Hart & Usagi #89: Phone Club

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On episode 89 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of topics like Telltale breaking labor laws, breaking and entering to play the NES, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Only ’80s Kids Remember: Breaking Into Houses to Get an NES Fix
* Sony Says It Has Fixed the PlayStation 4 Message Bug That’s Been Causing Consoles to Crash
* Red Dead Redemption 2’s 100-Hour Weeks Are Nothing New for Rockstar
* Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition update will improve the speed of the game’s inputs
* Castlevania: Symphony of the Night On PS4 Won’t Have The Iconic “What Is A Man?” Scene
* Telltale hit with class-action lawsuit for breaking labor laws
* PS Vita Production in Japan Will End in 2019, No Successor Planned
* Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Smashes its Way to PlayStation 4
* The PlayStation Classic is Going to Have a Much Harder Time Selling its Nostalgia Next to the SNES Classic

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A Few Halloween Goodies

A few games became free on the PlayStation Network recently namely the 2007 PSP game Valhalla Knights, and the first episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. These are a limited time offer and I downloaded them within the first three days of October. I’m not sure if they are still available or not.

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I also have recently rewatched the movies of Halloween II, 4, and H20. Those are my favorites of the series and I’m sure not seeing the 1978 original listed might be a surprise. Regardless, they are the three I usually watch each year.

I’ve had them on DVD with Halloween II being a 2001 release, Halloween 4 from 2006, and H20 from 1999. I’ve noticed the seventh film doesn’t get treated well on home releases. The only DVD release is the 1999 version and the current Blu-ray version isn’t very good at all. Halloween 4, on the other hand (along with 5), gets commentaries, decent transfers, and the like.

Speaking of audio commentaries, I love them and I must have them if at all possible. I don’t like bad ones, however (Terminator 3 anyone?). Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has two on the 2006 DVD and two on the 2012 Blu-ray. The one with Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris are on both, but the DVD has one with the screenwriter and it’s switched out for a director commentary on the BD. I can’t get rid of the DVD release since its exclusive commentary is entertaining to listen to.

That’s enough spooky movies from me. What movie(s) do you watch every Halloween?

P.S.: Don’t miss out on Usagi704’s review of Dark Souls published yesterday.

Fun With Fighting Games

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Since the release of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition and Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, I’ve been playing them quite a bit, but not because I own them. Thanks to Usagi704 he’s been my competition lately in mainly 3rd Strike and Mortal Kombat II.

On my systems I play the former on the PS2 via the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection where my main character is Ken. His Super Art III is wicked and is very easy to link into from several of his others moves. I haven’t been all that great, but I’m having a great time with a game that I shunned from for far too long.

In the latter game of MKII I still bust out my original copy on the Super Nintendo. My two best characters are Raiden and Kung Lao. They helped me best one of Usagi’s better characters in Kitana. I can’t get her to work as well for me, though. Now he comes at me with Scorpion and I still haven’t worked out how to exactly shut his offense down. Sub-Zero and Liu Kang are my back up characters.

I get more free games. This time it’s thanks to the PlayStation Store itself. Back to the Future – Episode 1: It’s About Time is currently available for free to all until the 27th.

Now Playing: November ’07

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This past month had a few games that I didn’t get excited about enough to keep playing. Just to make it obvious what games I’m talking about, here’s a quick list.

Timesplitters 2 (PS2)
Dragon’s Revenge (GEN)
Sonic Heroes (PS2)

Timesplitters 2 was odd in that it was fun at first, but soon it was a little boring because it didn’t have much variety. Dragon’s Revenge is a decent pinball game, but it doesn’t have the excitement of crazy high scores like some others of the same genre. Oh and don’t get me started on Sonic Heroes. The control and overall problems with that game make it an unrecoverable mess.

I played some Guitar Hero at one point while figuring out what game I’d like to tackle next. I decided on Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival which I’m still playing because it’s just that damn good! I also went for the superior pinball game Dragon’s Fury where the scores really do get pretty crazy.

Fighting games continued to flow during the month as well, especially with vs. mode action. Those games consisted of Street Fighter Alpha Anthology, Mortal Kombat Trilogy (N64), various versions of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and the original Mortal Kombat on the Genesis with the blood code enabled, of course. :)

For single player purposes I got back into Need for Speed Most Wanted. I haven’t completed very much since the last time I played it, but it has still been fun as expected.

I’ve been somewhat interested to try out one of the Sam & Max episodes for awhile now. Telltale Games made that decision easy when they offered episode 4, Abe Lincoln Must Die!, for free on Valve’s Steam platform. I was pleasantly surprised by the type of humor that the game offered. It definitely was the highlight of the whole experience.

I”m sure that some of the fighting games that I mentioned will carry over to December because they’re just that much more fun with another player. What have you been playing as of recent? Hopefully it’s a fighting game too. :D