Matthew Codd’s Portfolio

Nice to meet you! I’m Matthew Codd, a freelance writer with a focus on games criticism, particularly from artistic, narrative, and cultural perspective. I also cover comics, films, TV, toys, and other pop culture.

I’ve been writing since 2011, and in a professional capacity since 2014. I’ve written for a number of sites, including,, The Spinoff, NZ Book Lovers, and Extra Credits. I’ve also covered a number of game industry trade shows around the world, including Tokyo Game Show, E3, and Paris Games Week.

I’d love to write for you. I have extensive experience writing reviews, previews, interviews, opinion pieces, and feature articles of all sorts. Some selected samples of my writing can be found in the list below. I also have references available on request. 

Contact details:
Twitter: @MC_Odd/ @ShindigNZ

Games Writing


Archangel  [, 2017]

The Town of Light review: A welcome antidote to the “crazed lunatic” trope  [Shindig, 2017]

RiME  [, 2017]

NieR: Automata 3C3C1D119440927; the greatest DLC ever made  [, 2017]

What Remains of Edith Finch: a game that finds perfect beauty in death  [The Spinoff, 2017]

Molemen Must Die  [, 2017]

A Rose in the Twilight review: A beautiful, dark, twisted fairy tale  [Shindig, 2017]

Fated: The Silent Oath  [, 2017]

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moon  [, 2017]

My Name is Mayo  [, 2016]

Mafia III  [, 2016]

Bound  [, 2016]

Resette’s Prescription review: Tragical Girl  [Shindig, 2016]

Alone With You  [, 2016]

The Park  [, 2016]

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries  [, 2016]

SOMA  [, 2015]

Tearaway: Unfolded [, 2015]

Submerged  [, 2015]

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds review

Long-form reviews

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review: Another chance for an underrated gem  [Shindig, 2017]

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds: an expertly-researched Shinsengumi romance  [Shindig, 2017]

NieR: Automata review: 2B or not 2B  [Shindig, 2017]

Horizon Zero Dawn review: A beautiful game that tries to do too much  [Shindig, 2017]

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review: Smallness from Great Beginnings  [Shindig, 2016]

Import reviews

Bravely Second: First Impressions [Shindig, 2015]


How Root Letter Made Me Homesick for a Place I’ve Never Been  [, 2017]

Demystifying New Zealand’s Classification System  [, 2017]

Final Fantasy: The First Time  [, 2016]

Romancing SaGa 2‘s localisation sets an exciting precedent  [Shindig, 2016]

Assassin’s Creed’s Subversive Approach to Jack the Ripper  [, 2016]

On Rise of the Tomb Raider’s fascinating narrative design  [Shindig, 2015]

Dragon Quest III’s fake ending is a work of art  [Shindig, 2015]

On replayability: emotion, mechanics, and necessity  [Shindig, 2015]

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows review

Opinion pieces

Ghost Recon Wildlands: ‘A repugnant, morally indefensible game’  [The Spinoff, 2017]

The banning of Gal*Gun: Double Peace – did the Chief Censor get it wrong?  [The Spinoff, 2017]

On class conflict and queerness in Masquerada: Songs and Shadows  [Shindig, 2016]

No Man’s Sky, please don’t turn into Destiny  [Shindig, 2016]

In Defence of Remasters  [, 2015]

Why Minority-focused Game Events Matter  [, 2014]

List articles

Backtracking Through Time: A History of Metroidvanias  [, 2015]


A cynic repents: first impressions in Final Fantasy XV  [The Spinoff, 2016]

The big flaw in We Happy Few’s Orwellian parable  [The Spinoff, 2016]

Dreams Eyes-on Preview  [, 2015]

Aurion feels like an African shonen manga, in the best possible way  [Shindig, 2015]

Beyond Eyes Eyes-on Preview  [, 2015]

King’s Quest Hands-on Preview  [, 2015]


Miyamori, folktales, and the allure of the Japanese countryside  [Shindig, 2016]

This mobile game is the best way to relive the misery of teenage love  [The Spinoff, 2016]

World of Final Fantasy: Interview with Hiroki Chiba  [, 2015]

Comics Writing

Australi #1 review: A Land of Stories  [Shindig, 2017]

“I can’t just be fat in private”: The Misfits #2’s raw, honest look at fatphobia  [Shindig, 2017]

Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception review  [NZ Book Lovers, 2016]

Fresh Romance: Volume 1 review  [NZ Book Lovers, 2016]

Uncharted comic review: Thrilling Heroics  [Shindig, 2016]

Jem and the Holograms: Showtime review  [NZ Book Lovers, 2015]

Tomb Raider: Season of the Witch review  [NZ Book Lovers, 2015]

Bitch Planet #1 Review: “Where’m I s’posed to put my tits?!”  [Shindig, 2015]

Other Writing

LEGO Review: The LEGO Batman Movie – Catwoman Catcycle Chase  [Shindig, 2017]

The Dead Lands review: Utu Kiriata  [Shindig, 2016]

Spy’s delightful, unexpected fat-positivity (or, “Why trailers are garbage”)  [Shindig, 2015]

Magic Mike XXL review: good vibes  [Shindig, 2015]