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

This Week At Bungie, we stand on familiar ground: nothing to talk about. However, DeeJ lays down the law when it comes to the lead up to Rise of Iron: Next week is July 7th, otherwise known as Bungie Day, so expect some kind of blowout community celebration to commemorate the occasion. Maybe even some new info regarding Rise of Iron or where Destiny could be going beyond that... DeeJ, in his law-laying statement, makes reference to the coming "constructs of action and adventure" that'll be dropping over the next few months and years. It's interesting, even if it's already ... Read More »
It's the gift that just keeps on giving, as more games have been announced as available on Backwards Compatibility. Just when you thought there wasn't enough games to download! Major Nelson tweeted out that the following games are now available to download and play right now: Bloodforge and Mars: War Logs are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/AQaVjVnh5v — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 30, 2016 Also, Gripshift and Go! Go! Break Steady are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/9vePmrjpSy — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 30, 2016 Again, people might bemoan the choice of Arcade titles ... Read More »
One of the best parts of the Dead Rising series was the Psychopaths: a collection of challenging boss fights against some of weirdest characters ever committed to a video game disc. The recent gameplay shown at E3 for the upcoming Dead Rising 4 lacks that certain psychotic presence, but we've got to believe it'll be there. There's a huge opportunity for a fight against a deranged hobo Santa that Capcom Vancouver would be foolish not to take. Still, these fresh psychos would have to be pretty special to out-crazy the craziness that came before. So in celebration of a new ... Read More »
In a meeting room at Namco’s main headquarters sits a whiteboard, and on that whiteboard is a spider diagram with the phrase “Making Pacman Great Again” residing in the middle. Sprouting from there are a wild collection of ideas including an animated series, a 3-D platformer tied into the animated series, a Telltale game and an appearance in Smash Bros. Executives are shouting, throwing paperwork at each other, one intern is pitching his gritty Pacman reboot, and all the while, one developer is playing Crossy Road on his phone. Guess where, in that narrative, did the inspiration for PAC-MAN 256 came ... Read More »
This ongoing saga might be reaching the final chapters. As always, some eagle eyed redditors (keep it up dudes, you're doing God's work) have noticed that the Red Dead Redemption store page has been updated to suggest that the game will be available across all Xbox platforms, including the Xbox One, the Xbox One S and the Xbox Scorpio. The "Available On" portion of the page basically confirms cross compatibility on Xbox platforms, though the game being available via Xbox Preview for a brief all but confirmed its compatibility. Quite frankly, the fact that Microsoft haven't pulled the trigger on ... Read More »
This Week, Bungie have been busy making sure everything is functioning without issue. Tough job, and it's not without a few sacrifices... Sorry Hunters. A new feature which showcased your friends in activities has been met with a positive response, but ended up being broken. Hot Fix 2.3.0.1 intends to fix all that, so if you encountered problems, it should be sorted. DPS have been putting in the overtime, by the sounds of things. Trials of Osiris looks set to return as soon as tomorrow, with Iron Banana's In Pyjamas coming next week. It's all a matter of getting the balancing ... Read More »
About two hours ago, we reported on a potential list of backwards compatible titles that could be arriving today. Well, in rolled Major Nelson to pop a big old "confirmed" stamp on that. That's right, Mr Hryb took to Twitter, as he does, to announce the following games are coming to backwards compatibility. Hold on to your butts: Fallout: New Vegas & D&D: Chronicles of Mystara are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/lj25zQqNSp — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 23, 2016 Blood Knights, Red Faction Battlegrounds & Joe Danger coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/yaInVToQHZ ... Read More »
So is Blood Dragon now just Ubisoft's crossover/cameo series? Because we're totally okay with Blood Dragons appearing in more Ubisoft games. Assassin's Creed: Blood Dragon. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Blood Dragon. Splinter Cell: Blood Dragon. Rayman: Blood Dragon. Just Dance: Blood Drag- You get the joke. Many were surprised during Ubisoft's E3 Press Briefing/Aisha Tyler Variety Show to learn that Trials of the Blood Dragon was not only a game coming out that day, but that Blood Dragon was getting more love. Originally a Far Cry spin-off that appeared to be a one time joke, FC: Blood Dragon was a ... Read More »
You'd assume that a Director’s Cut of a video game would add a lot more significant content than a vastly underwhelming survival mode, but Deadlight developers Tequila Works seemed to miss that memo. Apparently, some concept art, the aforementioned survival mode and a higher difficulty level are enough to suffice. Actually, that does sound significant on paper, but in reality it’s not, and that’s especially true if you’ve already played Deadlight before. That being said, those who have yet to experience Deadlight before will find a good slice of post-apocalyptic platforming action. Thrust into the hiking boots of one Randall ... Read More »

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