All posts by David Smith

Games and technology editor, Dungeons and Dragons fanboy and your new best friend. You can reach me at david.smith@theaureview.com with news tips, pitches, press releases, invites, review content and more.

Gamescom 2017: Overwatch‘s latest map Junkertown finally brings the game to Straya

Blizzard’s Gamescom 2017 briefing was full of details for upcoming content, but among the most entertaining announcements was that the developer’s popular team shooter Overwatch would finally be getting a fully-fledged, Australian-themed map. Continue reading Gamescom 2017: Overwatch‘s latest map Junkertown finally brings the game to Straya

Gamescom 2017: Age of Empires 4 announced, headed by Homeworld, Dawn of War developer

After 12 years of dutiful remakes, remasters and rereleases of the wildly popular medieval strategy series by the now defunct Ensemble Studios (RIP), Age of Empires 4 has finally been announced. Continue reading Gamescom 2017: Age of Empires 4 announced, headed by Homeworld, Dawn of War developer

Gamescom 2017: Star Wars Battlefront 2 drops new Starfighter Assault trailer, features literally every ship ever

It’s well-known by now that Star Wars Battlefront 2 is looking to pull content from every corner of Star Wars canon with its multiplayer offerings. The game’s latest trailer out of Gamescom 2017, packed with fighter craft, some familiar, some lore deep cuts, only further confirms this. Continue reading Gamescom 2017: Star Wars Battlefront 2 drops new Starfighter Assault trailer, features literally every ship ever

Video Games Review: Sonic Mania (Switch, 2016) is the first true Sonic game in nearly 25 years

Sonic Mania is a gift. For Sega kids everywhere, it is a portal to your childhood. For long-suffering Sonic fans, it is a well overdue homecoming. It is proof that the Sonic the Hedgehog formula, abandoned in the Saturn era, is as fun, interesting and engaging as it was in the early 90’s. After nearly 25 years of Sonic games that made me want to forget he ever existed, I can’t tell you how good it is to have the Sonic I know and love returned to me. Continue reading Video Games Review: Sonic Mania (Switch, 2016) is the first true Sonic game in nearly 25 years

For Honor tournament ends in disarray as winning player exploits his way to victory

Ubisoft’s sword-and-board team fighter For Honor finds itself in a bit of a pickle at the moment. Over the weekend, Ubisoft ran a huge tournament for the game with a prize pool of US$10,000. The winner of this tournament, however, didn’t go about claiming his victories in the way Ubisoft had hoped. Rather, he used a combat exploit that has been known to players and the game’s developers alike for quite some time. Continue reading For Honor tournament ends in disarray as winning player exploits his way to victory

Blizzard unable to make up mind, renames Battle.net launcher again

You might remember a story we brought you last year about Blizzard Entertainment retiring the long-standing Battle.net name it used for its program launcher in favour of the more generic name, Blizzard Launcher. The story changed earlier this year when the Activision half of the Activision-Blizzard family declared it would be bringing the Destiny 2 beta “to Battle.net.” So was the name dead? Was Battle.net back? No-one seemed to know. Until today, when it seems Blizzard finally decided that Battle.net’s okay after all, officially renaming the app Blizzard Battle.net. Continue reading Blizzard unable to make up mind, renames Battle.net launcher again

Win a copy of Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 and 2 on PS4 or Xbox One

Time for a trip in the way back machine! Atari Flashback Classics have arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, bringing over 100 classic games from the legendary Atari 2600 to modern consoles. Better yet, they’ve all been updated for modern play with leaderboards, online multiplayer and more! And we want you to have a copy for your very own. Continue reading Win a copy of Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 and 2 on PS4 or Xbox One