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

There's a certain exhilaration gamers feel when playing 3-D beat ‘em ups like Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Rising and others. Sure, simply beating the enemies looks cool and makes you feel good, but the true dizzying high comes with skill. The perfect parries, the last-second evades, the last pixel of health comebacks; all of these and more combine to make these games special. Furi epitomises that credo to a fault. Furi isn't about memorising inputs for intricate combo strings, or even about upgrading yourself as you go. Furi gives you all the tools you need to win from ... Read More »
You got a friend who plays Gear of War on PC, but you play on Xbox? Ever wanted to curb stomp their virtual face into virtual pavement? This weekend might be just the ticket. The Coalition have announced that the Crossplay Versus playlist will be available this weekend as a test to "evaluate the potential of a more permanent crossplay solution in the future to allow Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers to play together in Versus outside of Private Matches." As an added incentive, you'll earn increased XP for win/loss match completion. You might never even match up with a ... Read More »
In our review for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide, we hoped there would be more support for the game down the line. Looks like our wish just got granted! Developers Fatshark Games just dropped the new trailer for the DLC pack Karak Azgaraz. Try saying it 3 times fast for more points. The trailer shows the Skaven invading the titular Dwarfen fortress, located in the snow covered Grey Mountains. The pack amounts to 3 new levels of Skaven murdering fun times, and 2 completely new weapons: a Warpick for the Dwarf Ranger and a Falchion for the Witch Hunter. ... Read More »
November gave us Xbox One gamers a lot of great gifts on the backwards compatibility program (Omega Five, anyone?), but with the run-up to Christmas now officially underway, the gifts are still coming. Major Nelson took to Twitter, as per usual, to reveal the next additions to the backwards compatibility library: Injustice: Gods Among Us (incl disc only Ultimate Ed) & Haunted House are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/TD0zs9zIO8 — / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) December 1, 2016 Haunted House seems like it's late by over a month. Halloween was back in October! Still, the big news ... Read More »
Get your creative juices flowing, boys and girls! LEGO Worlds is coming to Xbox One on February 24th 2017. It's all the fun of building LEGO sets on your living room floor, without the risk of losing/standing on one of the bricks! LEGO Worlds has already been available on Steam Early Access for the better part of a year now, allowing players to create a whole host of experiences. Slay a dragon? Sure. Race against Dracula? Of course. Build the world's greatest skatepark? Done done and done. Players can also embark on a quest to become a Master Builder by ... Read More »
You ever drove around Australia and thought "let's make this colder"? Replace all the deserts, forests and cities with barren and desolate icy wastelands and mountains better suited to SSX rather than Forza Horizon? Step this way... The first of two major expansions coming to Forza Horizon 3, entitled Blizzard Mountain, will be available from December 13th, bringing with it a Forza first: extreme elevation and lots and lots of snowy ice. You'll get a whole new environment, eight new vehicles including the 2016 Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX, the 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept and some classic rally ... Read More »
Ever since the Microsoft owned Minecraft made an appearance on Nintendo’s Wii U, internet speculation spread like wildfire about the prospects of a partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo. Microsoft have been pushing the boat out as of late, trying to form working relationships with other platforms. We can already play Rocket League with PC players, but Microsoft and Phil Spencer aren’t resting on their laurels. Phil has been fanning the rumour flames a little bit more recently. In an interview with AusGamers, Spencer talks about the strength of Nintendo’s first party line-up, and how he’d jump at the chance to ... Read More »
Perhaps the bigger news here is that Overwatch didn't plan a Thanksgiving event, but let's not digress. Redditors and data miners have been plundering the Overwatch files and have found lines of dialogue related to a Christmas event. My early speculation is that everyone plays as Zenyatta and they throw snowballs instead of orbs. Reddit user Venxa also found lines related to an Arena of some kind, with a gladiator and a challenger. Whether this is related to a Christmas event, such as Halloween and Junkenstein's Revenge, remains to be seen. Santa’s Slay, anyone? What would you like to see ... Read More »
It was recently announced that Burnout Paradise will be part of December's Games With Gold, making it the perfect Christmas present from Xbox Live. Fortunately, for those of us who have the game anyway, we can make our back to the Paradise City where the grass had tyre marks, the air smells of petrol and the roads are filled with carnage. At least the girls are pretty. Burnout Paradise, Rayman Legends and Pure are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/ccY4SGqxjl — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) November 22, 2016 There's also Rayman Legends and the quad ... Read More »

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