Author: 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 Impressions: Tales from the Borderlands – Episode One: Zer0 Sum (PC, 2014)

November 28, 2014

The second of three Telltale Games releases this holiday season, the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands is a step in a different direction for the developer. Usually preferring slower-paced story-telling with a focus on dialogue, “Zer0 Sum” smashes theatrically through the walls of Telltale’s comfort zone and takes you on a pacey, action-oriented […]

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Games Review: The Wolf Among Us (PS4, 2014)

November 27, 2014

I’m kind of a comic book nut. When Telltale Games announced that they were releasing a noir point-and-click adventure based on Bill Willingham’s FABLES series of graphic novels, I was pretty excited. Though The Wolf Among Us released earlier this year in it’s entirety on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, the game has just seen […]

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Games Review: Dragon Age Inquisition (Xbox One, 2014)

November 24, 2014

Where do you start with a game like Dragon Age: Inquisition? Bioware have unleashed on an unprepared world a game with so much to see and do that it defies belief. Bioware have taken the lessons they learned from Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II and their mechanically similar Mass Effect series and applied them […]

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Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Unity (Xbox One, 2014)

November 17, 2014

I am what could be called an Assassin’s Creed apologist. I’ve defended the series against hyper-critical friends and co-workers, I even managed to find things to like about Assassin’s Creed III — and everyone hated that one. Where many have grown weary of the series since it became a yearly franchise, I’ve continued to look […]

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Games Review: Halo – The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One, 2014)

November 7, 2014

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an anthology title comprised of all four games starring the enduringly popular one-man-army (and unofficial Xbox mascot) Master Chief. For Halo fans anxiously awaiting the next entry in the series, Halo 5: Guardians, the Master Chief Collection offers a comprehensive stroll down memory lane in the interim.... Continue Reading

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Games Review: Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One, 2014)

October 28, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is Californian developer Insomniac Games (noted for PlayStation exclusives like Ratchet & Clank and Resistance) first Xbox One exclusive, a frantic, idiosyncratic, open-world third-person shooter that pulls elements from a number of different games and combines them, with a twisted sense of humour, to create something that feels quite fresh and different.

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Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One, 2014)

October 22, 2014

On first inspection, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor wasn’t a title that interested me overmuch when it was announced last year. It looked too derivative of games like Assassin’s Creed or Batman: Arkham City, with its parkour-happy ranger and free-flow combat. This year’s holiday season games crop has been very good at subverting expectations, though, and […]

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Games Review: Alien Isolation (Xbox One, 2014)

October 16, 2014

When The Creative Assembly (the Total War series) announced their decision to create a survival horror game based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci fi masterpiece Alien, the sour taste of Aliens: Colonial Marines was still strong in our mouths. It was difficult to view the decision as anything other than a profound mistake. Thankfully, The […]

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Games Review: Project Spark (Xbox One, 2014)

October 13, 2014

Project Spark is kind of a hard game to review. The reason for this is that it’s hard to describe it as a game, per se. It’s a game that allows you to create games, and some pretty complex ones at that. It’s another in a flurry of titles in this post-Minecraft world that are […]

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Games Review: Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One, 2014)

September 25, 2014

Racing games, especially the sort that cater to the street racing culture enthusiast, have never been my cup of tea. The boastful, arrogant swagger of the souped up cars themselves always seem to be given a higher priority than decent gameplay. When I loaded up Forza Horizon 2 and it began with a live-action cinematic […]

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