A number of games I have I’ll sometimes go back to them. This is especially the case if it’s short and going to be a quick session to play through. Arcade games fit this bill perfectly. Whether it be Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Contra, Ninja Warriors on Super Nintendo, or the fun horror game Splatterhouse on TG-16 (played during my Halloween Gaming Event). It’s always great to go back to these titles.
Even prior to the event starting I’d played through another Castlevania game, namely the classic Symphony of the Night. It was also talked about at the beginning of episode 51 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast along with more discussion of it within the series as a whole on episode 52.
In addition I also performed a speed run through Hotline Miami. The total time, including all of the bonus levels, was 1 hour and 49 minutes. As I’ve very likely said before, it’s definitely one of my new top favorite games in recent memory.
Finally it wouldn’t have been Halloween without at least one run through of the TG-16 classic Splatterhouse! I did play it last year too, but this time around my skills were very rusty. I even lost a life on the very first stage and this is coming from a guy who previously had one credit cleared it on the secret Hard difficulty. I was able to finish the game before all of the credits ran out, but it was close.
Last year for November, besides voting, I played a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games dubbed #TMNTNov. Because I already have interest shown for something similar, I’ll be doing #RatchetNov. I’ll be playing as many unplayed Ratchet & Clank games I currently own. I’ll be starting off with ebbderelict’s choice of Ratchet: Deadlocked on PS2 and then move onto Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction on PS3 as picked out by SonicHomeboy.
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
* Rushing Beat
* The Punisher
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* Knights of the Round
* Magic Sword
* Devil May Cry
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* Ninja Gaiden
* God Hand
* Target: Renegade
* Sword of Sodan
* Guardian Heroes
* Golden Axe
* Dungeons & Dragons
* Ikari III: The Rescue
* Rise to Honor
* The Bouncer
* The Combatribes
For this glorious month of video game playing I played some of Splatterhouse. It wasn’t anything serious, but I did manage to finish it. Stage VI is still a boring to looking at, but tough to get through. The serious game played, of course, goes to Dark Souls.
At the last time I updated you I was in Anor Londo right before the fight against Ornstein and Smough. I stocked up on mostly pyromancies like Combustion and fireballs. I also summoned Solaire of Astora to run as a distraction. At the start I ran to the left pillar and casted Iron Flesh. With this I can’t run or roll and walk very slowly, but Ornstein likes to rush in and I used that moment to flame him to a crisp. Smough was a little tougher with his huge lightning slam, but thanks to Solaire (my new BFF) I was able to hurl fireballs from afar and win.
Your winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Solaire of Astora and SorcererMatt!
After that match I went on to tackle some minor things, but what I usually accomplished was getting killed. I did better in the next major task at hand which was exploring the Catacombs. Once I arrived at the boss encounter with Pinwheel all it took was two casts of Great Combustion to defeat him. Once entering the Tomb of the Giants I couldn’t see anything so I paid a visit to Dusk of Oolacile to purchase Cast Light. Upon returning to the Tomb I still wasn’t able to see much better which led me to attacking anything I saw and this included Patches. This is where I’m currently at. I hope I’m brave enough to finish this game soon.
The unwarranted attack on video games continues and this time it comes in a small amount from an unlikely source. Also some fun announcements like new versions of Divekick and cheap Virtual Console games. Join us for all of this and much more as we “drop da mic” on episode 25 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!