Now Playing: May 2018 (and Podcast Update)

About a month ago I purchased Horizon: Zero Dawn. The Complete Edition with all the extra DLC was the cheaper way to go and more available than the original version. I don’t know if I’ll even bother with the extra content, but I guess I’ll just have to see if I want more of it to play by the end. This all is considering that I get to it anytime soon which is unlikely.

I’m currently playing Yakuza 4 as I’d mentioned in my previously resurrected Now Playing feature. The initial character you control is Akiyama. He’s a good ol’ chap with the best of intentions and a non-judgmental attitude with the firm belief that helping out others is more important than making money. I like him.

I’m now onto the second new character’s story, Saejima, and they already show a clear sign of them all tying together eventually. Here’s a badass that’s trying to get what’s his. At least that’s my first readings of his motivations.

On the podcast front, there won’t be any new episode for a little bit as I sort out my PC issues as those problems only affect that activity.

Thanks for reading!

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Mastering The Remaster

On the previous episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast, we talked about our excitement to revisit the classic racing game Burnout Paradise with Burnout Paradise Remastered. Well since then I purchased said game and completed it to a platinum trophy with some other goals in between. I can say that the experience hasn’t diminished in the last decade. It’s still as fun as ever. My only disappointment, a minor one, I can think of is that the graphics don’t look all that much better. I guess it just goes to show how amazing the game looked in 2008 that there wasn’t much need for improvement.

Onto other purchases as of late: Puyo Puyo Tetris and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The former is the best way to get a Tetris game on a current system. I’ve never been a fan of color matching games like Puyo Puyo so I did buy this title simply for one-half of what it brings which is only the greatest puzzle game ever in Tetris!

The latter was released just last week and while I just started playing Yakuza 4, I couldn’t wait on buying the sixth game. I always do this with the Yakuza series because of how difficult they become to find after not too long.

That’s it for the moment and as always thanks for reading!

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True Vendetta

Over the last few months I’ve gathered together some new items to share.

On the gaming front I’ve been interested in Code of Princess for a number of years since it was released for the Nintendo 3DS. I was happy then to see it listed on the Steam storefront. Somewhat recently it went on sale and I picked it up there.

When it comes to the Yakuza series I’ve bought all of them. However, I’ve only played up through the third game. To make sure I didn’t miss one I bought it at a higher price than I’d expect it to be by now. This means I have Yakuza 0 finally in my collection. I was afraid it would escape me when it was easier to get the later released Kiwami title. No worries now.

Other items I picked up are three movies on Blu-ray.

My favorite of the bunch is a 2016 film called Sing Street. I can’t remember why I decided to watch it in the first place, but the way it tells the basic coming of age story wouldn’t be anything special if it wasn’t set in the 1980s. Another thing that makes it fun is the soundtrack from the band the main character starts up and it takes after the European hits at the time. This is because it takes place in Dublin. While I’m not familiar with the area, the themes of growing up are still the same which makes it relatable.

The other two are True Romance from 1993, which is not about what the title may suggest, and also V For Vendetta from 2005. The latter is very much applicable to the United States today.

That’s it for the moment and as always thanks for reading!

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Releasing the Unreleased

Over the last few months the number purchases in the movie/TV and gaming realms I’ve made have been piling up. Here they are.

Back in April I reported on getting a digital copy of Double Dragon II: The Revenge via Hamster’s Arcade Archives. Well, this time I also added the original arcade version of Double Dragon. This was one that Usagi704 also picked up and said I’d probably like how it turned out.

Lately I’ve been afraid that the Yakuza games, despite getting a wide release in the West, would dry up sooner than you’d think. It seems to already have happened to Yakuza 0. I didn’t want to miss out on Yakuza Kiwami so I got it and I will be looking to get 0 soon enough.

A used copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ran me around $20. I was on my wish list long enough and got it along with a unreleased game set to me sent to me in about eight days.

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Onto the movies/TV side, speaking of “unreleased” WWE released a 3 disc set of matches spanning from 1986 to 1995 called Unreleased. It has some decent matches with the two featuring Ric Flair against Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan being quite fun to watch. I also popped huge for seeing Sean Mooney (who?) in the hosting segments.

