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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Speedrunners have been going for well over around two and a half decades, with players competing to complete games in the fastest possible time. We've certainly moved on from the early days of Doom mods and trials, but it's only in the past few years that scene has become as culturally accepted as it is now. You can thank the rise of YouTube and Twitch for that. Of course, this burgeoning community has presented an opportunity for game developers to market to the specific speedrunning audience. One such game is Deadcore, a first person platformer with a heavy emphasis on ... Read More »
In the ongoing battle between EA Sports and Konami for virtual footballing supremacy, it's Konami that are making the next move, as they've released an open beta for the upcoming Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. The open beta will consist of 1 vs 1 and 3 vs 3 online play between Brazil and France, and the team have been asking players on Twitter to fill out a user survey to help improve the overall experience. The beta will be running until July 31st, so if you want in, do it quickly. Feedback survey for the #PES2018 Online Beta is live now. ... Read More »
SEGA have revealed the latest trailer in their upcoming attempt to salvage the reputation of Modern Sonic, Sonic Forces, which gives us some the new footage on the newest Sonic Villain. Enter Infinite. Not much is currently known about Infinite, other than he hates Sonic, he's more powerful than Sonic, he's formed a super league of evil with Eggman, Chaos, Metal Sonic, Shadow and more, and he's taken the title from Shadow as the edgiest Sonic character in existence. Sonic Forces is the latest Sonic game to fuse 2-D and 3-D platforming, much in the same way Sonic Generations did. ... Read More »
One of the gaming highlights of 2016 was the return of one of the FPS genre's founding fathers: DOOM. The reboot took what people loved about the original games and modernised it for current gamers. It. Kicked. Ass. Over a year on, Bethesda aren't finished with DOOM just yet, and have released Update 6.66. You know, because the game is about Hell? Funny. The update itself is bringing a number of improvements to multiplayer and the SnapMap feature, but that's not all. Firstly, the season pass has now been retired, with all DLC packs now available for all players, for ... Read More »
After the dizzying heights of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition last Thursday, Microsoft were going to have to dig deep to try and top that announcement. With four games being added today, they've given it a good go. Let's take a look at what Major Nelson has tweeted: Costume Quest 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Quantum Conundrum & Frontlines: FoW are coming to Xbox One Back Compat today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQpic.twitter.com/eNIuOnmIP0 — ? Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 18, 2017 Costume Quest 2 is already available on Xbox One and was previously part of the Games With Gold program, so apply there only ... Read More »
With E3 in the bag and out of the way, the next stop in the Xbox One Xpress (geddit?) is Germany for Gamescom 2017 in August. Hoping to build upon the momentum created at E3, Microsoft have announced their schedule for the European conference. The Xbox team are bringing 27 playable games to the show floor of the Cologne based event, including Forza Motorsport 7 and the much anticipated Sea of Thieves, but the fun doesn't stop. At 9pm CEST (7pm GMT/12pm PDT) on Sunday 20th August, we shall be treated to a special Xbox @ Gamescom live show. Hosted ... Read More »
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 »

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