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Ashley Bates

Skelmersdale
Donovan Ryder

Favorite Games:
  • Halo 3
  • Bully
  • Mortal Kombat

106 games reviewed
72.4 average score
75 median score
50.5% of games recommended

Ashley Bates's Reviews

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.
Aug 26, 2022

Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed brings the original title into the modern age, and while the gameplay is massively improved, some bad ideas, dated jokes, and an abundance of glitches mar the overall experience.

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6 / 10.0 - Saints Row
Aug 22, 2022

The Saints Row reboot wants to tell a new, modern story, but the gameplay framework surrounding it is starting to show a bit of rust.

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Jul 22, 2022

The exploration flaws are only a somewhat minor gripe, considering that the races themselves are some of the best that Forza Horizon 5 has to offer, and the expansion even includes various Hot Wheels pieces for players to create their own events too. Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels already feels like a massive and enjoyable expansion, and hopefully the player-created content will mean there’s even more to look forward to while we wait for the game’s second expansion.

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8 / 10.0 - Sniper Elite 5
May 30, 2022

Sniper Elite 5 successfully builds on the foundations of Rebellion's long running series, but some glitches do hamper the experience somewhat.

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Apr 21, 2022

Demon Turf: Neon Splash is a bite-sized version of one of 2021's best platformers, and while it's not quite on the same level, it's still great fun.

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8 / 10.0 - WWE 2K22
Mar 11, 2022

Though not a flawless reinvention, WWE 2K22 is a monumentally large step in the right direction for the series.

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8 / 10.0 - Gran Turismo 7
Mar 9, 2022

While some off-track quirks diminish the experience somewhat, Gran Turismo 7's excellent gameplay places it firmly ahead of most of the racing game genre.

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Feb 11, 2022

King Of Fighters XV is the franchise's biggest stage yet, and when the lights are on brightest, this game shines.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Grapple Dog
Feb 9, 2022

Grapple Dog's not a perfect platformer by any stretch of the imagination, but the core gameplay concept and visual design still manages to raise huge grins.

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9 / 10.0 - Sifu
Feb 6, 2022

A potential GOTY contender already, Sifu is martial arts excellence that'll challenge and delight in equal measure.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Pupperazzi
Jan 20, 2022

Pupperazzi sells the fantasy of being surrounded by dozens of adorable good boys, while ensuring the gimmick doesn't overstay its welcome.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Demon Turf
Nov 3, 2021

Demon Turf's few flaws do little to detract from an excellent 3D platforming experience that's worth checking out, whether you're a casual player or potential speedrunner.

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Sep 29, 2021

A fabulous collection of one of gaming's most deceptively difficult games, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is pure, unadulterated fun.

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Sep 3, 2021

While PS4 veterans might not get as much value from the re-release, Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut is a wonderful showcase for the PS5 and an incredible package for newcomers.

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8 / 10.0 - The Big Con
Aug 31, 2021

Though there's some technical issues, some more devastating than others, The Big Con is a heart-warming teenage road trip that's worth playing

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8 / 10.0 - Chivalry 2
Jun 16, 2021

Chivalry 2's approach to medieval combat is equal parts satisfying and silly, creating a raucous multiplayer experience that begs to be played with friends.

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6 / 10.0 - BIOMUTANT
May 24, 2021

Biomutant has a lot of issues that more lenient players might be willing to look past for its fantastic strengths, but the overall package is a tough sell.

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8 / 10.0 - Outriders
Apr 9, 2021

In spite of the weak story and awful launch state, Outriders still manages to be a compelling and rewarding looter shooter.

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7 / 10.0 - Pacer
Mar 9, 2021

Pacer's lacklustre career mode and some dodgy event types might be turn-offs, but the core racing gameplay makes up for it.

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6 / 10.0 - Taxi Chaos
Feb 23, 2021

Taxi Chaos is a pretty faithful and enjoyable recreation of a fondly remembered gaming franchise, but its new ideas introduce lots of new problems.

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