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

Guardian! The April update is looming large upon us and Bungie is dropping news and information like sweets. In today's Twitch stream, Bungie outlined what kind of items and gear will be on offer come April, and we've got a lot to look forward to it seems. Let's break it down: Infusing items will now bump your upgraded item to the level of the item you infused. Which is nice. Chroma Customisation is a new feature for select armour sets that will allow you to add coloured lighting to your armour. Perfect for anyone who fancies looking like they've just ... Read More »
Season 3 of Killer Instinct launched today, and as tradition dictates, Iron Galaxy unveiled the launch trailer for the update, and it gives a clear indication as to where Season 3 will be heading. The launch trailer shows off some gameplay from the 4 characters available from the off; Rash, Arbiter, Kim Wu and Tusk, along with their respective stages, costumes and accessories. So far, so normal, but the real news comes afterwards, when we get a look into the release schedule for the coming months. In April, we shall see the release of Mira, a vampire character that's been ... Read More »
Killer Instinct Season 3 is right around the corner, and for the eager beavers amongst you, you can download the Ultra Edition right now in preparation for the launch on March 29th. Priced at £31.99 for the Ultra Edition, this will include all of the new content planned to release throughout 2016; content such as new characters, costumes and accessories, new gameplay balancing, new arenas and some surprises too. If you feel that's too pricey, though, you could buy the standard edition for 16 quid, which will give you just the 8 characters and their respective arenas. Perhaps, though, you're ... Read More »
This probably won't come as a shock to anyone well-versed in their JRPGs, but it's been revealed that the main storyline for Final Fantasy XV will take up to 50 hours to complete. Director Hajime Tabata has let slip a few details ahead of the Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event which will take place on March 30th. He said that originally, the game was planned to last around 40 hours, but they decided to chuck in the length of 2 whole Call of Duty games at no extra cost. Also confirmed are Cactuars, which have made regular appearances in the ... Read More »
Killer Instinct Season 3 is so close right now that my hype-o-meter has officially broken. We're off the scale here, folks! Anyway, hyperbole aside, Iron Galaxy have been revealing more and more information about what comes with Season 3. Specifically, the customisation options for the characters. Good news for anyone wondering what armour you could deck the Arbiter in. In a series of posts on Ultra Combo, we can see that the classic Arbiter costume will be available as the Retro Outfit, which comes as part of the Season 3 Ultra Edition. Anyone clued up on their Halo Elite armour ... Read More »
Anyone subscribed to EA Access will know that you get a pretty sweet deal, and that deal is set to get better next week. EA have announced on Twitter that come March 29th, NHL 16 will be available for free in the Vault. Any hockey fans looking to capture the Stanley Cup ought to be happy with this news! Get ready, members. @EASPORTSNHL 16 is coming to The Vault on March 29: https://t.co/RCvS6wPdyF pic.twitter.com/mT6tj347vJ — EA Access (@EAAccess) March 22, 2016 If you're unaware of EA Access, honestly where have you been?! For £20 a year, you get "access" to ... Read More »
You ever thought that your Castlevania games should have brighter colours, bite-sized levels that aren't just gothic castles, and a ditzy ex-genie of a main protagonist who, along with her friends, likes to wear revealing clothes? It's an oddly specific list of requests, but Shantae and the Pirate's Curse might be cut out for the job. Thrust into the shoes of Shantae, the aforementioned ex-genie, you've set sail on the seven seas to stop the resurrection of the evil Pirate King, forming a temporary alliance with a sworn enemy to accomplish this. It's a storyline that encompasses elements and characters ... Read More »
Wake up! The Earth is overrun with aliens... again! Daydreamer: Awakened Edition is a side scrolling shooter that originally appeared on the PC but will arrive on Xbox One on June 3rd, that sees you fighting aliens, giants bugs, monsters and... the Rabies Rabbit. Huh. Didn't Ubisoft already do that? Seeing how this is an "Awakened" edition, the game comes complete with a whole host of new features, such as leaderboards, new difficulties and gameplay tweaks, and even a brand new ending, so it's fair to say that developers Roland Studios are rolling out the red carpet for us. The ... Read More »
Those of you following along at home with the Weekly Updates will know that the past few weeks have been somewhat sparse with regards to news... Not this week. Bungie have "set a date" for the awaited April Update, as they are now calling it. Destiny Update 2.2.0, to give it its proper name, will deploy on April 12th 2016, and will contain such goodies as: New PVE Challenges New and Updated Gear New Quest featuring the Blighted Chalice Strike Increased Max Light and Rewards Sandbox and Crucible Updates And more… All of this is completely free to anyone who ... Read More »

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