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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Private Beta hints at a series ready to reinvent itself in little ways

August 15, 2018

Call of Duty is a franchise you either love or hate, there doesn’t seem to be much in between. There are a few reasons for this. It’s home to one of the most aggressive, toxic communities in gaming. It found its niche as a multiplayer twitch shooter years ago and hasn’t felt much need to […]

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Games Review: No Man’s Sky NEXT (Xbox One, 2018) is kind of all I want to play right now

August 10, 2018

No-one is more surprised by that headline than me. When we reviewed No Man’s Sky at launch back in 2016, our reviewer took an especially dim view of the game’s failure to implement a litany of the mechanics it had promised. They were not the only person who felt this way. We all remember what […]

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Here’s six whole minutes of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay

August 10, 2018

Yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that a gameplay trailer for their forthcoming open-world western Red Dead Redemption 2 would arrive overnight. Arrive it did, and goodness, what a trailer it is.

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Your first real look at Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives tomorrow

August 9, 2018

In a year already packed with huge gaming releases, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to dwarf them all. The sequel to Rockstar‘s 2010 open world western launches in late October and, with only three months remaining, our first real look at the game in action is right around the corner. Tonight, in fact.

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Tech Review: The Oppo R15 Pro is the Android device for people who secretly want an iPhone

August 8, 2018

If there’s a creed in the mobile phone industry, it’s likely “Make it look like an iPhone, but then do everything you can to make it cheaper.” This is the strategy Chinese maker Oppo have clung to for a while now and with the R15 Pro, they are steering into the curve harder than ever.

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Gaming Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018) offers more of an already good thing

July 30, 2018

Look, I reviewed Sonic Mania when it launched last year. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in a series comprehensively and aggressively starved of it for decades. It was the kind of modern update that walks an incredibly fine line, paying homage to what came before and pushing the property forward […]

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