Author: Brad Bortone

NHL 22 Review

A Sign Of Silliness To Come?

HIGH Next-gen polish brings new life to a tried-and-true formula.

LOW X-Factors feel meaningless in the heat of gameplay.

WTF The single-Be a Pro mode has become a complete afterthought


NBA 2K22 Review

Welcome To The Next level

HIGH  The on-court presentation is stunning

LOW  MyCareer mode is boring. The City is an interminable grind.

WTF  Slowdown, clipping and crashing? On the Series X?


NHL 21 Review

The Chill Of Victory. The Agony Of Cold Feet.

HIGH  The upgraded Be a Pro is a huge improvement.

LOW  Player models are showing their age.

WTF  The announcing in NHL Threes should be abandoned immediately.


NBA 2K21 Review

In Search Of Next-Gen Writers

HIGH  The on-court mechanics are more player-controlled than ever

LOW  Microtransactions are necessary to succeed, even on Rookie.

WTF The finale of “Dawson’s Creek” had more emotional depth


Skater XL Review

Skateboarding Is Not A Crime (Or A Complete Game)

HIGH The dual-stick controls are tough, but rewarding.

LOW No actual modes.

WTF How did a curb cause catastrophic bone loss?


Madden NFL 21 Review

It’s Time To Talk Next Generation

HIGH The Skill Stick controls are much improved on defense.

LOW The graphics are really showing their age.

WTF Bad acting is forgivable. Unnecessary game modes are not.


Session Preview

2020 might be a year that many people are eager to forget (and we’re only halfway through!) but is the world already getting nostalgic for 2003? Not only are gamers seeing a reimagined version of the venerable Tony Hawk series coming later this fall, but there’s also Skater XL and even rumblings of a new Skate title from EA.


NBA 2K20 Review

It Might Be Time For The Next Level

HIGH The best presentation just gets better each year.

LOW Odd clipping during cutscenes takes users out of the moment.

WTF All that Hollywood talent is wasted in the too-short story mode.