Author: Brad Bortone

Gears of War 4 Review

Blown Back To Life

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HIGH The best, most enjoyable Gears since the series’ debut.

LOW The story might be too scaled back for its own good.

WTF I never thought Gears would sink deep into microtransactions. I was wrong.


Everspace Preview

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Rockfish Games, the developer of space-shooter Everspace, should thank No Man’s Sky in their credits. Why? By virtue of the work from Hello Games being a disaster from the moment it launched, Everspace not only garnered press coverage interested in similar space-themed games, but has also been deemed a better title before it’s even launched. Granted, their work is nowhere near completion, but even in its Peter Brady phase, Everspace is showing many signs of trumping its overhyped competition.


Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Warn Your Free Time – It’s A Trap!

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HIGH Arguably the best use of character switching in any Lego title.

LOW Bricks. Studs. Bricks. Studs. Bricks. Studs. Repeat.

WTF The distance between checkpoints is a little ludicrous like Kanye West is a little arrogant.


FIFA 17 Review

The Empire Has Fallen

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HIGH The Journey is the story mode this series has needed for years.

LOW Realizing that PES is starting to pull ahead in the race for soccer supremacy.

WTF Overdone player animations decrease response time (and increase how often I threw things at my cat.)


F1 2016 Review

Roaring Out Of The Pit

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HIGH  Unlike last year, this is a deeeeeeep, full-featured racing sim.

LOW Tires seem to be held together by bubble gum and prayer.

WTF Frame tearing, stuttering and jaggy lines made me wonder which console I booted up


NBA 2K17 Review

Jordans, Jordans everywhere …

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HIGH:  MyCareer is now 100% Spike Lee-free, and MUCH better for it…

LOW: …Although that’s not to say it doesn’t get silly at times.

WTF: Purple-faced created players that appear due to poor rendering.


Madden NFL 17 Review

A Modest Two-Yard Gain

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HIGH:  Finally, a kicking system that isn’t always a sure thing.

LOW: Ultimate Team seems to be a bigger cash-grab than before.

WTF: Two hours in and still in training mode?


We Happy Few Preview

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Ever since the closing moments of BioShock: Infinite’s gripping DLC, fans have been clamoring for more experiences in a similarly uncomfortable, doom-laden vein. This is likely why the ID@Xbox title We Happy Few is creating so much buzz of late. But this is no Bioshock clone, friends, despite a similar look and feel. Instead, We Happy Few is a much less visceral, but no less intense adventure – one that should gain even more hype as development continues.


Anomaly 1729 Review

Like finding your way out of a Portal-o-Potty

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HIGH It’s not hard to learn.

LOW It IS hard to stay interested.

WTF I haven’t seen this much blue since CNN projected the 2016 Presidential Election.