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Ashley Bates

Donovan Ryder

Favorite Games:
  • Halo 3
  • Bully
  • Mortal Kombat

66 games reviewed
70.6 average score
70 median score
42.2% 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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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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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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