Pandemonium (PC)
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (X360)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (PC)
Sonic Adventure (PS3)

Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution (PS3, X360, PC)
Dead Rising 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy (WII)
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3, X360, WII, PC, PS2, PSP, DS)
Front Mission Evolved (PS3, X360, PC)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (PS3, X360, PC, WII)
Hydrophobia (X360)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PS3, PC)
MySims SkyHeroes (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Quantum Theory (PS3, X360)
Samurai Warriors 3 (WII)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (WII)
The Sims 3 Deluxe (PC)

New Releases 2010: Sept. 5-18


This coming week is the release of PlayStation Move along with a few launch titles.

The game I’m most interested in is Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions along with what seems to be a beat-’em-up in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

If you’re into shoot-’em-ups Konami has you in mind with the release of Otomedius Excellent. Now if we could just get these types of games on both systems.

The big release of these two weeks will be Halo: Reach and I’m sure Dreamcast lovers will be all over the downloadable version of Sonic Adventure.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame (DS, WII)
Dragon Age: Origins – Witch Hunt (PS3, X360, PC)
EyePet (PS3)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP)
Kung Fu Rider (PS3)
Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker (X360, PC)
NHL 11 (PS3, X360)
Otomedius Excellent (X360)
Plants vs. Zombies (X360)
R.U.S.E. (PS3, PC, X360)
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Sports Champions (PS3)
Start the Party (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 (PS3, X360)

Halo: Reach (X360)
Intellivision Lives! (DS)
Painkiller: Pandemonium (PC)
Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP)
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)
Sonic Adventure (X360)
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS2, PSP, WII, DS)

New Releases 2009: Oct. 18-31


Another great set of weeks to be a gamer. Borderlands looks interesting as does the newest WWE game. IGN’s review made the latter game look good to me and I haven’t bought any of those games since Here Comes The Pain.

I hope that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is great on the PSP. I was going to buy the DS version, but this one looks to be slightly better. I’d also like to see the GTA Episodes make it to the PS3, but I wouldn’t be all that upset if they didn’t.

Out of all of these games my pick would have to be Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I’ve enjoyed the series up until now and I don’t expect to be disappointed with this new installment.

Astro Boy: The Video Game (PS2, DS, WII, X360, PSP, PS3)
Bakugan Battle Brawlers (PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Borderlands (X360, PS3)
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop (DS)
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (WII)
Everquest II: The Complete Collection (PC)
FIFA Soccer 10 (PS2, X360, PS3, DS, PSP, WII)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)
Marvel Super Hero Squad (PSP, PS2, WII, DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2)
NBA 2K10 (WII)
Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS)
Trine (PSN)
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, DS, WII)

Borderlands (PC)
DJ Hero (PS2, PS3, WII, X360)
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (DS, WII)
Fairytale Fights (X360, PS3)
Forza Motorsport 3 (X360)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (X360)
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (X360)
Ninja Blade (PC)
Nostalgia (DS)
Painkiller: Resurrection (PC, X360)
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
Saw (PC)
Tekken 6 (PS3, X360)
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment (X360, PS3)

Doom 3

Doom 3 was finally released two days ago. And after all of the hype for about three years it only received an 8.5 out of 10 from Greg Kasavin of GameSpot. Doom 3 is still considered a great game, but it lacks in many areas where a game with this much hype just shouldn’t.

Everyone and their mother will agree that Doom 3’s graphics are the absolute best and well above today’s standards. Unfortunately, most of the good things stop there.

The gameplay gets old soon after starting. Doom 3 is more based on the run-in-gun style of gameplay that Doom 1 & 2 are. However, more recent games like Painkiller do this better with more enemies at one time. The multiplayer part of Doom 3 has the most problems, mainly because it was likely only an afterthought to id Software. The max players is only four. That’s right I said four. I questioned myself to what year it was when I heard this. Hello, id, this isn’t 1993 and Doom 2 isn’t new anymore! Obviously, it goes without saying that the 6+ year old Half-Life has a max of 32 players and EA’s Battlefield 1942 has the ability of having up to 64 players. Plus, all of the modes consist of deathmatch, one way or the other.

Please, do yourself a favor and think before you buy. $55 is a lot of money to spend on a game, so choose wisely. To me, Doom 3 is a great current example of a game with tons of hype and awesome graphics that really doesn’t live up to most gamers’ expectations.

To learn more on Doom 3 and to see if you still would like to take a $55 hit, then read the GameSpot full review and view the Video Review.