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

In an effort to further incorporate features from True Achievements into the Xbox Dashboard, we'll soon be getting an "Achievement Rarity" tracker. Revealed on Major Nelson's podcast in an interview with Mike Ybarra and Scott Henson, Achievement Rarity is basically a way to congratulate you on obtaining those special achievements that only a few people in the world have earned. Let's say for example, the upcoming Dead Rising remaster has the 7 Day Survivor Achievement, which requires you to... survive for 7 days. That was a hard achievement back in the day and more than likely to be rare now, ... Read More »
Oh my god. Pinch me because I might be dreaming. Overkill have finally pulled the trigger on bringing consoles up to speed with the PC version of Payday 2, and it's happening real soon. The Big Score is coming in two different stages. The first is free, and will be delivered as an update to existing Crimewave Edition players, which includes over 20 packs, such as the First World Bank Heist, The Overkill Pack and the Jacket Character Pack. Pretty sweet so far, but you can also download some premium DLC including the Point Break heists, the Golden Grin Casino ... Read More »
Killer Instinct's next big update, the exciting Shadow Lords mode, will arrive on September 20th, with Gargos not far behind just waiting to body us into next week. However, Iron Galaxy are allowing some lucky KI players to engage in a little pre-emptive strike. Registration has now opened for the Shadow Lords early access ahead of its release on September 20th, but it's only available for Xbox One. Sorry Windows 10 and PC players, you'll have to wait a couple more weeks. You can sign up if you follow this link, but Iron Galaxy are stressing that this is still ... Read More »
This certainly makes up for the fact there was no announcement on Thursday. Just when you think we get things to an exact science (5pm on a Thursday), Major Nelson has to go and embarrass us. What gives, dude? Anyway, the Major took to Twitter, as usual, to let us know of the next couple of additions to the backwards compatibility library: Bejeweled 3, Deathspank T.O.V. & Gatling Gears are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/DBxsEhOeNL — \\ Larry Hryb \\ (@majornelson) September 6, 2016 Anyone looking for a good old Match-3 puzzle fix should be pleased with ... Read More »
Dogos is a weird name. How the hell do you pronounce it? Doo-goss? Dog-os? Is it an initialism or an acronym? Answers on a postcard please, but one thing thing that is certain is that the name Zeetnuk is weirder. The name of the villainous alien race that dogs you at every turn sounds more at home on the discarded page of a pre-adolescent sketchbook, but who cares about that stuff when you’re blowing their smithereens to smithereens? Dogos presents a more unique take on the shoot 'em up, granting the player full 360 degree control of the camera as ... Read More »
Fans of some classic side scrolling shoot 'em up action should be pleased come September 9th, as Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax will be blasting its way onto Xbox One. Up to 4 players can jump in locally, controlling 5 different mechs with up to a possible 49 different weapon loadouts across a variety of different modes, including the Campaign and various challenges. Perhaps most interesting is both the inclusion of some "light-RPG elements" that allow you to further upgrade the devastating capabilities of your mech, and the full gameplay customisation that lets you finely tune how easy/difficult you want ... Read More »
It appears that Ubisoft are doubling down on fixing The Division before they release the DLC, as during a State of the Game address during some scheduled server maintenance revealed Ubisoft's plans going forward. The main talking point was the changes coming to Update 1.4, which includes better loot drops, making higher level enemies harder to kill, and other "quality of life" changes like weapon skins not taking up inventory slots. The news of higher level enemies going down easier is music to many an agents ears. Some of those guys just refused to die... Ubisoft are also look for ... Read More »
The World Needs Heroes, now more than ever... Heroes WANTED! Play Overwatch for FREE September 9–12 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4: https://t.co/Pq264DygsZ pic.twitter.com/w1LpCp43TC — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) September 1, 2016 Next weekend, those of you who are yet to experience the majesty of Overwatch will be able to play FOR FREE next weekend. Consider yourself one lucky gamer... The free period will last from 11am PST on the 9th September, and will run on through until 4pm on the 12th September, but you can use the picture below to get an idea of when the free period will start in ... Read More »
Gears of War 4 looks to take the long-running series into a new direction, and the popular Horde Mode is no different. A new trailer has been released today showing some of these changes. It appears that Horde 3.0 is taking some inspiration from the Overrun Mode from the under-appreciated Gears of War: Judgment. Each player will have to choose a class, with different weapons and abilities. You've got the Sniper, who snipes (obviously), the Engineer who can build turrets and defences, the run-of-the-mill Soldier, the Scout who can reveal enemy locations for the team, and the Heavy who looks ... Read More »

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