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

Rain Games have announced that their latest project, World to the West, will be arriving on Xbox One on May 5th. Set in the world of their previous title, Teslagrad, players take control of one of four playable characters to explore an uncharted world of ancient civilisations and prophecy. Picking from either Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the Orphan/Survivor, Miss Teri the Mind Bender and the mustachioed strongman aristocrat, Lord Clonington, you'll engage in combat with a plethora of enemies and attempt to solve puzzles in the age old quest for secrets and goodies. The four characters should add enough variety to ... Read More »
Here's some news that might either call you back to the post-outbreak New York of The Division, or even tempt in some new players: all additional expansion content for Year 2 will be free! Announced yesterday as part of Massive Entertainment's live-stream, creative director Julian Gerighty said that there will be no season pass for the upcoming year, and even dropped a few hints for what players can expect. Whilst details are yet to be finalised, the first expansion will include limited-time events, called Seasons (Ubisoft love seasons), which will flip regular gameplay on its head. We can also expect ... Read More »
Today has been a good day for any budding agents of Overwatch, as Blizzard have dropped some big news regarding the future of the game, concerning both old and new characters. First, the old. Transforming turret Bastion has always been a point of contention within the Overwatch community, but his recent buff, which saw increases in his defense and damage output in certain modes, alongside an ability to heal whilst moving in recon mode, has caused outcry to reach critical mass. This buff went live two days ago, but already Blizzard are working on changing him up once again in ... Read More »
Last week we learnt all about Superman's desire to get the band back together, reform the Regime and dominate the planet once again, but today we've learnt about the latest character to join the Injustice 2 roster: step in Doctor Fate. Doctor Fate has had many iterations since his debut in 1940, but it appears that Netherrealm Studios have opted to utilise the original wearer of the Helm of Fate, Kent Nelson. This seems to be par for the course with the Injustice universe, using the original characters instead of more modern versions of the characters. In terms of gameplay, ... Read More »
Like clockwork, it's 5pm on a Thursday, and Major Nelson has tweeted out the latest additions to the backwards compatibility library. It's fair to see that today's announcement is... eclectic, to say the least. Check them out below: Meet the Robinsons and Cars 2: The Video Game are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/ZDRpnd729m — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 2, 2017 Also, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero and Dead Rising 2: Case West are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/wvFJjFTO5z — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 2, 2017 If you're looking for some new ... Read More »
A new story trailer has dropped for arguably the most anticipated fighting game of 2017 (depending on who you ask), Injustice 2. The hype train is gaining speed towards the May release date... The new trailer, titled Shattered Alliances - Part 1, shows evil Injustice universe Superman free from the incarceration he found himself in after the end of the last game. He's now setting his sights on rebuilding the Regime and dominating the planet all over again. We also get a look at the returning Cyborg, with him taking some potshots at Batman outside a Gotham City theatre. We ... Read More »
Chalk up a whopping 6 new games added to the ever-expanding library of backwards compatibility! Major Nelson has just tweeted out the latest additions to go backwards compatibility, and whilst one of those was revealed during the Games With Gold announcement, the others are interesting. Let's take a look: Gyromancer, Moon Diver and Space Invaders Infinity Gene are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/ddoTfuKuCo — 💬 Larry Hryb (@majornelson) February 23, 2017 The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match and Assassin’s Creed Rogue are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/YbeVt1ZqtY — 💬 Larry Hryb ... Read More »
This is one for anybody looking for a summer sleeper hit. Double Eleven Games have announced that their upcoming third person parkour title Super Cloudbuilt is coming to the Xbox One this summer. Taking control of a young soldier named Demi, you wake up in a strange new world packed with a sweet rocket pack. It's up to you to guide her through this new world, dodging turrets, obstacles and that pesky bottomless pit. The parkour seems reminiscent of Titanfall, but from a third person perspective, which can only be a good thing. Combine that with a beautiful cel shaded ... Read More »
There's something unmistakably childlike about the premise to For Honor, as if the game is a vehicle to settle the playground arguments of who'd best who in a no holds barred slobberknocker: Vikings, Knights or Samurai. It's a refreshingly simplistic concept; to just take the best warriors from each faction and have them scrap for all eternity because why the hell not, but it's a concept we can't help but fall in love with. Of course, there's more of a purpose here than just kicking the crap out of history's greatest combatants, but it's as much purpose as you need. ... Read More »

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