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.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Preview: Pretending I’m a Superman

August 13, 2020

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 are the video game equivalent of The Beatles. Even if you’ve never actively played them before, you still know a lot about them by pure cultural osmosis. I could ask you about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and, if you care about video games at all, you could likely tell me something […]

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Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X will officially launch in November

August 12, 2020

Microsoft has narrowed down the Xbox Series X launch window from Holiday 2020 to November. The news comes as 343 Industries confirmed Halo Infinite will miss the console’s launch date, and Xbox works to get its house in order. Though Halo Infinite‘s delay is a substantial blow to its launch fortunes, Microsoft quickly took to […]

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Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite delayed to 2021, no longer a launch title

August 12, 2020

343 Industries have delayed the release of Halo Infinite into 2021. The delay means it will no longer be a launch title for the Xbox Series X in November. The announcement came via the official Halo Twitter account. 343 were not specific about when in 2021 they intend to launch, citing the difficulty of developing the […]

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Cyberpunk 2077

New Cyberpunk 2077 trailer digs into lifepaths, music and weaponry

August 11, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is now only three months away. The second episode of Night City Wire, a periodic web series by developer CD Projekt Red, debuted overnight. In this episode: Lifepaths, the music of Cyberpunk 2077 and getting to grips with weaponry. You can watch the full broadcast right here, or hit the embed below. Lifepaths […]

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PGA Tour 2K21

PGA Tour 2K21 Preview: The unlikely career of the malignant Clint Golfboy

August 10, 2020

After proving their bona fides with The Golf Club series, developer HB Studios has gone all in. PGA Tour 2K21 aims to return the humble golf sim to the glory days of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, with real-life courses and real-life golfers in the mix. Unline any of these real-life golfers, I am not very […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

This new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla EP is a viking symphony

August 8, 2020

Ubisoft has released a second EP of select tracks from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The EP, called The Ravens Saga, features music from composers Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two originals by Einar Selvik. Packed full of hard-edged strings, thunderous percussion and strident, chanting choirs, it is every inch a viking symphony. Kyd is […]

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Tencent

*Updated* Donald Trump signs Tencent order, may make many video games illegal

August 7, 2020

Update 3:00pm AEST Here is the (rather oddly written) section that indicates the order is targeted at Tencent’s WeChat app and not their broader portfolio. Update 2:45pm AEST Sources have reportedly confirmed to the LA Times that the executive order itself pertains only to Bytedance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat and was written to specifically exclude […]

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State of Play

Every trailer from today’s PlayStation State of Play

August 7, 2020

A brand new PlayStation State of Play broadcast has arrived, this time focusing on forthcoming third party titles. From Crash Bandicoot 4 to forthcoming PS5 releases like Godfall, there was a little something for players of every stripe. Good to their word, Sony had no news on PlayStation 5 hardware, pricing or release dates — […]

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Hitman 3 to bring VR support across entire trilogy

August 7, 2020

Hitman 3 will bring PlayStation VR support to the entire World of Assassination trilogy. The VR trailer debuted during this morning’s PlayStation State of Play broadcast and gives a short but solid sample of what the game will look like in VR. Support will be applied retroactively to Hitman and Hitman 2 as well, so you can play […]

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Crash Bandicoot 4

Watch Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time‘s brand new gameplay trailer

August 7, 2020

Today’s PlayStation State of Play broadcast opened with a brand new gameplay walkthrough of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The walkthrough, narrated by producer Lou Studdard from developer Toys For Bob, showed off the game’s classic design, and new features like the Quantum Masks and new characters. Fans will be able to play through […]

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Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Preview: Pure, unalloyed joy

July 30, 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator feels really good and is happy to meet you where you are, regardless of whether you’re a long-time fan of the series or a complete aviation novice, and that’s all you need to know. End of preview? No? I’ve still got another 1700 words to fill? Okay, no, no it’s fine, I […]

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PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus giving away Modern Warfare 2 and Fall Guys for free

July 28, 2020

PlayStation have confirmed their August 2020 line up of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. August will bring a little single-player action in Activision’s recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered. For those looking for multiplayer fun, the excellent battle royale indie Fall Guys will be your new favourite after-work game. Modern Warfare […]

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Carrion

Carrion Review: This hideous beast will devour us all

July 26, 2020

Carrion is a new Metroidvania game from indie developer Phobia Game Studio. You are fast-moving, utterly vicious monster on the loose in a remote science facility. Carrion delights in taking the tropes of the genre — power creep, exploration and backtracking — and turning them on their ear in ways that are surprisingly effective. One […]

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Halo Infinite

Here’s your first real look at Halo Infinite

July 24, 2020

Halo Infinite has gotten its first public demonstration at the Xbox Game Showcase overnight. The demo began with a sequence set on the titular ring world, one that looked very like the original before the player opened what appeared to be an open-world map. Whether this points to an actual, larger scale open world design […]

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Xbox Series X

Every trailer from the Xbox Games Showcase

July 24, 2020

Xbox has pulled back the curtain on what players can expect when the Xbox Series X launches later this year. From Halo Infinite to a brand new Fable, Xbox rolled out old favourites and new surprises to entertain the faithful. We’ve collected everything they had to talk about in one handy list. You can find […]

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EPOS GSX 300 revives the glory days of the PC sound card

