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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Here we are, 12 hours removed from our last piece of news regarding For Honor, and we're back at it again with more. Seems like Ubisoft are dropping information on the upcoming "sword-and-board" simulator, and we're totally okay with that. We've bought VIP tickets to the hype train. On top of the three trailers released earlier which detailed 3 more heroes for each of the factions, we've now been treated to a trailer detailing the Faction War metagame. Essentially playing out exactly how you might imagine it would, players pick to represent either the Knights, the Vikings and the Samurai and ... Read More »
It's that time of the week once again. 5pm on a Thursday, Xbox's Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson reveals the latest additions to the backwards compatibility program. It's like clockwork, except with occasional Tuesday reveals to throw us off the scent. Today, Major Nelson followed the usual procedure and took to Twitter to reveal the following: TEKKEN 6, Midway Arcade Origins and Mutant Storm Empire are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/CmQGOS4hPY — / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) January 19, 2017 Midway Arcade Origins is okay if you want to relive the glory days of Rampage or Joust, ... Read More »
The Xbox One has become a nice home for free-to-play titles such as Happy Wars, World of Tanks, Trove, Roblox and SMITE, and it looks like 2017 will continue that wonderful trend. The New Zealand based studio Grinding Gear Games have announced that their free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile will be coming to the Xbox One this year, packed with all the previous and upcoming expansions available for the PC. The game prides itself on its unlimited replayability due to randomly generated levels and gigantic skill trees. Set in the "dark fantasy world of Wraeclast", players either go solo ... Read More »
Brace yourselves, guys and girls, we've got a lot to get through. Yesterday, the new Story trailer dropped for the upcoming DC fighting game Injustice 2, which revealed new characters in the form of Brainiac, Bane, Robin and Poison Ivy, and an idea as to where the story is heading. Spoiler alert: it looks fantastic. We also saw that Darkseid will be a pre-order exclusive and that the game will ship on May 16th 2017. All of this makes up for the lack of information we've received about the game over the last couple of months, but it appears Netherealm ... Read More »
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been fairly active on Twitter recently, mainly to downplay the furore caused by the cancellation of Scalebound. Not to be painted as a broken record, however, Spencer has also been talking about Project Scorpio and whether or not we'd see anything before E3 in June. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have a clear answer: @Sn4kee@BeastFireTimdog Honestly not sure yet but I know people want this. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 11, 2017 It's an absolute guarantee that Microsoft and Phil Spencer himself will be devoting a huge amount of their E3 time to hyping up ... Read More »
Warner Bros Games have just released a new trailer for the upcoming re-release of LEGO CITY Undercover, which was formerly exclusive to Nintendo's Wii U. Based on the authentic LEGO CITY playset, the game sees protagonist Chase McCain go undercover to apprehend criminal and hated adversary Rex Fury, offering players a chance to explore a city filled with crime, collectibles and daft movie references. It wouldn't be a LEGO game without that trademark humour, after all. The trailer below shows off some of the hijinks you can get up to as part of the LEGO CITY Police Department when the ... Read More »
After the strong announcement this past Tuesday, which brought Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age: Origins to the backwards compatibility program, the next announcement had a lot to live up to. Striking while the iron is hot, Major Nelson tweeted the next couple of additions to the ever-expanding library. Check them out below: MEGA MAN 9, MEGA MAN 10 and Beat'n Groovy are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/YRhZrnypJv — / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) January 12, 2017 It's fair to say that unless your interests lie in old school platformers or bizarre rhythm action ... Read More »
Skaven Hunters! How would you like to take it to the vermin menace on a snow-capped mountain range complete with a hidden dwarf fortress? Of course you do, you're only human! Developers Fatshark have finally announced via the below tweet the console release date for the first (at least on Xbox) piece of DLC for co-op slasher Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide. COMING FEB 28 - @VermintideGame's latest DLC 'Karak Azgaraz' and the awaited FREE 'Quests & Contracts' DLC - both for #PS4 & #XboxOne pic.twitter.com/bOxYge7mLS — Warhammer Vermintide (@VermintideGame) January 11, 2017 Entitled "Karak Azgaraz", the DLC sees ... Read More »

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