I bought and watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it was fantastic. Yeah, it was another lackluster villain who posed no real threat despite being told otherwise. However, we’ve come to expect the main characters to be fun and relatable and that’s what we got.

A staple of ’80s television was Miami Vice and on a whim I picked up the whole series on Blu-ray despite never really watching it at the time. I mean, I wasn’t even a teenager during its five season run. It’s a huge 20-disc set and was half the original price.

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Other films I bought were Pleasantville, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bridge of Spies, and a special edition of Death Wish II with a theatrical and unrated cut of the film.

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On a final topic, I can happily say that the SNES Classic was much easier to obtain than I expected, but it definitely was still on the low end of the quantity of the shipments. The store I work at received only 14 units which was more than the 2-3 they got last year with the NES Classic system. I helped sell an initial 6-7 at midnight, I immediately went on my break and bought mine. A first shift employee asked me if any were left and at 4:30am I sold the last one to him. It might not sound like much, but with just over four hours that supply lasted longer than I expected.

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As far as my experience with the system itself, I’ve only played Street Fighter II Turbo and even did so with Usagi704. It was as fun as a real system and I can’t really complain about the selection of games. Even if some of the games aren’t my speed, it’s understandable why they’re on there. Plus, the quality of the games chosen are of much higher quality than the NES Classic had. Truly less is more in this case.

Thanks for reading and game on!

Hart & Usagi #77: PS4.0 Pro

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The wait it over! A brand new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of news and announcements since E3 surrounding PlayStation like the PS Plus price hike, the PS4 Pro, the new firmware update among other items of note and interest.

Enjoy and remember to subscribe via RSS or iTunes and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast on Twitter!

NEWS:
* Mr. Shifty Is a More Empowering Version of Hotline Miami
* Garou: Mark Of The Wolves Coming To PS4 And Vita
* Sega Considering PS4 Remakes for Yakuza 2, 3, 4 and 5
* PlayStation Plus Bumping Up to $60 in September
* PS4 Pro Now Available to Preorder
* PS4 4.00 Out Now, Here’s What It Adds and Changes
* Sony CEO Says Pokemon Go Is a “Game-Changer,” Talks Company’s Own Plans for Mobile
* Duke Nukem 3D: Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming 20th Anniversary Edition
* Nintendo’s NES Returning With Mini Version, Includes These 30 Games

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Hart & Usagi #74: Because of Jean Reno

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The Hart & Usagi Podcast is here and we talk about Duke Nukem 3D’s anniversary, what our perfect Sega 3D Classics Collection would look like, adorable Detective Pikachu, the end of GameTrailers, and more!

Enjoy and remember to subscribe via RSS or iTunes and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast on Twitter!

NEWS:
* As Duke Nukem 3D Turns 20, Co-Creator Shares His Original Notes
* Duke Nukem Voice Actor Turned Down Job for Top GOP Presidential Candidate
* New Detective Pikachu Details Reveal He Sucks at Being Pikachu
* Volition Does a Solid for Fans and Game Preservation by Releasing Saints Row Undercover Prototype
* Former Burnout Devs Making an Explosive Golf Game and It Looks Ridiculous
* Sega 3D Classics Collection Has Some New Faces, But It’s Missing Old Favorites Too
* Sony tried to trademark ‘Let’s Play,’ failed miserably
* Videogame-To-Movie Hack Uwe Boll Retires
* Poll: Are retailers still enforcing their ‘no M rated games sold to minors’ policy?
* MLG Acquired by Activision Blizzard to Create “the ESPN of eSports”
* GameTrailers closed
* New Onimusha Discussions “Happening at High Levels,” Says Yoshinori Ono
* Hatred developer reveals ‘IS Defense’

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Captain America’s Call of Duty

A few weeks ago I ordered a slew of older Call of Duty games. This should surprise those who know me and my disdain for the series. But it’s more for how the games are put out there than for the core of what they are. Regardless, I did get four of them dating from 2008-2011.

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Another game I purchased that’s been a long time coming is Captain America: Super Soldier. It looks like an interesting under-seller of a third-person action game. It usually sells for quite a bit more than you’d expect from a 2011 game being that it’s more than four years later. Despite this I still got it for more than I wanted to pay, but far less than Amazon third-parties were selling it at.

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