Hart & Usagi Podcast #62: Losing Our History

Our views on a variety of topics on Mortal Kombat X is revealed along with news on Comcast and Net Neutrality. All this plus your feedback, a contest announcement, and more on episode 62 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* God of War After 10 Years: The Decline and Fall of Kratos
* Security flaw gave researcher the power to erase every video on YouTube
* You’re Basically Screwed if You Used OnLive
* ‘Angry Joe’ is super pissed at Nintendo
* Mark Pincus becomes CEO of Zynga as Don Mattrick exits stage left
* EFF battles the ESA over DMCA exemptions for abandoned games
* GameStop Will (Tentatively) Offer Classic Consoles and Games Again
* USgamer Answers: How Much Game Violence Is Too Much?
* Comcast makes big play to offer high speed broadband to more customers
* Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger
* AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes
* The first gay character in ‘Mortal Kombat’ revealed
* ‘Easy Fatalities’ DLC for ‘Mortal Kombat X’ gets some sunlight

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From Far Cry 3 to GBA

I have an announcement to make. I finished Far Cry 3. It took place two days ago and it is my third finished game this year.

It only took me about another 4.5 hours on top of the 40 hours I reported on earlier this week. I obtained the rest of the collectibles in the game that led to any PSN trophies and then completed the little story that was left. As it turns out there isn’t a trophy for collecting every treasure or every relic like there is for every memory card.

Definitely the best and most fun characters in the game were Agent Willis and Sam Becker. They’re great allies to have on your side just with their banter alone.

I still didn’t find the whole Jason’s become a real warrior thing compelling or believable for someone who started as a rich, trust-fund kid. Therefore once the ending came I chose for him to be with his existing friends rather than stay on the island.

My gaming plans for now is to play more of my Game Boy Advance. I’ll be playing Power Rangers Time Force, CT Special Forces, Gunstar Super Heroes, and, a fourth game picked up Usagi704, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.

Game on!

In The Far Cry South

Here’s a small Far Cry 3 update. On the previous update I mentioned I had achieved all my crafting upgrades before landing on the southern island. In a way I said I finished off Vaas, but I didn’t spell it out. The sequence where you knock him off plays out as more of a dream than anything that would feel like a definitive victory. Regardless, it did happen and I’m on the southern island.

Along with my all my crafting completed I’ve also found and picked up every treasure there is to find on the northern island. Also all of my upgrades have been earned. Now the only reason to get the rest of the lost letters and relics is trophy related. When it comes to landmarks completed all radio towers have been activated with each outpost almost at 100% as well.

I had played a few rounds with SonicHomeboy in the resident co-op mode. I like co-op in games much more than any competitive modes and take it from me, a connoisseur of good, fun co-op, Far Cry 3 is kind of garbage in this area. I’d much rather play the awesomely fun co-op in Syndicate again.

That’s been my time in Far Cry 3 as of this point with 40 hours clocked in.

Complete In Box Fridays – Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO

Welcome back the Complete In Box Fridays feature. This is the 18th installment and the first one since November 2013. You’re welcome to check out the previous entries here.

The game in the spotlight this time is Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO for the Sega CD. I know some of you aren’t lost on my fandom of Kamen Rider. I’ve watched a few of the seasons in the past. All were after 2000. I even have a few imported games namely two PSP entries of the Climate Heroes series and I’m currently waiting on the arrival of Battride War for PS3.

It’s quite surprising that a film which didn’t make it to North America, Kamen Rider ZO, would have its associated game show up and with a redundant title too. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was on it’s second season in 1994, but Kamen Rider has had just two attempts in North America since then (1995 & 2009) with much less success.

The gameplay itself is the typical fare of button prompts overlaid onto scenes from the movie as was common with a number of Sega CD titles at the time. Otherwise there’s little else to keep the player interested for long.

I was able to pickup my copy of this game in August of 2010. It currently goes for about $22 in complete condition.

Check out the gallery below and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.

