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Ashley Bates

Donovan Ryder

Favorite Games:
  • Halo 3
  • Bully
  • Mortal Kombat

62 games reviewed
70.6 average score
70 median score
42.6% 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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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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Aug 6, 2019

Metal Wolf Chaos XD isn't some grand revolution of the third person action genre. It's a 15 year old game where a president in a mech suit fights giant tanks, and that's fine by us.

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8 / 10.0 - Fantasy Strike
Jul 24, 2019

Fantasy Strike's philosophy of a truly "accessible" fighting game is a successful one, with plenty to love for new fighting games players and veterans alike.

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8 / 10.0 - Blazing Chrome
Jul 11, 2019

Blazing Chrome isn't some grand reinvention of the shoot 'em up genre at large, but for the most part, it does a masterful job of utilising the genre's best conventions. Definitely worth checking out.

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Jul 3, 2019

The current lack of Amiibo Support and one or two needed improvements to the online modes mean it isn't "perfect", but Super Mario Maker 2 is the ultimate package for both casual and dedicated Mario fans. Absolutely brilliant.

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8 / 10.0 - Samurai Shodown
Jun 27, 2019

Though some weak modes dampen the overall package, Samurai Shodown might just offer the best pure fighting game experience in recent memory, for both veterans and newcomers alike.

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8 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat 11
Apr 26, 2019

A great game that will likely be even better soon, Mortal Kombat 11 offers plenty for any fighting game fan, though it does need some refinement with regards to certain modes and features.

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