Ash of Gods: Redemption – Review (PC)
Ash of Gods: Redemption is a dark fantasy turn-based RPG, where every choice matters and can change the story depending on how you react to certain events. It truly was an exceptional journey playing through this game and a memorable one.
If you’ve played other turn-based RPGs, then you will understand how the combat works. If not, turn-based combat in Ash of Gods lets one character go at a time. Once you do an action, such as move or attack, or use a skill, usually your turn will be over and it will then be the enemies turn. This is a very tactical way of doing RPG combat as you have to place your characters around other characters or enemies to be able to attack or be able to get out of range of an attacking enemy.
The combat in Ash of Gods takes it a little deeper. You can choose to attack their health or energy. Attacking the health is kind of self-explanatory, but attacking their energy has some benefits. If you aim at their energy you can lower it enough so they cannot use special attacks or if you knock the energy to ‘0’ you can do even more damage than if you attacked just the health directly.
Ash of Gods also has a card system to use in combat. These can be used to heal or damage characters, or even sometimes both depending on the card. Like many card games today, cards have different levels and it may take a couple of rounds of play to build a level high enough to be able to use the card.
Strixes makes the game a bit more interesting. You cannot just rest for a day to heal your wounds if a character falls. You will need to use strixes to be able to clear those wounds before your character actually dies and cannot come back.
Another fun little gameplay feature I want to mention is the travel system. I reminded me a lot of Oregon Trail. Throughout your travels you will get these random events that come up, finding survivors, seeing dead bodies, bandits, etc. It’s up to you to decide to help or ignore these events depending on what your party status is.
Ash of Gods: Redemption has some amazing artwork. It looks hand drawn and extremely detailed. The characters are dark and gritty, a perfect match for the story. The colors are bland, in a great way, it adds to the depressing tones and the depression of the game. There weren’t a bunch of animations as the combat is turned based and the dialog is static text on the screen. Where there was animation present it was decent, nothing to wow you over but it fit the theme.
The soundtrack was great, I would look into getting that package on steam if you enjoy it.
The story of Ash of Gods: Redemption is amazing. The premise behind the game intrigued me enough to not research the story and look into it before I played. I am glad I didn’t. The story is presented in a graphic-novel type of way and as I mentioned before you have the reigns of what direction you want to go. The different dialog choices will present different reactions and options available to you. The plot starts simple, the Reaping has begun and civilization is on the brink of being wiped out. I really hate spoilers so I will post the story trailer instead.
You take control of different groups of characters, each you can play as you wish, as each will give a different perspective of the events unfolding. As I mentioned earlier it doesn’t really matter who dies or not as the story will still go on, as long as the whole party isn’t wiped. This was a really fun twist to things and made things a bit more hectic at times if you started to become attached to a character, as it doesn’t become game over, they just become a memory.
Another cool feature is the story mode, this skips the combat and allows you to play through the story and make the decisions and see the outcomes of each crucial fork in the road.
The replay value of Ash of Gods: Redemption is most definitely there. From the multiple choice dialogs and outcomes to playing just the story mode, from killing off annoying characters on purpose, there’s a lot behind it. They recently just added an ‘Iron Man’ mode to punish players a bit more. If that’s not enough, they have a multiplayer mode which puts you up against other players to see who can be the best strategist with more modes coming soon through updates soon.
Ash of Gods: Redemption is an amazing game. The dark and gritty fantasy theme and it’s disheartening story is actually refreshing and breaks the mold for turn-based RPGs. It’s a game I never knew I needed to play in 2018.
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Amazing story
+ Dark and gritty artwork adds to the experience
+ Story is open, no character is safe
+ Decent replay value
- Not everyone loves turn-based RPGs
- Translation can sometimes be off because developers aren't native English speakers.
- There are some bugs here and there, but they are patching them fairly quickly.