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Odds and Ends and Far Cry 3

Two weeks after I started Far Cry 3 I’m having a much more fun time after, as Usagi704 would say, “getting good.” My problems with driving in the first-person perspective are no longer an issue. Hunting is also no longer an issue or even a thing I do on purpose anymore. Unless there’s future billboards with special hunts on them, I don’t need to do it because I’ve successfully crafted everything from the wallet to the lootsack including all upgrades. All of this was finished before I’d even landed on Hoyt’s southern island. How’s that for progress, SonicHomeboy?

Most of the story has been pretty lame. This is especially the case with anything regarding Jason Brody’s rise and acceptance as a warrior. Whenever a cutscene would play talking about this I only starting thinking about Ultimate Warrior’s entrance theme. Only three characters have been interesting and they’re Vaas, Agent Willis, and Sam Becker. Willis leaves for Russia halfway through the game which was unfortunate.

Recently on the podcast Twitter accounts (@HartandUsagi, @SpaceSuplex) I did a giveaway contest for two of the digital movie vouchers I got with Blu-ray purchases. One was for Gangs of New York and the other was for Total Recall (the 1990 edition, of course). I have a few more to giveaway and I’ll be doing that in the future on the shows. If you’d like to be in the running for them, then follow the podcasts on Twitter and look for when I’ll announce more.

It’s a long story for this final odd and end. I’ll try and keep it short.

My usual experience purchasing from Play-Asia is problematic in several ways. 1) I need to notify my bank I’m making an international transaction so they don’t block payment, 2) Endure a small fee for said payment, and 3) Wait an ungodly amount of time for Play-Asia to ship any items bought.

In this case I purchased Kamen Rider: Battride War and Kamen Rider: Battride War II for PlayStation 3. Of course I would buy more Kamen Rider right, JiibayDan? *wink* They’re basically a Dynasty Warriors clone with the Kamen Rider license.

I got the sequel to arrive first because it’s availability was 24 hours where as the first game was labeled as 1 week. As you can see below the second game arrived. The other game has yet to be charged or shipped to me and the order was placed on March 13th.

So that’s what I’ve been doing (or waiting for). What are you guys/gals up to?

Komplete First Editions

Here’s another set of four new movies. Two more DVD upgrades in The American President and Collateral Damage. The latter was a former Blockbuster rental copy. Oh, Blockbuster. Those where the days. The other two, Whiplash and Gangs of New York, are new to my collection altogether. I was reminded that Gangs was a Martin Scorsese picture so I decided to get it. Whiplash was my newest favorite after my initial viewing. It was the reason I selected it.

Onto the gaming side. I was with Usagi704 and we visited an out of town gaming store called Warp Zone. After much digging around, because heaven forebid I not be kneeling on the floor, looking through a bin of portable games, I found the Japanese version of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge. The only difference I’m aware of is the subweapon difference of the Axe (NA) being the Cross (JP). I also found NHL Blades of Steel 2000 for the Game Boy Color. I didn’t know Konami ever made another Blades of Steel game after the NES title. I guess this is it. Unlike the original game it has both the NHL and NHL Players licenses.

THe final three games puchased was the PlayStation 4 version of the rebooted Shadow Warrior. It marks my fifth game for the system I still do not own. I also picked up on a whim the Komplete Edition of Mortal Kombat, which was a used copy without an online pass, and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Both are for the PS3. I don’t plan to play online with MK9 so it’s just as well it didn’t have the pass with it. Gat Out of Hell was labeled a “First Edition.” It’s probably similar to “Day 1 Edition” and it includes DLC called the “Devil’s Workshop Pack.”

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #61 – March 28th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
HartKnight and usagi704 chat remaster of games and more.
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SPACE SUPLEX #17 – April 1st 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
HartKnight and 24bitAJE chat WrestleMania 31 and more.
https://mjkurtzman.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/space-suplex-podcast-ep-17-wrestlemania-31/

Space Suplex Podcast Ep. 17: WrestleMania 31

It’s the 1st anniversary show of Space Suplex! We welcome Eddie and get his thoughts on being a new wrestling fan. We also talk about WrestleMania 31 and some recent news.

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TOPICS:
* WrestleMania XXXI
* Favorite and guilty pleasure past WrestleMania event
* The Latest on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s Passing
* LAW March 24 Update – Brock Lesnar Re-Signs with WWE

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