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

This article right here is for all those gamers who missed this hidden gem the first time round. Do not make that mistake again. According to the Brazilian Advisory Rating Board, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition has been rated for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It’s listed as being published by Gearbox Software and is scheduled to be released in 2017. This isn’t the first rumour of a Bulletstorm remaster. Back in June, screenshots of a Bulletstorm remaster were included in an E3 asset package distributed by Microsoft, but no official announcement was made, nor has one been made … Read More »

It’s like clockwork. You know the deal by now. Thursdays at 5pm, Major Nelson takes to Twitter to reveal the latest additions to the backwards compatibility program. Sometimes, they’re good announcements. Other times… not so much… Looking at you, Word Puzzle. In any case, here is today’s announcement: Lost Odyssey, Toy Story 3 and Guwange are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/9CI3GeOHBz — \\ Larry Hryb \\ (@majornelson) September 29, 2016 Anyone looking for a huge JRPG adventure should find their wants satisfied with Lost Odyssey. Seriously, that is one long game. Meanwhile, Toy Story 3 is more … Read More »

Listen up, COG! We’re getting close now to the highly anticipated release of Coalition’s Gears of War 4, but the team still have plenty to showcase. In an exclusive reveal on Nvidia’s Youtube channel NGN, we get a peek at some new multiplayer gameplay, specifically the fan-favourite game mode Guardian on the classic map Gridlock. Despite any graphical or gameplay changes, this still looks and feels like traditional Gears. Gridlock looks fantastic with its fresh coat of paint, and Guardian promises more frantic “protect the leader” action that it has delivered since Gears 2. The video, which you can check … Read More »

We here at Xbox One UK like to try and make the more frugal readers aware of the deals and freebies they can claim on Xbox Live. Turns out some saints over on reddit want the same for you too. A user by the name of engene124 created a thread to remind users of all the free Call of Duty DLC they can download, which is useful given the amount of CoD games that have and may soon become backwards compatible. The list is as follows: World at War – Makin (search makin in store) COD 2 – Bonus Map … Read More »

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Brawlout is just the latest in an ever expanding line of Smash Brothers clones, and whilst that is true to some extent when you look on the surface, beneath that lies a whole different beast entirely… You see, Brawlout is aiming for a more skill determined playstyle as opposed to Smash’s sheer insanity. To turn a phrase; Smash is for show, Brawlout is for a pro. Fortunately, it won’t take you long reach that higher skill level. Taking on the developers Angry Mob Games at their EGX stand, I was swiftly handed my ass … Read More »

September has been shaping up to be a great month for backwards compatibility as games like Bayonetta and Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown have made their way to the program, and we’ve still got a week and a bit left! Not one to rest on his laurels though, Major Nelson tweeted out the next addition to the backwards compatibility line-up: Word Puzzle is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/cix3H5nUqa — \\ Larry Hryb \\ (@majornelson) September 20, 2016 Normally, we’re pretty big defenders of the backwards compatibility program despite some… obtuse additions, but seriously: who was clamouring for … Read More »

Two minutes after booting up Dead Rising 1 for the first time in years, and the wave of nostalgia is flowing through me like the blood that courses through my veins. Before the pilot can even start his lines, I’m talking to my TV about Willamette, Colorado having a population of 53,594 and that the only thing to do in that town is kill time at the shopping mall. After about an hour, all the old tips and tricks are coming back. The hidden katana and uzi in the Paradise Plaza, the extra PP to be gained from destroying the plates … Read More »

The WWE games always boast an impressive array of things to customise and mess about with, whether that be making an entire arena rainbow coloured, or turning John Cena into a fat old man with the moves of Rey Mysterio. If this trailer anything to go by, WWE 2K17 should be even more bonkers. The trailer shows off all the usual modes you’d expect to find in a WWE Creation Suite: Create-A-Superstar, Create-A-Championship, Create-A-Moveset, Create-An-Arena and Create-A-Show all make a comeback, and they’re all getting improvements. New hair and skin options are now available when making your freakish grappler, whilst … Read More »

You all know the score by now, we’ve done it enough times. 5pm on most Thursdays, the incomparable Major Nelson will take to Twitter to reveal the next game or games to be added to the list of Backwards Compatible titles. Today, he tweeted the following: Bound by Flame, The Maw & Virtua Fighter 5 FS are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/mMqABN0565 — \\ Larry Hryb \\ (@majornelson) September 15, 2016 Personally, and perhaps predictably, the highlight here is Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. The “definitive” version of VF5, if you don’t mind paying extra for some … Read More »

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