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

Another week, and another Injustice 2 trailer has dropped in the run-up to the game's full release on May 19th, and this time we're focusing on the villains. The trailer, which you can check out below, showcases some never before seen gameplay of 2 new characters and one returning personal favourite. And some Gorilla Grodd for good measure. The new characters in question are Bane, who was insanely good in the first game if you used him correctly, Captain Cold and Scarecrow. Scarecrow looks like an actual monster, crawled straight from the visceral nightmares of your childhood, whilst Captain Cold ... Read More »
As is tradition at 5pm on a Thursday, Major Nelson has tweeted out the latest addition to the backwards compatibility library. Any FPS fans will be happy with this one: Far Cry 3 is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLopic.twitter.com/uHB2QJ768J — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) March 30, 2017 Anyone who has never played Far Cry 3, I implore you to seek out a copy and play it immediately. Not only is it a damn fine first person shooter and the best of the Far Cry series, it's also a contender for best villain in any videogame. I love ... Read More »
After 13 years of destruction derbies and vehicular mayhem, you'd think that the Flatout driver would fasten his damn seatbelt. Or a helmet. Every race he gets launched headfirst through the windscreen after some horrific crash, but still nothing. Though, if it wasn't the drivers insistence on lax health and safety procedures, we wouldn't have the Flatout series to begin with. That man is a hero. Flatout 4: Total Insanity is, rather confusingly, the fifth game in the arcade destruction derby series, and sequel to 2011’s godawful abomination. With the bar set shockingly low, could Flatout 4 possibly exceed the ... Read More »
Men and women of the Militia! The Frontier News Network have a late breaking story in the war against the IMC. Respawn Entertainment have announced the latest free content drop for the popular Titanfall 2, entitled Colony Reborn, will be launching on March 30th, and will be very pleasing to fans of the original Titanfall. The DLC will include the return of Titanfall 1 map Colony, with narrow streets in the centre surrounded by huge Titan killing fields. Pilots will also be able to use a modified version of the R-101 Carbine, equipped with an ACOG scope. Colony Reborn will ... Read More »
The Injustice 2 media cavalcade is picking up steam all the way to the game's release in May, and NetherRealm aren't done yet. Today, a new trailer dropped in the Shattered Alliances series, which show off the much anticipated Story Mode. This time, it's the turn of newcomer Supergirl, who was sent away from Krypton at the same time as Superman. Now, she finds herself caught in the midst of war between the Regime and the Insurgency, torn between her loyalty to her family and her duty to protect the innocent. It should make for a compelling character arc, in ... Read More »
Thanks to Major Nelson, today's earlier leak from Xbox Austria has now been confirmed. In April, we shall be treated to Xbox One games Ryse: Son of Rome and Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 2, alongside Darksiders and Assassin's Creed: Revelations for the Xbox 360. Of course, for anyone who owns those 360 games digitally, you don't have to wait until April to play them on your Xbox One, as Major Nelson also revealed on Twitter. We're also getting a bonus too: Darksiders, Darksiders II and Assassin's Creed Revelations are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/pqaFZSEHVT — Larry Hryb ... Read More »
Bandai Namco have officially announced the post launch content for the much anticipated fighter Tekken 7, which will include the addition of two more guest characters.  Joining Akuma, these unannounced guest characters will be available as part of the season pass and will include a new stage and new costumes related to the character in question, and will be released later this year and early next year respectively. In the meantime, more than 50 costumes will be released in the summer. Of course, this news has sent Xbox One UK (me) into speculation overload. The easy guess would be another ... Read More »
Bloody American Daylight Savings Time. Now it seems like Major Nelson will be dropping backwards compatibility announcements at 4pm instead of 5pm. Today, he tweeted out that the following games will be available: STREET FIGHTER IV, Luxor 2, Poker Smash & Madballs Babo:Invasion are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/mevgZ0xdqF — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) March 16, 2017 An eclectic mix of puzzle and fighting games here, the real frustration comes in the form of Street Fighter IV. Anyone thinking this announcement includes the last version of the game, Ultra Street Fighter IV, will be MAJORLY disappointed. Turns ... Read More »
We're going to start this review of Verdun, not with any fancy intros or witty wordplay, but with a picture. A picture that perfectly captures your typical experience when playing this game: Due to some unknown glitch, half of the character models have become either white or pink phantoms, haunting the WW1 battlefields of mainland Europe. It's hard to sneak around a dreary grey and brown warzone when your character looks like a mascot for Susan G. Komen. In turn, it's hard to really get invested in what Verdun offers. Verdun is a multiplayer first person shooter based on the ... Read More »

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