Author: Jeff Ortloff

HunterX Review

HIGH  Gorgeous enemy design. Lots of cool weapons and powers.

LOW  Terrible save room placement. Absurd amounts of needless backtracking.

WTF Isn’t fighting monsters a lot harder in that outfit?


Blade Assault Review

Come for the Mutants, Stay For The Man-Eating Plant

HIGH Fast action, precise controls.

LOW Enemies are damage sponges to the point of absurdity.

WTF Why are Jenny’s feet so pointy?


Super Robot Wars 30 Review

A Robot Fan’s Dream Come True

HIGH So many awesome robots to choose from.

LOW This game does not care if someone has never played a SRW before.

WTF Did I never notice that Combattler V fires missiles out of its… region?


Black Skylands Preview

I’ve spent a lot of time in Black Skylands’ Early Access build on Steam, and I’ve spent an equal amount of time wondering exactly who it’s for.  That isn’t a knock against the game itself — which I am enjoying thoroughly — but it is a difficult thing to pin down. 


Jupiter Hell Review

Hell Is Other People (And Demons, I Suppose)

HIGH Sending an army of hacked drones and combat robots to do my bidding.

LOW Getting too cocky and being blown to smithereens because of it.

WTF This base sounded like a nightmare before all Hell broke loose…


Metal Unit Review

Saving The World For All The Right Reasons?


HIGH Great action, intense boss fights, and amazing assist modes for inexperienced players.

LOW An unsatisfying ending. It’s not a memorable experience.

WTF What’s with all the cheesecake?


This Is Not A Review: The Captain Is Dead

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:  The Captain is Dead developed and published by Thunderbox Entertainment.



Project Wingman Review

Flying, Fighting, And Firing Missiles

HIGH Exhilarating combat. Fantastic sense of speed.

LOW No. Checkpoints. During. Missions.

WTF This is a post-apocalyptic future with our current level of technology???