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.

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Some news might have emerged from the fine folks at Iron Galaxy, working on Killer Instinct Season 3, and it could be huge. Pinches of salt at the ready, though! According to reddit, some of the content coming to Season 3 might have been leaked prematurely, and it pertains to two of the 4 unrevealed characters and a new mode, one of those characters being General RAAM. Firstly, the new mode. Apparently, it's called Shadow Lord, and from the picture that made it's way to imgur, it looks like the weirdest cross between Killer Instinct and X-COM. Your guess is ... Read More »
Already, it could be said that the subject of cross-buying is a point of contention amongst gamers, and it seems like the waters are about to get muddier. According to a tweet from Major Nelson last year on the matter, Windows 10 players will be able to play Xbox One Cross-Buy titles online without having to pay for an Xbox Live Gold Membership. @haydencd Not charging. Xbox Live Gold will not be required for online multiplayer gaming using our service on Windows 10 PCs and Phones — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 5, 2015 Naturally, the thought of people getting the ... Read More »
This is one for all you maniacs out there, as Carmageddon: Max Damage has finally got a release date of June 3rd for both retail and digital purchase. Produced by Stainless Games and being priced at £29.99, the game will feature a full campaign mode, along with plenty of other opportunities to mow down the competition, and anything else unfortunate enough to get in your way. Carmageddon: Max Damage will be published by Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd. Jason Garber, Publishing Director at Stainless Games added, “Working with Sold Out to bring Carmageddon: Max Damage to retail is not only ... Read More »
Grab your salt folks, I'm about to take you on another tour of the rumour mill! According to reddit (because that's where all good news stories start), data mining of the Windows 10 version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has revealed a potential list of titles available for both Xbox One and Windows 10. The list is long, and full of games like Microsoft Mahjong, and Microsoft Solitaire Collection, there are some interesting reveals. Games like "Forza Horizons 3", "Ty the Tasmanian Tiger", "TJ Combo Boxing", "Age of Empires" and "Halo: Spartan Strike" are included on the list. The list also ... Read More »
Another week, another update from our friends in the Tower, Bungie, but just like last week, there's nothing huge to report. Anyone interested in what goes into the development of Destiny would be interested in the new Twitch series Bungie started this week, talking to the team that helped to create the Dreadnaught. Next week sees the turn of the audio team, and they promised last week to use this show to outline the content roadmap to improving PvE, but that comes later. The other news comes from a change to the Crucible matchmaking system. Senior Director Derek Carroll outlined ... Read More »
Who likes re-releases? Despite your opinions on them, it looks like they're here to stay, as Deep Silver have just announced that the Dead Island: Definitive Collection will be coming to Xbox One. Arriving on the 31st May 2016, the Definitive Collection will contain both Dead Island and semi-sequel Dead Island: Riptide, and all subsequent DLC that came out. Also included is Dead Island: Retro Revenge, a new 16-bit styled "endless runner", according to developers. However, glaring omissions here do include the spin-off title Escape Dead Island, and any sort of news regarding Dead Island 2, which lost its developer ... Read More »
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 »

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