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: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, 2015)

Crystal Dynamics breathed new life into the aging Tomb Raider series with their acclaimed 2013 self-titled reboot. Its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, sees a hardier, more prepared Lara Croft venturing into Siberia to find an artefact said to hold the key to immortality. But does Rise of the Tomb Raider, like it’s heroine, return stronger and wiser from experience?
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Video Games Review: Need for Speed (PS4, 2015)

The Need for Speed franchise has been a lot of things to a lot of different audiences over the years. But with such a large back catalogue comes bloat and mis-steps as the well of new ideas goes dry. With the back-to-basics reboot Need for Speed, the series is given the chance to head in some much-needed new directions. Sadly, even with a completely clean slate, Need for Speed still doesn’t seem to know which direction to head in first. Continue reading Video Games Review: Need for Speed (PS4, 2015)

Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, 2015)

With many fans of the series still wary after last year’s disastrous Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft are aware that they need to stick the landing with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The good news is that Syndicate, though it has problems of its own, is never weighed down by them and constitutes a welcome return to form. Continue reading Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, 2015)

BlizzCon 2015: New Hearthstone expansion, League of Explorers, drops next week

Blizzard have announced the newest adventure expansion for for their free-to-play online CCG Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Called League of Explorers, it’s a single-player campaign that will send players into “ancient temples fulled with relics, treasures and traps.” Continue reading BlizzCon 2015: New Hearthstone expansion, League of Explorers, drops next week