Cyberpunk multiplayer shooter RPG The Ascent has officially released on Xbox and PC

    
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Publisher Curve Digital and Swedish indie studio Neon Giant are offering up some twin-stick shooting ARPG goodness for yourself or a few of your friends with the launch of The Ascent, a game we first caught notice of back in January of this year.

For those who don’t remember, The Ascent drops players into the role of an indentured worker living in a cyberpunk dystopia of the Ascent Group arcology, a self-contained corporate-run metropolis skyscraper filled with creatures from all over the galaxy. The world starts to go haywire when The Ascent Group shuts down for unknown reasons, opening the door for rival corporations and crime syndicates looking to fill the empty space, leaving players to take up arms to hold them off.

The Ascent can be played solo or with three others in multiplayer co-op and is promising features like classic RPG mechanics for customization via cyberware, augmentation, and loot; a free-roaming playstyle; and an “unprecedented” sense of verticality, along with a narrative-led adventure. The game is available for Xbox One and Series X/S as well as on Steam for a bit of a discount until August 5th.

source: press release
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angrakhan

This game is quite good for what it is. Props to the art team for sure. It oozes Blade Runner/ Cyberpunk. The voice acting is also quite good. It’s not really much of an RPG, though. I’d call it a twin stick shooter with RPG elements. There’s no RNG loot, for example. If a machine gun drops it’s exactly the same as the last one that dropped. It’s more akin to unlocking a weapon in a shooter than an ARPG. Same deal with armor. There’s also no classes or skill tree really. You just boost one of several stats such as health or crit rate. Mostly your success or failure in a given battle comes down to your personal skill level and picking the right weapons for the situation.

If this game is an RPG then so is Doom Eternal.

That’s not to say it’s a bad game. It’s quite good and the cover system and dodge system make for a solid twin stick shooter experience. Just don’t expect a Cyberpunk version of Diablo is all.

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Chaos Engine

I was very interested in this game until the devs admitted that it will have no endgame. Not even a replayable campaign or a “new game+” mode.

You finish the campaign and then you are done. Not what I am looking for in an ARPG.

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BalsBigBrother

Played it a little on my Series S, it has run well for me and looks amazing.
Especially considering the small team who made it.

My only real complaint so far on the console version is the aiming is very sensitive and twitchy. This makes hitting anything much harder than it needs to be and initially frustrating. If they added a slider to adjust the turn speed that would help a lot.

Probably going to go spend more time on this over the weekend.

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Damon Anderson

I downloaded this with Gamepass also, looks interesting.

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Leo

Review I watched seemed to be overjoyed by this game. One of the complaints was lack of matchmaking, only directly inviting folks. Also crossplay only happens if the game was bought from the always loved Microsoft Store. But the game really goes all in on its world. Looks like it’s really fun.

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Arktouros

Scooped this up via game pass gonna give it a try later.

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Vanquesse V

I was a bit worried about the lack of pre-release coverage but the team is only 11 people and their publisher, while having a pretty good track record, isn’t big either.
It’s also out on gamepass right now.

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Vanquesse V

update: turns out you can weaponize the color red: The main menu of The Ascent is *very* red and it was actually painful to my eyes to look at.

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Vanquesse V

Update 2: played till level 7 and stopped due to a crash. Game has some stuttering for me usually related to explosions which make boss fights a bit harder than intended.
Looks very pretty and has style for days. Plays really well. No classes, but 8 attributes, 3 points per level. 2 weapons, 2 skills and 1 ult in a loadout. 3 armor pieces. It’s easy to get lost, but pressing “O” will show the fastest way to get to your quest objective.
I can’t speak to multiplayer, length or if the game keeps being fun, but so far it looks really solid

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I have it downloaded. Will totally be trying it out later.

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Fisty

Micro stuttering seems to be a thing for pretty much everyone Ive seen review it.