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

Most people tend to agree that 2016 sucked. Too many celebrities deaths and divisive politics dampened a lot of spirits. Luckily, the Xbox team are keeping a positive outlook. Mike Nichols, VP of Marketing for Xbox, penned a reflective post on Xbox Wire about the year 2016 and its significance for the green brand. With nearly 400 new games coming out last year alone, there's certainly a lot to reflect on! Highlights include: Forza Horizon 3 became both the best-selling and highest rated racing game of 2016, and was the biggest launch for a Forza game to date. It's only ... Read More »
Our congratulations go out to the fine folks at TrueAchievements, who have just reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion tracked achievements across all TA users! I wonder what the gamerscore would be for that particular achievement. Website creator/mastermind Rich Stone took this opportunity to crunch the numbers and break down the habits of the habitual achievement hunters in the 9 years that TrueAchievements has been running, with some interesting statistics emerging. Most notable is the fact that the overall rate of achievement unlocking is down 20% in 2016 from the previous year. TrueAchievements plan on posting a future article ... Read More »
It was announced last month that Bandai Namco and New Japan Pro Wrestling would be joining forces for the upcoming Tekken 7, showing off a new King outfit based on the NJPW Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. Turns out, the deal extends even further than that. A new trailer has revealed outfits for Bryan and Jack, showing them adorned in Bullet Club swag. If you don't know who Bullet Club are, they're a prominent wrestling faction that have been taking over "indie" wrestling for a couple of years. Members have included current WWE stars AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and ... Read More »
Welcome back to Xbox One UK's regular reflection, where we take a look at the list of Xbox 360 titles that became backwards compatible in the last month and try to point out a couple of highlights. December didn't offer much in the way of quantity, as the Backwards Compatibility team took some well earned time off over the Christmas period. Luckily, the quality of those games picked up the slack. First, the honourable mentions: Injustice: Gods Among Us The Batman vs Superman film might have been a little disappointing, but watching those two cornerstones of the DC Universe duke ... Read More »
Free Play Days is a great little promotion that allows for players to try out a game for a couple of days with no strings attached, and it would appear that the next game in line is Diablo III, if the Xbox Store is to be believed. Take this with a pinch of salt for now, as nothing has been confirmed, but the Xbox Store currently lists Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (such a wordy title) as part of the Free Play Days promotion. The next game in the promotion being labelled as such before any ... Read More »
The second half of the Xbox Countdown to 2017 Sale has now gone live on the Xbox Store, which is perfect news for any of you looking to spend your Christmas money on lots of games! The full list of deals, which can be found below, includes discounts on games such as Dragonball Xenoverse 2, Doom, Dead Rising 4 and some other games not beginning with D. Check them out below! Xbox One Deals CONTENT TITLE CONTENT TYPE DISCOUNT NOTES 10 Second Ninja X Xbox One Game 50% – 60% Countdown 1000 Neverwinter Zen Add-On 05% – 15% Countdown 101 ... Read More »
It's been a long while since we've heard anything concrete about the upcoming Injustice 2. Almost 4 months, to be precise. No character reveals, no story details. Zip. Nada. Zero. Things could be about to change, however, as IGN recently got some hands-on time with the sequel to the popular 2013 DC fighting game, and it would seem that some of the cast have gone through some cosmetic changes. Fighting game hype man and prominent YouTuber Maximilian Dood released a video comparing some changes to both Supergirl and Wonder Woman. Both characters were criticised by fans for looking… odd, in ... Read More »
Have you been a good little boy or girl this Christmas, but were left disappointed by the lack of a new Xbox One S underneath the tree? Perhaps you were on the naughty list and you weren't getting one anyway. Still, sometimes it's best to take matters into your own hands. Luckily, the post-Christmas/Boxing Day Sales have arrived, allowing you to put all those gift cards you received from aunties and uncles to good use. So if you're looking to buy a new Xbox One S, or just upgrade from your old Xbox One, now is the time to do ... Read More »
Christmas Day is tomorrow! Soon, you'll be able to see what Santa has left for you underneath a tree decked in tinsel, lights and all other manners of gaudy nonsense. Me, I'll be sat inside with a glass of Captain Morgan’s watching John McClane shoot Hans Gruber out of the window of Nakatomi Plaza. The Bates household has the best Yuletide traditions. Yippee Ki Yay, Father Christmas. Still, that magical box of wonders sat next to your TV, or Xbox One if you prefer, contains a whole manner of activities to help celebrate Christmas. Let's take a look at some ... Read More »

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