Purchase Stats 2015

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The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2015.

Total number of games: 40
Amount bought increased by 21 from 2014.

9 New games^ (22.5%)
25 Used games (62.5%)
6 Downloadable games* (15%)

16 PS3
Blades of Time^
Mortal Kombat (Komplete Edition)
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell^
Kamen Rider: Battride War^
Kamen Rider: Battride War II^
Ultra Street Fighter IV^
Guerrilla War*
Ikari III: The Rescue*
Ikari Warriors*
Vanguard*
Victory Road*
Captain America: Super Soldier
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

7 PS4
Infamous: Second Son^
The Pinball Arcade^
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris*
Shadow Warrior^
Watch Dogs
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection^

4 GBA
The Revenge of Shinobi
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Sega Arcade Gallery
Rayman: 10th Anniversary

3 PS
Street Fighter: The Movie
Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal
Ray Tracers

3 GB
Dracula Densetsu II
Adventure Island
The King of Fighters ’96

2 PS2
ICO
Medal of Honor: Vanguard

1 SAT
Outrun

1 WII
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

1 GBC
NHL Blades of Steel 2000

1 SNES
Dirt Trax FX

1 GC
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

10 MISC.
PS2 Component cables
Saturn (import gray)
Saturn S-Video cables
PS2 memory cards (2 red)
PS1 memory cards (2 black)
PlayStation 2 (model 2; silver)
PS2 controller (silver)
PS4 controller (gray)
PS4 controller (white)
PlayStation 4 (black)

Now Playing: July 2015

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The main game I just finished playing yesterday for the month of July was Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. It has a lot to like about it. The shooting feels good. The selection of weapons, while small, are all fun to use and it doesn’t make you think you’re missing any additional firearms.

I’m personally not a fan of the old west setting, but when a game like this one is as well crafted as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is, even I can come around to enjoy it. I did feel the story interrupted the action a bit too often, but it was an interesting way to narrate so I let that slide. On a new game plus playthrough, however, I can’t be as forgiving.

The one aspect of Gunslinger I can’t be in a forgiving mood for is the one-on-one gun duels. These are pass or fail scenarios and while I’ll admit they fit the setting perfectly, they don’t translate into a fun experience for a video game.

It’s all about the majority of the game as a first-person shooter in Gunslinger and if you can fight your way past the duels, you’ll find a fun and satisfying romp through the tales of the old west.

Onto some multiplayer Street Fighter action against Usagi704. At first we played a number of rounds of Alpha 2, but the controls were a lot stricter than I remember or liked. I convinced him to change the game to Hyper Fighting. I had a much better time with the classic turbo update of The World Warrior. We had played about 80+ matches on that game and it was quite fun. We had also put in around 30 matches on Champion Edition too. I think my Guile skills have slightly improved from complete scrub.

I had also played Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I’ll spare you any repeating of my thoughts here. My review can be heard in a discussion with ebbderelict on Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 66 at 2:07:50.

OutRun

You know, OutRun can be a tough game to find. I don’t mean newer additions to Sega’s driving game like OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast. I’m also not counting early ports to the Genesis or Game Gear. And I definitely am not referring to the 3D graphics remake on the Sega Classics Collection on the PlayStation 2.

No. What I want is a completely faithful version of the arcade original on a home console. Unfortunately there’s only one way to get such a thing. It’s on the Saturn. I say it’s unfortunate because I didn’t own a Saturn…until now.

The Sega Ages version of OutRun released in Japan is what I purchased. I know it’s apart of a whole collection of games under the same name released in North America, but the price and rarity of US Saturn titles made it obvious I had to look East for my OutRun fix. It was a badly needed one at that.

I willingly dropped a fist full of cash to import a copy of OutRun along with an oval button dark gray model 1 Saturn. I don’t know about the performance of the NA OutRun on NA Saturn systems, but for the import version you absolutely need the original model. If you try to play OutRun on a model 2 Saturn (with the round buttons) it will freeze while trying to load to the main menu.

