Author: Brad Bortone

NHL 18 Review

Slick On The Ice, But Stuck In A Rut

HIGH  Franchise mode remains the primary reason to hit the ice

LOW  Be a Pro is awkward, paling in comparison to career modes from other EA titles

WTF  Did videogame hockey really peak in 1994?


Madden NFL 18 Review

This One Could Go… All… The… Way

HIGH  Frostbite engine meets football weather? It’ll be a showcase on the One X.

LOW  The Longshot story mode needs more… um … gameplay.

WTF  “Devin Wade” and “Colt Cruise” sound like two winners from this year’s AVN Awards


Gigantic Review

A Gigantic Amount Of Enjoyment

HIGH Tight controls make complex attacks a breeze, even in the most chaotic battles.

LOW After countless beta time, this amount of downtime between matches is disappointing.

WTF Another pummeling loss, driving players straight to the Ultimate Pack upgrade.


Shadow Warrior 2 (XBO) Review

Many Highs. One Big Lo.

HIGH Hilarious, breakneck gameplay that continually offers new variety.

LOW Player models pale in comparison to the effects and environments.

WTF Lo Wang begins to get a little grating by the ten-hour mark.


The Golf Club 2 Review

A Diamond In Some Deep Rough

HIGH A limitless amount of user-generated content, a very reasonable price point.

LOW Extremely steep learning curve for those accustomed to EA’s golf titles.

WTF Unforgivable graphical stutter on backswings that turns drives into crashes.


Disney Afternoon Collection Review

A Throwback To A Not-So-Simple Time

HIGH The rewind functionality spared more than one controller.

LOW Realizing how worthless and weak I am without tutorial levels.

WTF Remapping the buttons frustrated me more than the games did.


Voodoo Vince Remastered Review

Cursed By Missed Opportunities

HIGH Humorous self-mutilation is fun. (Now there’s a sentence I’ve never written before.)

LOW Visuals from 2003. Innovation from 1903.

WTF Are there really this many bottomless pits in New Orleans?


Soda Drinker Pro Review

Gamers Will Need A Drink, Alright…

HIGH  Graphics that evoke warm memories of screensavers.

LOW   This “game” does nothing to advance the cause for independent Xbox game development.

WTF  Why didn’t the devs have more confidence in Vivian Clark?


This Is Not A Review: Astroneer

Welcome to This is Not a Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Astroneer, developed and published by System Era Softworks, and available in early access on both PC and Xbox One.