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: Destiny (PS4, 2014)

Destiny is an ambitious FPS/MMO hybrid by console shooter demagogues Bungie and published by the similarly monolithic Activision, it’s a game that wears it’s Halo-inspired DNA proudly on its sleeve. It’s a game that is determined to be different, to stride into this new hardware generation and show us something we’ve never seen before. In this, it succeeds spectacularly in some areas and leaves you rather cold in others. Continue reading Games Review: Destiny (PS4, 2014)

Games Review: Flockers (Xbox One, 2014)

Flockers is the newest title from Team17, the venerable studio behind the enduring Worms franchise, and their first new IP in ten years. It’s a puzzle title that is very much of the capital-o, capital-s Old School. Recalling classic titles like Lemmings, it’s not the first (to coin a term) Lemminglike to come out in the last few years (Mario vs. Donkey Kong, World of Goo, Loco Roco and Chu Chu Rocket all spring to mind) it is among the first to introduce something different – a combination of twisted humour and extreme cartoon violence. From a studio like Team17, we should expect no less.... Continue Reading

Games Review: The Last of Us Remastered (PS4, 2014)

Naughty Dog’s decision to remaster their newly crowned PS3 masterwork The Last of Us and release it on PlayStation 4 around a year after it’s initial release just seemed like a weird move. Despite the studio’s hard-won integrity and reputation for excellent content, it felt like they were attempting to trade on the enormous goodwill and ever-growing fan base the game had inspired, and the announcement was met with widespread cynicism. It’s time to eat crow, you guys. We should have known better than to doubt. Continue reading Games Review: The Last of Us Remastered (PS4, 2014)