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  • Summary: You belong to the corporation. Can you survive without it? The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega corporation that owns you and everyone, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Confusion and chaos ensue, security and order are in disarray, and withoutYou belong to the corporation. Can you survive without it? The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega corporation that owns you and everyone, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Confusion and chaos ensue, security and order are in disarray, and without protection, everyone is left to fend for themselves. Stop gangs and hostile corporations from taking over and discover what really happened. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Jul 29, 2021
    91
    Despite some of the more minor issues listed above, there was very little that was able to pull me away from The Ascent in the past week or so that I’ve been playing, and it’s certainly a game I’d like to revisit post launch with a fresh character so I can toy around with different builds and loadouts a bit more. Again, it’s an absolute no-brainer if you’re a Game Pass subscriber on Xbox, but even if you’re looking to purchase the game outright, it’s absolutely worth checking out.
  2. Jul 29, 2021
    88
    With the recent experience of Cyberpunk 2077, The Ascent has managed to amaze me with its aesthetics, its artistic section and its powerful and impressive graphics.
  3. Aug 4, 2021
    80
    The Ascent is a solid and fun action-RPG, capable of providing many hours of fun thanks to well-paced gameplay and powerful and inspired graphics. Too bad for some flaws such as the poorly executed cooperative mode, annoying bugs and the lack of Italian localization, which prevent the first job of Neon Giant to shine as it deserves.
  4. Jul 29, 2021
    70
    The Ascent is an unapologetically familiar twin stick shooter, with a detailed cyberpunk world that feels alive and especially dystopian. Some mistakes in the way the map is implemented and a fast travel that is unreasonable limited could have been alleviated, but nevertheless the action is top-notch and cathartic.
  5. Jul 30, 2021
    70
    Although The Ascent is far from perfect, it gets more right than it does wrong and is most successful at creating a world that is filled with interesting characters and fun to explore. The sections that require some grinding might frustrate, but there is enough variety in the combat to keep the gameplay from becoming stale thanks to the wide array of weapons and the cover mechanics. Add in the possibility for co-op multiplayer with some friends and The Ascent can certainly provide hours of riotous fun, especially with a release on Xbox Game Pass day one.
  6. Aug 12, 2021
    60
    The cyberpunk world of The Ascent seems dazzling on the surface, but much like your standard cyberpunk world, the grime underneath all of the neon and futuristic landscapes ends up revealing a hefty mess once you go exploring it. The top-down shooter gameplay is fun on a basic level, but quickly becomes monotonous as it drags on in order to keep up with the RPG-styled length and ambitions, while the RPG side of things has a good story and some nifty gameplay tweaks, but its desire to keep the gameplay focus on being a top-down shooter means that any potential when it comes to depth and variety is never fully realized. If you’re a die-hard cyberpunk fan, don’t mind a lot of repetition or have friends to join along, there can be fun here as you ascend, but the rest might be better skipping the trip up.
  7. Jul 29, 2021
    30
    A deeply disappointing co-op shooter that squanders its excellent graphics on a bland and repetitive attempt to make a sci-fi Diablo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 230
  1. Jul 30, 2021
    10
    divertidisimo, no hagan caso a la calificación de la prensa, todos saben que son sonyers los que califican mal.

    Hilarious, ignore the press
    divertidisimo, no hagan caso a la calificación de la prensa, todos saben que son sonyers los que califican mal.

    Hilarious, ignore the press rating, everyone knows that it is sonyers who rate badly.
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  2. Aug 4, 2021
    10
    Si te gustan los juegos como hades o diablo este juego te encantara obviamente sufre algunos fallos en algunos aspectos pero es increible.
  3. Aug 20, 2021
    10
    beautiful game and plays really good now that the first update fixed most of the bugs, a must try
  4. Aug 1, 2021
    9
    Awesome graphics and details. This is what love for video games looks like. Some bugs have to be fixed soon, but the overalls experience isAwesome graphics and details. This is what love for video games looks like. Some bugs have to be fixed soon, but the overalls experience is overwhelming. Well done! Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2021
    9
    excellent twin-stick shooter, mind-blowing world art design putting AAA to shame, insane visuals. Played 2 days non-stop and loved everyexcellent twin-stick shooter, mind-blowing world art design putting AAA to shame, insane visuals. Played 2 days non-stop and loved every second of it. Hoping the next project those guys go BIG, the only thing missing there is animation and world interactivity detail like bad clipping everywhere and very limited physics. Wish the destruction had actual gameplay impact rather than being just for the looks, blowing up buildings blowing up cover etc... that would be great. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2021
    8
    The Ascent is a gorgeous twin stick/ARPG shooter with solid gameplay and one amazing soundtrack. My main gripe is with the back and forthThe Ascent is a gorgeous twin stick/ARPG shooter with solid gameplay and one amazing soundtrack. My main gripe is with the back and forth treks from point A to point B to point C that all are 1.5 km or more and there's no run mechanic. Yes there's a fast travel, but you have to pay for it. As well many of the side quests are buggy, often requiring a main story pre-req that isn't pointed out to the player. I am enjoying the story and world that has been built though and here's hoping for a sequel with a bigger budget and team next time. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2021
    0
    Gamebreaking bug during the mission Mutual Dependencies. 4 enemies are supposed to spawn and they don't. Hence you cannot progress further.Gamebreaking bug during the mission Mutual Dependencies. 4 enemies are supposed to spawn and they don't. Hence you cannot progress further. Wasted hours for nothing. Another developer who thinks they are able to create a game, alais another dissapointment. Expand

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