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

Those of you looking the pre-order the new Hitman game, you're back in luck, as Square Enix and Io-Interactive have announced they're allowing pre-orders once again for the latest of Agent 47's adventures. The game will be released on March 11th, with only a handful of episodes. New missions and locations will then be added over the rest of 2016. Regarding the pre-orders, Square Enix are offering two packages; the "Full Experience", which gives you everything as and when it comes out for £44.99, or the "Intro Pack", which offers the prologue and Paris episode only for £11.99. If you ... Read More »
Anyone here still play Neverwinter? Your experience is about to get expanded, as Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Games have announced that The Maze Engine, another piece of DLC which follows on from The Underdark, will be coming to the Xbox One. This latest offering promises to bring all the major players of the Dungeons and Dragons mythos together, including Drizzt Do’Urden, Minsc, Bruenor Battlehammer and Regis, to fight the villains of Baphomet and Orcus, ensuring fans of the franchise will be interested. Concerning the gameplay itself, you can expect a new campaign questline, new gameplay features and customisation for your mounts, ... Read More »
It's always nice to get things for free, wouldn't you agree? Ubisoft certainly would, as the new free Black Ice update has dropped for Rainbow Six: Siege, giving us 2 new Operators, a new map and some new weapon skins. The map included takes place on a luxury yacht, and the two new operators, Frost and Buck, represent the elite Canadian special operations JTF 2 force. There is a catch, however. Whilst the map is completely free, the new operators are only available for Season Pass holders, at least for this week. From February 9th, regular players will be able to ... Read More »
Manchester-based development studio Pixelbomb Games have unveiled a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming mech shooter, Beyond: Flesh and Blood. This trailer also came with the announcement that Pixelbomb have signed a publishing deal with Sold Out, meaning the ID@Xbox title will receive a physical release priced at £29.99, scheduled for Q2 of this year. Pixelbomb's Managing Director, John Kavanagh said, “We have a standout hit with Beyond Flesh and Blood. Our upcoming marketing campaigns clearly demonstrate our ambitions for the game, and the studio.  This means that in order to maximise all revenues and plough funds into building the brand; ... Read More »
According to a report coming from Retail Merchandiser, we can look forward to a new Ghostbusters game haunting shops in July. The report is linked to an interview with Mark Caplan, senior vice president for Sony Pictures Consumer Products, who said that a new "full-fledged" Ghostbusters game was expected to be released around the same time as the new film, which hits on July 15th. It's unclear at the moment whether or not this new game will be a tie-in to the upcoming film, starring Melissa McCarthey, Kirsten Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, or a sequel to the standalone ... Read More »
Welcome to the grid, program! Disney have revealed that a new Tron game, entitled TRON RUN/r, will be landing on the Xbox Marketplace on the 16th February. The game is a third person runner game that will feature "Disc", "Cycle" and "Stream" levels; also known as on foot, light cycle and a mix of the two respectively. The game has been available on Early Access for Steam, but will be getting a full release come February 16th. Check out the teaser trailer below, which features very little gameplay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=cy7T7BbWyRE Don’t forget to check out all our social media platforms to ... Read More »
I tell you something, Organic Panic brings new meaning to the term "food fight"... And no, I am not proud of that pun. Organic Panic is all things to all people; developed by Last Limb, the game is a physics based, side scrolling puzzle platformer with single player, multiplayer and co-op modes, AND over 200 levels. No one can argue with the amount of content on offer here. Check out the trailer below, and see if you can make sense of the insanity being presented... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yWfXlwy93A Are you excited for Organic Panic? A specific release date has yet to be ... Read More »
One of PC's finer FPS games is finally coming to consoles, with a shiny HD makeover to boot. Hard Reset was a popular shooter that made its debut back in 2011 for PC only, and made an impact for being a short, but ultimately enjoyable explosion fest. Check out the official description and trailer below. "Combining unapologetically over-the-top destruction and a dark cyberpunk setting, the breakout FPS from Flying Wild Hog (Shadow Warrior 1 & 2) gets re-energized for modern audiences with an upgraded visual engine and rebalanced gameplay, along with new enemies and weaponry (cyber-katana!)." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t13GKrC0Nc8 No release date ... Read More »
So about a week ago, I put together a little list of games we here at Xbox One UK would love to see become Backwards Compatible, and you guys had a few suggestions. Of course, one list simply isn't enough to document the back catalogue of games available on the Xbox 360 that could become compatible, so we made another one. A sequel, if you will. Maybe the studios will get hold of it and we'll turn it into a trilogy. In any case, enjoy the list! Saints Row 1-3 The progression of Saints Row from game to game is ... Read More »

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