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.

Games Review: Rumu (PC, 2017): I love feelings

Rumu is the second major release from Sydney-based indie developer Robot House. It’s a game about a little robot vacuum cleaner that lives in a smart home run by an AI named Sabrina — a little guy trying to make sense of a big and complicated place. Rumu, as a game, is much the same — a little game with huge philosophical ideas to work through. Continue reading Games Review: Rumu (PC, 2017): I love feelings

Games Review: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS4, 2017): A pile of weird decisions

There’s almost no reason for you to play Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris. I’ve tried to find a nicer way to frame the expansion’s futile attempts at justifying its own existence but there’s no getting around it. In a game as massive as Destiny 2, especially one that is designed to keep players coming back, Curse of Osiris feels like scraps thrown to a starving crowd. Continue reading Games Review: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS4, 2017): A pile of weird decisions

Tech Review: BlueAnt Pump Air True Wireless Sportsbuds: Comfortably average

I’m a bit leery of ear bud headphones in general. My ears are constructed in the exact shape that will rudely eject any bud the moment I put them in. Add to this the notion of earbuds that are wireless — the cord being the one thing that typically stops me from losing any pair of buds I own the instant I open the box — and it felt like I already knew how my review of BlueAnt’s new wireless sportsbuds was going to end before it began.

It didn’t though, and that’s probably why I like them so much in spite their flaws. Continue reading Tech Review: BlueAnt Pump Air True Wireless Sportsbuds: Comfortably average

Games Review: RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch, 2017): A heady genre blend

It’s been five years since disaster befell Dutch developer Two Tribes B.V. and a large percentage of their staff were retrenched, spelling the end for the studio. They were not, however, prepared to go down without a fight and the remaining staff battled on to complete what would become Two Tribes’ last game, a twin-stick shooter called RIVE. Continue reading Games Review: RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch, 2017): A heady genre blend

Yo ho ho and a boat full of trolls, Sea of Thieves drops March 20

Microsoft have announced that their upcoming multiplayer pirate title, Sea of Thieves, will see release worldwide on March 20, 2018. The game, created by legendary developer Rare Ltd, has seen multiple technical alphas and has been the sleeper multiplayer hit at numerous gaming trade shows over the last two years. Continue reading Yo ho ho and a boat full of trolls, Sea of Thieves drops March 20

PlayStation Experience 2017: WipeOut VR is coming to PSVR, will make you spew

Sony have announced a VR update to the WipeOut Omega Collection coming in 2018. WipeOut VR will strap players into the cockpit of one of the futuristic racer’s hover vehicles, challenging their motion sickness resistance. Hit the jump to see the trailer. Continue reading PlayStation Experience 2017: WipeOut VR is coming to PSVR, will make you spew