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

It's that time of the week once again, where Major Nelson tweets out the latest additions to the backwards compatibility library, and today sees five more titles being added. Well, technically five, as two games don't appear to be available in the UK. Let's take a look: Hard Corps: Uprising, Harms Way and Band of Bugs are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/uLVaBI8rVN — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) May 4, 2017 Also, Bullet Soul and Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst- are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/KTVbFfidfS — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) May 4, 2017 Whilst ... Read More »
You could accurately describe Ready at Dawn’s Deformers as a game about blobs smacking into each other. What, you need more of an explanation?! Deformers is an online multiplayer brawler/shooter/blob-smacking smorgasbord. You control a customisable orb of cuteness to do battle with other player controlled spherical objects to determine who is superior at handling their balls- I mean, blobs. Players pick one of five classes, each of which has different health speed and damage capabilities. It also modifies the moves that players can utilise to overcome their enemies, including a charge attack, the ability to fire shots, a grab and carry ... Read More »
It is currently a fantastic time to be a fighting game fan. Capcom recently announced the release daate for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (September 19th, by the way), Injustice 2 is a mere three weeks away, and BANDAI NAMCO have dropped a whole bunch of new footage for Tekken 7. Like I said, it's a fantastic time. The first video is a character trailer showing off combos for characters like Law, Devil Jin and Hwoarang, alongside new characters like Gigas and Katarina. Each characters showcases their special move and combos better than anything I could ever pull off, and we've ... Read More »
The backwards compatibility library keeps getting bigger and bigger, but it's amazing what games still haven't been added. Today sees the last two parts of a popular horror trilogy added to the library, and some hunting games if that's your bag: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts, Alaskan Adv, Hunting Expeditions & Survival SoK are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/KRkeMnCEwC — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) April 27, 2017 Also, Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/KKWJsSShPD — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) April 27, 2017 Anyone looking for an opportunity to ... Read More »
If you'd have mentioned the Guardians of the Galaxy to most people a few years ago, you'd be greeted with looks of confusion and rightfully branded a “NEEEEERRRRDDD!”. Now, you can't move for Groot figures and Star-Lord masks. What a difference the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes. Naturally, once you've conquered Hollywood, video games are next. With Telltale at the helm for the team’s first virtual adventure together, can the transition be a successful one? Could Telltale do the team justice? After playing through Episode 1, it certainly seems that way. Taking control of Star-Lord himself, you lead the team on ... Read More »
Over the past week or so, one game might have slipped your attention: Aaero. It's not surprising really, as the game dropped with no real fanfare or promotion from developers Mad Fellows Games, but that shouldn't stop you from checking it out. Playing like an on rails rhythm-action game in the same style of Rez, with a shade of Gitaroo Man for good measure, you shoot down enemies using a lock on weapon (Rez) whilst tracing a line that follows the beat of the song (Gitaroo Man). If that sounds absurd, watch this gameplay trailer at the bottom of the ... Read More »
Here we are, less than a month away from the launch of Injustice 2, and we've finally got an in-depth look at the big baddie of the story mode. Please welcome Brainiac. The trailer shows how Brainiac has took advantage of an Earth in disarray. With the Regime, the Insurgency and the Society all fighting for the fate of the planet, invasion is all too easy for the Collector of Worlds. Whilst we do get a brief glimpse at some of Brainiac's gameplay, the main focus of the trailer is some unseen story content, with former allies turned enemies having ... Read More »
We've got a mixed bag here! Major Nelson has just tweeted out the latest additions to the backwards compatibility library, and it's fair to say that there's something for everybody here. Take a look below: 3D Ultra Minigolf, Golf: Tee It Up! and Gin Rummy are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/2kkkWcsbE5 — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) April 20, 2017 Also, Contra and RoboBlitz are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/ZfLjZgK0sg — Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) April 20, 2017 If you like golf and/or popular Rooster Teeth Let's Plays, 3D Ultra Minigolf and Golf: Tee ... Read More »
Blackwood Crossing is a tale of love and loss; the story of two siblings, Scarlett and Finn, coping with various tragedies that have befallen them. It's also about walking slowly through a train repeatedly to solve puzzles. Take a guess at which is more engaging. Blackwood Crossing is the latest in a long line of “walking simulators”; brief first person narrative experiences that consist of you progressing through linear environments and interacting with a few objects. They’re not for everyone as they rely on the story and dialogue to hold your attention rather than actual gameplay. It's just as well, ... Read More »

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