Author: David Smith

David Smith is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising Preview: Wild at heart

October 23, 2020

Immortals: Fenyx Rising is Ubisoft’s first original AAA IP in god only knows how long. Ubi has a built a reputation as a publisher that likes a safe bet. Ubi’s franchises are guaranteed to sell. This makes launching new IP a big risk. That it comes at the dawn of a new hardware cycle is […]

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optimised for Series X

Xbox announces 30 games optimised for Series X/S you can play at launch

October 16, 2020

Xbox has announced a list of 30 games, optimised for Xbox Series X and Series S hardware, that will be playable on launch day. The Xbox Series X and Series S launch windows are a bit bereft of exclusives. This is no secret and, while certainly a bummer, there’s still plenty to play the day […]

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We now know what the PS5 UI looks like

October 16, 2020

One of the biggest remaining questions for Sony ahead of its next big console launch was “What does the PS5 UI look like?” Sony finally got around to answering it last night during the latest State of Play broadcast. Respect the classics Visually, the PS5 UI bears quite a few similarities to the PS4’s menu, […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Preview: Stealth is for the weak

October 15, 2020

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a game named for the grand hall of the slain in Norse mythology, a beautiful place where fallen warriors arrive after death. Perhaps as a contrast, the game is set in the rainy, muddy, utterly miserable north of Britain in the year 873 CE. At the time the Vikings crossed into […]

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Blue Yeti X

Are we crazy or is the Blue Yeti X WOW Shadowlands mic really beautiful

October 13, 2020

Look at this tasteful Blue Yeti X mic designed around World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Seriously, look at it. The subdued palette in Battle Grey with gold accents. The artful runes around the mic’s base. The smooth, elegant shape of the mic itself. We don’t get a lot of peripherals in the games sphere that are […]

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PS5 teardown

PS5 teardown video voids warranty for your entertainment

October 8, 2020

Sony has released a PS5 teardown video for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Yasuhiro Ootori, VP of SIE’s Mechanical Design Department, Hardware Design Division, slowly pulls a PlayStation 5 unit apart. In what might be the most formal voiding of a warranty ever recorded for posterity, Ootori-san explains each component as its removed. Ootori-san talks […]

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Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion Preview: Systems on

October 7, 2020

From the first, the biggest question I’ve had about Watch Dogs Legion was if it could capitalise on its ambitious concept. It presents a dystopian vision of London held hostage under a fascist paramilitary rule. DedSec, the prolific hacker collective is working to destabilise the regime but they’re having a rough go of it. Numbers […]

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Six Weeks To Retirement: The life and times of the PlayStation 4

October 5, 2020

In the wake of the PlayStation 4 E3 2013 press conference, Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade called the event a “thunderously applauded public beheading.” Holkins’ assessment captures the moment with perfect clarity. So legendarily bungled was Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox One that all Sony had to do was gently, but clearly, rebuke it. Its […]

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Xbox Series X accesories

All the Xbox Series X accessories you can preorder in Australia right now

September 24, 2020

After the insanity that was Preorder Day, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of all the Xbox Series X accessories you can preorder in Australia. Bare in mind, stock appears to fairly limited for launch so don’t be too disappointed if you miss out, and know that you […]

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PS5 accessories

All the PS5 accessories you can preorder in Australia right now

September 24, 2020

The very first wave of PS5 accessories is on the way, and as we’re sure you can imagine, pre-order shipments are selling out fast. You’re going to need to move quickly if you want to snap any up. To make things a bit easier, we’ve rounded up all the official PS5 accessories dropping on launch […]

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Spider-Man Remastered

Sony confirms no PS5 upgrade for Spider-Man owners

September 24, 2020

If you were hoping to replay Spider-Man: Remastered on your PS5, we bear some unfortunate news. We’ve known for a while that Insomniac’s Spider-Man was coming to PS5 alongside the stand-alone Miles Morales expansion. Questions have lingered over a potential upgrade path for Spider-Man PS4 owners moving to PS5. Fans who already own a PS4 […]

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Xbox acquires Bethesda Softworks

September 22, 2020

“Today is a special day,” begins the most seismic announcement Phil Spencer has ever made. It certainly is. Xbox has announced overnight that it will acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. The deal, worth USD $7.5 billion, makes every studio under Bethesda’s umbrella and all of the IP they produce, from The Elder […]

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Series X preorder

Here’s where to preorder an Xbox Series X/S in Australia

September 21, 2020

Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will open preorders first thing tomorrow morning. See below for where you can preorder yours and make sure you secure a console at launch. Series X preorder will open at 8am AEST (that’s 7:30am ACST, 6:00am AWST, and 10am NZST) at retailers around the country. Pricing appears […]

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US to ban TikTok downloads from Sunday

September 19, 2020

The US Department of Commerce will force the removal of popular Chinese social media apps WeChat and TikTok from mobile stores as of Sunday, September 20. Following September 20, US users will no longer be able to download these apps from the iOS and Google Play stores. If you have the app on your phone […]

