Now Playing: July 2019

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This time out the group of games I played are from April through mid-July. There’s 12 in total with only three finished. Here we go!

The first game on tap is also one of the three I beat: Ghost Squad. This home port of Sega’s arcade light gun shooter works well on the Wii. I don’t have the plastic zapper shell for the controller, but you obviously don’t need it since there isn’t any additional hardware built in. It was a very fun and repeatable three mission structure with some alternate paths to take. I particularly liked earning and using the additional weapons and outfits available. The latter can get somewhat comical at times since the player character is the only one who changes outfits with the rest of the squad remaining in normal gear.

I was looking forward to getting into a new beat-’em-up with Batman: The Brave and the Bold (also on Wii). It didn’t pan out well, however. The training before the game actually begins makes the mistake of throwing every ability at you at once. Of course, you’ll eventually forget some of them long before you’ll need them. My biggest issue was with the overall feeling of the brawling. It wasn’t as mindless fun as I was hoping for. There’s more puzzle aspects to this game’s fighting that’s often enough that it feels like the momentum of a level keeps getting interrupted. I had to check out of this game fairly early on.

Two shoot-’em-ups I played for a little bit was the TG-16’s Final Soldier (via VC) and Raiden IV: Overkill on PS3 (via PSN). The former was a fantastic time until I got slaughtered on stage 5. At least it was nice getting to that point. I can’t say as much for the latter game. I didn’t quite understand the new Overkill Mode, but the normal Arcade Mode was the typical Raiden shooting experience. In that to say it isn’t great. I enjoy the original game and the sequel, but after those (like I am with the Contra series) they don’t appeal to me as much.

Next up on the list is Ninja Spirit. The game is pretty tough until you realize that all you need is the explosive weapon 3 and it’s fairly smooth sailing from then on. I got to what I call the “ninja pit” and was stopped fully in my tracks. I don’t know exactly how to reach the bottom without being touched since it only takes one hit to kill you. It’s the last major obstacle before the final boss if I ever clear it.

Speaking of Contra, I also played, but was unsuccessful in beating Contra Rebirth. While I was able to get to level 4, I’m not exactly the best at managing the switching of the weapons. This was a gameplay mechanic that debuted in Contra III in 1992.

I’m not sure exactly what to say about Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris other than it’s available for download on PlayStation 4 and, well, it’s a Tomb Raider game. I liked it for what it was, but I definitely still prefer the traditional presentation of the series in Tomb Raider: Legend or the 2013 reboot.

More recently I’ve been playing some PlayStation 2 suggested games from readers like you. Of course, I have to already own the games because I’m not in a position to be purchasing whatever anybody suggests. First was Lifeline, the USB audio voice directed game from Konami. I knew going in I wouldn’t be playing it very long because it doesn’t always understand was you are saying. Well, I didn’t even successfully get to the title screen as my current USB headset wasn’t compatible. Oh well. It’s not much of a loss.

ICO was another suggestion and it goes without saying that this was a much better idea. I’m not into these more artistic style of games usually so I’m not going to be as impressed with it like so many others have been. I’m happy for those people, but I’m simply not one of them. I’m at the Crane section, but I needed a more action packed distraction.

That distraction was Power Rangers Dino Thunder on PS2. In this game you don’t play as the Rangers themselves, but instead as their Zoids. I think there’s 5-6 total in the game. Zeltrax is the main boss in the game that you fight twice in very similar battles each time. Unfortunately, you never seen the TV show’s main villain, Mesogog. He’s only spoken about. This was the third game I beat.

Another suggestion I’m playing a little of is the arcade version of Bubble Bobble via Taito Legends. The best I’ve done this time around is round 7. I’ve previously hit as high as round 16.

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Now Playing: June-July 2018

After over three months of playing Yakuza 4 off and on (mostly off), I have finished it. Vets of the series like usagi704 and others will scoff at the fact that I didn’t do any side missions/activities. I enjoyed the main story and I just wanted to focus on that. It took me long enough as it was and I didn’t want it to take any longer.

Of course Kiryu is the best of the bunch simply because he’s had three previous games all to himself. Of the new trio of characters I liked Akiyama the best with Tanimura and Saejima second and third, respectively. All were will written and voice acted. Tanimura’s fighting style was the most divergent from the rest. He used more holds and throws than outright brute strength.

Character progression, I felt, was hampered with the four characters being split up into individual sections of the game, but the story faired much better because of it. You didn’t know how all these guys and their events would tie together, but it was a pleasure in finding out and seeing it through.

I also, during this time frame, played and finished the 2001 arcade game Sengoku 3. I played it via the Wii Virtual Console with the pro controller. It was initially difficult and I did opt for the max of nine lives in the options menu, but eventually I did manage to beat it. Damage dealt to the player is quite high, but it’s doable with the correct battle strategy.

As a birthday gift I received Puzzle Quest: Galactrix from my bro.

