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

We're not entirely sure what to make of this, as it certainly isn't the Blood Dragon sequel we asked for, but Ubisoft have announced that Trials of the Blood Dragon is now available for the Xbox One. Taking place 12 years after the events of the original Blood Dragon (yeah, there's some continuity here), you take control of one of the children of Rex Power Colt to fight in Vietnam War 4 by... doing sick flips. Trials of the Blood Dragon offers 30 missions of 2D physics based motorcycle action that Trials has become known for, crossed with the sheer ... Read More »
Your friend’s here at Xbox One UK are back with another Public Service Announcement for the more frugal amongst you: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is now free for all Xbox Live Gold Members, and playable via backwards compatibility. Available as a promotion for Tekken 7 coming to the Xbox One, you get access to this stellar fighting game for the low low price of absolutely nothing. Not a bad deal, we’re sure you’ll agree. Follow the link right here to download it from the Xbox Store. Whilst Microsoft haven’t announced a time limit to this promotion, it’s worth downloading this title ... Read More »
It's a good time to be a fighting game fan on the Xbox One. Namco Bandai and fighting game legend Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage at Microsoft's E3 briefing to show off Tekken 7 on Xbox One. Showcasing what appeared to be a Story Mode battle between guest character Akuma and mainstay Heihachi Mishima, we see both an awesome cutscene and a battle between the two icons. The game will be releasing in Early 2017, and will be up-to-date with the current Japanese arcade version, Fated Retribution. Also, as a celebration of Tekken on Xbox One, previous game Tekken Tag ... Read More »
The military leader of the Locust horde seems to fancy himself as a master of Ultra Combos... Microsoft, at their E3 briefing, officially revealed that General RAAM will be making his way to Season 3 of Killer Instinct, and will be free to play this week. The hype is real. The short trailer saw RAAM eating Jago's fireballs like they were nothing, before stabbing him right in the gut, Kim style. No word yet on what his proper moveset contains, but we imagine there will be some devastating grapples and and Kryll based projectiles. Check out the trailer for yourself ... Read More »
You thought that no announcements would be left for E3 season? EA are out to prove that wrong, giving you something that you never knew you needed: a Story Mode in FIFA. No, this isn't April Fool's. At today's EA Play event, FIFA 17's The Journey was officially revealed to the world. Poised to be a more cinematic version of the long-running Be A Pro mode, The Journey follows the fictional Alex Hunter as he navigates the trials and tribulations of Premier League football. The trailer below depicts Alex at Manchester United, but you can pick any Premier League team ... Read More »
Oh god. Oh my god. It's revealed and it looks awesome! Netherrealm Studios just dropped the Worldwide Premiere of Injustice 2's gameplay trailer at the Season 3 finals of the ESL MK X Pro Leagues, and... you can tell by the intro to this piece that we're hyped. Already, the trailer reveals a bunch of new information. We get to see two new characters that weren't in the original trailer, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd, along with other newcomer Supergirl. We also see how the customisable gear comes into play with different versions of Gorilla Grodd laying the smackdown. We also ... Read More »
It's a good time to be a Destiny fan. Community Manager DeeJ, Art Director Christopher Barrett and producer Scott Taylor sat down on Twitch today to detail something called Rise of Iron. You might have heard of it already. Anyway, they've dropped a whole heap of information like it was hot, and we've taken some notes during the stream. Enjoy! Pre-ordering gives you an exclusive Iron Gjallarhorn, which is basically just black, though you can unlock a regular one via a new quest. Releasing on September 20th for PS4 and Xbox One only. No last gen. New story focusing on ... Read More »
It's always the way with these things. You wait for some news about backwards compatibility and then 4 games come along at once. You'd almost think it was E3 next week. Major Nelson announced on his blog that the latest games to get the compatible treatment are as follows: Monopoly Plus Foul Play Sega Bass Fishing XCOM: Enemy Within XCOM: Enemy Within is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/PyeGkpGewm — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 9, 2016 Also, Foul Play, MONOPOLY PLUS & SEGA Bass Fishing are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/E2hFJzbupU — Larry ... Read More »
The "Pre-3" leaks appear to be continuing unabated, and the latest game to be stung by this leakpocalypse is Platinum's upcoming Xbox title Scalebound... Potentially. The online retailer Base.com posted a listing for Scalebound with the release date of 31/03/2017. For the unaware, Base have also been responsible for outing the release date for Skyrim Remastered. It's up to you whether that adds any weight to this leak, but clearly someone at Base has a penchant for whipping the gaming press into a frenzy. It's entirely possible that the release date is just a placeholder, but ThisGenGaming argue that games ... Read More »

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