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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Games Finished In 2013

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2013. The total number comes to 36. That’s down 15 from 2012.

November proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total thanks to TMNT Month with a monthly average of 3.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 226 last year.

1. Double Dragon Neon (PSN) – 1/2
2. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (VC) – 1/11
3. Batman (NES) – 1/30
4. Bionic Commando (PS3) – 2/24
5. Shatter (PSN) – 3/6
6. Rocket Knight (PSN) – 3/10
7. Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP) – 3/15
8. G.I. Joe (ARC) – 4/11
9. Resistance 2 (PS3) – 4/13
10. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 4/26
11. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) – 5/4
12. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 5/5
13. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN) – 5/5
14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PSN) – 5/22
15. The King of Fighters ’98 (PSN) – 5/22
16. BioShock Infinite (PS3) – 5/25
17. F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3) – 6/21
18. X-Men (PSN) – 7/10
19. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 8/9
20. Tomb Raider: Underworld via The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3) – 8/11
21. Dragon Warrior via Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) – 8/21
22. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (PS2) – 8/31
23. Dragon’s Crown (PS3) – 9/20
24. Splatterhouse (TG-16) – 10/22
25. Dark Souls (PS3) – 11/8
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB) – 11/9
27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB) – 11/11
28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – 11/12
29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (PS2) – 11/20
30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
31. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES) – 11/25
33. The Mark of Kri (PS2) – 12/3
34. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 via Kirby’s Dream Collection (WII) – 12/7
35. Sleeping Dogs (PS3) – 12/13
36. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS) – 12/25

Now Playing: April 2013

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I don’t always play a ton of games throughout a month, but it has been known to happen. As I mentioned in my “5 Favorite Android Apps” blog post over a week ago, I had good reasons to not be playing much. With that said it’s time to talk about the three games I did play.

My favorite part of Resistance 2 is the online co-op mode. I probably haven’t played it since 2010, but when a GPY event for Call of Duty 4 was screwed up because of Punkbuster not allowing for more than one player from the same IP address, we all switched to Resistance 2. It was just three of us, Usagi704 (Medic), madtyger (Soldier), and myself (Special Ops), but we each played our roles well and prevailed more often than not.

G.I. Joe was another game I played this month. I joined Usagi on MAME to “duke” it out with Cobra in this 1992 arcade title by Konami. If you remember their 1988 game Devastators, then this is pretty much the same thing, but with the G.I. Joe license and much improved in the gameplay department. Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, and Snake Eyes are selectable. You fight against Metal-Head, The Baroness, the Crimson Twins, Major Bludd, Destro, and Cobra Commander as the bosses. I found it a lot of fun to go back and revisit this arcade classic. I’d love to see it get the X-Men treatment for PSN/XBL.

BioShock Infinite. Now where do I start with this one? I had zero interest in the series before this third entry was released. It’s not easy to miss talk about the series if you visit gaming sites regularly. So obviously I knew quite a bit about BioShock history, but I didn’t go out of my way to care about Infinite.

It wasn’t until the reviews started to roll in that I started to read and hear things I really liked. I’ve had surprisingly fun games come out of nowhere before, but nothing like this. Nothing like wanting to gladly pay the full price of $60. BioShock Infinite made it happen.

The gameplay itself is good. Shooting is fun and the controls make sense. All of that is as expected and of the norm. What took me by surprise was the story. It’s very much set in a highly religious place where racism runs rampant. This crap in real life just ticks me the hell off therefore I knew I was going to enjoy breaking necks or whatever else the game would let me do to these scumbags.

I played for about 55 minutes searching around and listening to the dialog of the people of Columbia all before ever being given a weapon. It was the best buildup ever in a game. Pro wrestling only wishes they could compete with this these days. When it was time to give a baseball a toss I didn’t hesitate for a second to place the ball hard into the announcer’s balls. I think if you let BioShock Infinite’s story take you in from the start, then the choice you make with the baseball, during your first time through, will show what type of person you really are in real life.

I’m currently at the Monument Tower and welcome more of this game without any resistance.

On a side note, I’m planning on doing a reveal all podcast episode for BioShock Infinite once I’ve finished it. If you’ve completed the game and wish to throw your name in the hat for a possible guest appearance on the Hart & Usagi Podcast, then just drop me a line via GameSpot PM or Twitter DM.

Thanks for reading!

Peace!

New Releases 2012: Wii U & Rest of the Year

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WEEK of NOV. 18
007 Legends (WU)
Assassin’s Creed III (PC, WU)
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition (WU)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (WU)
Darksiders II (WU)
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3, X360, PC, WU, WII, MAC)
Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion (3DS)
Hitman: Absolution (PS3, X360)
Just Dance 4 (WU)
NBA 2K13 (WU)
New Super Mario Bros. U (WU)
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (WU)
Nintendo Land (WU)
Persona 4 Golden (PSV)
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PSV)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (3DS)
Resistance Collection (PS3)
Skylanders Giants (WU)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3, X360, WU)
Tank! Tank! Tank! (WU)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (WU)
ZombiU (WU)

WEEK of NOV. 25
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (PS3, PSV)

WEEK of DEC. 2
Far Cry 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)

WEEK of DEC. 9
Hawken (PC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PSV, 3DS)

New Releases 2012: Oct. 28-Nov. 17

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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 2012: May 27-June 16

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WEEK of 5/27
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (PS3)
Max Payne 3 (PC)
Pure Chess (PS3, PSV)
Resistance: Burning Skies (PSV)
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (X360)
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (X360)

WEEK of 6/3
Inversion (PS3, X360, PC)
Madagascar 3: The Video Game (PS3, X360, PSV, 3DS, WII, DS)
Rayman Origins (3DS)
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 6/10
Dirt Showdown (PS3, X360)
Gravity Rush (PSV)
Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3, X360)
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PSV)
Pikmin 2 (WII)
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (PC)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC)

New Releases 2011: Sept. 4-24

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Over the next three weeks there’s quite a number of new big releases along with several reissues of past titles.

Of the former I’m mostly looking forward to Driver: San Francisco, but my excitement has decreased since trying the demo. However, I haven’t ruled it out yet.

It’s not surprising, to those who know me, that of the latter category I’m quite interested in God of War Origins Collection. When looking through the release list I wasn’t expecting to come across Mega Man Dual Pack for the PSP which includes Mega Man Maverick Hunter X and Mega Man Powered Up.

Anything you find interesting below?

WEEK of 9/4
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3)
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3)
Driver: San Francisco (PC, WII, X360, PS3)
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3, X360)
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, X360, PC)

WEEK of 9/11
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC)
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Expansion (PS3, X360, PC)
God of War Origins Collection (PS3)
Mega Man Dual Pack (PSP)
NHL 12 (PS3, X360)
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)
White Knight Chronicles II (PS3)

WEEK of 9/18
Burnout Crash! (PS3, X360)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
F1 2011 (X360, PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas – Lonesome Road (PC, PS3, X360)
Frogger 3D (3DS)
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
Kirby Mass Attack (DS)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)
Resident Evil 4 HD (X360, PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin (PSP)