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Ashley Bates

Skelmersdale
Donovan Ryder

Favorite Games:
  • Halo 3
  • Bully
  • Mortal Kombat

68 games reviewed
70.6 average score
70 median score
42.4% 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.
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6 / 10.0 - Super Crush KO
Jan 16, 2020

Vertex Pop are a small team, so a lot of the issues with Super Crush KO could be attributed to a lack of resources, and ultimately, the game offers plenty of enjoyment for fans of the beat ‘em up genre. That said, Super Crush KO’s issues are prevalent enough to dampen the overall package.

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8 / 10.0 - Avicii Invector
Dec 9, 2019

AVICII Invector is a fitting tribute to both the DJ and the man, Tim Bergling, with a heartfelt story and excellent gameplay.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Need for Speed Heat
Nov 12, 2019

While far from a perfect comeback, Need For Speed Heat refocuses the franchise on what it does best, and it’s all the better for it.

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Oct 31, 2019

Already, Modern Warfare has become one of the most successful entries in the series, though the overall package right now isn’t indicative of that. While the campaign is top-notch, the multiplayer isn’t the best and the Spec Ops mode leaves a lot to be desired.

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Oct 29, 2019

With beautiful visuals and enough brilliant mechanics, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is a great addition to the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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6 / 10.0 - Overwatch - Switch
Oct 22, 2019

As a game, Overwatch is the best it's ever been. As a port, you're likely better off playing another version.

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Oct 16, 2019

Hero Is Back is a decent beat 'em up, held back by too much repetition over its short run-time to make it worth recommending.

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7 / 10.0 - Code Vein
Sep 27, 2019

Flawed, but not a failure, Code Vein offers the same hardcore Soulslike action with less of a barrier of entry, making for a decent gateway into a growing genre.

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Sep 3, 2019

With a new love interest, a new ending, hours of new content and a gameplay system that's unlike anything out there, Catherine: Full Body is a brilliant remaster of a cult hit.

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8 / 10.0 - Wreckfest
Aug 23, 2019

While Wreckfest is technically a simulation racer, it isn't concerned with accurate engine tweaking or proper racing lines, and it's all the better for it. Glitches aside, the focus on vehicular carnage makes for a fulfilling racing experience.

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