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  • Summary: From the co-founder of Dontnod (Life is Strange) Hervé Bonin's new studio Nameless XIII. Face the dark corners of your humanity and find out what lurks in the shadows. Set 200 years after the first geological disasters the earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Survive the weather, the ashFrom the co-founder of Dontnod (Life is Strange) Hervé Bonin's new studio Nameless XIII. Face the dark corners of your humanity and find out what lurks in the shadows. Set 200 years after the first geological disasters the earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Survive the weather, the ash storm, the grey blizzard and the acid rain.
    A survival journey through a harsh world without rules or judgement. Only your choices matters in the face of moral dilemmas. Manage your party, food & equipment in this non-linear narrative survival sim with 34 possible endings.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Apr 15, 2021
    90
    Ashwalkers is an inventive survival sim that puts the story centre stage. Whilst managing resources and the survivor's physical and mental health is important, the choices you have to make are where it's at its most inventive.
  2. Apr 19, 2021
    80
    Ashwalkers toes a fine line between survival and story and does a great job of it. The storytelling is just enough to tease out a unique ashy apocalypse without getting burdened by too many specifics, while the survival aspect is stressful but not impossible to overcome. While playing, I found myself invested in not only the Squad’s survival but the fate of those 250,000 souls back in the Citadel, only satisfied once I got an ending with a hopeful note. If you enjoyed the scouting section of Frostpunk and wanted to see that mechanic expanded upon, look no further than Ashwalkers.
  3. Apr 15, 2021
    75
    Ashwalkers has a few good ideas that it executes well. The problem is that the development team wants to make the game seem to be more than it actually is. If everything moved faster and with clearer decisions then it would be worth an extended time investment. As it stands after a first completed expedition I had no desire to try another. The characters stay the same and the management element never adds new twists. The end screen for each playthrough shows quite a few possible conclusions to work towards but the world never feels interesting enough to try and get them all. Unless you truly love slow, moody stories and choice-focused titles avoid Ashwalkers unless updates deliver a tighter, faster version of the experience.
  4. Apr 15, 2021
    60
    Ashwalkers is still a fascinating little narrative experience. There's an interesting and at times surprisingly uplifting world to explore, and it's worth playing through the game multiple times to see where its branching pathways lead. That said, its brevity means that there's not quite enough meat on the bones to really envelop anyone in its atmosphere, which could leave some explorers wanting more.
  5. Apr 29, 2021
    60
    As it stands I finished the game without a lot of desire to repeat the journey to flesh out the many endings (34 in total). Because while there are enjoyable moments, it’s spread across a sparse and long hallway to move through. Ashwalkers has the bones of some good ideas. I’m hoping to see more from this studio as there are unique things to be found here, Nameless XIII just never really hits their mark. There are plenty of walking simulators out there that make you forget what they are. Ashwalkers, unfortunately, is not one of them.
  6. Apr 16, 2021
    56
    Ashwalkers is nothing but a seedling of an idea that is struggling to grow in the fields of ash that surround it.
  7. Apr 18, 2021
    36
    Both in terms of story-telling and mechanically a very superficial as well as drawn out experience.

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