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 Review: Octopath Traveler (Switch, 2018): Looking back, moving forward

July 12, 2018

I have a rule when it comes to playing games for review: Remain objective, even when the game is in a genre you aren’t crazy about. Last week, I broke that rule. I had assumed I would detest Octopath Traveler. I had resigned myself to reviewing yet another JRPG, despite my long and well-documented history […]

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Tech Review: Logitech G Powerplay Wireless Charging System: Free to play

July 12, 2018

There is a pervasive assumption among PC gaming hobbyists that wireless accessories like mice are going to be a problem. That corded solutions are always the way to go. For a long time, this rather conventional wisdom was correct, but its getting harder and harder for it to stand up under scrutiny. Devices like Logitech’s […]

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Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

July 12, 2018

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core shouldn’t sound as good as it does. This is a $70 AUD pair of headphones. You expect certain things from $70 headphones. You expect them to be cheap. You expect them to be made from hard, unyeilding plastic that keeps them from being worn comfortably for long periods. You certainly […]

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Games Review: Mario + Rabbids: Donkey Kong Adventure (Switch, 2018): More of the same

July 11, 2018

Ubisoft returns to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the surprise strategy hit of 2017, with a lengthy new slab of DLC with Donkey Kong in the spotlight. To call Donkey Kong Adventure an “expansion” in the strictest sense might be to oversell it. It doesn’t really add much to the game that wasn’t there already. […]

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Tech Review: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Easy does it

July 5, 2018

Younger audiences don’t give a shit about television. They watch Netflix, they watch YouTube and, in greater numbers than ever, they’re watching Twitch. This means that Twitch has become an attractive platform for streamers of all stripes to get their start. Elgato’s HD60 S is, for the first-time streamer, exactly the kind of kit you […]

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Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC, 2018): Something borrowed, something new

July 4, 2018

There is a trend in modern AAA game design of pinching the best ideas from other games and building on them to create something new. Hi-Rez Studios is a developer that has built a successful portfolio by doing exactly this. They are very good at looking at successful multiplayer games, distilling their most enjoyable components […]

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Games Review: Unravel 2(Xbox One, 2018): A Common Thread

July 3, 2018

Unravel 2 is the sort of game that strengthens interpersonal bonds.  It’s a wonderful team building exercise, a game cut from the same warm emotional mould as its predecessor but with a rather different point to make.

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Tech Review: JBL BAR 3.1 Soundbar: The sound your apartment needs

July 2, 2018

The soundbar has been the go-to piece of home theatre kit for people who want great sound but don’t have the room for a full surround kit. JBL’s refresh of its series of soundbars embraces this desire to save space with the succinctly named JBL BAR 3.1.

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Tech Review: Cygnett FreePlay Wireless Earphones: Puzzle bobble

June 26, 2018

One thing a pair of earphones should do the first time you put them in your ears is make a good impression. Before you even turn them on, they should sit comfortably in the ears with minimal wobble and, ideally, not make you feel like Lobot from Star Wars (though I’ve reviewed my share that […]

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Nvidia Shield TV is finally coming to Australia

June 22, 2018

Nvidia’s popular Shield TV set top box is finally on its way to Australia. Built for both gaming and on-demand 4K streaming, the Shield has been a successful venture overseas, and now looks to dominate the market locally.... Continue Reading

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