July 23, 2020

I can see consumers turning the box for the EPOS GSX 300 over and wondering why they might need such a device. Sound cards are not, strictly speaking, the kind of hardware one thinks about when building a gaming PC. Most motherboards these days come with on-board sound that works just fine, negating any need […]

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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition gets huge 15-minute gameplay trailer

July 23, 2020

Originally announced back in May, the first look at Mafia: Definitive Edition in action has arrived. The fifteen minute gameplay walkthrough examines a number of the game’s finer points in detail, including exactly what has been altered from the 2002 original. The game, which has been rebuilt from the ground up by current Mafia developer […]

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Audio Settings: Songs to prepare you for Ghost of Tsushima

July 14, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima marks the end of an era. It is the final first-party exclusive for the PlayStation 4, which is both bittersweet and hard to believe. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world samurai adventure developed by Sucker Punch. It recalls the drama and majesty of Kurosawa in full flight, putting players in the shoes […]

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Ubisoft Forward

Here’s every trailer from today’s Ubisoft Forward broadcast

July 13, 2020

In case you weren’t up at 5am for this morning’s first-ever Ubisoft Forward broadcast, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find every major trailer from today’s show in order of appearance. We’ve got AAA blockbusters, new mobile addictions, next-gen peeks and more. #CheckALook below. Watch Dogs Legion Brawlhalla Mobile Might & Magic: Era […]

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Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 formally announced, coming in early 2021

July 13, 2020

Unceremoniously outed on the PlayStation Store earlier in the week, Ubisoft have formally announced Far Cry 6. Set in Latin America amid a moment of explosive revolution, players control a guerilla fighter named Dani Rojas. Dani is attempting to wrest control of their country from a ruthless dictator named Anton Castillo, played by Breaking Bad […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gets new trailer, launches November

July 13, 2020

A new deep dive into Assasin’s Creed Valhalla has premiered during today’s Ubisoft Forward broadcast. The trailer represents the first significant look at the game in action. It features a little bit of everything, from viking combat and raids, the construction of your new settlement and classic AC stealth. At every turn, the Saxons will […]

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Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion gets pair of new trailers

July 13, 2020

The first new look at Watch Dogs Legion since it was delayed earlier this year have arrived. Both new trailers debuted during this morning’s Ubisoft Forward broadcast. The first is a short film called Reclaim Your Future that paints a dystopian picture of the game’s vision of London. Between rapid-fire shots of police brutality and […]

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Shadowlands

World of Warcraft Shadowlands‘ Morgan Day on work-from-home design, new players, and roguelikes

July 11, 2020

Plague is a part of the fabric of World of Warcraft. There are whole cultures in the game’s world that are built around sickness and decay. Since the outbreak of the real world Covid-19 pandemic, Blizzard have complied with Californian work-from-orders, transitioning the entire WOW team to working in isolation. What an odd situation for a […]

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Surface Book 2

Surface Go 2 Review: Your new favourite travel buddy

July 2, 2020

The Surface Go 2 understands there’s always room in the PC market for something more portable. Business customers are always looking for something lighter. Something that can travel more easily, but doesn’t sacrifice the overall power and nimbleness of a full-blooded ultrabook. That’s the niche into which the Surface Go 2 has neatly folded itself. […]

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D&D Live

D&D Live is a perfect introduction to Dungeons and Dragons

June 30, 2020

Have you ever wanted to play D&D but you aren’t sure where to start, or even how the game works? The latest D&D Live festival, an annual celebration of the world’s most popular role-playing game, may be the best, simplest, and most instructive lesson in how to play this side of Critical Role. Playing Dungeons […]

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Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077’s new trailer gives most detailed look yet

June 29, 2020

Last week, CD Projekt Red debuted Night City Wire, a new web series dedicated to their upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. It aired very early in the morning here in Aus so there’s a chance you may have missed it. If so, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Hosted by CDPR UK’s head of communications Hollie […]

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Marvel's Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers gameplay blends Spider-Man with Destiny

June 25, 2020

A question that has dogged Marvel’s Avengers since it’s rocky unveiling at E3 2018 has been: What the hell is it exactly? During today’s Avengers War Table broadcast, developer Crystal Dynamics finally began to answer that question in detail. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes The short version? Its Spider-Man meets Destiny. If that sounds like an odd […]

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Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4 revealed at last, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

June 23, 2020

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been officially revealed. The game will become the fourth mainline entry in the series, and Activision’s first new Crash game in a decade. Back in time Crash Bandicoot 4 is canonically set after the end of Crash 3. When Naughty Dog departed the series, Crash had successfully locked […]

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Tash Sultana releases gorgeous cover for The Last of Us Part II

June 19, 2020

With the launch of The Last of Us Part II in Australia today, PlayStation have roped in Australian muso Tash Sultana to cover one of the game’s most haunting tracks. The song, Through The Valley, was originally recorded by Shawn James. It was later featured as an in-character cover by Last of Us 2 star Ashley Johnson […]

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A new Pokemon Snap is coming. This is not a drill

June 18, 2020

It finally happened — after decades of waiting, a brand new Pokemon Snap game is on the way. The announcement came during last night’s Pokemon Presents broadcast, which highlighted a number of brand new Pokemon games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Though it only ran for 10 minutes, the broadcast had a lot to cover. […]

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