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Hart & Usagi #83: Rip Into It

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Episode 83 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of topics like new fighting game guest characters, Sony to publish Switch games, loot boxes, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Nintendo Changes SNES Classic Mini Plans, Supply Will Continue Into 2018
* Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition launches on January 16th, 2018
* Tekken 7’s Next DLC Character Is Final Fantasy 15’s Noctis
* New Injustice 2 DLC Characters Will Include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* Fighting EX Layer’s online beta will be available to PlayStation Plus members
* Nintendo Shutting Down The Wii Shop Channel in 2019
* Counterpoint: People Think Campo Santo is Dangerous for Issuing PewDiePie a DMCA Takedown, They’re Not
* IGN’s Purchase of Video Game Publisher Humble Bundle Raises Business Concerns
* Sony Is Publishing Nintendo Switch And PC Games Under New Label
* Opinion: Nominating PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for Game of the Year is a Terrible Idea
* GameStop “Temporarily Pauses” its PowerPass Used Game Lending Service
* Metabombed: Star Wars Battlefront II Is ‘The Epitome Of Years Of Corporate Greed’
* Belgium Concludes that Loot Boxes are Gambling, Will Try and Ban Them in Europe
* The ESA Pushes Back, Loot Boxes “Are Not Gambling”

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More Games, More Movies, More Fun!

I’m sure everybody has seen Guardians of the Galaxy by now. I’ve heard many times of people saying it is their favorite of the Marvel films to have come out. I would have to agree. And who would have thought that a movie featuring a team of unknown heroes to the general audience would go over as well as it has? I can tell you why. It’s because of the fantastic dialog scenes and character development throughout its 121 minutes of action. In fact, my favorite scenes are all where the main cast just talks to each other. My favorite line in the movie is when Drax says “Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.”

Two other movies I got were Die Harder 2: Die Harder and Detonator II: Night Watch. We all know the former. It’s a Blu-ray upgrade. Something I’ve been doing for a little while now. The latter is based on the book entitled “Night Watch.” It stars Pierce Brosnan before he first took the role of James Bond in 1995. However, the movie was released after Goldeneye which is why it has the silly tagline of “Action and espionage share a common bond.” Another silly thing is Brosnan sporting a beard and mustache and the nonsense story his character is involved in. I found the whole thing a fun so-bad-it’s-good romp when I got it on VHS many years ago. So in a way this is also an upgrade, but to DVD instead.

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New games are also here as well. I finally got the last game I want for the Wii. I was able to get Super Smash Bros. Brawl and I did so via eStarland. I also bought four memory cards. Two for PS1 and two for PS2. The PS2 cards were below $5 each, but they had to be the transparent red color to get that price.

Another game I got was for the PlayStation 4 and it’s the Ultimate Edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us. This would be my fifth game for a system I still don’t own. When will I get said system? *shrugs*

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Purchase Stats 2014

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The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2014.

Total number of games: 19
Amount bought decreased by 41 from 2013.

3 New games (16%)
10 Used games (52%)
6 Downloadable games* (32%)

6 PS3 (32%)
Assassin’s Creed III
Saints Row IV
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Deadpool
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Raiden IV: Overkill*

3 WII (16%)
Data East Arcade Classics
Sengoku 3*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

3 PS2 (16%)
Samurai Shodown Anthology
World Heroes Anthology
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2

3 PC (15%)
Bastion*
Sniper Elite V2*
Payday: The Heist*

2 PS4 (11%)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Strider*

2 PS (10%)
NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC
Tempest X3

6 MISC.
PS3 controller (white)
A/V model 1 Genesis cable
SNES controller
Xbox 360 wired controller
PS4 controller (black)
PS2 memory card (black)

Sengoku 3

I went out for some printer cartridges last week and came away with those plus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Wii. The Xbox 360 controller pictured below is for some PC games on Steam since I don’t own or ever plan to own an Xbox 360 system itself. Finally I was able to get encouragement from my fellow podcast hosts, Usagi704 and 24bitAJE, to get the outstanding Neo-Geo beat-’em-up Sengoku 3!

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Data East Arcade Classics

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Just like in August of last year, I ordered Data East Arcade Classics on Glyde and it was cancelled for me. I can only assume this was done because the seller didn’t have the game anymore, but decided not to take their listing down. Unlike last time, though, I purchased it on eBay with no trouble whatsoever.

The following list below are the 15 arcade games included in Data East Arcade Classics for the Wii. Six of the games are, for some reason, using either the Japanese or European titles. Those are marked with an asterisk.

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja
Burger Time
Burnin’ Rubber*
Caveman Ninja*
Crude Buster*
Express Raider*
Heavy Barrel
Lock ‘n’ Chase
Magical Drop III
Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory
Secret Agent*
Side Pocket
Street Hoop*
Super Real Darwin
Wizard Fire

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