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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For fans of first person puzzle games in a similar vein as Portal, Q.U.B.E was a delightful little game with interesting puzzles and a story that kept you guessing until the very end. Now Toxic Games have revealed a new teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel, Q.U.B.E 2, and it looks to give players a lot more of what they enjoyed in the previous game: difficult but engaging block puzzles. If it's not broke, don't fix it. The original Q.U.B.E saw players take on the role of an astronaut who infiltrated a cube shaped alien vessel on a collision course with ... Read More »
Community Test Environments, or whatever synonym that developers decide to use for their game, are a staple of PC gaming, giving players the chance to test out upcoming patches and features, whilst giving the dev team a chance to eliminate bugs before the update is released upon the masses. EA have announced that Battlefield 1's Community Test Server will be coming to the Xbox One, allowing console players to test upcoming features in the same way that PC players can, whilst also providing feedback to DICE so they can keep improving the game. You can register via the Battlefield 1 ... Read More »
In a bizarre turn of events, Electronic Arts have announced that they plan to remove FIFA 14 from the EA Access Vault on October 18th 2017, the same date that online service for the game will be discontinued. In an official statement from EA, they have cited a "unique circumstance" as the reason why this game will be removed, but haven't gone into details. A spokesman gave the following statement to GameSpot: "FIFA 14 is being removed from the Vault due to a unique circumstance specific to the title. It does not indicate a change in our priorities for the ... Read More »
There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and mini golf is awesome. It's all the skill and precision of real golf but without the god awful clothing and the inherent snobbery that surrounds a clubhouse. Who cares about etiquette when you can have a few drinks, play a few holes and enjoy yourself? This has been a party political broadcast paid for by The Mini Golf For All Foundation. Joking aside, mini golf is an enjoyable activity for all ages, and one that appears to be making a resurgence in the gaming world. The last DLC for Dead ... Read More »
Often being referred to as Netflix for gamers, Xbox Game Pass gives players unlimited access to hundreds of games for the price of a fairly reasonable subscription. It's perfect for new and existing Xbox players looking to give their gaming library an immediate shot in the arm. Of course, like the backward compatibility library, Xbox aren't afraid of expansion, and have announced that seven new games will be joining the roster on the 1st of August. Check out the video from Major Nelson's Twitter account below: Seven new titles are being added to Xbox Game Pass starting 01 August. See ... Read More »
If you think that the current realistic versions of Tomb Raider are a bit too serious, and want to go back to the cheesier games of old, today just might be your day. Major Nelson has took to Twitter, as he usually does, to reveal the next addition to the backwards compatibility program: Tomb Raider Underworld is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLopic.twitter.com/SKClshDgo0 — ? Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 27, 2017 Tomb Raider: Underworld was the sequel to Tomb Raider's first reboot, the 2006 release Tomb Raider: Legend, and saw Lara embark on a trip through Norse Mythology ... Read More »
The WWE 2K games have built somewhat of a reputation for themselves when it comes to impressive collector's editions. Last year was the NXT Edition with a Demon Finn Balor statue, among other things, whilst the year before was dedicated to Stone Cold Steve Austin. This year, it's all about Hustle, Loyalty and Burying Rusev at Battleground. WWE have announced that players can pre-order the Cena (Nuff) Collector's Edition of WWE 2K18, which includes a whole host of John Cena related guff. Pre-ordering it will give you new playable versions of John Cena, alongside legends Rob Van Dam and Batista ... Read More »
Bethesda Softworks have released a new trailer for what is already a contender for Game of the Year if the previous version is anything to go by, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Well, we say new trailer, it's really an extension of some footage from E3. One of the highlights from that E3 trailer was the tense encounter with a Nazi Kommandant inside of an American Diner, with the Kommandant questioning lead character BJ Blazkowicz's credentials. From what we saw, it was already an unnerving scene, and now Bethesda have released the full encounter. Check it out for yourself below, ... Read More »
Free Play Days is a promotion that allow players a couple of days to trial a game they may still be on the fence about. Previous weekends have included Overwatch, Halo 5 and more, but this weekend sees Diablo III take on that mantle. The promotion is currently live right now and will run until 11:59PM PST on Monday 31st July, which works out as 6:59AM on Tuesday in GMT. During this time, players will get complete access to Diablo III: Reaper of Soul - Ultimate Evil Edition, which includes 5 acts, 6 character classes and 4 player co-op either ... Read More »

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