Now Playing: August-October 2018

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So I’ve been playing these things called “video games” and I figured I’d tell you about some of them. :D

The Bourne Conspiracy follows the events of The Bourne Identity and adds a bit more to it to lengthen the game. You play just about every major and minor scene from the movie including the big car chase scene. That specific moment, however, is done poorly and is not all that fun. Luckily most of the game is beat-’em-up and shooting style of gameplay. There are opportunities for stealthy takedowns, but it’s not required and is the other part of the game that’s also not done all that well.

Speaking of stealthy gameplay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus on the Game Boy Advance is much better at it than the above game. It’s also much more enjoyable than TMNT 2 on the main consoles of its time like the PlayStation 2. You have to find crystals throughout the levels, but you have to use each turtle because each have different abilities allowing you to access places the others can’t reach. The difficulty of combat is fairly easy, but it’s welcome in this way since the traversal is what keeps you wanting to play some more.

I finally got around to playing *the* Spider-Man game that gets all the praise since it’s 2004 release and that’s, obviously, Spider-Man 2. The praise is pretty much universally for the swinging abilities and it’s well deserved. But, that’s where it ends, in my opinion. The points needs to progress the story from menial rescues are very repetitive. I also didn’t enjoy most, if any, of the boss battles. I don’t dislike the game. I just wish it was as good as its reputation leads you to believe.

Of the four games I played in these last few months, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was the most fun. I liked the first two games quite a bit, and I still like them the most, but this game was a step up from the disappointment of Uncharted 3. Sam is a great companion and Sully’s dry wit is as welcome as always. The overall gameplay isn’t much different and that’s okay. It was good to begin with.

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RE: E3 2016 Reactions

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Below are my thoughts on @ebbderelict’sE3 2016 Reactions” blog post.

• I own a number of Spider-Man games, but I’ve only really played Ultimate. Of course, Insomniac helming this new entry does seem promising.
• So much VR talk these days. It’s like the days of motion controls and stereoscopic 3D in gaming. I feel the need to be against it simply because it feels like it’s being forced on me. Utter crap, I say.
• I only played a little bit of the first Resident Evil. Despite that I have an appreciation of that game because of how much of an impact it had on the industry. I haven’t had any interest beyond that.
• I’m the same. I just want to read reviews of The Last Guardian. There’s nothing more they can really show.
• As I mentioned on the podcast, I don’t understand exactly how the Crash Bandicoot games can be legit remasters. You’d think it’d look particularly bad at a higher resolution than the original game releases. I’m fine with being proven wrong, but it feels simply like too much like a Halo Anniversary style of “remaster.”

Hart & Usagi #76: E3 2016

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of news and announcements from the E3 event this year.

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NEWS:
* PlayStation 4.5
* Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
* Mighty No. 9 Sequel Discussed by Inafune
* Titanfall 2 Single-Player Campaign Confirmed, See It In Action
* Titanfall 2 Has a $250 Collector’s Edition
* Quake Champions
* Doom Getting Unto The Evil DLC, SnapMap Free Updates Coming
* New Wolfenstein Game Possibly Teased At Bethesda E3 2016 Conference
* Tekken 7 Announced for Xbox One and PC in Early 2017
* Microsoft Announces Project Scorpio Console
* God of War Revealed for PS4 at E3 2016
* The Last Guardian Release Date Finally Revealed, Watch New Gameplay Trailer
* Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Announced, Watch First Trailer
* Crash Bandicoot Games Being Remastered for PS4
* Ratchet & Clank Dev Making New Spider-Man Game for PS4
* Platinum Games’ PS4-Exclusive Nier: Automata Gets Delayed

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The Amazing Yokihana

Recently I was able take advantage of a video game sale Gamefly was holding. I almost was able to get a copy of Assassin’s Creed III very cheaply, but instead of two games I had to settle with one. The one I got was The Amazing Spider-Man.

Last week I was listening to the ++Good Games Podcast where the crew talked with Michael Mendheim who’s the creator of Mutant League Football on the Genesis back in 1993. I started to think about my favorite local game store, It’s About Games, and how I think I saw a copy of said game the last time I was there. I made a visit later that same day and found exactly what I was hoping for!

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I don’t usually pick up extra controllers in case of problems with the ones I currently use. However, at Best Buy, the price of a DualShock 3 was $40 instead of the normal $55 price. I purchased a white one.

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Lastly, but the absolute best is the creation below by Yokihana. Back at the beginning of August I saw a sweet looking tissue box cover Yokihana made for a friend with a Legend of Zelda theme. I asked somewhat half-jokingly about one themed after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. She was more than willing and I decided to seriously go with it. The final result is pictured below and looks more fantastic than I’d hoped!

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The Retail Guessing Game

I recently bought a few more of the games on my wish list. These were purchased from eStarland.com. After doing so I linked to said wish list and asked on Twitter if anybody could try and guess the three retail titles. Several folks tried, but all ultimately failed. The main reason for this, as I expected and was confirmed, was that none of them wanted to actually believe I’d really buy Avatar: The Game.

Well, as you’ll see below I did exactly that. In fact, most had trouble guessing anything other than the big budget, high priced items on my wish list. Here’s the list of titles and number of times guessed.

2 – Injustice: Gods Among Us
3 – DmC
3 – Tomb Raider (2012)
1 – Saints Row: The Third
1 – Far Cry 3
2 – Sleeping Dogs
4 – Assassin’s Creed III
2 – Borderlands 2
1 – Crysis 3
2 – GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
2 – Max Payne 3
1 – Captain America: Super Soldier
1 – The Amazing Spider-Man
4 – non-retail

2 – The Tomb Raider Trilogy
2 – Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
0 – Avatar: The Game

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This was all good fun. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more gaming awaiting me.

New Releases 2013: March

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March is a month of big releases and one of the mainstays of this month over the last eight years has been God of War. Being a big fan of the series I was quite disappointed of the demo for Ascension. I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually, but I don’t feel the need to right away like I have in the past.

I’m more interested in Tomb Raider and a possibility of Darkstalkers Resurrection, a compilation of the second and third arcade games.

WEEK of 3/3
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)
MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV)
MLB 2K13 (PS3, X360)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, X360)
Scribblenauts Collection (DS)
SimCity (PC)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition (WU)
Tomb Raider (PS3, X360, PC)
Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition (PC)

WEEK of 3/10
Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3, X360)
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)

WEEK of 3/17
Dead or Alive 5 Plus (PSV)
Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (WU, 3DS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WU)
Resident Evil 6 (PC)
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (PS3, X360, PC, WU)

WEEK of 3/24
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel {PS3, X360)
BioShock Infinite (PS3, X360, PC)
Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection – Seekers Edition (X360)
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Pandora’s Tower (WII)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PS3, X360)

My Top Wish List (GameSpot ’12)

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The following list is the ten games on my wish list that have the highest amount of total GameSpot members that have also placed these games on their wish list.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl – 17,719
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 7,904
Batman: Arkham City – 2,182
Dark Souls – 1,321
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – 935
The House of the Dead: Overkill – 574
Saints Row: The Third – 489
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – 468
Darksiders II – 360
Sleeping Dogs – 355