Author: Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.

The Dell XPS 14 laptop is a cut above the rest, if you’re willing to pay the price

Dell have always excelled in their XPS range, providing quality materials and performance, in a slimmer form factor. While the specs are usually built to suit the user and their usage, there’s no denying most of these models have been constantly sleek and powerful, something you don’t usually find in your everyday laptop. The latest…

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows revealed along with cinematic trailer

The long-awaited samurai-inspired Assassin’s Creed title, previously codenamed Assassin’s Creed Red, has now been officially revealed as Assassin’s Creed Shadows. With the recent success of games like Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, we do not doubt that the ceiling for this new Assassin’s Creed entry is certainly high. Check out the new…

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The Kobo Libra Colour adds both style and flair to each of its new features

The concept of e-readers is admittedly alluring and seems to have only grown in popularity in recent years. After all, why look for a literal library of space in your house when you can cram them all into one slim device? Collectors aside, there’s simply plenty to love about the newest iteration of Kobo’s larger…

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The Aspera Nitro 2 provides yet another handset that outshines its price tag

The Australian-owned mobile brand Aspera has prided itself on providing exceptional value to customers, amid the rising cost of living. We’ve reviewed some of their previous models in the past like the AS5 and AS8, and have come away rather surprised at the amount of features they’ve managed to pack into handsets that will cost…

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The Backbone One USB-C (2nd-Gen) further refines some of its best features

Remote play is certainly becoming a more viable option here in Australia, thanks to slowly (but surely) improving internet speeds and newer ways to play on the go. PlayStation’s Remote Play, Xbox’s Game Pass and Cloud Play each offer some easy ways to get your hands on the latest games, should you have something as…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants ultimately feels too shallow for its own good

I’m a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan and have been ever since I can remember. I’ve kept up with most of the comic books, shows, games and movies, and even played the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants when it was released back in 2017, so I had an idea…

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Early Access Review: No Rest for the Wicked deserves your attention

We got a chance to crack open the new isometric ARPG No Rest for the Wicked, playing through the first chunk of its story and exploring its broader open world. While this game is still in its early access phase, this is still without a doubt one of the most impressive games in its genre…

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Funko Fusion is set launch later this year

I’ll admit it; I own way too many Funko Pops! But I would also be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the idea of this. It feels like a long time coming, what with LEGO getting as many games in each of these unique franchises over almost two decades, but the iconic vinyl…

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TopSpin 2K25 returns serve with one of the best tennis games in years

TopSpin 2K25 marks the return of the beloved tennis franchise after more than a decade, and I could not be happier. While TopSpin 4 was released back in 2011, I still find myself going back to it now and again, simply because it’s one of the best tennis games ever made. Thankfully, TopSpin 2K25 serves…

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Stellar Blade serves up some killer action, but stumbles throughout its wild story

Stellar Blade caught my eye a few months ago for its dazzling visuals and downright bonkers gameplay. It was something fresh, yet familiar, with developer Shift Up drawing on a number of inspirations from the hack-and-slash genre. While Stellar Blade’s story is either tired or outright ridiculous at the best of times, it absolutely shines…

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K-Pop star BIBI teams up with PlayStation for upcoming title, Stellar Blade

PlayStation Australia have announced that K-Pop star and actress, BIBI, has teamed up with Sony Interactive Entertainment for their upcoming hack-and-slash title, Stellar Blade. BIBI has released a new tie-in song titled Eve, along with a new music video, inspired by the world of Stellar Blade. Check it out for yourself below. Stellar Blade follows…

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The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds provide a sleek design and solid battery life

OPPO might make some decent smartphones across multiple price points, but it’s worth noting, that they’ve gotten pretty good at earphones too. We checked out the Enco X2 earbuds last year and were pleasantly surprised. Put it this way; I still use them as my daily drivers. The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds might sound…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Nintendo’s new Indie World Showcase took place overnight, highlighting some impressive smaller titles that certainly deserve the hype. We’ve wrapped up all the announcements and accompanying trailers for your convenience below. Enjoy! Little Kitty, Big City Steamworld Heist II Europa Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate Cat Quest III Yars Rising Valley Peaks Sticky Business…

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Prime Video celebrated the launch of its Fallout series with a recreated Vault 33 in Sydney’s CBD

The end is nigh folks. Well, it is for those invested in Prime Video’s new TV adaptation of the wildly popular Fallout series anyway, with all episodes of its first season, now available to stream. Under the foundations of Sydney’s CBD, fans got the chance over this past weekend, to check out a recreation of…

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The BlueAnt Soundblade blends a sleek design with powerful sound

Australian audio company BlueAnt has admittedly done a fantastic job over the years with their portable Bluetooth speakers and earphones/headphones, packing in value for money, along with some of the newest features on the market. It is with the Soundblade however, that their latest venture takes things in a different direction, belting out a dedicated…

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a solid sequel, even if it’s not redefining the genre

