Eric Van Allen

PROFILE:

I'm a Texas native and graduate of Texas Tech University, freelancing in the gaming journalism industry. I love games, live music, Texas BBQ and sports. Favorite games are The Witcher 2, anything from Bioware, the Kingdom Hearts series and Dota 2.

Posts by Eric Van Allen:

Coup de grace: Hitman: The Complete First Season review

by 5 months ago

Hitman is all about the process. It’s a defined line from point A to B: receive target, kill target. Through many years and iterations, Agent 47 acts as proxy for …

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No Wang home: Shadow Warrior 2 review

by 5 months ago

Shadow Warrior 2 is stuck between two points in time. In one, it’s the early days of Duke Nukem and Serious Sam, where rockets blew chunks of pixelated gore across …

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Built to last — HyperX Cloud Revolver review

by 6 months ago

My old headset has been sitting on the shelf for months. It’s not that the Cloud Revolver, HyperX’s new PC headset, is significantly greater in any manner; I imagine that …

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Impersonating an officer: This Is The Police review

by 8 months ago

Two cops have died at the scene. That’s all I get: a notification that the officers I dispatched not only failed to stop the hostage crisis, but were killed in …

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Don’t read more: Inside review

by 9 months ago

Silence is one of the most effective tools in a composer’s arsenal. It’s contrasting, empty, vacuumous -- in the right hands, silence sings as loud as a full horns section. …

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Once more, for the Emperor: Impressions of Dawn of War 3’s take on Warhammer 40k

by 9 months ago

It's been twelve years since the first Dawn of War rampaged onto PC, bringing the Warhammer 40k tabletop fantasy game to life in brutal fashion. I was a fan of both …

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Monster among men: A preview of the chilling Vampyr

by 9 months ago

You need to feed. That's how the demo of Vampyr started, in our time at E3. Then again, that might be a misnomer. Playing as Jonathan, a doctor lost amidst …

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Desert sport odyssey: Hands-on with Supergiant Games’ Pyre

by 9 months ago

The last thing I would have expected from Supergiant Games was an action-sports game. Makers of Bastion and Transistor, their new title is something that seems strange for a team …

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Bunny hop: Hands-on with Strafe’s roguish take on old-school Quake

by 9 months ago

My demo for STRAFE took place in a sun-beaten parking lot on day three of E3 (well, show floor day three, anyways). Inside a dimly lit trailer, with a fog …

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Dare to dream in anime — Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE review

by 9 months ago

It’s hard to imagine a game like Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE existing even just a few years ago. Born of two franchises, stewing in the rampant fandom surrounding the Persona …

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Memento mori: Zero Time Dilemma review

by 9 months ago

It’s rare to see a game take as many chances in its concluding chapters like Zero Time Dilemma does. For a game with two predecessors’ worth of required reading to …

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Gaming Trend’s Best in Show Awards – E3 2016

by 9 months ago

The sun has risen and set on the show in Los Angeles, and while we gradually roll out our coverage and recuperate from sickness, we've taken some time to award …

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