Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis


It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. In this corner it’s USGamer’s 10 best PlayStation 4 games and in the opposite corner it’s two guys who played almost none of them. A captivating match-up! Other showdowns include Ant-Man vs. Pixels, UK businesses vs. personal use, and EVO vs. Jamie Lee Curtis.

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* PlayStation Mobile Officially Closes Today
* The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games
* UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material
* Jamie Lee Curtis Attended EVO Disguised As Vega From Street Fighter
* Don’t Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You’ve Actually Won
* Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America
* Xbox One Backwards Compatibility an “Enormous Engineering Challenge”
* What are the Hardest Video Games?
* Adam Sandler’s Video Game Movie Pixels Wins Friday With $9.2 Million
* Pixels Has Slow Start at Box Office
* China’s Console Ban Is Now Totally Over
* Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

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Lacking Interest


Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is a problematic game I was playing recently. I say “was” because I’m not anymore. I advanced the furthest to stage 4 and even started over at one point, but the problems I explained about previously didn’t get better or more bearable. When I was watching Usagi704 play later parts of the game it only confirmed my feelings that I probably wouldn’t have a whole lot of fun.

It’s quite interesting how powerful the characters can get in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams upon seeing a few minutes of a new game plus speed run I saw on YouTube. Seeing as where you start out at it seems like you have to grind out levels as if this was a role-playing game. I’m not a fan of that and have since moved on.

Ever since I started to play Muramasa: The Demon Blade I’ve been kind of feeling out of it as far as gaming has gone. It would explain for my frustrations with these two games and my unwillingness to put up with what the games offer. I feel almost as if I just want to start a game up and immediately press the win button and not bother with earning that win. I even started up Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone last night and I got disinterested in that game pretty quickly. Granted that Konami title isn’t good anyway.

I’m not typing this up for people to read and give me any sympathy though I’m sure it looks like it. At least I am having some fun with the shoot-’em-up Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype.

Have you ever been in a gaming rut where you want to play something, but nothing seems to catch your interest when otherwise it would? Share below and thanks for reading!

Now Playing: February 2014


There’s a lot to be said about the amazing artwork in Vanillaware’s games. One of those things, for me, would be that it tries to cover up what seems to usually be a shallow game experience. I’m always enjoyed my time playing their games like Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, but with the current game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, I felt it was pretty boring. This was especially the case at first. Since then it has gotten better the more I played, thankfully. The action still is a one button-mashing affair, though. I maxed out my character at level 99 and with 12 hours played I finished my eighth game of the year. There’s two characters stories to play through, but I won’t be doing that since nothing changes on the gameplay side and I didn’t care about the story as it was.

Other games I played that I talked about during the month was The Saboteur and Batman: Arkham Asylum. My complete thoughts on the former can be read here along with a small follow up about the ending. The latter I briefly mention here which includes quick finishes of Mortal Kombat Trilogy on PS1 and Street Fighter II: Champion Edition on PC Engine via the Virtual Console.

The next title I plan to play will likely be Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams. Join me, won’t you?

Welcome to the Madhouse


From start to finish it was five days to complete the story mode for Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game certainly does what it does very well and that’s at making you feel like you’re Batman. I enjoyed combat more when I was tasked with sneaking around trying to take Joker’s goons out. It didn’t quite get a good feeling for the up-close personal hand-to-hand fighting. Also, like most everybody else, the boss fights were lacking in that they were all the same formula of avoid the big brutes and take out the smaller guys. Regardless it didn’t hurt the overall package too much.

Batman: Arkham Asylum stats – 76%; 164/240 Riddles; 18/20 Upgrades; 35/42 Bios; 56% trophies

Two other games I quickly added to the finished list was Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Street Fighter II: Champion Edition. On MKT I played as Shao Khan and beat the champion ladder. My victory created a time paradox.


On the VC I beat PC Engine’s SFIICE three times. Once with Vega/Guile, a second time with M. Bison, and finally with Sagat. In the process I saw the normal ending, no-loss ending, and the higher difficulty no-loss ending.

