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: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4, 2016)

In this gig, it’s rare you get to play a game that feels complete anymore. Some games reach for the stars and fall short. Others feel like they could have used more time in the oven. Others still promise sequels before the credits have rolled. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is that rare game that feels utterly complete. A larger-than-life adventure wrapped around a core story that is actual size, it takes the lessons Naughty Dog learned on The Last of Us and iterates on them in surprising and compelling ways. Continue reading Video Games Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: Star Fox Zero (Wii U, 2016)

It’s been a while since I went back and forth on a game the way I have with Star Fox Zero. For those who would consider themselves veterans of the series, it’s a confusing experience from the moment it begins. It looks like the Star Fox you know and love. It sounds like the Star Fox you know and love. It does not play like the Star Fox you know and love. Continue reading Video Games Review: Star Fox Zero (Wii U, 2016)

Farewell, Overwatch closed beta: Our top ten likes and dislikes

Farewell (for the next week), Overwatch. Our time with your closed beta has been memorable. You were exuberant fun as often as you were one-sided and rage-enducing. After spending a good few months in the game’s second closed beta, we come before you now to pass friendly judgement on what what we loved and where we think improvements could be made ahead of release. Continue reading Farewell, Overwatch closed beta: Our top ten likes and dislikes

BREAKING: Nintendo confirms new NX console will ship in March 2017, Zelda Wii U delayed

Nintendo of Japan have officially confirmed that their next console, codenamed “NX” is slated to ship in March 2017. The news was quickly followed by the announcement that the forthcoming Legend of Zelda game for Wii U has also been delayed into 2017.

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The final Uncharted 4 trailer is here, but blink and you’ll miss it

When the press release for the final Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer landed in my inbox this morning, we were expecting Naughty Dog to pull out all the stops. Then they kind of pulled the rug out from under us. Clocking in at only 37 seconds, this is more of a teaser than an actual trailer, but some Uncharted 4 is better than no Uncharted 4 so we’ll take it. Continue reading The final Uncharted 4 trailer is here, but blink and you’ll miss it

PAX EAST 2016: Gearbox teases Borderlands 3, suggests new series title

During today’s Gearbox Software panel at PAX East in Boston, CEO Randy Pitchford dropped a few nuggets of information about the next game in the Borderlands franchise. “Obviously, there’s going to be another Borderlands,” he said, before suggesting punters reduce their attachment to the name. “We don’t even know if we’re going to call it that.” Continue reading PAX EAST 2016: Gearbox teases Borderlands 3, suggests new series title