Hart & Usagi #70: Feel The Electricity

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. We talk about Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo against Fair Use, and the greatness of the original PlayStation among other topics.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Mortal Kombat X for Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Canceled
* Mega Man Movie is in Development at Fox
* 20 Brilliant Things About PlayStation
* Wow, Umihara Kawase games coming to PC
* Nintendo’s cracking down on speedrunning and ROM hacking videos
* 3 ways the original PlayStation changed gaming forever
* TGS 2015: Sony Reveals Fresh New PS4 Wireless Headset, Controllers, HDD Bay Covers
* Edge Special List: The 100 Greatest Video Games
* Former ESPN Host Criticizes Gaming Again
* Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Day One Update Is Reportedly Bigger Than Game Itself
* Burnout Spiritual Successor Teased By Ex-Criterion Founders
* New Street Fighter V Character Laura Leaked
* What Are the Best Video Game Remakes?

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Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis

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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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NEWS/TOPICS:
* 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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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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Complete In Box Fridays: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

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This week’s edition of Complete In Box Fridays will focus on one of the many video games which beared the Tom Clancy name. Reason being, if you haven’t already heard, the man himself passed away at age 66.

Now I was never a fan of Mr. Clancy’s books mainly because I simply didn’t read them. I became familiar with his work through the video games based on the fictional universe of his novels. And, in the 1990s, I did see the occasional film like The Hunt for Red October or Clear and Present Danger starring Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, respectively, but I wasn’t aware it was based on his writing.

The first game I played with Clancy’s name attached was Rainbow Six on the original PlayStation. It wasn’t very good at all as history has shown. I also tried, and while considered a good game, I just couldn’t get into the first Splinter Cell on PS2. This is why I was surprised I enjoyed Rainbow Six Vegas on the current generation of systems as well as I did. The squad based gameplay is usually not my thing. Take Freedom Force, despite being highly rated, as an example of disliking a game because of how it handled its squads. It was fun even though I ended up unable to complete the game near the end because of some glitch which didn’t allow for the boss to react as programmed.

Regardless of the version you get a complete copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas is extremely cheap ranging from $3.40 on PSP to $6.25 on PS3 with the Xbox 360 somewhere in the middle.

Thanks for reading and before you go, check out the photo below by clicking on it. You can get more CIB Fridays articles by looking through its category.

In the next three weeks my current, ongoing 4th annual Halloween Gaming Event will include CIB Fridays. Be on the lookout for some horror themed games! Have a great Friday!

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Halo 4: Quotes On A Box

When I saw the Halo 4 boxart, I immediately thought that there was a lot of extra space…for pull quotes. Thanks to the Game of the Year edition of Batman: Arkham City, I felt the need to fill that space in. These aren’t joke quotes. They’re the real deal. I pulled them from the (16) reviews themselves.

CHECK IT OUT HERE.

REVIEWS:
Game Revolution
Destructoid
IGN
Canadian Online Gamers
NZGamer
Giant Bomb
Official Xbox Magazine UK
The Escapist
Eurogamer
Polygon
Official Xbox Magazine
GamesRadar
Joystiq
GameSpot
Planet Xbox 360
Cheat Code Central

As I Saw It: E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference

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PLEASE NOTE: This is my comments from Twitter that I made as the conference happened. If you can’t handle a difference of opinion from your own, then please DO NOT read this or comment.
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* “Global media” making them sound important. As if.

HALO 4
* Hey, look! It’s Halo 4. Their only offering for this year.

* Looks like a “visor view” in this one. Metroid Prime called…

* RT @SonicHomeboy: LOL I’m loving the Metroid Prime references on these Tweets. I couldn’t agree more really.
Reply::And here I thought I was being original.

SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST
* Mastering abilities just means press a button, watch animation.

* They’re in the Middle East. So topical. Also, Arabs always speak English. These are someone’s “facts.”

* EA Sports segment = boring segment. #amirite?

MADDEN ’13
* Joe Montana on stage for Madden 13 demo.

* Joe says “hike” and the delay was really awkward.

* More softcore games on Kinect like Fable: The Journey.

* YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CAN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE ELSE BUT ON XBOX, DAMMIT!

GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT
* More Gears of War. CliffyB wants to milk this series dry and you’d better like it!

* Subtitled Judgment. Nice and over used word.

* RT @Casey_Malone: Thank god that even in the post-apocalyptic Earth of Gears of War, there will still be hairdressers to frost people’s tips.

FORZA: HORIZON
* Forza: Horizon. Drop that “Motorsport.”

RANDOM ENTERLAMEMENT
* AT XBOX WE LOVE ENTERTAINMENT! What’s your problem? Why don’t you?

* Bing is a horrible search. DuckDuckGo.com, d00ds!

* Applause for a Bing search. Audience needs shot.

* I’m glad they have TV shows because I wouldn’t be able to get it ANYWHERE ELSE…like, you know, a damn TV.

* I love whatever MS tells me to like.

* Kinect does not make you creative. >_>

* More sports assrape with Nike now. What’s the damn point of this?!

* “Can you imagine being without Xbox Live?” Yes, I can. I live it everyday. Better off, too.

