Author: David Smith

David Smith is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously worked as a freelance games journalist and critic, appearing on PC World Australia. He tweets at @RhunWords and plays the odd game at twitch.tv/RhunWords when the internet works.

Competition: Win one of three double passes to the Gfinity Elite Series Finals in Sydney!

December 12, 2018

The AU Review has partnered with our friends at Alienware Australia to give away three double passes to the Gfinity Elite Series Finals this weekend! All the finals action will go down at the Gfinity esports arena at Sydney’s Hoyts Entertainment Quarter on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. Be there live as Sydney […]

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Games Review: Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch, 2018) is the Greatest Hits collection you’ve always wanted

December 11, 2018

It’s been 20 years since Masahiro Sakurai became the architect of one of the riskiest experiments in Nintendo’s history. Super Smash Bros‘ dramatic origin story is well known — Sakurai had an idea for a four-player fighting game featuring Nintendo characters. Sakurai was acutely aware that getting Nintendo to approve a game about their beloved […]

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Bethesda celebrates Doom‘s 25th birthday with a commemorative trailer

December 11, 2018

id Software’s Doom, the progenitor of the first person shooter genre as we know it, turns 25 today. A game that was so uniquely itself that the term First Person Shooter was invented so we could stop called them “Doom clones,” Doom is an indelible component in the gaming landscape. To commemorate the 25 year […]

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Games Review: Just Cause 4 (PS4, 2018) looks like a relic of the PlayStation 2 era and I wish I knew why

December 11, 2018

Only two years ago, I reviewed Just Cause 3 for what was then the AU’s film and TV masthead, The Iris. In writing that review, I learned an important lesson about the link between taking your time and offering responsible critique. What a great opportunity to reaffirm that lesson, I thought when our review copy […]

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Games Review: That Civilization VI (Switch, 2018) works on a console at all is kind of a miracle

December 9, 2018

Civilization VI was already complicated game long before the decision was made to port it to console. A great game to be sure, but a very complicated one. Civ has long made its home on the PC. The game’s overall complexity and forest of nested menus made a jump to console seem all but impossible. […]

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Games Review: Battlefield V (PC, 2018) is the most interesting World War 2 video game in years

December 7, 2018

Battlefield V is goddamned pretty. It’s something I’ve continually murmured to myself while reviewing DICE’s latest entry in their longrunning shooter franchise. Nobody is capable of squeezing the visual juice out of EA’s Frostbite engine quite as well as they can. The game they have constructed with it isn’t just one of the best Battlefield […]

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Tech Review: Sony’s WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones are our new favourite cordless cans under $400

December 6, 2018

Sony’s WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones are some of my all-time favourites. The perfect storm of comfort and great sound that I look for in any pair of headphones I own, they have become a constant companion on my daily commute. This is why, when a pair of Sony’s new WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones arrived on my doorstep, […]

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Games Review: Hitman 2 (Xbox One, 2018) plots the perfect murder

December 5, 2018

When your company, a video game developer known for a very niche, though long-running series, is cut loose from its home at a well-known publisher, there is good reason to believe you’ll never make a game again. This was the nightmare scenario that played out for Hitman developer IO interactive when Square-Enix decided to remove […]

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Games Review: Fallout 76 is great for about four hours, and then it’s pretty awful

December 4, 2018

The biggest fear I had following Bethesda’s announcement of Fallout 76 was that the move to an online would blow up in their faces. Adding real people to the equation has always been one of fastest ways to ruin any gaming experience. But, from time to time, it’s also the best way to create unique, […]

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Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Eves Karydas – Palais Theatre, Melbourne (19.11.18)

November 22, 2018

Eleven years after their debut album A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, The Wombats continue to be a force to be reckoned with in Australia. Daniel Hanssen was at their recent return to Melbourne to capture them with Eves Karydas.

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Games Review: Tetris Effect (PS4, 2018) is the Game of the Year contender no-one saw coming

November 17, 2018

Tetris Effect is extremely good and you should play it. I’m not burying the lede on this one. Tetris Effect is one of the best and most inventive entries the long-running puzzle series has seen in years, and if you are in any way interested in Tetris then you need to pick this up. Tetris […]

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Games Review: Australian fantasy genre mashup Armello (Switch, 2018) makes a perfect travel companion

November 15, 2018

Armello, the fantasy-steeped digital board game by Melbourne studio League of Geeks is very, very good. We’ve known this for a while. The game is available on almost every platfom there is and if you haven’t availed yourself of its strategic, card-based suspense and dice-roll intrigue since its launch 2015 then you really should. Conveniently, […]

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Tech Review: The Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse + Goliathus Extended Chroma will complete your burgeoning Twitch setup

November 15, 2018

Over the last month or so I’ve been roadtesting two of Razer’s top tier PC gaming accessories. The Razer Mamba Wireless gaming mouse and the Goliathus Extended Chroma soft mouse mat.  Together, they provide the kind of aesthetic that most Twitch streamers fall over themselves for — the cool, industrial black suffused with customisable LED […]

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Spyro The Dragon Celebrates 20th Birthday With This Smokin’ Hot Cake

November 13, 2018

Feeling old yet? Everybody’s favourite purple dragon Spyro turns 20 today, and to celebrate his birthday – and the release of the highly anticipated Spyro Reignited Trilogy, baking sensations Raymond Tan and Vickie Liu have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind Spyro cake. Baked with cassis grape swiss meringue buttercream, chocolate shards and delicate isomalt sugar […]

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Games Review: Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, 2018) is a once-in-a-generation experience

November 6, 2018

I don’t exactly know how one reviews a piece of media as expansive as Red Dead Redemption 2. To call it a game is the correct descriptor, but it also doesn’t feel like it quite encapsulates the enormity of what Rockstar have accomplished. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world Western set in the very […]

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BlizzCon 2018: Diablo Immortal takes the series to mobile, internet burns itself down

November 3, 2018

Despite Blizzard’s clear warnings that fans should “temper their expectations” regarding any announcements made at BlizzCon this year, the internet has gone nuclear over Diablo Immortal, a fully fledged version of the popular ARPG for iOS and Android mobiles. The announcement came at the end of today’s BlizzCon keynote address/show-and-tell and it was hard not […]

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BlizzCon 2018: Warcraft III Reforged is real, coming 2019

November 3, 2018

I told you. I bloody told you Warcraft III was coming back. During their keynote address at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard Entertainment’s classic games team took to the stage to talk about what they’d been working on since completing last year’s StarCraft Remastered. Warcraft III Reforged revives the classic RTS series that gave birth to an […]

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Games Review: Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch, 2018) is an elegant, deeply satisfying couch co-op experience

November 1, 2018

And now, a take that may be controversial: Diablo 3 is way better on console than it is on PC. No seriously, hear me out on this one. While Diablo 3 has been available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for some time, this is the game’s first appearance on the Nintendo Switch or, […]

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PAX Aus 2018: Hands on with Resident Evil 2

October 29, 2018

For those old enough to have played Resident Evil 2 the first time around (or perhaps later in one of its numerous ports), there will be a lot about Capcom’s ground-up remaster that will feel familiar. There will also be a lot that is wholly new. In updating a twenty year old game for a […]

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Games Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s pivot to multiplayer-only is just what the field medic ordered

October 20, 2018

I’m going to open this review with a comparison that may lose some of you right away. Sometimes, in order to learn and grow in a meaningful way, we have to cut a significant part of ourselves off. It may take us a while to work up the courage to make that change, it may […]

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