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.

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in mega $68.7 billion deal

January 19, 2022

In a stunning move, Microsoft has purchased publisher Activision Blizzard for a whopping sum of $68.7 billion. If Microsoft had stumbled in recent years with exclusives and variety of games, they’re definitely back on track. While it’s no secret that Activision Blizzard has been dealing with a number of discrimination and mistreatment allegations and legal […]

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Rainbow Six Extraction Preview: Get to the choppa’

January 11, 2022

The next entry in the wildly popular Rainbow Six series admittedly feels like untapped territory. For a series built on realism and the nature of a tactical approach, I was excited to experience that same level of tension and pace against a new alien threat. Our hands-on preview of Rainbow Six Extraction unveiled a number […]

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The Best Games of 2021

December 16, 2021

2021 has been a special year for gamers and non-gamers alike. For reasons we won’t dive deeper into, this year has forced us to stay inside. Away from those we love, places we cherish and experiences we usually take for granted. This time around, the games and technology team here at The AU Review have […]

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Bethesda ANZ to team up with Game On Cancer for a festive charity stream

December 13, 2021

Bethesda ANZ has announced that their Bethesda Holiday Special Stream will highlight a partnership with Game On Cancer™, an initiative of the Australian Charity, Cure Cancer. This stream will look to bring together a variety of both local and global talent, including UFC middleweight star Rob Whittaker and Rich Lambert, Creative Director of The Elder […]

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Every major announcement from The Game Awards 2021

December 11, 2021

The Game Awards has become a rather interesting platform for major gaming announcements over the past few years. Thankfully for fans, 2021’s iteration brought the goods. Before we proceed, we would just like to take a second to congratulate It Takes Two for winning the coveted Game of the Year Award, along with all award-winners […]

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Halo Infinite Single-Player Campaign Review: Welcome back Chief

December 9, 2021

On this, the 20th anniversary of the franchise and the Xbox platform as a whole, Halo has sparked many questions in the minds of its fans. Has the series run its course? Is the Master Chief a relevant hero for the modern age? Can such a dated franchise really exist without pushing new boundaries? Well […]

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Here’s where and when you can watch The Game Awards 2021 in Australia

December 8, 2021

Geoff Keighley’s annual Video Game Awards presentation has rolled around again for 2021, handing out accolades for the best the year has had to offer in gaming. It’s admittedly been a tough year for game delays, with many of the year’s hotly anticipated games pushed to 2022, from the likes of God of War Ragnarok […]

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December’s PlayStation Plus games are now live

December 8, 2021

December’s PlayStation Plus offering is as well-rounded as it is critically acclaimed; for the most part. Godfall: Challenger Edition stands as the PlayStation 5 entry for this month, while Lego DC Super Villains and Mortal Shell follow as forward compatible PlayStation 4 titles for those on next generation consoles. While it’s clear Godfall is looking […]

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Aussie restaurants are set to bring the PlayStation experience to the plate

December 7, 2021

Gaming fans and foodies alike can rejoice as PlayStation launches PlayStation to Plate, giving Aussies across Sydney and Melbourne a taste of the many exclusives the platform has to offer. From 3 December, three restaurants will bring to life meals inspired by classic franchises including The Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank and Uncharted. Dish 1: […]

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Battlefield 2042 Review: A Trip Into the Eye of the Storm

November 26, 2021

For a franchise centred around the conflict of war, covering several eras and stories, it’s clear that Battlefield 2042 had one target left in mind; itself. What follows is an incredibly frustrating blend of smooth action and refined gunplay, paired with numerous bugs and glitches, and the overall lack of depth within its mainline modes. […]

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition Review: A Missed Opportunity

November 19, 2021

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is without a doubt my favourite entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise and one of my favourite games of all time. So you can imagine my excitement when Rockstar had announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition, containing Grand Theft […]

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Review: A Familiar Firefight

November 15, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s return to a World War II setting is not without its merit. Since Call of Duty: WWII, the franchise had cycled back around to a Modern Warfare revival and two Black Ops titles. But was this era worth revisiting? In many respects, yes; and no. Call of Duty: Vanguard plays its […]

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Bright Memory: Infinite Review: A Linear Yet Admirable Action Outing

November 12, 2021

My time with Bright Memory: Infinite has been interesting, to say the least. As I loaded up my assault rifle, picking off enemies in the distance, I quickly navigated my surroundings. I bounced off walls to get across precarious chasms. I hacked and slashed my way through obtrusive enemies. I participated in lighting fast quick […]

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Elden Ring Hands-On Impressions: A Brutally Good Time

November 11, 2021

We recently got the chance to participate in a Closed Network Test of Elden Ring, developer FromSoftware’s Souls-inspired epic. This beta version of the game featured a contained portion of its open world, allowing us to explore, battle and most importantly, survive. I would liken my time with Elden Ring to Dark Souls 3 – […]

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Interview: Sledgehammer Games’ Narrative Designers Talk Call of Duty Vanguard’s Campaign

November 5, 2021

We recently got the chance to chat with Narrative Designer, Alexa Ray Corriea and Associate Narrative Designer, Belinda Garcia from Sledgehammer Games about the upcoming World War 2 shooter, Call of Duty Vanguard, and the engaging narrative that binds four unique characters together. What sets this WW2 story apart from previous WW2 campaigns within the […]

