Author: Brad Bortone

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.


MXGP2 Review

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HIGH A huge number of modes, both single-player and online.

LOW The Extreme difficulty caters only to die-hard motocross game fans… all two of them.

WTF Overly exaggerated animations kill any sense of realism.


One Piece: Burning Blood Review

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HIGH Visuals are smoother than the dulcet tones of Peabo Bryson. (Look him up, young’uns…)

LOW The narrative is threadbare, which is odd for a popular anime series.

WTF The story and dialogue made me question my sobriety. Twice.


Far Cry Primal Review

Not much has changed in 12,000 years

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HIGH It appeared to be uncharted territory for a first-person title…

LOW … until I realized it was sort of identical to any other Far Cry title.

WTF Monosyllabic grunts kill the rom-com subplot.