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.

Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition

Strafe is a bloody-minded combination of FPS and rogue-like that seeks to place you firmly in a time machine and return you to mid 90’s, the era when Quake was the new king of the burgeoning genre. Strafe recalls an era when shooters were breathless, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experiences. You were always moving, always shooting, never resting. Where 2016’s excellent DOOM reboot showed just how great certain old shooter tropes could be when updated for a modern era, Strafe goes the other way, wanting to feel as close as it can to the id Software shooters of your childhood. Continue reading Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts return to Australia in August

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is returning to Australia and New Zealand in late August for a run of dates. The show, which performs music from the ever-popular series of Nintendo video games backed by a full orchestra, now in its fourth season, is returning with an expanded program. Continue reading The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts return to Australia in August

Video Games Review: Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, 2017)

Hoo boy. This review is gonna be all over the place. It’s going to be this way because this game, even as a concept, is all over the place.

You would think that, given that Tetris is already the most grueling activity a person can engage in, interrupting it with a quick round of the colour-matcher Puyo Puyo would be as if someone was doing you a huge favour. In practice, it feels like even more work.

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Tech Review: Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate (2017, JBL): Sturdy fitness headphones for those who aren’t particular

The Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate, are aside from having a name that goes on very nearly forever, are a pair of bluetooth sport earphones that can be connected to your smartphone during regular exercise. While they do their best to stand up in terms of sound, software design and practicality, they come with a couple of glaring issues that may give adopters pause. Continue reading Tech Review: Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate (2017, JBL): Sturdy fitness headphones for those who aren’t particular

Regurgitator to play a special 20th anniversary concert for Unit at EB Expo 2017

Long-running Australian rock act Regurgitator will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their titanic second studio album Unit with a special concert at this year’s EB Expo on the Gold Coast. Continue reading Regurgitator to play a special 20th anniversary concert for Unit at EB Expo 2017