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

Have you had chance to play Halo: Reach on Backwards Compatibility? Chances are, you've ran into some difficulties. Major difficulties... A subreddit on r/xboxone/, titled "Halo Reach on Xbox One is Pretty Much Unplayable", has been filling up with comments of fellow players experiencing a tonne of slowdown in most modes. I know I had one game of Firefight in co-op, and we had our fair share of issues. However, it appears that Microsoft are on the case. A spokesperson has confirmed that they're "aware some users are experiencing issues playing Halo: Reach via Xbox One Backward Compatibility. The Xbox ... Read More »
Here's a little gift for you during the Christmas Season... Team Dakota's creation tool Project Spark went completely free a couple of months ago, much to the chagrin of those who paid actual money. However, refunds were promised at some point, and it appears now is that point. The below picture is a system message I received from Xbox Live, confirming that the transaction had taken place: While nothing has been confirmed on the Project Spark website, the last update on December 16th did state that the refunds were really close. In order to be eligible for this refund, you ... Read More »
Popular anime and manga series Naruto Shippuden might have finished, but that doesn't mean the games are stopping, and with that in mind, a demo for the fourth Ultimate Ninja Storm title has hit the Marketplace. The Ultimate Ninja Storm series is a 3-D fighting game, bringing together pretty much everyone who's ever made an appearance in Naruto, whilst also offering in-depth single player experiences that accurately depict the events of the series. For Naruto fans, it's a must have purchase, but it also gives casual fans and even those with a passing interest in fighting games a means to ... Read More »
Anyone else feel like the Xbox One is lacking a certain sadistic simulator? Well, a few days ago, a rumour started that The Sims 4 would be making it's way to the Xbox One... The rumour originated from a post on Neurogadget, which said that EA confirmed that The Sims 4 would be making it's way to "multiple platforms" as soon as February or March 2016. The post then found it's way to N4G, but if we take a closer look at the article, there are no sources that will actually confirm what EA supposedly said, and that February/March release ... Read More »
Those of you waiting to hear the next stage of King Graham's adventures shall wait no more! Chapter 2 of King's Quest, entitled "Rubble Without A Cause", is available to download right now. Check out the official description below: "King’s Quest – Rubble Without A Cause is the second of five chapters in the new, critically acclaimed reimagining of the classic King’s Quest game series. In this latest adventure, King Graham takes players back to his first test as ruler of Daventry. When a mischievous horde of goblins takes his kingdom hostage, a newly crowned & woefully unprepared Graham must ... Read More »
The gaming world went a little bit nuts over the weekend, as a new trailer dropped for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, and with it, both the firm confirmation of a console release, and the reveal of Akuma from Street Fighter as a guest character. With some questions still remaining, Tekken 7 Director and Producer Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to provide some more answers. Firstly, he confirmed that the consoles would receive the latest version of the game available, but didn't confirm whether that would be Fated Retribution or another title entirely. Console = Always latest version. Title will change ... Read More »
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was one the great sleeper hits of 2014, and, personally, I'm super happy to see a sequel on the way. A few days ago, a new trailer dropped for the imaginatively titled sequel, PvZ: Garden Warfare 2, showing off the new Solo Ops Mode, which allows you to play the Garden Ops Mode from the first game with up to three A.I. partners you can hotswap between. An interesting fact to note about the trailer is it shows a difference in character levelling compared to the last game. Instead of completing challenges to level-up, you ... Read More »
Are you all ready for some more Minecraft: Story Mode? Set your calendar for the December 22nd then... The episode is titled 'A Block and A Hard Place', and will be the finale of the Wither Storm story arc. Check out the full synopsis below: In Episode Four, with the fearsome Wither Storm more dangerous than ever, Jesse, Reuben, and the crew discover there is one thing that can destroy the command block at the heart of the monster - but they'll need to brave the perils of the Farlands to find it. As uneasy allies and ailing friends threaten ... Read More »
Team 17 and Unicube's Game Preview title Sheltered is getting a big update today, pushing it ever closer to a full release. Titled the "Danger Update", it includes a slew of new features such as Shelter Raids and factions that control various portions of the map, along with some ease of use changes and bug fixes. If you're unaware, Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic survival game where you gather supplies from the wasteland outside to protect your underground shelter, aiming to defend the people you meet along the way. The full patch notes can be found below: NEW FEATURES Shelter Raids: ... Read More »

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