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Forza Horizon 5 Review: The Fastest Fiesta in Town

November 4, 2021

The screen is dark. The sound of an engine roaring pierces the air, as the back on a cargo plane opens. Suddenly, your vehicle drops out of the back, parachuting down to a dense, colourful Mexican landscape. As soon as you land, you blast onto the road, on your way to your first Horizon Festival. […]

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Mario Party Superstars Review: Celebrate Good Times

November 4, 2021

I owe the Mario Party franchise a great deal of credit. It’s responsible for some of the best gaming moments I’ve had on a Nintendo console. While Mario Party 3 will always remain my favourite, it’s safe to say that the franchise faltered in recent years, prompting me to drift away from the iconic mini-games […]

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review: The Heroes We Deserve

October 30, 2021

I have to be honest. After publisher Square Enix’s last Marvel themed outing, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy instilled a sizeable amount of doubt within me. Sure, Marvel’s Avengers was a fun cooperative experience, but it lacked any depth and heart. It seems as though the second time is the charm, as Marvel’s Guardians of […]

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Every Announcement from PlayStation’s October State of Play

October 28, 2021

PlayStation’s October State of Play rolled around this morning, with a fresh focus on third party titles and indie games. While some announcements unveiled some entirely new and unseen projects, it was also nice to see some indie games getting the love with some expanse updates. And with that, let’s have a look at the […]

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Age of Empire’s WOLOL-O’s Cereal is a Nutritious Blast From the Past

October 26, 2021

If you’re old enough, you might remember getting your first taste of Age of Empires, along with a bite of nutritious cereal, from a Nutri-Grain box. It’s also hard to believe that sweet moment from my childhood was also almost 20-years ago. Damn. Well apparently so do the team at Microsoft were fond of this […]

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The Latest Halo Infinite Trailer Brings the Goods

October 26, 2021

343 Industries revealed the latest look at Halo Infinite overnight, presenting an action-packed look at what Halo fans can expect from the campaign, when it launches on December 8. Accompanied by that sweet, glorious Halo theme, we get to see Master Chief embark on a quest to track down what remains of Cortana, as the […]

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Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions Review: A Fun, Flawed Arcade Romp

October 8, 2021

As a fan of both the Rocky film series and the sport of boxing in general, I often wonder about the next definitive boxing game. Believe it or not, it’s been a decade since EA Sport’s Fight Night Champion, which I still dip back into until this very day. And then I saw it; the […]

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Death Stranding Director’s Cut Review: Same Road, Fresh Pavement

October 7, 2021

Leave it to Hideo Kojima to release Death Stranding Director’s Cut, the expanded version of a game over which he had complete creative control. It’s no secret that Death Stranding landed amid huge anticipation and excitement. It was then met with either an overwhelming sense of confusion and, in some circles, accusations of pretentiousness, or […]

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Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 Review: Viva La Revolution

October 7, 2021

The Far Cry series has faltered over the past few years. Recent iterations were either lacking immersive worlds, memorable villains, innovative gameplay, or all three. While far from terrible, it’s clear that nothing has been as good as the darling that is Far Cry 3. And it seems as though Ubisoft has heard. Far Cry […]

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Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Impressions: Order Through Chaos

October 6, 2021

Battlefield 2042 might just be enough to bring me back to Battlefield. In BF’s recent absence, Warzone and Modern Warfare have drawn many competitive shooter fans over to the Call of Duty franchise in the past few years. myself included. But a recent hands-on with Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta reminded me exactly why I’ve missed the […]

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FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Review: Once more with feeling

September 28, 2021

FIFA 22 takes the term “next-generation” pretty seriously. And it should. With every new console generation, the FIFA franchise takes major steps forward. New hardware presents an opportunity to reinvent FIFA‘s visuals, mechanics and add a range of new game modes. However, I wouldn’t blame fans for feeling disillusioned with the series in recent years. Most […]

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Call of Duty Vanguard beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta Impressions: Tone and tenor

September 22, 2021

It’s that military shooter end of the year again, and Call of Duty Vanguard is hot on the horizon. A franchise well known for its collection of action-packed World War 2 shooters has come full circle, as developer Sledgehammer Games have opted in to take Call of Duty: Vanguard back in time for an old […]

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NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22 Review: Consistency, and the art of being a team player

September 17, 2021

NBA 2K22 couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It’s been a rough couple of seasons for the NBA. A global pandemic, postponed games, bubble playoffs, shortened seasons and play-in tournaments have charted a new future for the sport. The lone beacon of consistency: that the NBA 2K franchise will smash out its annual instalment, […]

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha Impressions

September 1, 2021

Believe it or not, Call of Duty: Vanguard was just announced. And with that release trailer barely two weeks old, PlayStation owners got the chance to test a slice of the multiplayer pie that is yet to come; Champion Hill. For what’s being touted as a brand new mode, feels like a callback to the […]

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Step Up With the Latest NBA 2K22 Gameplay Trailer

September 1, 2021

If you’re an NBA fan like I am, this time of the year feels different. Spring is on the way for us Australians, and there’s just something special in the air. The fact that a new NBA 2K game is upon us, that is. Even though the wait is almost over, fans were gifted a […]

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