[Review] Forge (PC)

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Kickstarter has quickly become one of the most popular ways for developers to get their games funded and into the hands of players without turning to big name publishers. However, for every successful project, like InXile’s Wasteland 2 and Obsidian’s Project Eternity, there are unsuccessful ones – Dark Vale Game’s flagship title, Forge, failed to reach their intended goal in the allotted time. However, they have risen from the ashes of Kickstarter purgatory with help from Steam’s new Greenlight program.

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[Review] DJMAX Technika Tune (Vita)

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Because this last generation has largely been about consoles, few gamers know about the thrill and offerings of arcades. Aside from featuring some of the most unique games, arcades also have an atmosphere unlike console gaming.  It’s a fear that even survival horror games can’t reproduce – that of embarrassment. For that reason, some key titles like DJMAX Technika hardly get touched by the uninitiated, which will likely change now with the Vita release of DJMAX Technika Tune.

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[Review] Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PS3)

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I’ve never been one to identify with others when they discount newer games and movies in favor of older releases. However, I have to admit I am  on that side of the fence as well when it comes to certain games – especially fighting games. There’s just something about having to practice for hours on end to even become proficient with characters and their combos that I respect. While one series has managed to keep its integrity and difficulty, the same can hardly be said for others. Thankfully, the digital market has made it possible for one of the hardest 2D fighters ever, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, to become accessible again.

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[Hardware Review] Skullcandy PLYR 2

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When browsing deals online, I’ll surely find a pair of Skullcandy earphones periodically. On my first impression, I always thought that they were meant for aesthetics, rather than performance. I’ve always been one to favor performance over aesthetics. Fancy my interest when I saw that Skullcandy would be releasing a wireless gaming headset that would be compatible across the board for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Needless to say, I was ecstatic that a headset would finally be able to follow me as I game away with the modern wireless gaming controller.

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[Review] Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (PC)

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The year is 1998, and anticipation runs deep at the studios of BioWare and Black Isles with their release of Baldur’s Gate, a role-playing-game tuned to the rules of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons2nd edition. Critics acclaim the game as the precedent for RPG’s all around, singlehandedly revitalizing the perspective of D&D on the computer. Interestingly enough, 1998 was just 14 years ago, and while Baldur’s Gate may not be the definitive “throwback” RPG in the shadow of games like RuneQuest (’78) or James Bond 007 (’83), it certainly has not been forgotten. Developers at Overhaul Games along with publisher Atari took a run at the pre-millennial classic this year when they released Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. As its title suggests, there are hundreds of improvements to the game—something that seems impossible while maintaining the integrity of the original Baldur’s Gate. However, the game’s inherent complexity allows these changes to be made seamlessly as it keeps its classic D&D design.

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[Review] Arcane Legends (iOS)

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In the world of mobile gaming, MMORPG’s has struggled more than most other genres. Games have struggled to present an entertaining experience that will retain players. Spacetime Studios is no stranger to MMORPG’s with games such as Pocket Legends, Star Legends, and Dark Legends; however, with Arcane Legends, Spacetime Studios has finally created an MMORPG worth playing.

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[Review] Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U)

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Anyone who’s been to an arcade will attest to an experience that simply cannot be replicated on home consoles and its appeal. However, with evolving hardware, it seems we are always getting closer to some of the niche hardware that arcade games require. One of the wackiest games in arcades right now, Tank! Tank! Tank! has come to homes courtesy of Namco Bandai and it brings the same type of party atmosphere in arcades home, as expected of any Wii U title.

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[Review] Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition (Wii U)

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With the exception of the Super Smash Bros. series, Nintendo’s consoles have been at a drought of hardcore fighting games as of late. The genre itself is hardly friendly to newcomers, whereas the Wii was widely known to be the equalizer – the console that pulled together gamers and nongamers alike. With the 3DS release of Super Street Fighter IV, it seemed that the family friendly game company once again had something to offer for hardcore gamers, and now it has done the same again by grabbing arguably the hardest of all fighting game titles already available on other consoles, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U.

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[Review] Playstation All Stars Battle Royale (PS3)

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At any party with video game consoles, the Wii is always everyone’s first choice for proper party games. With games like Mario Party and Super Smash Bros., the system has had a firm hold on both casual and hardcore gamers alike, and both Sony and Microsoft have made countless attempts to catch up. Sony’s latest attempt, Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, is more ambiguous; it aims to take down the most dominant party game, Super Smash Bros, begging the question of whether Sony takes the path of plain mimicry or innovation to dethrone the king.

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[Review] Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper (Wii U)

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The release of a new console always ushers in a myriad of ports as well. For owners who already have the game from a previous console, it would likely be a dubious purchase, but it presents a grand new way for others to enjoy the title. In recent times, the Tecmo Koei’s Warrors series has received little love on Nintendo’s end, making Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper the perfect game to return to the red plumber’s console and give their loyal fans another chance to enjoy the series.

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