Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan (first time since ep. 52) to chat about the Game Boy Advance along with other news items as per usual. All this plus your feedback!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Dark Souls II
* 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made
* Smash Bros. vs. Mortal Kombat pro scene
* Steam community-created content now for sale
* Valve abandons paid ‘Skyrim’ mods on Steam
* Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans
* Nintendo backs off of bringing Super Nintendo games to Wii U
* PS4’s P.T., a Teaser for the Next Silent Hill, Being Removed Soon
* Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms
* What Is the Value of P.T.?
* 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time
* Mega Man Creator’s Mighty No. 9 Release Date Revealed
* Steam To Get Its First Adults-Only Rated Game
* This is the ESRB rating & descriptors for PC game Hatred & Far Cry 3. The AO game looks less problematic.
* Watch Pro Gamer Troll 8 Year Old In Mortal Kombat X
* Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed
* Game Boy Advance

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New Releases 2011: July 10-30

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Unlike the previous three weeks, this time there’s three games I’m looking forward to, but only two I can get at the moment. Bastion is the one I’m interested in, but I hope it gets an eventual release on PSN.

It’s been awhile since a movie-based game has looked like it could be pretty good and Captain America: Super Soldier is that game.

El Shaddai is the final title and probably the one which has me the most curious. It’s Ignition Entertainment’s first and last self-developed game. It currently has a demo available. I liked what I played, but I can easily see it not being for most people.

WEEK of 7/10
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
L.A. Noire: Reefer Madness (PS3, X360)
Ms. ‘Splosion Man (X360)
NCAA Football 12 (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 7/17
Bastion (X360)
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PS3, X360)
Captain America: Super Soldier (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues (PS3, X360, PC)
Just Dance Summer Party (WII)

WEEK of 7/24
Catherine (PS3, X360)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (PS3, X360)
From Dust (X360, PC)
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff (PC, MAC)
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (PS3, X360)

New Releases 2011: March 13-26

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NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/13
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (PS3)
Gods Eater Burst (PSP)
Halo: Reach – Defiant Map Pack (X360)
Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3)
Homefront (PS3, X360, PC)
MotoGP 10/11 (PS3, X360)
Sega Genesis Classic Collection Gold Edition (PC)
Shogun 2: Total War (PC)
Top Spin 4 (PS3, X360, WII)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/20
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PC)
Crysis 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP)
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PS3, X360, PC)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PS3, X360, PC, WII, PSP, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP)
Natsume Championship Wrestling (WII)
PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)
The Sims Medieval (PC, MAC)
The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)

New Releases 2011: January 30-February 12

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Bigger name releases are seen more throughout the whole year than in years past, but these next two weeks wouldn’t really be a good example of it. With this being said I am interested in three games: Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Test Drive Unlimited 2, and the return of You Don’t Know Jack.

Where do your interests lie?

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 1/30
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3, X360)
Call of Duty: Black Ops – First Strike (X360)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Reverie (PS3, X360)
The Sims 3: Outdoor Living (PC)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/6
Mario Sports Mix (WII)
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PS3, PC, X360)
Two Worlds II (PC)
You Don’t Know Jack (PS3, PC, X360, WII, DS)

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EDIT: There’s also two other PSN releases I just found out about. The PS1 import of Rockman 2 and a Minis version of what seems to be the original Pac-Man Championship Edition.

New Releases 2010: Oct. 17-30

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NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/17
DJ Hero 2 (PS3, X360, WII)
EA Sports MMA (PS3, X360)
Empire: Total War – Gold Edition (PC)
Fallout: New Vegas (PS3, X360, PC)
Kirby’s Epic Yarn (WII)
NBA 2K11 (WII)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (PS3, X360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS3, X360)
Saw II: Flesh & Blood (PS3, X360)
The Shoot (PS3)
Time Crisis: Razing Storm (PS3)
Vanquish (PS3, X360)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/24
DeathSpank (PC)
Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Fable III (X360, PC)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition (PS3, X360)
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack (PS3. X360)
Rock Band 3 (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Shaun White Skateboarding (PS3, X360, WII)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
The Fight: Lights Out (PS3)
The Sims 3 (PS3, X360, DS)
Tony Hawk: Shred (PS3, X360, WII)
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (PS3, X360, WII, PSP, PS2)