The next game I’m going to start will be Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

Top o’ the World


I finished up with The Saboteur a few days ago. It was actually quite the fitting ending to not have a drawn out final battle against the main antagonist. It was a simple climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and one bullet later it was all over.

After the credits rolled I completed the rest of the targets and didn’t need a FAQ to do so. This is a first for me. Despite 100% on missions and targets I didn’t get every trophy. I missed six along the way, but I did get 87% of the total.

This makes The Saboteur the third game finished for 2014. The previous two being Bayonetta and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

The next set of games I plan on playing are the following:
* Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
* Muramasa: The Demon Blade
* Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

Finally I recently purchased my first game of the new year. It’s the glitchfest known as Assassin’s Creed III.


Now Playing: September 2013


During September I played only three games, but they are quite lengthy if you let them be.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance was finished at the beginning of the month to where I started Dragon’s Crown right after. You can read about MUA here.

On Dragon’s Crown I had a fairly good time with it. However, as I said last week, I had trouble with the last three bosses. My Amazon character was not properly leveled up in the skills department and therefore I could not defeat them before being forced to next the level. Thankfully I had backup in the form of Usagi704 and RivalShadeX to help me out with their badass elf and wizard, respectively.

With their help I was able to move onto what I had planned to play for a year. Why a year in advance? Because it is for my 4th annual Halloween gaming event, of course. The game? Dark Souls!

Just as I did with Demon’s Souls two years ago, I am using the Dark Souls Wikidot Wiki since the game does not always explain things very well.

This time my beginning class is the Knight. Not for namesake reasons (though that is nice enough), but it was the overwhelming choice of the Internet Zeitgeist that it is the best class for beginners.

It did me well up until I faced off against the boss of Lower Undead Burg, the Capra Demon. With the help of two dogs I was killed six times before I was reminded by Usagi704 that “fat rolling” was mainly what was getting me killed. Once I lightened the load of my armor and was able to more swiftly roll about, I was victorious. I was also very lucky on my sixth attempt to get the two dogs out of the way quickly. After that I simply lured the Capra Demon up the stairs multiple times and had him jump off for a long recovery time.

Overall it has been going quite well for me. How’s your gaming life been (trick or) treating you lately?

Thanks for reading and have a good upcoming Halloween season!

* Marvel Ultimate Alliance – #22 finished; 19h52m
* Dragon’s Crown – #23 finished; 16h55m; Lv 29
* Dark Souls – 11h55m; Level 35 (Knight)

PS: Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Complete In Box Fridays article on the Grand Theft Auto: Collector’s Edition.

Crysis Ultimate Alliance


What does the 2006 game Marvel Ultimate Alliance have in common with this year’s release of Dragon’s Crown? Do you have a guess? No, it’s not that I am or that I have played these two games despite being true. It’s that they both allow for simultaneous four-player brawling action.

The game I finished a week and a half ago was Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The last time I checked in with you about it I was 15.5 hours into the game near the end. After all was finished with MUA, I clocked in just under 20 hours and for most of the latter part of the game I stuck with the team of Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, and Wolverine. The Dhalsim punches of Mr. Fantastic were particularly helpful. I was also happy that my AI controlled allies who were usually on-the-ball with attacking my foes. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is my 22nd game finished for this calendar year.

As for Dragon’s Crown, I started it on the same day I was done with MUA. Since then I’ve put in 11 hours and 23 minutes into this absolutely beautiful looking beat-’em-up by Vanillaware. I chose to play as the Amazon and named her “BigAxe” because, you know, she has a big…axe. My dying message is “Where’s Xena when I need her?”

Finally two purchases I made at Best Buy yesterday was for Crysis 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987; Season 3). Crysis 3 was surprisingly just $15 and the season of TMNT ’87 was $10 for all 47 episodes (with no frills, of course).

When it comes to the TV shows over the years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I don’t enjoy the 1987 series as much as I used to. Sure I did while growing up. I mean, who didn’t? But it just doesn’t work for me these days especially since we now have the 2003 and 2012 series. I prefer the two more recent outings more, but just like with a season or two of Transformers and G.I. Joe, I don’t mind owning a season of the ’87 TMNT show. It was a big part of my childhood after all.