Author: Brad Bortone

PREVIEW: Madden NFL 23 Closed Beta

The friendly folks at EA Sports were kind enough to invite GameCritics to a closed beta of the hotly anticipated Madden NFL 23. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to spend a few hours with it, as this latest Madden is expected to represent actual forward progress into the current generation of consoles, and not just a cross-generation juke step.


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?