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.

E3 2019: Empire of Sin is the new game by Doom creator John Romero

June 12, 2019

Empire of Sin is a new strategy game from Paradox Interactive and Romero Games, the independent studio founded by Doom co-creator John Romero. It dropped its first trailer during this morning’s Nintendo Direct at E3 and looks to merge the top-down strategy of XCOM with 1920’s prohibition era America. The trailer features baroom brawls, gun fights […]

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E3 2019: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games races onto Nintendo Switch in November

June 12, 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title but with the Tokyo 2020 games on the horizon, you’d better believe Nintendo is getting into the spirit. The trailer, which first appeared during this morning’s E3 edition of Nintendo Direct, features a number of new sports including surfing, skateboarding, […]

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E3 2019: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes to Switch in September

June 12, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is already the cutest game of the year and it isn’t out for another three months. The Nintendo Switch remake of the Game Boy classic brings charming visuals, a new take on old mechanics and — in a bit of a twist — your very own dungeon builder. Link’s […]

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E3 2019: Luigi’s Mansion 3 will haunt Nintendo Switch later this year

June 12, 2019

Luigi’s Mansion 3 was one of the first games Nintendo had to talk about during their E3 Nintendo Direct broadcast this year. The first time the series has returned to a major console since the original Luigi’s Mansion back on the Gamecube after a brief detour onto the 3DS in 2013. The game looks to […]

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E3 2019: Trials of Mana brings Seiken Densetsu 3 to the West for the very first time

June 12, 2019

This is a news story for anyone that came up in the early 2000’s playing Super Nintendo ROMS. Seiken Densetsu 3 was the sequel to Seiken Densetsu 2, a game released in the West under the name Secret of Mana. Secret of Mana was and is still considered one of the greatest roleplaying games ever […]

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E3 2019: Animal Crossing: New Horizons arrives in town next March

June 12, 2019

Nintendo fans have been waiting quite some time for news on when they could expect to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While originally slated to ship in 2019, the game has slipped to March 2020. While this may be disappointing for fans hoping to have an Animal Crossing game under the tree at Christmas, the […]

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E3 2019: Watch Nintendo’s insane E3 Direct here

June 12, 2019

Nintendo just won E3. It’s not even up for debate. The best press conference by far went down at 2am Australian time and featured everything from Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, No More Heroes 3, Fire Emblem and the announcement of a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This was […]

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E3 2019: Banjo-Kazooie are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

June 12, 2019

It finally happened. After years of asking, of patient and dedicated petitioning, Bear and Bird are coming home. Banjo-Kazooie was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during this year’s Nintendo E3 Direct broadcast. We get a look at the dream team at work in-game, complete with classic N64-era design and move-list. It’s the stuff of […]

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E3 2019: A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development

June 12, 2019

Nintendo have confirmed that a sequel to 2017’s platform-defining, formula altering The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. The announcement came at the end of one of the biggest E3 Nintendo Directs ever broadcast. The trailer promises a similar aesthetic and a direct continuation of the Breath of the Wild story. […]

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E3 2019: Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers looks like the superhero game of your dreams

June 11, 2019

Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics have been hard at work on an Avengers game with Marvel for several years now. Their work on the title was so involved that it meant getting Eidos Montreal to help them complete 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Avengers (we thought it would have a subtitle but it doesn’t) […]

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E3 2019: Final Fantasy VIII remaster coming to current gen platforms this year

June 11, 2019

Years of silence from Square Enix had left fans to wonder if Final Fantasy VIII would ever find its way to current gen platforms. We have good news. A brand new remaster is on the way, updated for 4K resolution. No, this is not a trick. It’s not a beautiful dream. Here’s the proof, straight from […]

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E3 2019: Here’s 20 minutes of the Final Fantasy VII Remake in action

June 11, 2019

Square Enix have delivered what may have been the biggest shot of raw fan service out of any E3 presentation so far. The publisher’s E3 press briefing dedicated its opening twenty minutes to Final Fantasy VII Remake, and every second of it had fans in the audience screaming with delight. Hit the embed below and […]

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E3 2019: Play Ubisoft’s new co-op game Roller Champions for free right now

June 11, 2019

Announced during Ubisoft’s E3 press briefing, Roller Champions is a typically Ubisoft take on the sports genre, featuring cartoony visuals that will be recognisable to the Overwatch and Fortnite crowd while trying something a bit new — roller derby.   Honestly, we know people start to zone out when sports games come up but this legit looks like […]

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E3 2019: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint drops a new trailer, announces September beta

June 11, 2019

Ubisoft have shown a pair of new trailers for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint during their 2019 E3 press briefing, the first featuring actor Jon Bernthal. Bernthal’s character offers up his manifesto for taking down the Ghosts and broadly eggs you, the player on, urging you to bring the fight to his doorstep. The gameplay trailer that […]

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E3 2019: Ubisoft drops Watch Dogs Legion trailer, set in post-Brexit UK

June 11, 2019

Ubisoft has formally announced Watch Dogs Legion during their E3 2019 press briefing, the third entry in their open-world action franchise about hackers and the surveillance state. Legion takes the series out of United States for the first time, heading across the pond to London. The choice of London is a pertinent one — the […]

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E3 2019: First Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 gameplay footage emerges from the shadows

June 11, 2019

Paradox Interactive’s has finally pulled back the curtain on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 with an extended look at gameplay. The announce came during The 2019 PC Gaming Show at E3 in Los Angeles. The trailer features everything fans have been hoping for — a prettier, more refined version of the Vampire mechanics that […]

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E3 2019: The Final Fantasy VII remake has a release date

June 10, 2019

We didn’t think PlayStation were making any announcements during E3 this year but here we are. You read the headline correctly. It’s not a dream. The Final Fantasy VII remake, the one we all thought might never arrive, has a release date. Well, the first half of the game has a release date at least. Remember, […]

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E3 2019: Commander Keen lives and he’s coming to your mobile

June 10, 2019

Given that they’re the home of id Software these days, there has been an expectation that Bethesda would announce a new entry in the Commander Keen series for some time now. That announcement has finally arrived, with Commander Keen headed to mobiles. The new title, which sees Keen’s children Billy and Billie taking on the […]

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E3 2019: Bethesda announces Ghostwire: Tokyo from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami

June 10, 2019

Ghostwire: Tokyo, a new paranormal horror title from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami has been announced during Bethesda’s press brief at E3 2019. The teaser features a series of creepy Tokyo environs, and sets the sombre, creeping tone along with a few extremely creepy looking characters and enemies.   No release date has been announced […]

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E3 2019: Halo Infinite will launch on the next-generation Xbox console

June 10, 2019

What better way to usher in a new generation of Xbox hardware than by opening with the series that started it all? Halo Infinite, the sixth mainline title in the Halo series, the third developed by 343 Studios, will be a launch title on the next generation of Xbox hardware. A five-minute glimpse of the […]

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