About: Ashley Bates

Full time bearded man of Xbox One UK, and also a Senior Editor. Self-appointed Fighting Game Hype Man, because no one else on site appreciates the art of fisticuffs. Catch me on Twitter @donovan_ryder.

Posts by: Ashley Bates

Ever wanted to live out your Hunger Games or Battle Royale fantasies? Or The Condemned, for those Stone Cold Steve Austin lovers? Well you soon can, as Xaviant's The Culling will be arriving on Game Preview on June 2nd. Taking its cue from fiction like the aforementioned Battle Royale, you and 15 other players are dropped into an unfamiliar environment and must outsmart the rest of the competition in order to survive. You have 25 minutes to scavenge, craft, set traps and ultimately kill your fellow contestants, with the last man or woman standing claiming ultimate victory. It's not about ... Read More »
Welcome, once again, to the Frontier! Respawn Entertainment have revealed the new gameplay trailer showing off the latest DLC update, Monarch's Reign. The update, which will arrive on May 30th, contains a host of new and classic content for pilots to sink their teeth into. For instance, players will get to return to the Titanfall 1 map of Relic. Set in the wreckage of the carrier IMS Odyssey, players get to experience tight wall running inside the ship and open areas outside fit for Titan battles. As far as new content goes, all players will be given access to the ... Read More »
In news sure to delight fans of creepy horror and home invasions, the procedural horror game Hello Neighbor from tinyBuild Games will be arriving on Xbox One on August 29th. A game with a simple premise, you control someone who has recently moved in to the neighbourhood, right next to a man who keeps acting suspiciously. Like he has something to hide. Naturally, the only course of action is to break in and find out. Hello Neighbor has been praised for its learning AI which controls The Neighbor. The AI will pick up on certain tactics, and set traps and ... Read More »
No sooner has Beam been integrated into the Xbox platform do they decide on a big corporate rebranding. Very well timed. The Artist Formerly Known As Beam have announced that they're changing their name to Mixer, which honestly sounds like some kind of music service as opposed to gaming. Welcome to the next gen of live game streaming. Join us at https://t.co/B4JmyQwcvK to celebrate. #mixer#mixerworkshttps://t.co/cWGDmGMQAIpic.twitter.com/r71Bj6otIh — Beam (@WatchMixer) May 25, 2017 But the changes aren't stopping there, as the Mixer team are committed to bringing the best possible streaming experience on the market. Twitch better be looking over its shoulder. ... Read More »
Do you have that one friend who is always broke, or just refuses to upgrade to Xbox Live Gold? This weekend is your opportunity to convince them otherwise. Xbox are launching one of their Multiplayer All-Access Events, which allows any Xbox Live user to play any multiplayer game. Rocket League, Halo 5 and even Injustice 2; all are available, and can be played from today until May 21st. To sweeten the deal, users can also download a free limited time unlock of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, which will be available during the entire time of the All-Access Event. There's no ... Read More »
I have a confession to make: I still haven't played Life is Strange. It's in my pile of shame, sitting proudly amongst Resident Evil 7 and The Witcher 3, but I keep getting distracted by other games. That might soon change though, as the folks at DONTNOD Entertainment have a plan for me to book my ideas up and actually play the damn game; they've just announced they're working on a sequel. In a video to thank the fans for over 3 million Life is Strange players, which you can check out below, the team let slip that there is ... Read More »
We're closing in fast on the first birthday for one of 2016's greatest games, Overwatch, and Blizzard Entertainment are celebrating in style. So far Blizzard have announced that on May 23rd, three new arena maps will be available to all players. These maps are themed on current maps Eichenwalde, Temple of Anubis and Dorado. If you're wondering what type of map is an "arena" map, think Ecopoint; Antarctica. These new maps will likely be added to the rotation of playlists like 3v3 Elimination, though if you play that mode, you have serious problems. Check out the tweet from the official ... Read More »
Black and White Bushido is a 4 player 2-D platforming “stealth ‘em up”, according to the developers Good Catch, which is the most accurate description for B&WB. Other suggestions from us include “4 player dash ‘n’ slash”, and “one screen of monochrome mutilation”... Perhaps “stealth ‘em up” is better. You control a warrior of light or shadow, hiding in specific sections of the map waiting to strike. These sections will change every so often to ensure no players camp in the same spot for the whole game. The game itself is a single screen 2-D platformer with wall jumps, double ... Read More »
Human: Fall Flat is a physics based puzzle platformer all about a human falling flat. A lot. More than pretty much any other game. Whether it be tripping off of ledges or as a result of being smacked around, needless to say, you'll be doing a lot of falling. Each level challenges players to find creative solutions to progress through the area using the objects around you, the laws of physics and a bit of initiative. The left and right trigger controls your left and right hand respectively, allowing you to grab onto objects in the environment. Initially, you'll be ... Read More »

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