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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.

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Review

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It’s not uncommon for popular fighting franchises to produce a brawling-oriented spin-off. From Nina William’s sabbatical from the Tekken series for Death by Degrees to Liu Kang and Kung Lao’s transitory retreat in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, a number of ...

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Firefall Review

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While the massively multiplayer online shooter certainly has its merits, the genre is habitually steeped in homogeneity. Plotlines and aesthetics might demonstrate variance, but blasting baddies until the next tier of perks gets unlocked can feel a bit stale unless ...

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New Game Releases: August 15th-21st, 2014

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From Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition’s assemblage of D3 with the Reaper of Souls expansion set to the ‘worlds on a disk’ of Tales of Xillia 2 and Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, there’s easily a couple of hundred hours ...

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Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed Review

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When visitors come to Los Angeles for the first time, their expectations of the city are often influenced by media. Quite often, they’ll are a bit surprised that the town doesn’t offer a non-stop cavalcade of exotic sports cars and ...

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Table Top Racing Review

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At present, the racing genre is led by titles which lean toward simulation, with franchises such as Need For Speed, Forza Motorsport, and Gran Turismo dominating the sales podium. But that wasn’t always the case for consoles. Not too long ...

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New Game Releases: August 8th-14th, 2014

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From Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed’s clothes-shredding capers to Surgeon Simulator 2013’s high-tech update on the classic board game, Operation, this week’s roster of new releases offers a number of offbeat titles for gamers to enjoy. Unsurprisingly, Sony Santa Monica’s ...

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

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When Disgaea 4 was originally released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2011, its subtitle had a dual meaning. A Promise Unforgotten referenced not only the protagonist’s unwavering devotion to his word, but it also symbolizes Nippon Ichi’s tacit commitment ...

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Review

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Often built upon timeworn play mechanics and reliant on loquacious expositional elements to tell a story, the Japanese role-playing game can be a particularly contentious genre. But disparagers habitually neglect the JRPG’s emotional element. Very few types of games are ...

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New Game Releases: August 1st-7th, 2014

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Despite the brisk sales for next-generation consoles, publishers aren’t forgetting about their loyal PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fanbases. This week, gamers who have resisted the urge to upgrade have access to a number of notable offerings- from Sacred 3’s ...

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Freedom Planet Review

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There’s a very good reason why the Genesis/Mega Drive is so revered by retro gamers: the console played host to several prodigious programing teams. From Sonic Team’s eponymous series, as well as their work on Ristar, to Treasure’s string of ...

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