Games Finished In 2015


The list below shows every game that I finished in 2015. The total number comes to 22. That’s down 24 from 2014.

September proved to be the best month for beating games with 5 in total. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.8.

1. Tomb Raider (PS3) – 1/22
2. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB) – 2/19
3. Far Cry 3 (PS3) – 4/16
4. Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) – 4/19
5. CT Special Forces (GBA) – 4/29
6. The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris (GBA) – 5/12
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA) – 5/17
8. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) – 6/20
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) – 7/10
10. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN) – 7/24
11. Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot (PSN) – 9/7
12. Fighter’s History (SFC) – 9/7
13. Fighter’s History (ARC) – 9/13
14. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN) – 9/22
15. NBA Give ‘N Go (SNES) – 9/27
16. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 10/12
17. Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2) – 11/3
18. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) – 11/11
19. Twisted Metal (PS) – 11/17
20. Quantum of Solace (PS2) – 12/8
21. Haze (PS3) – 12/17
22. TRON: Evolution (PS3) – 12/30


Hart & Usagi #73: Yakuza Zeroes In


In this new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk much about the Yakuza series and specifically the North American release of the 5th game and about the announcement of Yakuza 0. We also touch on Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Uncharted 4, and more!

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* Last Chance to Play Uncharted 4’s Closed Beta, “No Plans” for Open Beta
* DariusBurst Chronicles Saviours PS4 Review: Taking it Back to the Old School
* Street Fighter’s Akuma Joins Tekken 7 Roster
* Street Fighter V Changes Made “Internally” To Reach Larger Audience
* Street Fighter 5’s Final Launch Character and DLC Fighters Revealed
* Former FCC commissioner drags ISIS into net neutrality fight
* PlayStation 2 on PlayStation 4: The Good, the Bad, the Plain Ol’ Ugly
* Max Payne Rated for PlayStation 4
* These Eight PS2 Games Are Coming to PS4 Tomorrow With 1080p Graphics
* Yakuza 0 Will Get A Physical Release In The West!
* How Dare You Criticize Fallout 4 Jeff Gerstmann!
* Onimusha Meets Dark Souls in Team Ninja’s New PS4 Action Game
* Uncharted 4 Has Branching Dialogue Options in Some Parts

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Now Playing: November 2015


The original Twisted Metal from 1995 was the game I asked for votes on and it won. I played it and it definitely has the core of what made this car combat game a success, it doesn’t always do it well. The sequel certainly did it better and what I’m talking about is the arenas you find yourself in for battle. Most are large open areas, but the first level is inside a large circus tent which is much too small for what you need to do. World Tour did this much better with more varied and smart design choices. It’s not to say you can’t have fun with this initial outing, but it certainly doesn’t compare well against the much improved Twisted Metal 2.

Quantum of Solace is the current game I’m focusing on. This is the PlayStation 2 edition which differs from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. It’s a third-person shooter with some stealth sequences. Those stealth portions aren’t very good in practice during the 30 minutes I’ve played so far. I don’t think I can melee an enemy once they see me. Also, aiming a precise shot is more difficult than it needs to be. I’ll see how this game continues before I call it a done deal.

Advance Twisted Solace


A few days after I gave my thoughts on Evil Dead: Regeneration in my Now Playing: October 2015, I ended up finishing the game. My thoughts haven’t changed so you can read them at the link provided.

Onto another game I wanted to play and it was Advance Guardian Heroes on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a Treasure developed beat-’em-up in the same series as the Saturn classic Guardian Heroes. Unlike that game, Advance Guardian Heroes gets a bad rap and I never knew exactly why.

Once I played and finished it I figured it might be due to the different times throughout the game where the framerate takes a big hit. Trust me when I say that this isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem. I’m sure it’ll bug some gamers to no end, but those people are going to be few and far between.

I played on Easy and built my characters stats in a style of a “glass cannon.” It was all about the damage for me. If you want a considerably higher challenge, then I suggest you play on Normal or higher. I played purely for enjoyment and you may want more than the simple, easy-going satisfying experience I had.

Moving on I tested out the new poll feature on Twitter and I asked what other game I should play. The original PS1 Twisted Metal was the winner. I doubt I’ll get very far in it, but I’ll give it a shot. I also have Quantum of Solace on tap and ready to go after seeing Spectre earlier this week. It’s the version on PlayStation 2 which is a 3rd person shooter and not in 1st person like its counterpart on PS3/X360 is.


HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.


SPACE SUPLEX #24 – November 3rd 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Hell in a Cell 2015.

Hart & Usagi #67: SFV Freemium DLCmium


In this grand episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about Capcom’s idea to essentially do the free-to-play model with their DLC for Street Fighter V. Matt talks about his history with the Twisted Metal series. Also listen for the rage on Randy Pitchford and former ESPN “personality,” Crunch Buttsteak.

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* Sonic vs.
* Street Fighter V free-to-play DLC
* Pre-orders
* Twisted Metal series
* Nintendo Addresses Rumor It’s Distancing Itself From New Wii U Exclusive
* No, Tekken X Street Fighter Is Not Canceled
* See Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Gameplay in New Video
* “Head-Turning” New Duke Nukem Game Teased, But Don’t Expect it Soon
* Alien Colonial Marines Cost CEO Randy Pitchford $10 Million Of His Own Money
* Street Fighter 2 Soundtrack Remastered for CD and Vinyl
* Gamers Still Prefer to Buy Physical Over Digital, Study Finds
* Google Fiber brings free Internet to the poor
* Mistakes were made with the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
* Uncharted Collection Adds New Difficulty, Drops Forced Motion Controls
* ESPN Personality Who Criticized Gaming Departs Company

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #50: Saito’s My Dreamboat


On this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back madtyger after more than a year to chat about Destiny, Assassin’s Creed III, and some hot Saito action of the Hakuoki series. But have no fear because rage of some degree about the FCC is included with each listen of episode 50.

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* Destiny beta
* The Pinball Arcade
* Hakuoki
* Tekken has a story?
* Assassin’s Creed III
* The Dragula Singularity: How One Song Conquered Late ’90s Gaming
* Verizon Warns FCC About Reclassifying Broadband Providers as ‘Common Carriers’
* FCC Petitioned Over State Laws That Prohibit Broadband Networks Run by Municipalities
* Congresswoman Proposes Amendment to Stop FCC From Meddling With ‘State Issues’
* Game Developer: YouTube Personalities Need to Do More for Game Developers
* Anita Sarkeesian – BUSTED!
* Collecting the Best Game Boy Advance Games

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New Releases 2012: Jan. 29-Feb. 18

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For the first of the major new releases of the new year, it starts of slowly and then builds up to the launch of the PlayStation Vita. Despite a bunch of greatly anticipated games, I’m not sure about most of them. How’s it looking for you? Let me know in the comments.

WEEK of 1/29
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, X360)
NeverDead (PS3, X360)
Soul Calibur V (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 2/5
Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360, PC)
Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3, X360, PC)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Shank 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
The Darkness II (PS3, X360, PC)
The House of the Dead III (PS3)

WEEK of 2/12
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (PS3, X360, PSV)
F1 2011 (PSV)
FIFA Soccer (PSV)
Grand Slam Tennis 2 (PS3, X360)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PSV)
Little Deviants (PSV)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PSV)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PSV)
Rayman Origins (PSV)
Rhythm Heaven Fever (WII)
Tales of the Abyss (3DS)
Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS)
Twisted Metal (PS3)
UFC Undisputed 3 (PS3, X360)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PSV)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PSV)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour (PSV)
Wipeout 2048 (PSV)