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 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 »
It would appear that the Taiwanese Ratings Board is leakier than my old bathroom. In less surprising news, Activision are probably in love with money. The ratings boards around the world have often been the source of premature announcements and leaks, and if the Taiwanese Ratings Board is to believed, Activision are planning to remaster Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2, along with Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. All 3 games have been rated for both current gen consoles. Ordinarily, we'd conclude that they'd be making their way to the backwards compatibility program, but the fact that they've also been confirmed ... Read More »
As the Barenaked Ladies probably said, it's been One Week since the official reveal from Bungie about the Rise of Iron expansion coming to Destiny on September 20th. But that's a few months away. We're more concerned with what's going on this week: The June Update dropped this week, coming with a collection of buffs, debuffs, PvE and PvP changes and fixes, and perhaps most importantly... Some new Chroma colours. Just in time for the summer fashion season. Fresh from his appearance in the Rise of Iron trailers. "Hollywood" Lord Saladin shall be hitting the tower to sign autographs and ... Read More »
You were promised some kind of major announcement from the Major himself regarding backwards compatibility, and whilst it's not what some people, us included, speculated on... It's certainly a most welcome announcement. Taking to Twitter, as usual, Larry Hryb revealed that the latest Backwards Compatible games are as follows: Flashback Babel Rising Brain Challenge Left 4 Dead 1 Portal 2 Left 4 Dead and Portal 2 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/U1gFmOS5mg — Larry Hryb ▶️ E3 (@majornelson) June 16, 2016 Also, Flashback, Babel Rising & Brain Challenge are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today ... Read More »

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