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

Y'all remember that free-to-play multiplayer brawler Happy Wars? The one with the cutesy characters beating each to a pulp? You know the one... Well, prepare to meet its younger brother. Happy Dungeons is the next free-to-play game from Toylogic that takes you and a couple of a friends on an adventure, complete with a "witty, upbeat storyline that’s never short of a surprise, all set within a bizarre world overflowing with comical characters". Whilst the game is available for nothing, you can chuck £11.99 into a Happy Dungeons Founder's Bundle, which grants users some extra jewels. Should makes your dungeon ... Read More »
This week is also known as the one done late because someone fell asleep last night....... In non-editor related news, This Week at Bungie has seen the foundation being laid for the Rise of Iron, and some pesky beaver problems. Sometimes preparation leads to unforeseen complications. Some BEAVER error type complications. Hot Fix 2.3.1.1 should have put them to bed, anyway. Still, we've got some news, though most of it doesn't concern Destiny itself: Bungie are teaming together with charity Stack Up to help bring military veterans to PAX 2016, and raise money/awareness. It's a noble cause, and you can get ... Read More »
One of the games that took a lot of people by surprise at this year's E3 was Prey. The sequel to the 2006 FPS was stuck in development hell for a number of years, and many believed that a new Prey game would never see the light of day. Enter Arkane Studios, developers of the popular Dishonoured, who decided to resurrect the IP for a whole new game. In an video on the Bethesda YouTube page, Arkane President Raphael Colantonio goes into a few details about the new Prey, and what goes into making an Arkane title. Highlights include the ... Read More »
Seems almost like tradition that we get some new backwards compatible games on a Thursday. Just a little something you notice when you run Thursdays here at Xbox One UK, and it seems like today is no different. As he does, Major Nelson took to Twitter to reveal the latest edition to the Backwards Compatibility program: https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/758693645721673728 So that's an... announcement... if you like obscure Japanese vertical shoot 'em ups. Certainly no Skate 3 though. Are you happy with this? Sound off in those comments below! We'll make sure this latest announcement is included in our complete list of Backwards ... Read More »
Ohhhh, the Burnout 3: Takedown flashbacks are coming back strong! Dangerous Golf developers Three Fields Entertainment, staffed by former Criterion employees like Burnout director Alex Ward, have announced that work has begun on a driving game. That's a literal quote from Mr Ward, by the way. Work has begun on a driving game. — Alex Ward (@CrashedAlex) July 27, 2016 No details have surfaced, but it's pretty safe to assume this'll be a Burnout successor in all but name. EA and Criterion still own the rights to the franchise, but haven't expressed any real desire to expand the series in ... Read More »
What a time to be an Xbox gamer. Hot off the heels of the August Games With Gold announcement, Major Nelson took to Twitter to reveal that Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege will be available to play for free this weekend. Xbox Live Gold Members Can Play Rainbow Six Siege Free This Weekend only on Xbox One https://t.co/hb5f2qZbhP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 27, 2016 Siege will be available from 9 AM PT on Thursday July 28, running through until 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, July 31. For us, it'll be available from 4PM Thursday until 6:59 AM on Monday, and the ... Read More »
So this is a bit of a bummer. Activision have confirmed that the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which was due to be released today, is now being released on Thursday. No word on why the Xbox One release has been slightly delayed, but it's especially confusing when you consider that the bundle is currently available on PS4 and PC. Also, Activision haven't officially confirmed whether or not the DLC released for both games will also be included. We'd hope so, considering they're asking for £30 each or £44.99 for the bundle... Whilst not the end of the world, it is a ... Read More »
There’s a time and a place for Lara Croft surviving in the wilderness; there’s a time and a place for Clementine navigating her way through the pitfalls of the zombie apocalypse; and there’s a time and a place for Max and Chloe to experience the strange life of Arcadia Bay. All of those are fantastic titles with great female leads, and a worthwhile use of your valuable gaming time, but sometimes you want to say “SCREW IT!”, put emotions to one side and just blow stuff up. Or punch something in the face. Like a man. These are 5 examples ... Read More »
Who likes new Sparrows? Who am I kidding? We all do. Look at this Gjallarwing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBnW6JQFPQM This sweet baby is your's on September 20th... but only if you pre-order Rise of Iron. After that, who knows if you'll get it again... This Week At Bungie, it was confirmed that Bungie are making an appearance at Gamescom in Cologne. In fact, they'll be live streaming some upcoming additions to the Crucible. Should be fun. Anyway, let's break this week down: We get a peak behind the curtain of Bungie Day, not for the community, but the creators. Seems like the whole ... Read More »

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