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

If modern gaming has revealed anything, it's that a game doesn't need to be out before we start talking about the DLC. Dead Rising 4 appears to be no exception, with the Season Pass now available pre-order as part of the Deluxe Edition of the game. The list includes 3 DLC packs, though whether there'll be more remains to be seen. The first, and seemingly least significant bit of DLC is the Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack, which includes a range of festive themed weapons, zombies, vehicles and costumes. The second pack is perhaps the strangest pack, known as Super Ultra ... Read More »
It won't be long now before all you adventurers can step back into the well-worn boots of the Dovahkiin to re-experience the rich world of Skyrim. Still, you won't be going anywhere if you haven't got the space on your hard drive. Bethesda have said that the game will need 25GB worth of space in Europe, but only 17GB in North America. Quite why there's an 8GB difference between the two continents baffles me, but that's the world we live in. Still, there is something to look forward to. Bethesda have said they will be releasing a new creation kit ... Read More »
If you haven't been playing Rivals of Aether, you should be. Especially if this glowing preview by a certain bearded chap is anything to go by. However, if you have, you'll have noticed that PC players have been received a couple of updates that we haven't been privy to.Worry not though, fellow Rivals, as today saw the release of Patch 0.15.4, which brings us back up to speed with the PC release. For the full list of features and balance changes, check out the blog post from the developers here, but we'll run through a few of the highlights: Button-testing whilst ... Read More »
Two announcements in one week? Oh, you're just spoiling us now, Major Nelson! It's just gone 5pm on a Thursday afternoon, so you know what time it is. It's time to check out the latest additions to the backwards compatibility library. Major Nelson tweeted out the following: Silent Hill: Downpour, Eat Lead & Puzzle Quest are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/W0PdNkozIN — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) October 13, 2016 Obviously it's not the strongest announcement in the world, and yes, there is still no Skate 3, but the highlight reveal here would be Eat ... Read More »
Today is a momentous day, as today is the day that Steam sensation Clustertruck became available to pre-download on the Xbox Store! We weren't even sure this was coming to the Xbox One, but we sure are glad that it is! Announced by Major Nelson on his blog, Clustertruck will be coming to the Xbox One courtesy of Landfall and tinyBuild Games on October 28th and will set you back £11.99. However, there is a free 30 minute trial available now to help you get a taste of the action. If you're unaware of the insanity of Clustertruck, which is a ... Read More »
Welcome back to Xbox One UK's regular reflection; where we take a look at the list of Xbox 360 titles that became backwards compatible in the last month, and try to point out a couple of highlights. September was a pretty active month for the BC program, providing gamers with lots of titles across multiple genres. Yes, we're still waiting on Skate 3, but September did offer something for everyone. First, the honourable mentions: Call of Duty: World at War Call of Duty’s last foray into WW2 shooters was the game to thank/blame for the insistence of Zombies in most ... Read More »
You could tell me that Vermintide started life as a Left 4 Dead mod; I'd believe you. 4 survivors of an apocalypse fighting a horde-like enemy called the Skaven (zombies), dogged at every turn by unique monsters designed to pick you off one by one. You've got your Gutter Runner (hunter), Pack Master (smoker/jockey), Poison Wind Globadier (spitter/boomer), Stormvermin (armoured horde) and the Rat Ogre (tank). We're a charger and a witch away from a full set. Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide, to give it its full title, is a first person co-operative action game with an emphasis on ... Read More »
Has Major Nelson switched from Thursday announcements to Tuesday announcements? 2 weeks in a row, he's tweeted out the latest editions to the backwards compatibility library. Earlier, he tweeted out the following: Jurassic Park, Battlestations: Midway, Dragon's Lair & Tour de France 2011 are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/aAk45YO2Pe — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) October 11, 2016 If you're from the UK and are wondering what the hell the Jurassic Park game was, it was one of the earlier works from Telltale Games that skipped release over here. A search on the UK Xbox ... Read More »
Who wants more Overwatch content? Trick question, of course you do. Well, if this supposed Xbox Store leak is to be believed, Overwatch will be getting some themed Halloween content. An eagle-eyed redditor managed to grab a blurry picture of purchasable Halloween loot boxes. Whilst the blurriness might call the legitimacy into question, it does follow the same pattern of the Summer Games lootboxes. The leak also goes on to confirm that there will be more than 100 Halloween items, which works out on average to just over 5 items per character. These will include skins, intros, emotes, sprays, voice ... Read More »

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