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

Brace yourselves, guys and girls, we've got a lot to get through. Yesterday, the new Story trailer dropped for the upcoming DC fighting game Injustice 2, which revealed new characters in the form of Brainiac, Bane, Robin and Poison Ivy, and an idea as to where the story is heading. Spoiler alert: it looks fantastic. We also saw that Darkseid will be a pre-order exclusive and that the game will ship on May 16th 2017. All of this makes up for the lack of information we've received about the game over the last couple of months, but it appears Netherealm ... Read More »
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been fairly active on Twitter recently, mainly to downplay the furore caused by the cancellation of Scalebound. Not to be painted as a broken record, however, Spencer has also been talking about Project Scorpio and whether or not we'd see anything before E3 in June. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have a clear answer: @Sn4kee@BeastFireTimdog Honestly not sure yet but I know people want this. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 11, 2017 It's an absolute guarantee that Microsoft and Phil Spencer himself will be devoting a huge amount of their E3 time to hyping up ... Read More »
Warner Bros Games have just released a new trailer for the upcoming re-release of LEGO CITY Undercover, which was formerly exclusive to Nintendo's Wii U. Based on the authentic LEGO CITY playset, the game sees protagonist Chase McCain go undercover to apprehend criminal and hated adversary Rex Fury, offering players a chance to explore a city filled with crime, collectibles and daft movie references. It wouldn't be a LEGO game without that trademark humour, after all. The trailer below shows off some of the hijinks you can get up to as part of the LEGO CITY Police Department when the ... Read More »
After the strong announcement this past Tuesday, which brought Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age: Origins to the backwards compatibility program, the next announcement had a lot to live up to. Striking while the iron is hot, Major Nelson tweeted the next couple of additions to the ever-expanding library. Check them out below: MEGA MAN 9, MEGA MAN 10 and Beat'n Groovy are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/YRhZrnypJv — / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) January 12, 2017 It's fair to say that unless your interests lie in old school platformers or bizarre rhythm action ... Read More »
Skaven Hunters! How would you like to take it to the vermin menace on a snow-capped mountain range complete with a hidden dwarf fortress? Of course you do, you're only human! Developers Fatshark have finally announced via the below tweet the console release date for the first (at least on Xbox) piece of DLC for co-op slasher Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide. COMING FEB 28 - @VermintideGame's latest DLC 'Karak Azgaraz' and the awaited FREE 'Quests & Contracts' DLC - both for #PS4 & #XboxOne pic.twitter.com/bOxYge7mLS — Warhammer Vermintide (@VermintideGame) January 11, 2017 Entitled "Karak Azgaraz", the DLC sees ... Read More »
Are you looking to add a new controller to your collection, but want something a little more colourful than your standard black and white fare? Microsoft have got you covered! Unveiled today on Major Nelson's blog, Microsoft are launching two brand new controller colours that look totally cool. You can either pick Red, which will be good for any Manchester United or Liverpool fans, or Green with Orange trim which totally looks like Master Chief prized gaming peripheral. The Red controller is available now in the US for $64.99 and is currently shipping to retailers worldwide. The Green/Orange one will ... Read More »
Here's a sobering thought for you all: the Doomsday Clock currently sits at 3 minutes to midnight, and it doesn't look like we'll be turning back time in the near future. If it's not the tension regarding Syria, nuclear weapons testing in North Korea or unchecked climate change that'll do us in, it'll be the frigging killer clowns. Seriously, what the hell world?! But, if the world is going to end, what form will it take? Will humanity live on post-reckoning? How will we get our jollies in an apocalyptic wasteland? Here are 6 games on Xbox One that show ... Read More »
We're jumping aboard the Wishful Thinking bus right off the corner of Speculation Boulevard right now! It would appear that games aren't announced via the usual methods these days. If it's not leaked online or outed by a Taiwanese ratings board, it'll be the registered domain names. Chief culprit at the moment is SEGA Europe, who have registered multiple domain names for a "Shenmue HD". The domains, which include "shenmuehd.com" and "shenmueremastered.com", are perhaps the most solid evidence yet regarding Shenmue HD, but how does that concern Xbox? Shenmue 3 hasn't been confirmed for Xbox One, despite legions of fans ... Read More »
Most people tend to agree that 2016 sucked. Too many celebrities deaths and divisive politics dampened a lot of spirits. Luckily, the Xbox team are keeping a positive outlook. Mike Nichols, VP of Marketing for Xbox, penned a reflective post on Xbox Wire about the year 2016 and its significance for the green brand. With nearly 400 new games coming out last year alone, there's certainly a lot to reflect on! Highlights include: Forza Horizon 3 became both the best-selling and highest rated racing game of 2016, and was the biggest launch for a Forza game to date. It's only ... Read More »

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