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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.

Anomaly 2 Review

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2011’s Anomaly: Warzone Earth turned the tower defense genre on its head, tasking players with snaking their way around a procession of alien turrets. Unsurprisingly, the mechanic struck a chord with both critics and consumers, driving 11 bit studios to ...

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DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review

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Robert’s Take: I put a chicken pot pie in the oven, and boot up DG2: Defense Grid 2 to help pass the hour-long cooking time. Within seconds of navigating through the slick, StarCraft II-esque menu system, I’m plunged back into ...

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KickBeat: Special Edition Review

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What is the concept? Following a particularly prolific period, franchises like Guitar Hero and Rock Band are taking brief hiatuses, granting an opportunity for smaller developers to enter the rhythm game genre. Budapest-based Zen Studios, best known for their meticulously ...

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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One of the most prudent purchasing policies during the ‘90s and early 2000’s was to deliberate before purchasing a game based on an anime. In retrospect, the era was filled with lackluster licensed cash-ins, which habitually transformed rousing properties into ...

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Fairy Fencer F Review

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Synergy doesn’t always materialize when prodigious talent comes together. From Chickfoot’s underwhelming union of Sammy Haggar, Joe Satriani, with Red Hot Chili Pepper and Van Halen alumni to Ocean Twelve’s disastrous attempt to recreate the energy of Steven Soderbergh’s first ...

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New Game Releases: September 19th-25th, 2014

Ar Nosurge Ode to an Unborn Star

Bridging the Japan-only PS Vita title Surge Concerto: Ciel nosurge and the three Ar tonelico titles stateside gamers did receive, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star seems fated to tempt GUST’s fans. But for those without an appreciation for ...

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Premium Edition Review

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With Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal and Puella Magi Madoka Magica commanding sizeable stateside audiences, a growing number of viewers are discovering the merits of the magic girl genre. But anime aficionados will quickly point out that the mahō shōjo ...

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Destiny Review

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Bungie design lead Jaime Griesemer once famously remarked that the secret to Halo’s success was rooted in its half-minute combat loop. At its foundation, each encounter flung players into a fastidiously crafted thirty-second fracas, where artificial intelligence rather than rigid ...

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New Game Releases: September 12th-18th, 2014

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From special editions for KickBeat and Shadowrun: Dragonfall to sequels in the Theatrhythm and Naruto Shippuden franchises, this week’s list of new releases is filled with familiar titles. Fortunately, a few new properties are emerging for players craving a bit ...

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