Hart & Usagi Podcast #42: The Beat Down

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The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back for the first episode of the new year to talk about the beat-’em-up genre of gaming. To do so we welcome back Anthony from the ++Good Games podcast.

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and also talk about today’s evolution of the beat-’em-up genre!

List of games talked about (a portion of):
* Streets of Rage
* Final Fight
* Double Dragon
* Riot Zone
* Sengoku
* Rushing Beat
* The Punisher
* Splatterhouse
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* X-Men
* Knights of the Round
* Magic Sword
* Devil May Cry
* Bayonetta
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* Ninja Gaiden
* God Hand
* Target: Renegade
* Sword of Sodan
* Rastan
* Guardian Heroes
* Golden Axe
* Dungeons & Dragons
* Ikari III: The Rescue
* Rise to Honor
* Bujingai
* Vendetta
* The Bouncer
* The Combatribes

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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.

Now Playing: January 2012

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My battle to get through the suggested games by GS friends shall continue, but I’ll fill you in on my progress.

Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures didn’t go well at all for a whole hour. I had to shelve that mess next to the SOPA bill. The infamous second game of Batman Forever went better. I know I was shocked too. I still had to cheat at times to move on by using the level select code and clearing enemies from the screen (L and R when paused), but at least progress was possible in some fashion.

I’m currently in the middle of Darksiders as suggested by stripesonfire. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. This game is quite the step up from the previous two games. I think they were selected to see just how close I’d get to sacrificing my love for the SNES. Close, but no cigar.

Anywho. Back to my thoughts on Darksiders.

I’ve played 7 hours and 34 minutes of the game in question. In a recent blog post, alpha99 mentioned his dislike for button mashy action games. It doesn’t bother me, though this game does rely more on the □ button than similar action titles.

My main beef with Darksiders is the challenge rooms. There’s about four to five to complete at certain points. I’ve passed two sets so far and while they’re something we’ve seen before in other games, they usually aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread. The most frustrating one required killing five enemies with an attack immediately after parrying.

Puzzle style boss fights are also not my thing. I remember disliking them in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. I continue to be dissatisfied with them here.

These are overall minor gripes in what’s otherwise a quite enjoyable game.

Thanks for reading and check out my 2011 Award Winners if you haven’t already.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – Trophies: 8/12 (67%)
* Super Stardust HD – 16h49m; Best Score: 67,579,170; Total Score: 747,368,065; Trophies: 11/13 (85%)
* Metal Slug Advance – Mission 5/5; Card 9/100; Finished 1/11
* Batman Forever – Finished 1/14
* Riot Zone – 1CC on Easy; Finished 1/15
* Darksiders – 7h34m; 1103 Kills; 5 Deaths; 19844 Souls Collected; Highest Combo: 31; Trophies: 12/43 (28%)

Batman Forever and Big Riddle

MINOR ANNOYANCE, BUT IMPORTANT REMINDER
The Protect IP Act (PIPA) is scheduled for its next hearing on January 24, 2012. Although opposition is building, support is crumbling, and Congress is feeling the pressure, it could still pass even with Sen. Wyden’s filibuster. The future of innovation, free speech, and our economy are on the line. Please urge major websites to strike against SOPA/PIPA on January 18th at sopastrike.com. Thank you!

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After the horrid experience of Indiana Jones’ “Greatest” Adventures. I went onto play a game widely known for it being awful. This “gem” in question is Batman Forever as suggested by 6h05tly.

I lived a lot longer in this game than I did in IJGA. In fact, the enemies weren’t the problem most of the time. The hard part was know what to do or where to go. I would try to get as far as I could, but once I was stuck for too long I’d reset and enter the stage level code (←↑←←ABY). Some good news: I was able to figure out my way through the final three stages and take on several end bosses with hilarious names like Holo Riddler and, my favorite, Big Riddle to finish game number two of the new year.

Speaking of finishing games for 2012, I was able to knock out another one today. Yesterday I watched this video of gameplay from Crest of Wolf on the PC Engine. North American TG-16 gamers know it as Riot Zone. I fired up the Virtual Console version and one credit cleared the game giving me a quick third completion.

The next game I’ll be playing is Darksiders as suggested by stripesonfire.