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D&D Celebration 2020

Here’s where you can see every stream at D&D Celebration 2020

September 17, 2020

D&D Celebration 2020 kicks off VERY early on Saturday morning AEST, but we don’t reckon you’ll want to miss a minute of it. The festival is a huge celebration of Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying game, and it’s latest adventure book Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. D&D Celebration will run […]

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PS5 preorders

PS5 preorders are now live at EB Games

September 17, 2020

EB Games just put their PS5 preorders live. This is not a drill. You can preorder either the standard or digital-only consoles via the EB Games website right now, with a $200 deposit. EB are also pulling in some sweet trade deals if you don’t have enough cash lying around to pay full fare. The […]

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PS5 Showcase

Every trailer from today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase

September 17, 2020

The PlayStation 5 Showcase is here. The last big show-and-tell of 2020. A slew of brand new trailers and, as the curtain falls, the long awaited release date and pricing details. To say Sony left it all out on the court with this one is to undersell it. There’s a LOT to unpack here, so […]

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PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 release dates and pricing are finally here

September 17, 2020

  The PlayStation 5 finally has pricing and a release date. With only two months to go before launch, we now know that both models of PlayStation 5 will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 12. So how much should you expect one of these bad boys to set you back? Well, for […]

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D All Stars Review: Nostalgia bob-omb

September 16, 2020

I reckon Super Mario 3D All-Stars will give video game preservationists a lot to think about. I find myself thinking about video game preservation a lot lately. I imagine this is because I’ve reviewed a lot of remasters and remakes in the last few years. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is neither a remake nor a […]

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Here’s where you can watch the PlayStation 5 Showcase in Australia

September 15, 2020

The PlayStation 5 Showcase, an epic 40-minute show-and-tell, is set to be Sony’s last big livestream ahead of the PS5 launch in November. This is good news. 2020 being what it is, fans have had to wait much longer than usual for details on the hardware. At this point, we know what it looks like […]

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Series X

Xbox confirms Australian Series S/Series X launch date and pricing

September 10, 2020

Following the announcement of its low-cost Series S console on Tuesday, Xbox has formally announced pricing on the higher-end Series X. The Xbox Series X will retail for $499 in the US, in line with price points indicated in Tuesday’s leaks. This translates to $749 AUD, as announced by Xbox ANZ on socials earlier this […]

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Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S officially revealed, Series X pricing to follow

September 8, 2020

After images of the console leaked earlier today, Xbox has confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S. Series S is a smaller, less powerful, budget-priced version of the Xbox Series X hardware arriving later this year. The Series S will set you back USD $299. As this story was being prepared, Xbox UK announced […]

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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition Preview: Got the life

August 27, 2020

Though still in production at the time of writing, the Mafia: Definitive Edition remaster feels like it’s stretched between two extremes. It wants to pay homage to a well-liked yarn, ensuring players in the modern era can still experience Tommy Angelo’s rise to power. But it also has to translate game design and mechanics from […]

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The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Nintendo Edition

August 26, 2020

For the dad that likes to stay mobile, but still squeeze a bit of gaming in, there’s no better platform than the Nintendo Switch. An ideal Father’s Day gift idea, the Switch can be a constant entertainment companion. Hardware Nintendo Switch Lite This one’s for the dad who doesn’t spend much time in front of […]

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The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Xbox Edition

August 25, 2020

The Xbox One is a console with serious Dad Energy, and we say that with love. It’s full of military shooters and high-quality racing sims, the kind of games that get dads of all stripes a touch excited. If you’ve run out of ideas for Father’s Day gifts, look no further. We’ve got this handy […]

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The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: PlayStation Edition

August 24, 2020

Father’s Day approaches. Dad’s doing the right thing, he’s staying home and helping to stop the spread! He loves his games, but all those weeks cooped up in the house have left him a bit starved for entertainment. He’s actually managed to chew through the old Pile Of Shame, the games he bought but never […]

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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League set for 2022

August 23, 2020

Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League, Rocksteady Games’ follow up to Batman: Arkham Knight, will arrive on next-gen platforms in 2022. The reveal trailer came during the DC FanDome livestream. Though it features no gameplay, it does present a concept that piques interest. How does a motley crew like the Suicide Squad — in this […]

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Gotham Knights

WB Montreal reveals Gotham Knights at last

August 23, 2020

We finally know what WB Games Montreal has been working on all this time — Gotham Knights. The Batman: Arkham Origins studio has spent the last four years teasing a Batman game of their own creation. Now, all is revealed at last. The trailer, released this morning during the DC FanDome livestream, shows a world in […]

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Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Review: Wings of liberty

August 21, 2020

I knew from the first that Microsoft Flight Simulator was something special. More than just a graphical showpiece, it had a clear goal in mind — to instill the joy and wonder of flight in anyone who decides to install it. It worked. From the earliest trailers, it captured the industry’s attention, an industry that […]

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Battletoads Review: Return of the weekend rental

August 20, 2020

There’s a lot I like about Dlala Games’ take on Battletoads, but there’s just as much that I don’t. The latest Battletoads arrives almost 20 years after the NES original. It’s a side-scrolling beat-em-up in the same vein as the original, but it makes several changes to the series’ formula that may not sit well […]

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