I’m glad I can finally enjoy arcade perfect OutRun without compromise. I would still like to get the Sega Arcade Gallery compilation on Game Boy Advance. As far as purchasing other games for my newly acquired Saturn? I don’t have any plans at the moment. This was purely to get myself this amazing Super-Scaler driving game.

Have you ever bought a whole gaming console for one game with no plans to get more games for it? Let me know in the comments section below. Also check out larger photos by clicking on the desired one.

Thanks for reading!

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #29: Blood Dragon

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It’s time for a dynamite episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. In this edition we welcome first time guest stripesonfire and speak on Electronic Arts’ unwillingness to change for the better for their customers. We also discuss the “always-on” debacle and how CISPA supporters can suck it.

In the episode ending “happy time” Usagi talks Saturn, stripes gets hyped for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and I think back on my first 50 minutes playing Bioshock Infinite.

It’s all this and much, much more in Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 29: Blood Dragon!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Dark Souls claimed nearly 2.4 million sales worldwide
* Ubisoft: gamers are ready for always-online
* Microsoft man on always-online consoles: ‘Deal with it’
* Peter Moore’s “We can to better.”
* Burnout developer Criterion moving away from racing games
* Bushnell: Xbox 720 will win next-gen
* Battlefield 4 dev ignoring motion control ‘gimmick’
* House passes revamped CISPA cybersecurity bill amidst warnings of ‘digital┬ábombs’
* Climax Studios ‘tech demo’ resembles Prince of Persia
* Rumor: Rare ‘Pluto’ prototype variant of Sega Saturn shown
* Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
* Characters on box art
* Bioshock Infinite

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Hulk Smash!

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Alright, back again. Yesterday I filmed two short videos of destruction!

The first video was one that I’ve been planning on doing for a few months. About two years ago I noticed that my first copy of Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival for the Game Boy Advance that I bought off of eBay was a bootleg after comparing it to a real copy of the same game.

Since I now have a legit copy of the game, I went all Hulk Smash on it. The photo below is the aftermath of the destruction. Check out the video for the smashing in action.

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But that’s not all. Right after that Usagi704 threw down the hammer on one of the badly made original US style Saturn controllers. Watch the C button fly!

I hope you enjoyed those videos. Like always, I’ll put up another blog here soon. So thanks for watching and reading. :)

Now Playing: June ’07

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For the first part of June I played a number of games (4) with Usagi704. First we co-oped in The Red Star to about stage ten. The other three games were of the one-on-one fighting variety and consisted of Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis with the sweet 6-button controllers (10W-12L) and on the Saturn with Street Fighter: The Movie and Fighter’s History Dynamite.

On my own I played some more of WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain in season mode with Matt Hardy, beat Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers three times in two days, and after viewing this speed run of Excitebike, I was trying some of it myself.

In NBA ShootOut ’98 I usually play with 2 minute quarters, but this time I wanted to see just how crazy the final score would be with 12 minute quarters. It was crazy alright. Like 456 points crazy with 130 of those points going to just one player! Even the overall team stats at the end of the game showed a triple-triple in points, assists, and blocks.

The main game that I’m playing through right now is God of War II. I’m almost finished with my first time through. As of this post I’m up to the point right before the Phoenix Chamber. The puzzles in this game have given me the most problems. More so than in the previous game. My favorite of these puzzles has to be the one entitled “Bodies In The Water” by the GameSpot Game Guide.

In a few days I should have a certain classic Sega Genesis game arriving and it will be a complete copy. Can you guess what it is?

2006 Game Awards – Platform Awards

Platform Awards are now revealed. Any system that had a game that I played for the first time this year was eligible.

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Best Game Boy Advance Game: Castlevania Double Pack

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Best DS Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

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Best PlayStation 2 Game: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

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Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War

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Best Super Nintendo Game: Ninja Gaiden Trilogy

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Best PlayStation Game: Medal of Honor

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Best Nintendo 64 Game: Mortal Kombat Trilogy

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Best Saturn Game: Capcom Generation 5