I have vague memories of playing the first Dragon’s Dogma, mainly the enhanced Dark Arisen version, but I’ll be the first to admit that nothing stuck. I don’t remember hating it, but hadn’t really held enough love in my heart to make a return. Dragon’s Dogma 2 felt like the fresh start I needed, that…

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Aspera Mobile announces the launch of the Nitro 2 smartphone

Australia’s Aspera Mobile has announced that its newest smartphone, the Nitro 2, is now available for purchase. In a bid to combat the rising cost of living, Aspera Mobile’s follow-up to the Nitro smartphone aims to pack in as many premium features as it can, for the low price of A$179. The Nitro 2 will…

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The OPPO A79 5G might take smaller steps forward, but they’re still in the right direction

We’ve reviewed a few OPPO phones over the years, and have enjoyed most of them for their sleek design and decent performance. While they’re great value for money, the train seemingly keeps rolling with new solid options on the market each year. Enter the OPPO A79 5G. Its predecessor, the A78 5G, might have been…

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PAX Aus 2024 tickets are now on sale

It’s that time of the year once again. PAX Aus 2024 badges are now officially on sale as you read this, with Early Bird 3-Day and Single-Day badges for Friday, Saturday and Sunday ready to snap up. The event will take place from October 11-13 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and highlight all…

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The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro is a safe bet for new and existing users alike

Ring has been responsible for a range of doorbell iterations and cameras alike over the past few years, best known for their reliable quality and ease of use. While there are many ways to work around a security setup for your home, the Ring Battery Doorbell Pro takes many previously exclusive premium features and packs…

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The Tineco Floor One S6 Pro Extreme makes small, yet solid improvements over its predecessor

We recently took the time to review the Tineco Floor One S5 Combo and were pleasantly surprised with the results. The next iteration, the Floor One S6 Pro Extreme takes every opportunity to bolster the multiple features of its predecessor, ultimately making it a success for anyone looking to pick up a vacuum and mop…

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Rise of the Ronin merges fantastic combat with bloated open-world design

My past couple of weeks with Rise of the Ronin have left me feeling a little conflicted. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the logic of my mind and the feeling of my heart. In many ways, this is a true cut above developer Team Ninja’s previous efforts with something like Nioh. Its combat…

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Contra: Operation Galuga provides some safe, old-school fun

I’ve been a huge fan of the Contra series over the years, and still go back to the original when it pops up. Upon hearing that Contra: Operation Galuga would reimagine the first entry with some fresh visuals and gameplay, I was pumped. Contra: Operation Galuga is certainly a good time as far as 2D…

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The SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL gaming keyboard is a safe, yet solid bet

I’ve reviewed a few SteelSeries keyboards over the years, and they have ultimately become my go-to option for both general everyday use and gaming. I currently use a SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL as my daily driver, and it has not really disappointed me in the slightest. In many ways, the Apex 9 TKL is an…

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The Netgear Nighthawk RS700S Wi-Fi 7 router packs a huge punch, if you’re willing to pay the price

It only feels like we just got Wi-Fi 6 and 6E up and running in most of our routers and devices. But Netgear has decided to move things forward once again with Wi-Fi 7, introduced via their new RS700S Tri-Band router. This review might feel a little heavy, but we’ll do our best to punch…

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DreamHack returns to Melbourne this April, tickets on sale Thursday

DreamHack returns to Melbourne in April this year and is well-known for hosting a wide range of esports competitions, from open-entry tournaments to some of the more elite competitions, which will be held in Margaret Court Arena. Games like Counter-Strike 2 will be on display, while League of Legends Circuit Oceania will host its Grand Final live on…

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WWE 2K24 stands out as one of the best wrestling titles in recent years

We all remember WWE 2K20. If you don’t, there isn’t much to see before you realise exactly why the franchise took some time off to revitalise and regroup. That being said, recent iterations have been much better for it, with WWE 2K24 wrapping up pretty much all there is to love about the sport and…

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Game On Cancer giveaway returns in March with over 400 prizes on offer

The Great Game on Cancer Giveaway has returned with more than 400 prizes on offer, valued at more than $30,000. The event will run from the 1st to the 31st of March and anyone who donates AUD $50 or more, will get a prize value at $50 or more, randomly selected from a pool of…

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Microsoft confirms the four games that are headed to the PS5 and Switch

Microsoft revealed last week that four exclusive games were finally making their way to other platforms, namely the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. While they had not mentioned the games by name then, they did say that two of these games simply deserved more love on other platforms, while the two other games could use…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Direct February 2024 Partner Showcase

Nintendo came out yet again with a new showcase based primarily around third-party reveals, along with a few fan-favourite Xbox games that are on their way to the Switch. Here’s every announcement below: EPIC MICKEY IS BEING REMASTERED WORLD OF GOO 2 PENTIMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SWITCH GROUNDED IS THE SECOND XBOX…

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