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.

Games Preview: Battlefield V‘s War Stories might end up being its most talked-about feature

October 19, 2018

It’s a warm spring Tuesday when I arrive at the National Art School in Sydney. The School is located on the site of the old Darlinghurst Gaol and is steeped in the history of the area. Its connection to DICE’s Battlefield V, a multiplayer-centric first person shooter set in World War II, is a bit […]

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Hitman 2 is going to let you kill Sean Bean

October 18, 2018

Veteran character actor Sean Bean has died a lot on-screen. Known for roles like Boromir in The Lord of the Rings and Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, old mate Sean always seems to bite it in the end. He’s died on film so many times that it’s become a bit of a running joke. […]

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Gfinity Elite Season 2 kicks off November 3

October 16, 2018

One of the biggest competitions in Australian esports returns in early November. Gfinity Elite Season 2 returns to Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park from November 3 and will see teams from almost every major Australian city competing across of esports biggest titles. The Season 2 competition will comprise of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter […]

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Win a super powerful Dell G7 gaming laptop just in time for PAX Australia

October 15, 2018

A quarter of Australian and New Zealand gamers rated their skills as being “pretty damn good” in Dell’s State of Gaming Survey. Were you one of them? Even if you weren’t, we reckon this competition might be for you. Dell has turned up the heat with its G Series laptops and we’ve got one to […]

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Win a Motorola Z3 Play and Moto 360 Camera

October 10, 2018

Ready to upgrade your smartphone? Our good buds at Motorola Australia have given us one of their latest and greatest Android handsets, the Moto Z3 Play, and a Moto 360 Camera attachment to give away to one lucky punter. The Moto Z3 Play is feature packed — it boasts an edge-to-edge 6″ Full HD screen […]

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Travel Deals: Mantra properties Art Series, Peppers, BreakFree and more cut prices across Australia, NZ and Hawaii

October 9, 2018

One of Australia’s most ubiquitous hotel groups, Mantra, have come around to their popular annual “Global Sale” to make holidaying for Aussies a bit more accessible over the next few months. And it’s the most substantial sale from the group yet, with a serious number of the country’s best properties – from budget to luxe […]

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Games Review: Super Mario Party (Switch, 2018) will ruin cherished friendships in 10 turns or less

October 3, 2018

The Mario Party franchise has long established itself as a ruthless destroyer of friendships. From its earliest, controller-ruining days on the Nintendo 64, the series has sought to emulate the classic board game shenanigans of something like Monopoly. But, like Monopoly, a core part of its design involves regularly screwing over anyone unfortunate enough to […]

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WIN one of 10 Virtual Tickets to BlizzCon 2018!

October 2, 2018

BlizzCon 2018, the biggest event of the year for fans of Blizzard Entertainment, is now only a month away. There’s so much to see at a convention this huge — from announcements for Blizzard titles like Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, to the pulse-pounding finale of the Overwatch World Cup — that it’s become […]

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Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Xbox One, 2018) is huge, confident and full of big ideas

October 1, 2018

Before we begin, a personal note: Between Nintendo and Ubisoft, I have had to write out the word “Odyssey” so often over the last two years that I’ll never misspell it again. Big thanks to both companies for that little toward self improvement. One year on from Ubisoft’s drastic reconstruction of its most popular franchise, […]

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Games Review: Destiny 2: Forsaken (PS4, 2018) is the expansion you’ve been waiting for

October 1, 2018

It’s been three weeks since Forsaken, the latest expansion for Destiny 2 launched, and in many ways I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the enormity of it. I’ve got a life outside of my work on this website — I have a side job, I have obligations to friends and family, I have […]

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Games Review: Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, 2018) has a rattle in the manifold, but you’ll love it anyway

September 25, 2018

I’ve come to look forward to new entries in the Forza Horizon series more than any mainline Forza Motorsport title. Eschewing the more serious simulation of its sister franchise, the heart of Horizon is built around a single question — are we having fun? In Forza Horizon 4, the answer is still yes. It’s just […]

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Tech Review: Xbox Adaptive Controller is remarkable tech made for remarkable people

September 20, 2018

Gaming and physical disabilities have a long history of not working well together. Back in the early days of arcade joysticks and two-button controllers, the hurdles disabled players had to overcome in order to enjoy a video game were fewer. Even if you didn’t have great dexterity in your fingers, you could rest your palm […]

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The PlayStation Classic is bringing all your fave 32-bit memories back

September 19, 2018

With the explosion of nostalgia around Nintendo’s foray into retro consoles over the last two years, it was only a matter of time before PlayStation came through with a retro console of their own. The PlayStation Classic, a miniaturised version of the venerable original PlayStation console, is on its way and it looks to be […]

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Games Review: Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, 2018) lives in the silhouette of two better titles

September 19, 2018

The closest media analogue I can think of for Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I’m sure I’m the latest in a long line of critics to make this comparison, but it’s an apt one on just about every level. Shadow represents a stark shift in tone, character […]

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Games Interview: Heroes of the Storm‘s Matthew Cooper talks Mephisto, Hanamura and more

September 14, 2018

Mephisto, Diablo‘s Lord of Hatred himself, has entered the Nexus. We spoke to Heroes of the Storm Lead Content Designer Matthew Cooper to find out what it takes to successfully weave a character like Mephisto into a game like HotS, and we pick his brain on the recent Hanamura map rework, one of the comprehensive in […]

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Here’s every announcement from this morning’s Nintendo Direct

September 14, 2018

There’s a sense of excitement that runs through the entire industry in the moments before a new Nintendo Direct broadcast. What will they talk about? What crazy new titles and ports will they announce for the Switch? Today’s broadcast, ahead of the launch of the new Nintendo Switch Online service, was a rapid fire streak […]

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Games Preview: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey feels like the series is ready to perform its own leap of faith

September 11, 2018

If Assassin’s Creed Origins was to be the new franchise blueprint, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey feels like series with its mission statement clarified. It stands on the edge of a big leap, the way one of its protagonists might. So what’s it waiting for? Its release date, probably. The build of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey I played […]

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Games Review: Spider-Man (PS4, 2018) wants to Be Greater, but falls just short

September 10, 2018

As a game, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is a bit like it’s hero. Spidey is good (but not great) at his job, and you forgive him his missteps because his heart’s in the right place. If you created a checklist of tropes and mechanics found in open world adventure games, Spider-Man would tick every box. It doesn’t […]

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Tech Review: Razer Core X is a gaming device for a very specific audience

September 9, 2018

On paper, the idea behind the Razer Core X might sound like the pinnacle of PC Gaming Master Race wank. At first blush, it seems like Razer took the PCMR drive to squeeze every last ounce of power out of one’s gaming rig, no matter the cost, and made it a physical device. I sound […]

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Games Review: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 (PS4, 2018) charts the rise and fall of one gaming’s greatest franchises

September 7, 2018

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 is a warts-and-all look at a series that began with an instant classic and ended with a sad trombone sound in the mid-00’s. I don’t think it was Capcom’s intention when they created a retro package of all eight games in the X series, but it’s […]

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