New Releases 2010: Sept. 19-Oct. 2

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Other than Dead Rising 2 next week, there isn’t a whole lot of big name releases for the rest of this month. I’m personally looking forward to the PS3 version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/19
Darksiders (PC)
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (PS3, X360)
F1 2010 (PS3, X360, PC)
New Carnival Games (WII, DS)
Painkiller: Pandemonium (PC)
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (X360)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (PC)
Sonic Adventure (PS3)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/26
Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution (PS3, X360, PC)
Dead Rising 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy (WII)
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3, X360, WII, PC, PS2, PSP, DS)
Front Mission Evolved (PS3, X360, PC)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (PS3, X360, PC, WII)
Hydrophobia (X360)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PS3, PC)
MySims SkyHeroes (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Quantum Theory (PS3, X360)
Samurai Warriors 3 (WII)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (WII)
The Sims 3 Deluxe (PC)

E3 2010 As I Saw It: The EA Press Conference

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I was on twitter during the whole conference throwing out my thoughts. Here’s a straight copy and paste of what I had said. Mind the language if that’s not your thing.

NEED FOR SPEED: HOT PURSUIT
* The EA conference starts off with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit by Criterion. Looks like fun. Out Nov. 16th.

* I’m also found the Hot Pursuit NFS games to always be the best of the series. This doesn’t look disappointing.

* This redwood forest track reminds me of a similar track from Hot Pursuit 2.

DEAD SPACE 2
* Dead Space 2 with screenshots. It’s not my type of game, but looks good for fans of it. Looks even better in game.

*The sound effects sound really nasty which is a very good thing for Dead Space.

* More of Dead Space 2 promised at Sony’s conference.

MEDAL OF HONOR
* New game from a franchise last seen 3 years ago. What could it be? It’s Medal of Honor.

* Live 24 player on stage demo. I see a tech goof coming up.

* MoH is out Oct. 12th. Problem is that it looks like Call of Duty. I don’t care for that game either. Beta on Xbox, PS3, PC on June 21st.

* EA Gun Club announced.

* It’s a rewards program with a terrible name. Pointless!

BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 – VIETNAM
* Battlefield Bad Company 2 expansion pack announced for Vietnam war.

EA SPORTS MMA
* EA Sports MMA talk with Peter Moore who will likely lie more about the EA Online Pass.

* EA Sports Live Broadcast shown with MMA footage. It isn’t anything I care about.

* I don’t see the point of making a “hype video” when it’ll just become a racist rant as if we don’t get enough of that on XBL.

EA ACTIVE 2
* More lame exercise with EA Active 2.

* Active 2 is on all platforms obviously being the same on Wii, using PS Eye on PS3, and Kinect on X360.

* This being on Kinect is redundant with what Microsoft already showed in Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

MADDEN NFL 11
* Madden 11 is claiming to be simpler and deeper. I’m seeing it as more of the same.

* Joe Montana on stage with Peter Moore.

* I totally lost on what Montana and Moore are even talking about. What happened to just showing the game and it speaking for itself.

THE SIMS 3
* Sim 3 = Me not caring

* Again what’s this guy talking about? Nobody interested in The Sims cares or wants to hear this nonsense.

* The Sims 3 on consoles got a very tepid crowd response.

* John Riccitiello calls out Insomniac, Respawn, and Epic for joining up with the EA Partners program.

CRYSIS 2
* Crysis 2 gameplay footage being shown. It looks fantastic as I’d expect no less from Crytek.

* I just may be on the look out for this on the PS3.

* Crisis 2 joins the 3D craze with a version that’s compatible for each system.

BULLETSTORM
* Cliffy B out with a couple of devs from People Can Fly talking about Bulletstorm.

* I honestly feel that if it wasn’t for Epic helping out that Bulletstorm wouldn’t get the attention that it deserves.

* I will say that it’s nice that EA has firm release dates set for a majority of their games.

* Did one of the Bulletstorm characters just say “You just scared the dick out of me?”

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
* Star Wars: The Old Republic on now. I’d like there to be less Star Wars, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

* BioWare presents “Hope.” Huh?

* An interesting trailer, but not being a fan means it does nothing for me.

* I was surprised that nobody from EA even brought up the Online Pass. It was probably for the best.

Overall much better than MS put on. Sure there were some slow boring parts, but still lots of good stuff came from it. Highlights for me were Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit followed by Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm.