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  • Summary: Ashen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. As you adventure through Ashen, you’ll occasionally encounter other players in a massive open world. It’s up to you to decide how to deal with them — fight together against evil, invite them into yourAshen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. As you adventure through Ashen, you’ll occasionally encounter other players in a massive open world. It’s up to you to decide how to deal with them — fight together against evil, invite them into your party or simply ignore them. Expand
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  1. Dec 30, 2019
    90
    All in all, I have to recommend Ashen to all fans of the Souls-style games, Metroidvanias, challenging games, etc. Anyone who is unfamiliar with these types of titles, then by all means jump in to Ashen, as the option to have AI or a friend by your side can make all the difference in how you play the game, and can really open it up to new audiences. Ashen is out on PC, PS4, Xbox One and now on Nintendo Switch. Personally, the Switch version is a perfect pick-up-and-play game, allowing you to venture deeper into the world one session at a time. While the game is not as large-scale as some of its inspirations may be, it's worth playing all the same.
  2. Dec 30, 2019
    80
    Ashen doesn't try to hide the fact that it's a Souls clone through and through. However, where many before it unwisely try to out-do FromSoftware in terms of difficulty or obtuse systems and lore, A44 has taken its game in a more refreshing, community-focused direction. This is a slightly more relaxed take on a Souls-like; it gets you into its action and gameplay rhythms quickly, isn't interested in punishing you particularly unduly and doesn't outstay its welcome. Its story and setting are enchanting and the sense of togetherness and companionship that it creates as its plot unfolds sets it apart in a genre much better known for relentless loneliness and isolation.
  3. Feb 6, 2020
    75
    Will you like it? Obviously, that depends on how much you like Soulsborne games. Even if you do, however, I’d tread carefully before committing to Ashen. It’s got some charms, but also some pretty big drawbacks, and I’m not sure the former is enough to make up for the latter.
  4. 55
    Ashen is not awful, and I think that any hardcore Souls fans who just can’t get enough of this style of combat will enjoy it. The open world adds a new layer to the Soulsborne format that succeeds more than it fails, but it comes at the cost of weakening a core pillar of the genre. The result is a passable experience, and in a genre that’s quickly becoming as crowded as this one, passable just won’t cut it for anyone but the most hardcore of fans.
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  1. Dec 10, 2019
    10
    Soooo good! I love it! The art style of the game is absolutely an amazing experience.
  2. Aug 23, 2020
    6
    I was really hoping (and expecting) this to be good, as I really needed to scratch the souls / metroidvania itch that some reviews indicatedI was really hoping (and expecting) this to be good, as I really needed to scratch the souls / metroidvania itch that some reviews indicated it would. I suppose for some people it does hit the right notes, but for me is surely didnt. About 5 hours in I just bitterly quit as I never really felt the immersion or thrill. While there is some decent tension in the exploration, and the art style is pretty cool, everthing just feels clunky and off. Also several times had AI companion suddenly leave (in full health, just poof...) which would be ok if you didnt need it to open some doors and climb some walls. Might be nice if you do co-op, but if you're looking for a single player souls like immersion, I cant recommend this. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2020
    2
    Hard, but not in a fun way.

    As a Souls fan, had really high hopes for this game. It delivers in several ways. The music is atmospheric, the
    Hard, but not in a fun way.

    As a Souls fan, had really high hopes for this game. It delivers in several ways. The music is atmospheric, the environments can be lovely in places. The fighting can be entertaining though repetitive. What really destroys this game is is piss-poor balancing. I would call this indie-game syndrome; where parts of the game are so unpolished it ruins the entire experience. The two last bosses in this game are the biggest offenders and I wanted to quit and delete the game multiple times, but I pushed through with some cheap tactics. It's really unsatisfying to finish the game that way, but the developers didn't really give me an option. (One of the NPC's on the switch version is supposed to help you on the 4th fight, but doesn't even appear in the room. I fought that boss about 30 times and it never worked).

    I tried playing the game on the harder difficulty and enjoyed it until I got to the dungeon midway in the game. It's a huge slog with enemies that one-shot you no matter what your load out is. The palace near the end of the game has the EXACT same problem. I really wanted to like this game, I even tried the second playthrough, but I'm sick of enemies that leap on you from offscreen and one-shot you. This game is close to being great, but is so frustrating and un-fun in parts I regret paying $20 for it. I would say, don't give any money to a developer that doesn't respect your time and mental state enough to make the game fun.
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