* RT @usagi704: I think they forgot who they are talking to. HINT: It isn’t the most athletically minded people.

* Hey, @Microsoft (@Xbox)! I think you forgot about the games for your video game console.

* I’m not asking about the “web on Xbox.” Don’t need it. It’s on my PC!

* Internet Exploder for Xbox now. Are they trying to further red ring customer’s systems?

* RT @lightwarrior179: Internet Explorer.Also known as “I was raped by toolbars and popups so now I just hang myself for the world to see”

TOMB RAIDER
* Finally. Games! Again. Tomb Raider update.

* A quick look at Ascend: New Gods, LocoCycle, & Matter.

RESIDENT EVIL 6
* RT @6h05tly: Resident Evil 6: I’m scared to even watch what the series has become.
Reply::A game about RE’s decent away from survivor horror is more horrifying than the series these days,

* Capcom of Japan is still trying to make a Western game.

WRECKATEER
* RT @alex_navarro: This girl looks just a little too pleased to be giving this Wreckateer demo.

DANCE CENTRAL 3
* Usher and dancing. Not giving a single care.

* RT @lightwarrior179: Usher is here. Kindly USHER him out of here!
Reply::Why didn’t I think of that joke? XD

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II
* It’s Call of Duty all year every year for most gamers. I’m still wondering when they will be tired of this. I am.

* And with an extended view of “Big, Bang, Boom” MS is done.

Ascension of Gods and Legends

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With the next installment in the Bond series, Skyfall, set to be released this October, a new 007 game was announced. It’s called 007 Legends and will have single player levels/missions based on this year’s film as well as five other movies from the long-running series.

Since there’s only been six actors who’ve played Bond in the whole franchise, my guess is that the other five will be of one from each of the actor’s runs. Again, it’s a guess. If this is the case I expect the following: Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, Licence to Kill, and The World Is Not Enough.

The ones I’d like to see are You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights (you saw that one coming), and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Of course there isn’t any point in using GoldenEye since it was already recently remade. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were both used, mainly the former, in the previous film-based game with the latter’s title.

GameSpot news: James Bond returning to consoles this year

We all knew another God of War game was on the way. I was hoping for a different direction with a new character, but God of War: Ascension brings back Kratos. I don’t mind all that much as long as it’s a bit different than what I currently expect from this series.

The teaser trailer didn’t say enough to make it clear what to expect. It sounded like it’s another prequel. Whether it would be before Chains of Olympus or in between the PSP game and the first PS2 title, I don’t know. Again, it seems a bit too similar, but I’ll take a wait and see approach instead of rushing to judgment.

GameSpot news: Sony unveils new God of War game

Assassin’s Creed II-2

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I’ve finished Assassin’s Creed II earlier today. There isn’t much more to say about how I feel on the game. For that I’ll direct you to my previous blog post on the topic.

The only thing I have to add was my chance of coming across this guard spawn glitch, which is shown in the header image at the top. To see this in action just select from some of these videos.

In the longest amount of time I’ve taken in between obtaining another platinum trophy, I give you my eighth one thanks to ACII. It was probably the only game where I felt I had to go the least amount out of my way to get all of the trophies.

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Here’s the list of all the games I got a platinum in with the corresponding date it happened on.

1. Burnout Paradise (3/2/09)
2. God of War (11/25/09)
3. Borderlands (2/17/10)
4. God of War II (3/12/10)
5. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (9/14/10)
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (1/4/11)
7. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (1/24/11)
8. Assassin’s Creed II (4/17/12)

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

GAME STATS: 34h45m; 76.8%; 51/51 Trophies (100%)

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I’m not sure where to start in talking about Assassin’s Creed II. I didn’t think I’d be in the mood to play it as soon as I have after finishing the first game just last year. Gigastormz recommended this sequel to me and suggested I play it when I asked for games to play at the beginning of this year. I can safely say I’m glad I am.

Most all of my gripes with the original game have been addressed. For one thing there’s much more variety in the activities given to do. Before there was about three side missions to do which did get tiresome fairly quickly. Now there’s more than double the amount with additional treasure to collect among others like exploring tombs to eventually unlock Altaïr’s armor.

The Kingdom overworld from the first game, which I thought felt pointless, was thankfully done away with entirely. You can still hop on a horse to ride around on, but it sticks to just the immediate surroundings of the city you’re at.

The controls are top notch and roughly the same as before so I was able to get up to speed fairly quickly. However, I have noticed that some moves in Ezio’s arsenal aren’t explained and for a newcomer this can lead to some of the same confusion I experienced with playing AC1. Regardless, I was happy to eventually get to pull off some of the newer moves like hanging from a ledge and pulling a guard off when he came near. I’ve also noticed that I don’t need to use hiding spots nowhere nearly as often this time around. It makes me kind of miss it, but not by a whole lot.

One thing I like doing in the game is climbing up the buildings to the viewpoints. Figuring out some of them is a bit tricky, but I still really enjoy them. It’s like crack or something. :D

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

GAME STATS: 13h48m; 40%; Sequence 5, Memory 8; 19/51 Trophies (37%)