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.
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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PAX Online

PAX Online will replace Melbourne and Seattle shows for 2020

June 17, 2020

ReedPop has announced PAX Online, a web-based version of the traveling video games convention. It will take the place of both the PAX Australia and PAX West conventions for the remainder of 2020. The announcement follows yesterday’s news that PAX Aus 2020 would no proceed as planned, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. PAX Online […]

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PAX Aus 2020 has been cancelled

June 16, 2020

We knew in our hearts there’d be no PAX Aus 2020 this year, but we dared to dream. ReedPop, the company behind the world’s biggest traveling video games convention, has announced that PAX Aus 2020 will not go ahead in October as originally planned. The cancellation is due to health concerns surrounding the ongoing Covid-19 […]

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The Last of Us Part II Review: I won’t take the easy road

June 12, 2020

The Last of Us Part II is not a game for everyone. It’s a game that builds on the original in unexpected ways. It seeks to challenge the player emotionally and philosophically, posing hard questions to which you may not have an answer. It’s likely not the game you are expecting at all. And that’s […]

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PS5

Here is every single trailer from today’s PS5 reveal

June 12, 2020

I think we can all agree that the PS5 reveal event went way harder than it needed to. Presenting one of the strongest launch line ups for any console in industry history, Sony is looking to assert market dominance early. Below, in order of appearance, is every single game Sony had to talk about today. […]

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PS5

Your first look at the PlayStation 5

June 12, 2020

The day has finally arrived: Sony is ready to talk about the PlayStation 5. The show-and-tell has been a long time coming. Between bowing out of E3 and the outbreak of a global pandemic, an event that must have wrought havoc on their production pipeline, Sony have been biding their time. Missives were light on […]

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The Last of Us Part II

Audio Settings: Songs to prepare you for The Last of Us Part II

June 11, 2020

The Last of Us Part II is almost upon us (finally!). One of the most anticipated video games of the last seven years, it promises to take the story of Ellie and Joel in an entirely new direction. Its soundtrack features licensed tracks from folk acts like Crooked Still and Shawn James, but the main […]

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5 things we love from today’s The Last of Us Part II State of Play

May 28, 2020

The Last of Us Part II is finally, actually, nearly here and the hype is building. It is the subject of the latest episode of PlayStation’s State of Play series, offering fans an in-depth look at one of the most anticipated games of the year. There’s a lot to break down here. Let’s talk about […]

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BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2020 cancelled, will move online next year

May 27, 2020

Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that BlizzCon 2020 will not go ahead owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. BlizzCon is an annual fan convention at which Blizzard usually makes its biggest announcements and hosts its largest esports competitions. In a post on its official blog, Blizzard stated that it had “come to the very difficult decision to […]

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HyperX Cloud Flight S Review: Take flight

May 26, 2020

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a Hyper X headset. Over the last few years, HyperX have gone from a PC hardware manufacturer famous for high performance memory and gaming drives, to a real contender in the peripheral space. With the Cloud Flight S, the latest premium tier addition to their lineup, HyperX looks […]

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Mafia II: Definitive Edition Review: Back in business

May 22, 2020

Hindsight really is 2020. Mafia II: Definitive Edition has become the latest in a slew of remakes and remasters to fill out this very strange year’s release calendar. Originally released in 2010, Mafia II is a fairly standard crime family story. You play as migrant son Vito Scaletta, freshly returned to the fictional Empire City […]

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Paper Mario

Paper Mario: The Origami King coming to Switch in July

May 15, 2020

Paper Mario, the king of Mario RPGs, is finally back. Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach are on their way to the kingdom’s annual origami festival, but something is amiss. Peach seems to be acting a bit strange. You might say her character has suddenly become … paper thin. All of this is surely the work […]

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GTA 5

GTA 5 is free right now on the Epic Games Store

May 15, 2020

GTA 5, one of the most popular and successful video games of all time, is free right now on the Epic Games Store. The reason the game has had such a dramatic cut in price is due to the Epic Mega Sale, a mid-year event that applies significant discounts to popular games. Throughout each week […]

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18 minutes of gorgeous Ghost of Tsushima gameplay

May 15, 2020

Today’s new PlayStation State of Play broadcast was all about Ghost of Tsushima. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action-adventure game set in Feudal Japan. It follows a wandering samurai named Jin, who wages a solitary war against Mongols invading the island of Tsushima. In short, it’s exactly the sort of game PlayStation look for […]

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