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: Disney Infinity 3.0 (PS4, 2015)

There was a moment not five minutes into Disney Infinity 3.0 that made me wonder if the developers had been reading my dream journal. The moment in question was a wonderful sequence that featured the Millennium Falcon in a Star Fox-esque on-rails shooter through an asteroid belt. That’s a game I didn’t even know I wanted until that precise moment and it set the tone for everything that followed.
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Video Games Review: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (PS4, 2015)

Hideo Kojima is clearly very torn about leaving his Metal Gear series behind after nearly 30 years. The fact that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain spends a lot of time on the notion of losing a part of yourself, physically and mentally, illustrates this. Kojima leverages the phenomenon of phantom limb pain – the body believing a limb that is no longer attached to your body is still there, often still sending pain signals to the brain – to communicate his sense of loss. The thing is, once you clock the game, you may start to feel a phantom pain all of your own. Continue reading Video Games Review: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (PS4, 2015)