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

Any residents of the Hidden Leaf Village in the house? Looks like Naruto is entering the realm of 4v4 online multiplayer games. It's already set to be an interesting departure from the traditional 1v1 arena fighters that Naruto has become accustomed to, and one that could be genuinely fun if the trailer is anything to go by. Players will pick characters from the Naruto series that fall into 1 of 4 classes: Attack, Ranged, Defense and Heal. All are fairly self-explanatory classes and roles, and the gameplay itself looks to be simple enough for anyone to pick up and play. The ... Read More »
For those of you who held out on buying the sci-fi Dark Souls combination that is The Surge, your patience might have been rewarded; there's a demo coming next week. Can you survive The Surge's demo? Available next week on PS4, XBox One and PC. pic.twitter.com/2ns2U20BOj — The Surge (@TheSurgeGame) July 12, 2017 There's no word yet on when exactly the demo will drop, how much content the demo will contain or if progress will carry over to the full version, but any chance to try the game before you buy it is a good one. The full game has ... Read More »
Many have thought that the backwards compatibility program has been slowing down somewhat over the past couple of weeks, myself included. There are only a finite number of games to utilise, after all. But then something like this happens and my faith has been restored all over again. Major Nelson has just tweeted the following: Super Streetfighter IV Arcade Edition is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/WfShOJpLGm — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 13, 2017 You may remember a couple of months back that the vanilla version of Street Fighter IV joined the library, which seemed pointless given ... Read More »
It's been no secret that Blizzard were planning on introducing the villainous Doomfist to the world of Overwatch at some point, but that time has finally arrived and it is glorious! After being alluded to, teased and generally being dangled like a carrot in front of a donkey, Doomfist has emerged to lay the smackdown on the entire Overwatch roster. Sent him to jail, will they? Time to send them to hell! In two new videos uploaded to the Overwatch YouTube channel, we get an idea as to what Doomfist is all about. Unfortunately, there's no Terry Crews, so I ... Read More »
Tekken fans have been blessed with a lot of quirky modes over the years, such as Tekken Force or Tekken Ball, but sadly these weren't included in the release of Tekken 7. The DLC, however, is a different story. In August, as part of the Season Pass, players will be able to enjoy Tekken Bowl in full HD glory, otherwise known as Ultimate Tekken Bowling. It's just like it was in Tekken Tag Tournament only shinier and not part of the main game. Still, it's a nice little inclusion for long-time fans of the series. No word on a proper ... Read More »
Good news for anyone who has all the Halo games on Xbox 360 but never got around to buying the Master Chief Collection: you'll be able to play them via your Xbox One and backwards compatibility later this year. As part of Halo's Summer Celebration, developers 343 Industries have announced that Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4 and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be joining the extensive roster of backwards compatibility titles. Halo 3, H3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CEA are coming to @Xbox One Back Compat with free DLC for all titles! Read more: https://t.co/FNtjcMoNtk pic.twitter.com/mC4TLB4QrQ — ... Read More »
Anyone still causing a ruckus in the San Francisco area via Watch Dogs 2, but felt like they could do with a bit more company? Fret no longer, as Ubisoft are introducing a 4-player party mode to the game so you and 3 friends can terrorise the city in the pursuit of DedSec followers. Or something. The new title update, which will go live on the 4th of July, will allow players the chance to use their smartphone to organise co-op games for up to 4 players. Whilst you can cause mayhem around San Fran, you can also do the ... Read More »
Man of the People and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer is known for being one of the most personable executives on Twitter, often taking time out of his day to answer fan questions and concerns in a polite and informative manner. One such question dealt with the possibility of getting achievements for Original Xbox games, which is intriguing to anyone addicted to gamerscore accumulation (me). Unfortunately, Phil was quick to deflate fan expectations: Only real option is to patch each game, won't happen. Could give achvmnt 4 "playing", don't really like that — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 29, 2017 This ... Read More »
In a perhaps bizarre addition to the backwards compatible library, Call of Duty: Ghosts is now available to download on your Xbox One. You know, if you like playing inferior versions of games currently available on Xbox One. Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/7RiiLnPS0Y — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 29, 2017 If given the choice on Call of Duty games that could be made backwards compatible, Ghosts would likely be low on most people's lists. When are we going to hear about Modern Warfare 2 or 3, or even World at War? ... Read More »

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