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  • Summary: Ashen is a 3rd person, action RPG about forging relationships. You are a lone wanderer in a sunless land. The only light to be had sputters from an age-old lantern at your side. There is a rumble in the distance, and then a light. Through leaking eyes you make out a peak on the horizon,Ashen is a 3rd person, action RPG about forging relationships. You are a lone wanderer in a sunless land. The only light to be had sputters from an age-old lantern at your side. There is a rumble in the distance, and then a light. Through leaking eyes you make out a peak on the horizon, choking the land in a cloud of ash. Nothing ever shone so bright. The first dawn turns to dusk and finally recedes into familiar blackness. A GAME BY AURORA44. This is the tale of a bygone world. Choose a path and hold on to those you trust. Players can choose to guide those they trust to their camp, encouraging them to rest at the fire and perhaps remain. Together, you might just stand a chance. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dec 6, 2018
    90
    Ashen does more than enough to differentiate it from other Souls-like games. Although its combat utilizes the same stamina-focused mechanics, the inclusion of features that promote a sense of community with the game's characters makes for a wholly different experience.
  2. Dec 17, 2018
    86
    Its gameplay is familiar and fun, but its world is like nothing you’ve ever seen. You have to work to see it all, and you’ll want to.
  3. Jan 2, 2019
    85
    Ashen uses the Souls-like formula to tell a very different, optimistic story about community. Whether you’re playing alone, with an AI companion, or with another person, combat with the game’s varied enemies and bosses is challenging and satisfying. Ashen’s world feels real and lived-in, and getting to carve out your own settlement and watch it prosper is truly satisfying.
  4. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Ashen contributes more hits than misses to the Souls formula, though the overall experience may feel too familiar to fans of FromSoftware's trendsetting series.
  5. Jan 10, 2019
    80
    Ashen has some very good moments, and some others than can be ruined due to a terrible artificial intelligence. I fought along and against this AI to the end of the journey, in a very polarizing game. Some people will enjoy it a lot, and some people won’t connect with it.
  6. 80
    Through an embrace of more traditional game design, Ashen's take on the Souls formula ends up feeling welcome, even after countless imitators. A solid quest structure and top-notch world design make this beautiful low-fi title a worthy homage to a quickly aging series.
  7. Dec 18, 2018
    70
    As an indie game Ashen really knows how to impress a crowd. There is so much variation in this game of 20 hours, that it easily makes you forget about all the technical mishaps.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 57
  2. Negative: 10 out of 57
  1. Dec 8, 2018
    10
    Absolutely beautiful graphics . Bit like dark souls - You cant just go slashing enemies. Fantastic atmosphere
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    Las 4 reviews con 0 son lamentables y deberian ser eliminadas, uno dice que solo está en W10, lo cual es mentira, a otro le molesta el precioLas 4 reviews con 0 son lamentables y deberian ser eliminadas, uno dice que solo está en W10, lo cual es mentira, a otro le molesta el precio y que no salga en steam, nadie habla del juego, en fin haters hay en todos lados. El juego es excelente, ambientación, estructura de misiones y mazmorras, interesante el concepto de ir haciendo crecer la ciudad. 10/10 Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2018
    9
    Ashen is a beautiful game.

    The phrase "souls-like" gets thrown around a lot. People use it for Dead Cells, Ori, Hollowknight, Cuphead,
    Ashen is a beautiful game.

    The phrase "souls-like" gets thrown around a lot. People use it for Dead Cells, Ori, Hollowknight, Cuphead, pretty much any game that is hard. It makes the phrase utterly useless. But for this game, it is an adequate genre-description.

    Ashen is a third person perspective action-adventure game with some RPG elements, and it is very much in the same genre as Dark Souls. Mechanically, it is quite similar, with the main innovations coming from the social interactions allowing for permanent (or at least near-permanent) play with your friends. Albeit in a clunky and purposefully difficult way.

    Graphically, the game retains a very distinctive art style. It has been compared to Absolver, and that is not an unfair comparison. The interpretive style of the art is perfectly in character with the light/dark themes of the levels, and it is in this level design that Ashen masters most cleanly. The use use of light and dark in the design, from art aesthetic to level and creature design, all the way to the aural sensations of the soundtrack and sound effects, are immersive and evocative. They remind me of the same themes in Destiny.

    The game is relatively approachable, and despite the difficulty it never feels truly punishing. It's very narrowly easier than From Software's offerings,though a lot of that ease is the fact that ashen gets the controls right (which took Dark Souls until its 3rd title to do anywhere close to as well). The pacing is more like dark souls and less like Nioh or Bloodborne.

    The whole game takes just around 25 hours for an adequately skilled 'Souls' player. And it is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

    Mechanically, this game is nearly flawless. Artistically, it is a work of beauty. The multiplayer design is purposeful but bad. Why 'souls' games so utterly hate the idea of making it easy for you to play with your friends is beyond me, but it is what it is. Insofar as difficulty, it is a bit easier than Dark Souls, but on the other hand the controls are handled far better. I found the overall experience better, and I vastly preferred the world Ashen shows to us to that of Dark Souls.

    This is the best 'Souls' available on the market. It's better than Dark souls 1, 2, 3, Demon Souls 1, 2, Bloodborne, Nioh, and The Surge. It is my favorite game in the genre.

    I can't quite call this game perfect, but it is damn close. There are plenty of people who won't like Ashen. And there are also plenty of people who may like it mechanically but won't necessarily appreciate the aesthetic, which is boiled into everything about the game. But if you like the aesthetic, and you if this is your favorite genre, then Ashen is IMO the best game on the market for you.
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  4. Dec 14, 2018
    7
    There are some really great elements to this game, but honestly the combat and movement mechanics don't really hold up. The combat feels likeThere are some really great elements to this game, but honestly the combat and movement mechanics don't really hold up. The combat feels like a more rigid version of the original Dark Souls and as a long time souls fan it feels very limiting. The difficulty seems a bit more forgiving and does do a few things differently with way points and a proper quest log to help players from getting lost.

    The storytelling, soundtrack and general aesthetic of the game are fantastic however this leaves me feeling very conflicted about this game, the world building is great really but the game play is mediocre leaving me feeling disappointed overall.
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  5. Jan 31, 2019
    6
    Ashen is a great looking game and an enjoyable experience, but there is absolutely nothing going on under the surface to make it stand out.Ashen is a great looking game and an enjoyable experience, but there is absolutely nothing going on under the surface to make it stand out. It’s a decent game that’s worth giving a shot if you’re interested and have money to spend, but don’t expect much from it. The game suffers severely from it’s over-simplification, and it needed to have way more enemies, or weapons, or items, or SOMETHING to switch it up a bit. I mean, you can very easily beat the game with the starting weapon. There has to be more progression than that. Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2020
    5
    Какая-то инди игра, не о чем, очень специфическая и на любителя, убивают аля дарк соулс, графика не понравилась, сюжет просто пустышка, 5/10Какая-то инди игра, не о чем, очень специфическая и на любителя, убивают аля дарк соулс, графика не понравилась, сюжет просто пустышка, 5/10
  7. Dec 12, 2019
    0
    For a year old game it's quite buggy. I was expecting more considering the whole of taking the epic deal was to IMPROVE on the game'sFor a year old game it's quite buggy. I was expecting more considering the whole of taking the epic deal was to IMPROVE on the game's development. Paying full price and buggy AF game on GOG is disgusting. Expand

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