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Ashley Bates

Skelmersdale
Donovan Ryder

Favorite Games:
  • Halo 3
  • Bully
  • Mortal Kombat

110 games reviewed
72.5 average score
75 median score
51.4% 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.
5.5 / 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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7.5 / 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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7.5 / 10.0 - The Medium
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is Bloober Team's most ambitious game to date, and while certain aspects work better than others, the result is a decent horror romp that even the most horror-averse can enjoy.

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9 / 10.0 - Hitman 3
Jan 19, 2021

Hitman 3 takes everything good about the rebooted series and combines it with worthwhile features and levels that are more interactive than ever before to create one of the best stealth games of the last decade.

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A truly fantastic beat 'em up that's been brought back from the dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game - Complete Edition is utterly sublime.

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9 / 10.0 - Phogs!
Dec 2, 2020

PHOGS! is possibly one of the best co-op games ever made and the perfect remedy for a hellish 12 months.

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8 / 10.0 - Ghostrunner
Nov 2, 2020

Ghostrunner's fusion of parkour and one-hit kill gameplay makes for a challenging but brilliant experience worth checking out.

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An unpolished beat 'em up that's somewhat enjoyable in shorter bursts, Cobra Kai's biggest sin is showing mercy to its unnecessary filler.

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Oct 22, 2020

Hyperbrawl Tournament's core gameplay is a lot of fun, even if the bots are a bit annoying. It's just a shame there's not enough people playing.

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Oct 15, 2020

Monster Truck Championship offers decent and enjoyable gameplay, but some overarching flaws muddy the overall experience.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions isn't a perfect rendition of the beautiful game, but it is a welcome return to an era of football games that don't take themselves too seriously.

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Jul 27, 2020

The Destroy All Humans remake takes everything players loved about the original game and refines the formula, making it more enjoyable for fans and modern audiences alike.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Superliminal
Jul 7, 2020

Though some flawed level designs and weak narrative hamper the overall experience, Superliminal is a mostly sublime puzzle adventure.

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Unscored - Disintegration
Jun 10, 2020

Despite some flaws, Disintegration’s genre fusion presents a worthwhile alternative from your traditional FPS experiences.

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6 / 10 - Liberated
Jun 1, 2020

Liberated is a game that hits as much as it misses. Certain story beats and animation issues drag down the experience, but the overall narrative and art style make Liberated worth a look.

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7 / 10.0 - Maneater
May 22, 2020

Maneater is a game that, for the most part, lives up to its potential, offering something a bit different than other games. While it could be regarded as something of a one-trick pony, it’s still a very good trick that you’ll enjoy while it lasts.

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May 4, 2020

After a 25 year hiatus, Streets of Rage 4 is back and it’s better than it ever has been, thanks to a host of important gameplay improvements.

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One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is a decent debut for the Baldy Hero, but the host of gameplay and story problems get in the way.

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