Articles by D. Ivanovich

Review: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The happiest I can be as a Tomb Raider fan, is that moment when Lara descends into an underground cavern or tomb and you really get the sense of dread and confusion of how the hell you’re suppose to go from there. Those moments when you have been staring at a puzzle or ancient contraption of levers, cogs and pulleys and just when you think “This is impossible” something clicks…


We Need To Get Rid of Classic Difficulty Modes

The easiest difficulty setting in the 1994 DOS game “Rise of the Triad” is called “I’m a Chew Toy” – accompanied with an image of a dog with a toy in its mouth. Probably even better known is Wolfenstein 3D’s “Can I Play, Daddy?” featuring a portrait of protagonist William Blaskowicz wearing a baby bonnet and a pacifier in his mouth. Those are classic tropes, and almost everyone who played…


Review: The Meg

It takes old fashionedly long before The Meg shows its titular monster on screen. An unexpected throw-back to the days of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Alien. Movies used to build suspense by hinting but not showing, a trope also known as “nothing is scarier”. This is a mechanic that is used a lot less now; financial stakes are higher, movies compete with each other for the most media attention and…


Five Ridiculous Jurassic World Ideas That Might Actually Happen

With Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom being out in the cinemas for almost a month now, it’s a good time as any to discuss what’s next for the long running dinosaur franchise. Needless to say this article is going to have spoilers, so be warned. No matter if you think Fallen Kingdom was good or not, we can probably all agree it was kind of out there, kind of nutty. Liberated…


Red Dead Redemption and the Complexities of Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy is a tricky thing. Because it’s a very subjective matter. We like to think that history is based on facts, but it eventually comes down to the interpretation of the people that are there to record it. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it in his famous quote: “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” And often without realising it, we’re basing…


Avengers Infinity War Review

Avengers Infinity War definitely lives up to its hype and the overall reputation of the film series. It’s grandiose, a wild ride full of surprises and a grand achievement in super hero movie making.  If you can spare two and a half hours out of your evening the coming weeks, I urge you to go and see it. This review contains spoilers. It’s when Thor Odinson refers to Rocket Raccoon as…


Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

Are we actually moving away from the Age of Grumpy Old Men now? Or at least, Grumpy Old Men that take the lead in every damn action movie and videogame? Maybe it’s finally happening. That’s what I thought when watching Pacific Rim Uprising last week. Coincidentally I had also been playing Gears of War 4, which in turn has been compared to the new Star Wars movies in some reviews….


Review: Jessica Jones Season 2

There’s often a moment in Marvel’s hugely successful Netflix series where the titular character looks at other people and you can see her trying hard not to be snarky misanthrope. There’s a certain look in her eyes, brilliantly pulled off by actress Krysten Ritter, that shows that struggle. You see her thinking: “Man, I know you are just trying and I don’t need to be angry with you, but it’s…


Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Call of Duty World War II – Review

“Incomiiiiiiing!” The soldier next to me bellows over the sound of gunfire and you can hear the anxiety and fear in his voice. Without thinking twice I hit the B-button on the Xbox One controller to throw myself on the ground. My character “hits the deck” as it is called, I see his hands breaking his fall and the muddy cobblestones zoom towards me. Trucks and jeeps drew deep tire…