The Ascent – PC (Review)
The Ascent…There’s a lot to talk about with The Ascent. When I first saw The Ascent, it looked damn impressive and it instantly piqued my interest. A cyberpunk style, sci-fi, action RPG, that looks intense and damn gorgeous. Of course, who’s interest wouldn’t be grabbed with this? But how does it play? How does it feel? Let’s break it down!
Normally when I write my reviews, there’s a little bit of structure. I talk about gameplay and experiences, then look and feel and such. But I absolutely need to start and give a standing ovation to the art team on The Ascent. Good god is this game so damn beautiful and deep artistically. You have the foreground where you play and run around in. It looks great, the atmosphere is A+. From buildings, other characters just living their lives, random vehicles, rubble, everything looks amazing and doesn’t feel out of place. Now let’s talk about the background art. Everything is alive and somehow feels like it has emotion. There are buildings and such in the background that you will never go do but damn it if it doesn’t just make the world just feel right. There are trams, police-like vehicles that will come hover by and then leave. Everything is just so detailed it’s hard NOT to get immersed in The Ascent. Well friggin done!
Ok, let’s get into gameplay. The gameplay is pretty easy to get used to. I used a keyboard and mouse, and the WASD keys moved your character while your mouse was how you aimed. You use the left click to shoot and right-click to stand up and aim there’s also a dodging feature that will really save your biscuits. This worked great because The Ascent has all kinds of things you can duck behind and be able to utilize that right-click feature. There is a leveling system based on XP and quests. Once you start acquiring skill points you can start bettering your character by raising stats like reloading, and max health. There is also a slew of weapons and skills to play however you feel like. I just stuck with the pistol. Once you get to a point where you can augment your weapons, that’s when you start shredding through enemies.
I really enjoyed the whole feel of the gameplay. I do wish they had more weapons to choose from. After upgrading my pistol a couple of times. I never found anything to really replace it for a long time. I really enjoyed wandering around the world and just seeing everything. Different shops to check out, and every area has “hidden” items that are marked on the mini-map if you want to go about hunting them, it’s worth it. It may take a bit to find your way there, but it’s worth the trek. Co-op is another fantastic addition, you can really tear things up with a friend firing from a different angle.
One minor issue I ran into, which may be my PC, was the quick loading into different areas, sometimes I was in a firefight and it would lag and stutter a bit as I ran back and forth. Another issue is some quests you pick up said they said they were for a level 2 character. But the area wasn’t unlocked until you proceeded further into the main story. That was very confusing because the waypoint would take me there and the elevator would open, but I couldn’t interact with it. Once the main story took me to that location I was able to go back and complete the mission, I was much higher than level 2 though.
The Ascent’s story is great. It’s gritty, somewhat serious, but also has just the right amount of humor. The voice acting was pretty good and it helped bring life to the different characters you meet. The side quests were great. They added to the overall experience of the game. Some of them were pretty screwed up, showing how bleak the world is and what happens in the dark. I really would love to dive into this world again someday.
The Ascent is probably one of my favorite games I’ve played in 2021. The world and art are top-notch. The story brings you in and the side quests just open more lore and background into the world. Any sci-fi, cyberpunk RPG fans should definitely keep an eye out on this game, grab a friend and go have a ton of fun!
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for review is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience. All opinions therein are from the author alone.
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+ Fantastic art for the world and characters. The details are amazing!
+ Fun single-player or co-op shooter.
+ Story missions and side quests are fun and immerse you more into the world.
- Minor lag when fighting in between areas.
- Guns took a bit to catch up if you leveled you main gun a lot in the beginning.