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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: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Dec 19, 2018
    100
    Ashen subverts expectations. It manages to take the Souls genre, deconstruct it and make it feel originally its own. From the art style to the lovingly-crafted areas you venture through, you can tell that this was a passion project for the development team at A44. Slight performance issues aside, Ashen is a wonderful action role-playing game that respects the player’s desire to explore. It’s some of the most fun I’ve had with my Xbox One this year and well worth the time of anyone who is a fan of the genre, as well as a great entry point for those who are curious – a true independent gem.
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    90
    The relationships you forge define your adventure through Ashen, and helping your new friends is a powerful motivator that drives you forward through the game's beautiful world.
  3. Dec 14, 2018
    85
    With an amazing art design and a polished and clean atmosphere, Ashen is far more than a basic Dark Souls clone. It has a more friendly universe and game philosophy, but sometimes fails to be fun, especially when it comes to AI cooperation or online multiplayer.
  4. Dec 13, 2018
    80
    An inspired approach to co-op and non-player characters turns what could’ve been just another Dark Souls clone into one of the most interesting action adventures of the season.
  5. Dec 19, 2018
    80
    Ironically, although Ashen is one of the better Souls-like games, its strengths emerge the more it deviates from the template. With a distinctive art style and approach to co-op, base-building and character interaction, Ashen suffers in those areas in which its Souls model outshines it: fluid and varied combat being the most obvious area. Taken apart from its inspiration, though, Ashen is still an entertaining and elegant experience.
  6. Jan 6, 2019
    75
    Ashen won’t light the world on fire, but it’s a decent RPG with a mysterious setting. While it follows a well-known formula, it has worthwhile side quests, and the larger spaces are enjoyable to explore. Though it may never come close to the heights of the games that it takes inspiration from, Ashen is still an entertaining expedition overall.
  7. Feb 4, 2019
    45
    Ashen now holds the dubious honor of being the first game I couldn’t bring myself to finish before posting a review. Well done, Ashen — you broke me. It’s just a shame you didn’t do it in a more interesting or cleverly-designed manner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    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.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.
    Absolutely charming game. I've been playing it since last night and there are Souls-like things to Ashen but how is that a bad thing? Combat is fluid and playing with another gamer is so much fun. Whether you're on PC or X1 PLAY THIS GAME.
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  2. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    great and original graphics, same gameplay of Dark souls with enhancements in controls but not as deep in the possible builds (but still goodgreat and original graphics, same gameplay of Dark souls with enhancements in controls but not as deep in the possible builds (but still good tho)
    great music and atmosphere, really worth it
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  3. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    Enchanting graphics and style with fluid combat, a must play for any PC or Xbox One owner.
  4. 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.

    A note for Xbox players. For Xbox One X, Ashen delivers one of the most beautiful games released on the system to date. For Xbox One S, the game is just as beautiful but minor slowdown can occasionally mar the experience. For those utilizing the original Xbox One hardware, you may find yourself dying in frustration due to input lag/dropped frames at key moments. While this occasionally crops up against bosses, it's more common when facing scores of weaker opponents in the already suicidal melees. If you want to avoid these mishaps (and the associated frustration), you'll want to focus more on ranged, and cautious styles of play.

    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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  5. Sep 28, 2020
    8
    Ashen really court me by surprise! After sinking in around 20-25hours into this game, I feel like I've got a good grasp of it. Firstly, theAshen really court me by surprise! After sinking in around 20-25hours into this game, I feel like I've got a good grasp of it. Firstly, the game looks bloody amazing, such a fantastic visual experience! Also, this game has one of the best soundtracks I've heard for a long time, in any game. Its characters are interesting but none, in particular, stand out for me other than a fleeting character you meet a few times (Gefn). The motivation for exploration is rather strong as the weapons and armour are all unique and different from the last one you found. The town (Vagrants Rest) sort of acts as your Hub throughout the game. New ways of growing your character unlock as the town grows, which is achieved through playing the game and completing its missions which is very innovative. The story is rather intriguing but a lot of it is left to be desired as lore can be hard to come by within the game that isn't vague quotes from characters. The combat feels, decent, a little clunky but definitely playable. The combats' flaws show against the faster enemies of the game, as well as the bosses. Bosses are unique and can really make you feel intimidated, although they don't really change up the playstyle from the standard enemies very much. The main issue I have with the game is the repetition of enemies. I understand it's a smaller studio but there needs to be a little more variety than what's present. Honestly, this game is something I'd consider a 'hidden gem'. It's relatively unknown, which is a shame, but also it makes me feel lucky to have had experienced it. I'd highly recommend this game and am looking forward to a potential sequel from the Developer. Well done A44, what a bloody brilliant world you have built. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2018
    8
    Los jugue aproximadamente 3hs y puedo decir que esta bien, esta bueno: buen concepto artistico, buen primer boss, una historia que te motiva aLos jugue aproximadamente 3hs y puedo decir que esta bien, esta bueno: buen concepto artistico, buen primer boss, una historia que te motiva a descubrir, una jugabilidad familiar de tipo soul, co-op.

    Me recordo a los MMORPG cuando tenes algunos NPC aparecen varias misiones y como que es mucha informacion de golpe y es un mundo nuevo. Hay que adaptarse y aprender el mapa. Recomendado.
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  7. May 19, 2019
    0
    Trashen is one of the most vile games I’ve been unfortunate to play, at first it’s just another wannabe souls game, with numerous bugs, andTrashen is one of the most vile games I’ve been unfortunate to play, at first it’s just another wannabe souls game, with numerous bugs, and forever freezing, which none have even been attempted to be patched, horrible clunky, one dimensional combat, with no flow, it’s just horrible, this your typical 2 bit game form more crappy indie devs, who actually think people should pay to play this horrid crap. Expand

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