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Game of the Year 2014 – South Park Stick of Truth

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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2014 ended up being a kicking year in gaming, but as in any year one game kicked harder than the rest.  Our expectations were astronomical for the often delayed, thoroughly pedigreed RPG from the evil genius minds of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Obsidian Entertainment but South Park: The Stick of Truth managed to bust past all of them to easily become the funniest, most charming, and most entertaining game of 2014 for the Game Usagi crew.

In an interview with CVG before the game’s release, Trey Parker said “I just hope we don’t get an f-ing 4 from GameSpot.”, and he did indeed receive his wish as The Stick of Truth garnered a well deserved 85 on Metacritic.  While most people deemed it impossible, the humour and spirit of South Park translated perfectly into interactive form making a game where anyone (of appropriate age) could make themselves the “new kid” in South Park and go on a far-reaching adventure with every great character that graced the series over the years.

The Stick of Truth was one of 2014’s few games that was immediately worth every penny of its launch price — the care and attention to detail that went into every aspect is apparent throughout the game.  If you didn’t have the chance yet to experience this masterful RPG, be sure to check it out soon.  If you hurry, you could even take advantage of Steam’s holiday sale and enjoy it all the more for your savings.

Final Days for InnerSpace Kickstarter [UPDATE]

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

[UPDATE:  Good job everyone!  InnerSpace reached its funding goal, so we have a neat game in our future.  Funding closes at the end of Friday, December 5th if you still want to snag some exclusive swag or a cheap copy of the game.]

PolyKnight Games’ InnerSpace has almost reached its very reasonable Kickstarter goal.  If you haven’t donated yet, check out their Kickstarter page and see if it’s the kind of game you want to see made.  We know we’re excited already.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U) Review

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo Group #2
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
Console: Wii U
Hours Played: 4.75 hours
Progress:  Completed all 60+ main levels in addition to a handful of bonus ones, collected 159 gems

Most people playing Super Mario 3D World (including us) were very enamored by the little side puzzle adventure levels featuring the intrepid Captain Toad of Super Mario Galaxy fame.  After playing a few of the well-designed puzzle levels I personally felt that it would be a great idea for Nintendo to develop a full-out dedicated Captain Toad experience.  Nintendo surprised everyone at E3 this year by announcing that they were doing just that and that Captain Toad would receive a full retail release in time for the holidays this year.  So, is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker a quick holiday cash-in by Nintendo or does the charm of the bonus levels from Super Mario 3D World carry over into a well conceived game worthy of a $40 ($45 in Canada) retail release?  Read on to find out how we enjoyed our time tracking treasures.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Review

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Developer: Sora Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-8 locally, 1-4 online
Console: Wii U
Hours Played: ~30 hours
Progress: Unlocked all characters and stages, played the new Smash Tour mode a few times, completed all Solo events and about 1/3 of the Co-op Events, played a handful of Crazy Orders/Master Orders, played about an hour of online multiplayer matches, finished roughly half of the challenges

The time is nigh.  It’s like E3, a new Zelda launch, a new Elder Scrolls launch, your birthday, Christmas, and Veteran’s Day all rolled into one.  This generation’s full-out console Smash Bros. is upon us and what else can Nintendo gamers do but dust off their Wii Us, take Bayonetta out, and then never play another game except Smash Bros. again until the next one that you play with gloves plugged into your mind comes out in 2020?  Does the Wii U incarnation of Smash Bros. live up to the raucous hype and the thousands of hours people spent on NeoGAF arguing if Ridley was too big to be playable or not (hint: yes, he is)?  Read on to find out if the next Smash really is our Bro or not.

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Smash Bros. 3DS Tournament in 60fps

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

We had our annual Smash Bros. tournament recently and as ever it was a great show.  We worked out a better way to record the commentary, so it will be a lot more readily audible than our slightly cacophonous coverage from last year.  Will Logan or Chris emerge victorious?  Hahahaha…. no.  See after the jump for a version without commentary (still in 60fps if you watch it at 720p in Chrome) if you have an aversion to our lovely voices and witty repartee.

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The King is Back!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Nintendo blew the lid off of many of the new features coming for Smash Bros on the Wii U today, but the greatest news of all is that Mewtwo is returning to beat the pants off of Lucario’s cloned butt.

Other highlights include 8-Player Smash, Ridley as an interactive stage boss (proponents of him being playable can finally shut their mouths), the return of custom stages, and Smash Tour that combines many of the funky custom rules matches with board/party game elements.  You can see the full awesome press release after the jump!

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Loot Crate October 2014 – Game Usagi Opens

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Game Usagi Opens the October 2014 “Fear” Loot Crate using a new video camera. Custom t-shirts are back and this month’s is as awesome as ever.

If you’d like to get a Loot Crate of your own, you can go here: http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/5202985 and even use the code SAVE10 to knock 10% off of your order.

Best of Green Light Bundle – Game Usagi Plays

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

We recently played through the six cool indie games that are included in the Best of Green Light Bundle.  Even though we had some technical difficulties with our recording software we had a great time.  Definitely check out Logan’s character voices for the 8-bit action game Oniken.

If you want to like/comment/subscribe or watch the videos directly on YouTube you can check out our playlist here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3a1xDhyKHTdpk4VHI-VNHLuJyDvn40JV

A review copy of the Best of Green Light Bundle was provided to us by http://www.thegreenlightbundle.com/

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