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With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord Review

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The potential to become blindsided by Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is remarkably high. Outside of otaku circles, the title isn’t likely to trigger recognition, with six characters in Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match once representing the franchise’s ...

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New Game Releases: October 16th-22nd, 2014

Samurai Warriors 4

From Clementine’s search for safety in The Walking Dead: Season Two to Lo Wang’s ferocious foray in Shadow Warrior, this week’s itinerary of new releases offers a variety of notable titles. Retro-minded fans will be pleased to know a number ...

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Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Review

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Last August, Acquire’s Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed took players to an imaginative interpretation of Toyko’s Akihabara district, where they were tasked with ripping the clothes off of vampiric foes. Although titillation was undoubtedly a driving force behind the design ...

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TRI: Of Friendship and Madness Review

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Robert’s Take: Successful puzzle games allow the seemingly impossible to be accomplished, leading players down a path of nearly imperceptible path of breadcrumbs. The genre’s most prestigious titles are able to perform this feat with an exceptionally lean toolset, crafting ...

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Skylanders: Trap Team Review

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Many franchises feel the pangs of stagnancy by their fourth iteration. After a trio of titles that define, then gradually refine a series, the fourth game often exhibits a divisive tension between prudent evolution and risky revolution. It’s a stage ...

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New Game Releases: October 9th-15th, 2014

Tears to Tiara II Heir of the Overlord

In a Tale of Two Cities, Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. While the author’s parallelism probably wasn’t referring to a week in which Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition ...

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review

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Robert’s Take: Across Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s four novels and fifty-six short stories, Baker Street’s distinguished detective imparts an essential axiom: details are imperative, but if you don’t take a step back, it’s easy to become lost in the minutia, ...

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Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star Review

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Although Japanese role-playing games are habitually criticized for having derivative battle mechanics, verbose dialog, and trope-filled plots, the genre flaunts one prodigious advantage; no other type of game routinely offers such a rich depiction of interpersonal relationships. During a journey ...

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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Review

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In retrospect, 2013’s Disney Infinity proved to be a surprisingly incongruous product. While the Play Set mode was elevated by the inclusion of cherished characters from the Disney and Pixar catalogs, the actual action was disappointingly derivative, mirroring the mechanics ...

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New Game Releases: October 2nd-8th, 2014

Final Fantasy XIII

From The Creative Assembly’s attempt to provide Alien aficionados with an experience that matches the white-knuckle tension of the original film to Visual Concept’s sixteenth iteration in their beloved basketball franchise, this week itinerary of new releases has a number ...

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