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.

EA unveils real-world Need for Speed car designed by fans

Back in November, EA announced that fans of the just-released Need for Speed reboot would be able to vote on the design of an in-game car. The car that emerged at the end of that process would be custom-built IRL and fans would be taken through the game-to-real-world construction process. The promised time is at hand. The car has been revealed. Continue reading EA unveils real-world Need for Speed car designed by fans

New report suggests Assassin’s Creed taking 2016 off, new game set in Egypt

It would seem that the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series will head to ancient Egypt. The news comes out of a new report by Kotaku that suggests the new game is currently progressing under the working title “Empire” and may actually release in 2017. Continue reading New report suggests Assassin’s Creed taking 2016 off, new game set in Egypt

CES 2016: Nvidia just revealed the Drive PX 2, a water-cooled AI supercomputer that drives your car

Nvidia have kicked off their CES 2015 press conference with the unexpected reveal of a second version of their Drive PX in-car computer. This new machine is the equivalent of 150 MacBook Pro’s and it will drive your damn car. Continue reading CES 2016: Nvidia just revealed the Drive PX 2, a water-cooled AI supercomputer that drives your car

Back to work: Gaming news you may have missed over the holidays

Welcome back, boys and girls! We’re back at work and getting ready for CES 2016 in just a few days time. Thing is, while we were enjoying the holidays, news kept rolling in – Steam had themselves a Big Winter Fail, Oculus hit a stumbling block and there was good news for Final Fantasy fans. Hit the jump and get all caught up. Continue reading Back to work: Gaming news you may have missed over the holidays

The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

What a year it’s been for gaming. The surge of fantastic indie titles shows no signs of slowing and, after a horror year in 2014, the AAA side of the industry has made a clear effort to pick itself up by the bootstraps and deliver titles of quality. There was a lot to like out there this year, but 2015 wasn’t without its calamities and misfires and we’ll cover those too. So what were our favourite games this year? And which will take home our coveted Game of the Year award? Continue reading The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

Video Games Review: Fat Princess Adventures (PS4, 2015)

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the Fat Princess franchise. The original game, a blend of single- or multiplayer action and strategy, debuted on the PS4 back in 2009. Things went quiet after that until its sequel, Fat Princess Adventures, was announced and quickly released all within December 2015. Departing from its more strategic roots, Fat Princess Adventures takes an action-RPG focus, bringing mechanics not out of place in a dungeon crawler and blending them its signature brand of humour.

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So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

There’s a name many parents might be hearing a lot right now. Yo-Kai Watch. It’s a game, it’s a TV show, it’s getting a lot of ad play, and your kids want it for Christmas. The thing is, you’ve also heard that it’s a massive cultural phenomenon with millions of fans … so why are you only hearing about it now? Relax, The Iris has you covered. Here’s a quick primer on the world of Yo-Kai Watch. Continue reading So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)

Level-5 have been sitting on a western release for their Yo-Kai Watch franchise for some time. There were a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being just how steeped in Japanese culture the series is – indeed, Yo-Kai Watch has achieved the same kind of towering popularity in its homeland that the now-waning Pokemon did on release. Nintendo got on board with Level-5 to localise the first game in the franchise, no small task. The result is something that, while still very Japanese, is actual pretty special. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)

Bayonetta is coming to Smash Bros in February, new amiibo inbound

The final Nintendo Direct episode for 2015, focused solely on Super Smash Bros, just wrapped up. The presentation made a number of character and amiibo announcements, including the winner of this year’s Character Ballot. You can watch the full 30-minute video after the jump. Continue reading Bayonetta is coming to Smash Bros in February, new amiibo inbound