Mitchell Ryan Akhurst

September 24, 2017

‘Mario + Rabbids’: Good As The Sum of its Parts

Despite some tiresome out-of-combat play, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle boasts excellent combat mechanics and production values.
August 19, 2017
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’: The Greatest Battle Is In The Mind

At the announcement of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the perpetually beleaguered Ninja Theory promised to deliver an independent game with triple-A production values. Following roughly six-to-eight hours of light exploration, tactical combat and a truly singular story, that promise was in good faith; but a little misguided. Despite the polished look […]
July 13, 2017

‘Spider-Man 3’ Falls Victim to Superhero Studio Growing Pains

What a shame that the growing pains of this system had to wreck Raimi's otherwise successful trilogy.
February 23, 2017

RPG Watch: Hideo Baba Leads a New Studio and E3 Scorecard

With RPGs of all kinds hitting it big across the world—on consoles, handhelds and PCs—there is more than enough fodder for a column devoted to the genre.
December 4, 2016

Trailer Haul: Pick and Choose

We have only been posting Trailer Hauls a few weeks now and already a conundrum arises: when there is such a huge bounty of trailers, do we try to cover every single one, or dive deeply into a select number? The point of this column is to analyse and critique […]
November 27, 2016

Trailer Haul: Shh

It’s been a slow week for video game trailers: as the holiday rush dies down, we can look forward to more 2017 games getting teased. As for now, there are still plenty of big movie and TV trailers coming, including one film that’s been waiting over twenty years. Silence: Official […]
November 20, 2016

Trailer Haul: An Embarrassment of Riches

Wow, what a week of trailers. It’s a forgone conclusion that we won’t be able to get through all of them, at least not this week. We have cyberpunk, book adaptations, monster movies and, my favorite, a turn-based tactics game. Without further ado, let’s check out the haul. Ghost in the Shell: […]
November 13, 2016

Trailer Haul: This week is all about space

The trailer, though an advertisement, is also a work of art in and of itself and can be viewed as such. Yes, the main objective of a trailer is to sell you on the full product – but that’s also the case for TV pilots, comics, and Lego minifigs. Everything is […]
November 5, 2016

‘Doctor Strange’ – It’s Business as Usual, and Business is Booming

At this point, reviewing any one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is deceptively difficult. Do you view it as a big screen television series, with the ups and downs of an episodic season? Do you single out the constant criticisms of Marvel’s films, even though by now we’re very […]
September 11, 2016

From Rare to ‘ReCore’: Can Xbox Attract Nintendo Fans?

ReCore releases this week and there are a lot of reasons for Nintendo fans to keep an eye on it. Let’s go on a quick journey through Xbox’s relationship with Nintendo fans. It’s a story that begins not with Microsoft or Armature Studios, but with Rare. Long ago, Rare and Nintendo lived together […]