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

It's Overwatch Free Weekend 2: Electric Boogaloo! We're pushing the payload and dancing to save the rec centre! If you haven't guessed it yet, it's another free weekend on Overwatch, and just in time too. New players will be able to get to grips with all the improvements made this week. DON'T FORGET: You can play Overwatch FREE on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting tomorrow at 11AM PT! ⏰ https://t.co/Pq264DygsZ pic.twitter.com/7UKoscTlgV — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) November 17, 2016 Firstly, you can play as new character Sombra, who can hack other players to disable their abilities and turn invisible. I ... Read More »
It's good to be a Gold Member, as today is the start of our early access to the Xbox Store's Black Friday sales. Discounts galore on all the latest games! Check out the offers below. Unfortunately these prices are in USD but if there are any deals you think may take your fancy simply find your way to your respective store and search for the title: Xbox One •Ark: Scorched Earth - USD 14.99 (Save 25%) •Ark: Survival Evolved - USD 17.50 (Save 50%) •Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - USD 9.90 (Save 67%) •Assassin's Creed Syndicate - USD 20.00 ... Read More »
And that's not all! Today's backwards compatibility announcement might have been disappointing, but chin up. We're being rewarded in other ways, such as Episode 1 of Batman - The Telltale Series going free. Thanks to ICXM on Twitter for the heads-up! It would appear that this is no mere glitch, as discounts on all things Telltale have been popping up across the Xbox Store. The Complete Batman Series is available for £16.74, whilst the Telltale Collection, which includes The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Throne and Borderlands is available for the staggeringly cheap £17.50. Seems like the ... Read More »
November was meant to be the month that delivered on a number of top fan requests, and sure enough, we did get Skate 3... But at what cost? Major Nelson recently tweeted out the next two addition to the ever-expanding backwards compatibility library. Take a look below: Omega Five and Military Madness are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLopic.twitter.com/XeW4T1Ol0I — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) November 17, 2016 Got to be honest, I'm drawing a blank here. Google is saying that Omega Five is a side-scrolling shooter whilst Military Madness: Nectaris is a turn-based strategy game. ... Read More »
Step up to red alert! I don't care if it means changing the bulb! Calling all smegging Dwarfers! It would appear that Lister, Rimmer, The Cat and Kryten are making their way to the wacky and wonderful world of LEGO Dimensions. The LEGO Dimensions Facebook page posted the following picture: You might recognise this as the living quarters of David Lister and Arnold Judas Rimmer Bsc Ssc. Unfortunately, that's the only information available at the moment, so we have no idea what form the Red Dwarf content will take. We're hoping for a full level with accompanying boss fight against ... Read More »
I can tell you right now that neither of them are Skate 3. We're in the midst of the 15 Years of Xbox Celebration right now, and what better way to celebrate than with another backwards compatibility announcement. As usual, Major Nelson took to Twitter to show off the latest reveal: Dead Space Ignition and Escape Dead Island are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLopic.twitter.com/A3vV6c32yb — / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) November 15, 2016 Seems like today is the day of horror game spin-offs. Escape Dead Island follows a totally unrelated character delving into the origins ... Read More »
Aliens, known as E.B.E, have invaded the Earth. After years of being utterly destroyed and humiliated, humanity utilises alien technology to create super soldiers called the A.N.T.I troops. Super soldiers that can finally take the fight right back to those aliens. No longer on the back foot, humanity launches the New Dawn counteroffensive to drive out the aliens and take back our planet. The plot to Earth’s Dawn might be standard, but it serves the purpose required, giving players both a change of scenery every couple of levels whilst making the enemies harder, better, faster and stronger. The game itself is ... Read More »
THEY'RRREEEEEEE GREAT!... I'll show myself out. In perhaps one of the slightly stranger additions to the Xbox Avatar store ('member Avatars?!), you can now dress up your digital representation in a variety of Kellogg's themed garb. If you ever had the compulsion to wear clothes based on the Rice Krispies, or wear a long sleeved t-shirt with "POP TARTS" emblazoned on the chest, you can. Of course, you can also wear a Tony the Tiger mask, making this a great day. Fortunately, all of this stuff is available for free, and you can check it out via this link. What famous breakfast cereal ... Read More »
The Xbox One experience is ever-evolving, with some drastic changes being made over the three years. And whilst Preview members have been toying around with today's features, it's finally time for them to roll out to everyone. Major Nelson announced today that the Holiday Update will now be available to all Xbox One users. This update will include a host of new features across Xbox One and the Xbox App, with the intent of improving the social aspect on Xbox Live. Here's what you'll be able to use: You want to meet like minded gamers who share your passion for ... Read More »

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Danger Zone Review

If there was ever a game I have fond memories of, it's that of the Burnout series. Specifically that of the Crash Mode where...

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