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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.
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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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 11, 2018

Fingers crossed that Rebellion can continue this run of form with the next few content drops.

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2 / 10.0 - The Quiet Man
Nov 5, 2018

Crap gameplay, worse story and a terrible gimmick, The Quiet Man just barely manages to be ironically enjoyable, but you should probably leave well enough alone.

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4 / 10.0 - Extinction
Apr 10, 2018

Extinction wants to be a variety of different games, and fucks up with every single one. A haphazard gathering of multiple genres, Extinction fails to develop the multiple aspects of itself, leaving behind a game that's underwhelming at best and frustrating at worst.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Fight of Gods
Jan 22, 2019

Fight of Gods was never going to be a contender with the likes of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, and it shows in the ropey albeit enjoyable gameplay. However, releasing the game without key modes and features makes Fight of Gods hard to recommend.

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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 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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Apr 8, 2019

A pale imitation of a great franchise, Dangerous Driving just can't quite fill the hole left by Burnout.

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5 / 10.0 - Anthem
Feb 26, 2019

Though the core gameplay loop of getting better loop will undoubtedly hook players in, Anthem currently doesn't offer enough original content to make the investment worth it.

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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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5.5 / 10.0 - Mothergunship
Jul 16, 2018

Though the core gameplay is as rock solid as Tower of Guns, MOTHERGUNSHIP's weapon crafting is a victim of lost potential. Still, we're hopeful that Terrible Posture Games can turn it around with future updates.

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The Council got off the starting line strong, but has now stumbled over the first hurdle. The question now becomes whether or not the adventure of Louis de Richet can recover as the series continues.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Metal Gear Survive
Mar 1, 2018

Though it's not totally devoid of positives, Metal Gear Survive suffers the curse of being wholly unremarkable in pretty much every way. Bland survival gameplay, unoriginal ideas and unresponsive melee combat make for a tedious experience. Metal Gear Survive is certainly a functional game, but someone forgot to add the "fun".

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6 / 10.0 - Tanuki Sunset
Nov 1, 2022

Tanuki Sunset isn't going to win awards for the best game ever made, but if you like endless runners, this one is a good shout.

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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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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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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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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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