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

In a delightful piece of indie gaming news, Team 17 and Roll7 Games have joined forces to bring OlliOlli 2 and Not A Hero to the Xbox Live Marketplace. Arriving in the form of Not A Hero: Super Snazzy Edition, and OlliOlli 2 XL, they will offer Xbox players the definitive versions of each game. For instance, OlliOlli 2 will ship with the fan requested Free Skate mode already available. Whilst no word has been given on when we can expect these games, we have been provided with some lovely lovely gifs. Who doesn't love gifs, right? Look at BunnyLord, ... Read More »
Those of you chomping at the bit to revisit the quarantined city of New York, post-disease, you won't be waiting too long now. Ubisoft have released details on when the open beta will be going live. Set your clock for 9am GMT, as the Dark Zone will be filled with bullets and betrayals once again. The beta will last from the 18th until the 21st, and we get access a day earlier than other platforms. It was also revealed that we get DLC a full 30 days before those other platforms, so it pays to play on Xbox here. The ... Read More »
In another bout of potentially unsurprising news, WWE 2K17 has been confirmed as part of a multi-year exclusive development deal between 2K Games and World Wrestling Entertainment. Whilst the little details of the deal remain unknown, it has been confirmed that 2K own the rights to produce games with the WWE license for both consoles and mobile devices. 2K’s partnership with WWE over the past three years has resulted in a successful and important addition to the Company’s portfolio of profitable franchises,” said David Ismailer, the Chief Operating Officer for 2K Games. “We are thrilled with the positive momentum of the ... Read More »
Psyonix's super popular sports/driving hybrid Rocket League is now available to pre-download on the Xbox Games Marketplace. At the price of £15.99, you can purchase the game now so it's ready to play at midnight when it releases on the 17th. If you haven't been keeping with the Rocket League announcements, the Xbox One version will come with the 3 DLC packs that have already been released, which included new stadiums and new customisation options, along with 2 exclusive vehicles based on Gears of War and Halo, and some unique Xbox related customisations. More than likely, half of the staff here ... Read More »
One of Tiny Build Games more popular titles, Party Hard, will now be released on Xbox One, and will come with Twitch integration. Party Hard, for those unaware, unfortunately has little to do with Andrew W.K. Instead, you're a long-suffering neighbour to a bunch of party animals, and in your sleep deprived state, decide to introduce everyone to your knife and the environment... Violently. The game includes things such as: A (not)serious story that follows a series of murders through the USA 19 unique levels with random variations on each one Use traps, cause explosions, become a ninja Multiple unlock-able ... Read More »
As sure as the sky is blue, the sun will rise and Donald Trump will say something controversial, a new Call of Duty game has been announced. Yes. We're all shocked. Announced by Infinity Ward on Twitter, details are non-existent right now, save for the fact it's currently being referred to as Call of Duty 2016. COD 2016. Now it’s official. Can't wait to show you what we've been developing! #CallofDuty pic.twitter.com/m28X79gC9v — Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) February 11, 2016 So what could it be? A new Modern Warfare? A return to the World War 2 era? Ghosts 2? I guess ... Read More »
It's about time, and no, that isn't a pun based on the time-bending elements of the game. Quantum Break finally has a release date of April 5th 2016. Not only that, we have a new trailer entitled "The Cemetery", which sees a Swat Team hunting Iceman... I mean, erm... Jack Joyce, and some cool time bending footage. You can check it out for yourself below. From the makers of Max Payne & Alan Wake, @RemedyGames presents #QuantumBreak: https://t.co/NLS1ETuHJEhttps://t.co/5bc7hoZrrd — Xbox UK (@xboxuk) February 11, 2016 Lastly, the game is available to pre-download right now on the Microsoft Store, and doing ... Read More »
In celebration of Valentine's Day, Destiny unveiled the new Crimson Doubles mode in Crucible. The game mode consists of 2v2 deathmatches and can offer players a Valentine's themed Ghost Shell that can max out at a 320 light level regardless of whether a player wins or loses. And that's the key: you can get this gift just by completing the match, leading gamers to find a new way to get that sweet 320 Ghost. Guardians have been found flinging themselves off cliffs in an effort to finish matches quickly and farm gear. The similarities to Romeo and Juliet during this ... Read More »
The Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm games have always been fantastic accompaniments to the Shonen Jump series, breaking down the main plot points of the series and making them playable. With voice acting from the series, excellent cel-shaded graphics and more characters than a Dynasty Warriors game, Ultimate Ninja Storm is the epitome of fan service for Naruto lovers, and this, the fourth title in the series, is certainly no exception. So let’s dispense with the most obvious conclusion of this review right now: if you’re a fan of the series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is another superb ... Read More »

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