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

I think it's fair to say that Star Wars Battlefront has been a success. I mean, how could it not be? With the film merely weeks away, the world is in the grip of Star Wars fever. At a recent USB Global Tech Conference, Chief Financial Officer of EA Blake Jorgensen talked about how EA are trying to engage users once the fever dissipates: "How do we engage consumers as long as possible? The old days, people played Madden for a few months and then they stopped playing. When the Super Bowl finished, they were completely gone. Today with Ultimate ... Read More »
For those of you who have been playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, your goodies are on the way. Huzzah for free stuff! Of course, by goodies, I am indeed referring to your free Gears of War 1, 2, 3 and Judgement codes which you can play right now via Backwards Compatibility. If you've already played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, just sit tight. They'll be with you soon. If not, you've still got some time left. If you buy and play the Ultimate Edition before December 31st, you'll get your codes too. Maybe it's time to add some Gears ... Read More »
It looks like WWE 2K has an indie competitor entering the ring in 2016... Straight from the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, it's ICW: Fear and Loathing - The Game! For the unaware, of which I imagine there are many, Insane Championship Wrestling is an indie wrestling promotion from Scotland whose roster boasts an impressive mix of up-and-comers like Grado (IT'S YER SEL!) and former WWE guys like Drew Galloway (Drew McIntyre in WWE), Rhyno, Sabu and even Mick Foley as a guest commissioner. Even NXT guys like Finn Balor have been in an ICW ring. Little has been revealed about ... Read More »
After 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns, Anima Project Studio have released a Prelude trailer for their upcoming action RPG, Anima: Gate of Memories. In the works since 2012, Anima Project Studio are close to entering the final development phase for the game, and have released this trailer to whet our appetites. For the uninitiated, Anima started life as a Spanish tabletop RPG by the name of Anima: Beyond Fantasy in 2005. Since then, it has been expanding as a transmedia franchise, with card games, a downloadable WiiWare title named Anima: Ark of Sinners and a novel said to be in the ... Read More »
Let's all be honest with ourselves; WWE 2K15 was less WrestleMania, more BotchaMania. An unmitigated disaster akin to Batista's 2014 return. Or the Gobblede Gooker. Or Hornswoggle being Vince’s illegitimate son. With a diminished roster and lack of match types, a poor MyCareer Mode and the omission of plenty of creation tools left gamers feeling alienated and robbed. It was actually just like being a wrestling fan. Surely then, WWE 2K16 is better than the previous installment? Of course it is, the question is how much better? Let’s start with the positives, shall we? After last year, it’s great to ... Read More »
It's another week, and we're back again with more coverage of Bungie's Weekly Update, letting you know the big changes coming to Destiny. Some big news coming from this update is the announcement that Iron Banner will return next week, and for the first time ever, it will be contested under Clash rules. No Control, just eliminate everything with a pulse. Rewards for the Iron Banner event have also been tinkered with, as you can see below: Iron Banner reputation from winning matches increased by 20% Activity completion rewards increased at all ranks, with even more significant increases at Rank ... Read More »
Good news, fight fans! It was practically inevitable that EA would make this into another franchise, and right on cue, EA Sports UFC 2 has been confirmed on Twitter. No details have actually been confirmed as of yet, merely a tweet stating that we should stay tuned for more. The Wait is Finally Over! Tune in tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/r8fQnsEWZg — EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) November 9, 2015 After THQ's untimely and unfortunate demise, EA acquired the rights to create games using the UFC license. EA's first outing with UFC (EA MMA doesn't quite count) can be downloaded right now as part ... Read More »
WWE 2K16 is, to put it nicely, a little bit buggy. My recorded clips features a number of warping, freezing and physics engine glitches that range from absurd to hilarious... A montage might be in order! Anyway, it appears 2K are on the case, and a patch has been released to help combat some of the issues that has plagued the sim from launch. Issues addressed include things like the aforementioned warping, corner finishers not actually being consumed under certain conditions leading to infinite finishers, and an issue where superstars wearing alternate attires being completely invisible during a victory animation. ... Read More »
To commemorate N7 Day, EA and Bioware released a new trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, and there was a great surprise for fans of the series: FemShep made a brief return. The key word there is brief. Don't get your hopes up just yet. Commander Shepard is merely signing off, ushering in a new era for the franchise. The trailer, which you can find below, details the ambition of mankind to explore the farthest reaches of space, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, to beyond the reaches of the Milky Way and into Andromeda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawz9comXMI While no gameplay was shown, ... Read More »

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