Games Finished In 2010

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2010. The total number comes to 44 across 12 systems. That’s down three from 2009.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA) – 1/22
2. Borderlands (PS3) – 2/10
3. Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) – 2/28
4. Gekirindan (PS2) via Taito Legends 2 – 3/6
5. God of War II (PS3) via God of War Collection – 3/11
6. Donkey Kong (NES) via Virtual Console – 4/4
7. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2) – 4/11
8. Final Fight One (GBA) – 4/12
9. Final Fight (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
10. Magic Sword (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
11. Gungrave (PS2) – 4/18
12. Twisted Metal III (PS) – 4/22
13. Final Fight (PSP) via Capcom Classic Collection Remixed – 4/26
14. Hammerin’ Hero (PSP) – 5/6
15. Burnout Legends (PSP) – 5/11
16. VR Troopers (GEN) – 5/13
17. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 5/14
18. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2) – 5/30
19. Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (WII) – 6/10
20. Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS) – 6/11
21. Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3) – 7/10
22. Double Dragon II (GB) – 7/12
23. Mirror’s Edge (PS3) – 7/20
24. Alien Crush (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 7/25
25. Riot Zone (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 8/10
26. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut (DS) – 8/15
27. God of War III (PS3) – 8/16
28. Mortal Kombat (SNES) – 8/20
29. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3) – 9/13
30. Mortal Kombat (GEN) – 9/18
31. Sonic Adventure DX (GC) – 10/1
32. Power Blade (NES) – 10/11
33. Splatterhouse (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 10/18
34. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 10/27
35. WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role (PS) – 11/6
36. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP) – 11/11
37. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) – 11/18
38. Metroid: Other M (WII) – 11/23
39. Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS) – 12/3
40. Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA) – 12/5
41. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS) – 12/12
42. X-Men (PS3) – 12/17
43. Final Fight 3 (SNES) – 12/26
44. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3) – 12/31

The PlayStation 3 saw the most finished games appear on its platform with a total of 10. The runner-up with 6 was the Wii.

April proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total with a monthly average of 3.6.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 268 last year. Three of them were platinums from Borderlands (February), God of War II (March), and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (September).

3 Games Finished

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I haven’t done a gaming update in awhile so let’s get to it.

I finished three games recently. The first was Riot Zone. I was able to clear the game on one credit on Easy with a score of 473,270. One move which can make combat easier is always using the jump kick on the enemies. It works great on bosses too, but overall makes the game pretty boring. A fairly mediocre game on a system not know for beat-’em-ups.

Yesterday I completed Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars on the DS. For my first full experience with a point and click style of game it was great. The hint system helped out in some tough spots. The story was fantastic with a surprising turn of events for one of the characters right near the end. Definitely recommended if you’re into these types of games and maybe even if you’re not like I was.

Back during the first quarter of this year I was a bit burned out of the God of War games because I played the PS3 collection around that time. I had left God of War III unfinished until I decided to pick it back up and finally beat the game. I did so earlier today. The boss battle with Zeus was better in God of War II, but still good enough and certainly overall less frustrating.

Those three games bring my total of finished games for 2010 up to 27. The full list can be seen here.

I can’t get enough of the addicting pinball game Alien Crush. I’ve bested by top high score again with it now standing at just over 17.2 million!

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Finally I’ll leave you with video footage of Pit-Fighter gameplay from the Genesis version.

Thanks for reading.

A Good Deal + Embarrassment

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The recent games I’ve acquired are as you can see from the above photo.

I didn’t have any plans on getting NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, but when I saw it at $5 when at Toys-R-Us more recently I figured I would get it. It was the only game I found that I wanted during their buy one, get one half off sale. Saving a mere $2.50 would’ve not been worth it for another game I didn’t want.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection was the purchase I mentioned in my last blog post for $2.25 complete. It was from Glyde.com. They have some pretty good prices at times. In fact, I’ve ordered another PS2 title Urban Reign for $3.25 from them also complete.

I kind of made a mistake going back to Stickman’s for the next two games. The prices aren’t exactly great and the games aren’t cleaned. This can be easily seen on cartridge games without a box and on Genesis cases. They also have never given out receipts for any purchase I’ve made with them yet think they can complain about product that’s stolen. How can they even tell the difference when I don’t have proof of my own purchases is amazing.

Speaking of stolen items, I felt I was taken when I bought Road Rash 3 and Gaiares. The latter game was even missing the manual. Stickman’s Video Games = embarrassing.

The final game I got was Riot Zone off of the Virtual Console. It’s a TG-16 Super CD beat-’em-up. I’m a big fan of the genre and it was good enough for me. For those that aren’t much of a fan of the genre I actually don’t recommend it for you. The gameplay doesn’t seem to have anything special to make it stand out and the animation for the two playable characters is the worst I’m seen in quite some time. Also to top it off it doesn’t offer two player co-op.