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.

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Anyone looking for a slightly more realistic depiction of the Great War than Battlefield 1 will get their wish granted on March 8th, as Verdun will be released on the Xbox One. Brought to us by M2H Games and BlackMill Games, Verdun offers players a true-to-life experience of war in the trenches for you and your squad of cohorts. With 4 playable modes, authentic weaponry and some good old fashioned blood and gore, Verdun could be one to watch, and you could earn yourself a copy for free! The developers have launched a Nouncy campaign to help spread the news ... Read More »
Honestly, I could have sworn this was backwards compatible, but we press on. The library of backwards compatible games is growing, week by week, with some huge additions being made recently. Last week saw GTA IV become compatible, and today Major Nelson has revealed the next game in line: Hitman: Absolution is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/uKyWweHsRM — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) February 14, 2017 For anyone looking for a decent story and the chance to murder a bunch of freaks in weird and wonderful ways, Hitman: Absolution might be for you. What do you make of ... Read More »
In some unfortunate news for fans of either the series or turn based RPGs, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed even further, with a release window pointing to the end of March NEXT YEAR at worst. Ubisoft have stated that the anticipated sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth will be released at some point during their next fiscal year, which covers April 2017 to March 2018. Hopefully, we'll see it sooner rather than later. Originally slated to be released on December 6th 2016, the game was pushed back to Q1 2017 as the developers wanted ... Read More »
It would appear that Rockstar are big fans of the backwards compatibility program, as another one of their games has been added to the growing library. Joining the likes of Red Dead Redemption and Bully, Major Nelson tweeted out today's announced game: GTA IV from @RockstarGames is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/c2TNohId2l — 🎮 Larry Hryb 🎙️ (@majornelson) February 9, 2017 Personally, I'm super hyped about this one, as it also includes story expansions The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, which far exceeded the quality of the main game in the eyes of ... Read More »
Any fans of F-Zero or Wipeout should keep reading. This game is for you! 505 Games and 34BigThings have announced that their upcoming futuristic anti-gravity racer Redout will be arriving on Xbox One later this year. The new trailer shows off the pumping soundtrack and vibrant colours that games like Wipeout and F-Zero became known for, and what Redout is taking influence from. If you're looking for racers packed with content, Redout has got you covered. The game will include: Online multiplayer: Challenge up to 12 players from around the globe to find out who the best RedOut pilot is. Career mode: Carve ... Read More »
No one paid the backwater Florida town of Cyprus Knee any attention. At least, not until has-been actor Tag Kern is found wearing a fetching rope necklace on the town's water tower. Now Cyprus Knee is playing host to religious fanatics, movie studios, shady politicians and more. If Knee Deep, the latest game from Wales Interactive and Prologue Games, sounds like the plot to a weird stage show, that's because it is. Knee Deep’s premise involves a theatrical production acting out a classic “whodunnit”. You act as the director controlling one of three protagonists; popular blogger Romana Teague, newspaper reporter Jack ... Read More »
We're less than two weeks away from one of the biggest releases of the year in For Honor, and we finally have some news on what kind of content we can expect post-launch. In a new trailer released on Ubisoft's YouTube channel, the For Honor development team breakdown what kind of content we'll be getting and the schedule for each drop. Those who purchase the season pass, available with the Gold Edition of the game, will gain access to six new heroes, some new armour and weapons and a sweet XP boost so you unlock content quicker. This content will ... Read More »
Here's a bit of a blast from my childhood: arcade racing series and unofficial driver mutilation simulator Flatout is getting resurrected for Xbox One, and it's coming in March. Titled Flatout 4: Total Insanity and developed by the Paris based studio Kylotonn Racing Games, who are responsible for WRC 5 and 6, this release will combine "classic fan-favourite features and modes with all new gameplay modes". Whether it'll be an improvement over the critically panned PC release Flatout 3 remains to be seen. The trailer, which you can watch below, certainly seems to suggest a return to the success of ... Read More »
We're just two months away from the next instalment of one of the most popular sci-fi games of the last generation, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Bioware have dropped a fresh trailer showing off more of the space faring storyline. The trailer gives us more insight into main character Ryder's role as a Pathfinder, along with introducing some more of your squadmates and locales. The good news is that "we have a Krogan". The bad news is that it isn't Wrex. I loved that guy. We also get more of a look at main antagonist The Archon, a dangerous individual intent ... Read More »

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