All posts by Mitchell Booth

Optional Extra's resident PC gamer. Mitch grew up playing Nintendo games starting with Pokemon, but eventually grew to love all platforms. His favourite games include Bloodborne, Halo 3, World Of Warcraft and Pokemon Silver.

Super Mario Odyssey Review

It’s not long after starting Super Mario Odyssey that I realised how good it truly is. You are swiftly thrown into an exceptionally fun platforming adventure, focusing on creative puzzle solving surrounded by the fantastic detailed open levels. This revolves around utilising Mario's newest friend, Cappy, whose transforming ability stays fun, creative, and enhances the platforming ensuring ...

A Hat In Time Review

Kickstarted games have a history of not meeting expectations, from Mighty No. 9 to Yooka-Laylee. Thankfully this doesn’t apply to A Hat In Time, a 3D Platformer taking inspiration from the Nintendo 64’s greatest platformers. A Hat In Time differs as worlds share few similarities, feeling like it’s unsure of what it truly wants to ...

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An Optional Update: The Future of our Podcasts

Hello everyone, Yesterday, Bryan and I had a conversation after we recorded the Optional Extra Podcast. It was weekly for a very long time, until around last month when we started to run out of ideas and what kind of podcast we wanted it to be. Initially, we decided to cut out the devil's advocate ...

Metroid: Samus Returns Review

Metroid: Samus Returns is a reimagining of Metroid 2: The Return Of Samus which originally launched on the Gameboy back in 1991. It has now been updated in every form from sound and graphics to modern quality of life features. While early boss fights can be repetitive, the game itself is a joy to play.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a fast-paced and agile take on Yacht Club's already brilliant Shovel Knight, taking place before the events featuring our shovel-wielding hero. This expansion sees you playing as Specter Knight, an adversary from the original game.