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

The motley crew here at Xbox One UK love backwards compatibility, and once again, we have some more suggestions for added titles that we’d like to see. Alright, so the previous instalment might have seen resident caffeine addict Stacey lose his damn mind and wish for Dreamcast functionality, but I promise we’ve calmed down a little bit, and gone back to some more reasonable wishes. Join us, please... Fight Night Champion It's not often that a sports game will get praised on its story, but Fight Night Champion knocked that rule out. A compelling redemption story, coupled with a complete ... Read More »
It's finally coming out, and I'm certainly very excited! Killer Instinct: Season 3 finally has a release date of the 29th March, for Xbox One and Windows 10. Announced at last week's exclusive press event but officially revealed today, it was announced that just like Season 1 and 2, Season 3 will contain 8 characters that we know of... Who's to say Season Pass holders won't get a bonus ninth character, just like Omen from Season 2? Anyway, four characters will be available at launch on March 29th, those being Kim Wu, Tusk, Rash from Battletoads and The Arbiter from ... Read More »
They say that the first casualty of war is innocence, but in the case of Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops, that isn’t entirely true. In this instance, the first casualty was some unlucky recruit who didn’t realise that pressing the right trigger caused a bazooka to be fired at his feet, meaning a totally accidental flick of the trigger led to a permanently dead trooper and a long slog back through an unskippable tutorial… It wasn’t a good start, and it didn’t get better. Tiny Troopers is a twin sticker, squad-based shooter that gives you no actual control over your squad, ... Read More »
It's another week, another weekly update, though there isn't too much to keep you informed about this week. Highlights from the weekly update this week are thin on the ground, but they include: Weekly Twitch streaming with the development team - "Our Twitch channel is about to become home to a new weekly ritual where we'll introduce you to the people who make your games. There will be times to play and times to talk about what has yet to be played." Each week will have a different flavour, with the announced focusing on the art design of Destiny, the ... Read More »
Seems like the gaming juggernaut that is Rocket League is about to be bolstered by the arrival of one Caped Crusader... Well, his car anyway. Yes, Psyonix have announced that the Batmobile shall be hitting the pitches of Rocket League as part of a partnership with the upcoming film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will be available to download from March 8th for the low low price of $2, which should be about £1.50 for us. Check out the official picture and trailer below. Also, from today, players will be able to compete in the "Snow Days" playlist, which is ... Read More »
Iron Galaxy confirmed it a while ago, but we've finally got a glimpse: the last of the classic Killer Instinct characters, barring bosses, is making his way to Killer Instinct Season 3. Everyone... meet Tusk. Okay, so it's only a brief 15 seconds of trailer, but it's enough to get a glimpse of his stage and redesigned costume. Snowy fights against a viking warship backdrop, anybody? Tusk himself looks much better than he did in Killer Instinct 2, earning himself both a beard and some sweet tattoos. It's all very Beowulf, or Conan. With the four characters of Tusk, Kim ... Read More »
With Shane McMahon back with the company, triggering nostalgia in old wrestling fans everywhere, what better way to capitalise on that feeling than by controlling some aged grapplers in a simulated wrestling game! Yes, the latest and final piece of DLC coming to WWE 2K16 is the Hall of Fame pack, and it's fairly significant. Players are given access to 20 new wrestlers based around the Hall of Fame class of 2015, 7 classic matches playable in Showcase Mode, including "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Ric Flair vs Tatsumi Fujinami, and six new playable arenas. ... Read More »
Who wants to join me in a spot of midnight speculation? Come on, you know you want to... So according to reddit, the domain name "xbox.steampowered.com" has been active recently, with development being done over the past couple of days. Whilst somewhat suspicious on its own, the news happens to coincide with the Microsoft's imminent press event on February 25th. The prevailing theories on reddit, (i.e. the top comment on that thread), is that you'll either be able to link your gamertag with your Steam account to allow for cross-buy promotions regarding third party titles, or the able to stream your ... Read More »
"Were it so easy..." As we head towards the launch of Killer Instinct Season 3, the latest trailer has dropped featuring their new guest character, Arbiter from Halo. The trailer, like all good KI trailers, shows off some of Arby's combos, shadow attacks and his stage, which is on the Elite homeworld mid-civil war. Expect to be bombarded by Phantoms and Scarabs during your ultra combos. Arbiter joins the already revealed Season 3 cast of Kim Wu and Rash from Battletoads. Tusk is also confirmed to make his return to KI, but he has yet to be officially announced. Check ... Read More »

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