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

It's almost coincidental, perhaps even poetic, that a new Metro game, with story based on a world ravaged by nuclear war, is being teased the same day that Donald Trump becomes President of the United States. Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were based on a series of books by Dmitry Glukhovsky based in the underground metro of Moscow after the nuclear bombs have been dropped. Humanity has managed to eke out an existence, despite the monsters above and the political disputes below threatening to destroy what's left. On the official website for the third book, Metro 2035, which again ... Read More »
Infinite Air is somewhat of a misleading title, seeing how gravity exists. No matter how much airtime you get, you’ll eventually hit the ground again. They should have called this game “Mark McMorris Infinite Snow” as there’s more white powder here than the inside of a busy nightclub in the 80’s… Like a field of dreams, it never ends. Mark McMorris Infinite Air is a snowboarding game from HB Studios that seeks to offer a realistic experience of what snowboarding can be like. Well, as realistic an experience as you can get when you can bail a 100ft jump without ... Read More »
It's a system that's caused lots of happiness and sorrow, depending on the week-to-week announcements, but the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program is here to stay. According to Phil Spencer though, the best might be yet to come. Responding to fan's appreciation on making Blue Dragon compatible, he tweeted out the following: @HippeusOmega@Xbox Thanks, BC team just sent me their planned November list, looks to be a great BC month, landing some of top fan requests — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 2, 2016 What does he mean by "some of top fan requests"? Considering how much people have been clamouring for Skate 3, is ... Read More »
If you were to tell the 13 year old me, sat playing Budokai Tenkaichi on the PS2, that one day I could play a Dragonball Z game where I could make my own character and interact with the events of the manga/anime, I'd have snapped your arm off quicker than an Instant Transmission. The original Dragonball Xenoverse struck a chord with many players by essentially being pure, unadulterated fandom wish fulfilment. Make your own character from one of five races, including Saiyan, Human, Namekian and whatever the hell Frieza and Buu are? Check. Insert yourself into famous battles, taking on ... Read More »
Calling all RPG fans! Blue Dragon, one of the earliest titles released for the Xbox 360, is now available to play on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. A traditional JRPG, Blue Dragon focused on turn-based combat, dungeon exploration and characters that looked like they're ripped straight from an anime. Makes sense considering the art was created by Akira Toriyama. You know, the creator of Dragon Ball. I mentioned this when Lost Odyssey went backwards compatible, but the Xbox One has basically been crying out for some good quality JRPGs. Though we have Final Fantasy XV at the end of the ... Read More »
Puns are trucking great, right? That's especially true when the pun is as accurate as ClusterTruck, as that's the only way to describe the gameplay that it brings to the table. Pitched as a “first person, physics based platformer”, you jump from truck to truck avoiding the metaphorical and occasionally literal lava floor in order to make it to the goal. Simple enough, until the trucks start misbehaving. The physics on offer means that no two levels play out the same way twice. Your first run might see a certain truck crash and burn on the highway, but the second ... Read More »
It's 5pm. It's Thursday. It's me, the bearded guy of Xbox One UK, and we've got another set of additions for the backwards compatibility program. As usual, Major Nelson has tweeted out what's available for us today: RAGE, Killer Is Dead and Shred Nebula are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/TJ2agu22Cq — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) October 27, 2016 Everyone remembers RAGE, specifically the disappointment they seem to feel towards it. However, if there's any disappointment from this announcement, it's the fact I recently sold my copy of Killer Is Dead thinking it'd never become ... Read More »
So we finally have some official confirmation from Microsoft about why Borderlands: The Handsome Collection went free today, and why Silver members can download it. Turns out Microsoft are running a Multiplayer All-Access promotion from October 27th until October 30th, which will allow Silver members to play multiplayer games during that time. Just to sweeten the deal, all members will be able to download Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and engage in jolly co-operation. The promotion extends to all Xbox One games, so if you're a Silver member with Battlefield 1, you can join your friends in some World War 1 ... Read More »
Who would have thought that the single player campaign of a Battlefield game would actually be a stand-out feature? Given the abject mediocrity we were dealt in previous iterations, the fact that Battlefield 1 offers an engaging campaign mode alongside the popular multiplayer component is a triumph of the highest order. The key ingredient is the sense of scale DICE have provided to the World War 1 setting. From the narrative, to the setting and the level design, there's an overwhelming sense that you and your struggles are just another thread in an intricate tapestry. For too long, modern military ... Read More »

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