The Ascent is another major Xbox Game Pass release dropping on the service today (July 29), serving as the debut title from developer Neon Giant - a solo and co-op Action-shooter RPG set in a cyberpunk world.
The embargo for reviews and impressions has just dropped, and so to compliment our 'Hands On' with the game, we've rounded up a bunch of reviews from across the web so you can get an idea of whether you want to play it.
Here's what the critics are saying so far:
"This game is a must-play for fans of action ARPGs. It’s sort of a bonus how much it feels like a twin-stick shooter as well. So, if you do have an Xbox Game Pass subscription – download it, give it a few hours to sink in, and we’re sure you’ll be hooked in no time, shooting, looting and shooting some more."
Video Games Chronicle (8/10)
"The Ascent is a superb action game that looks as fantastic as it plays. Its plot and dialogue can be pretty hard-going but its gunplay is deeply satisfying. On Game Pass it's a no-brainer, but it would be worthwhile at full price too."
Game Informer (7.25/10)
"The Ascent has issues, but those issues don’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the game. I won’t write my thesis on its commentary on capitalism, but I’ll fondly remember my co-op sessions where I tore through this cyberpunk world. That being said, the shallow RPG elements, lack of meaningful narrative, and exploration frustration were constants that really dragged the experience down."
"The Ascent’s satisfying gun-tastic action-RPG gameplay loop mixes with its beautiful cyberpunk aesthetic to create an overall enjoyable experience. Neither its story nor its characters are all that memorable, and its enemy encounters can stumble toward the end, but its gunplay and ultra-violence in a neon-soaked world combine to craft a co-op-friendly game you don’t see every day."
"If you've ever worked a job where your bosses are the worst people imaginable, and they ask you to fix a problem using broken tools and then blame you for the results like it's your fault, then you have a pretty good idea of what it's like to play The Ascent. That's not just a metaphor, either. It's literally the baked-in plot of the game. "
The first reviews are still flooding in at the time of writing, but it looks like The Ascent is going to sit somewhere around the 70-75 mark on Metacritic, so it's not a bad debut for Swedish developer Neon Giant!
If you're reading this prior to launch and you're wondering when you can start playing, Neon Giant has listed the official set of release times for The Ascent, with the game set to drop on Xbox Game Pass at 10am PDT / 6pm BST.
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