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  • Summary: Ashen is a 3rd person, action RPG about forging relationships. You are a lone wanderer in a sunless land. The only light to be had sputters from an age-old lantern at your side. There is a rumble in the distance, and then a light. Through leaking eyes you make out a peak on the horizon,Ashen is a 3rd person, action RPG about forging relationships. You are a lone wanderer in a sunless land. The only light to be had sputters from an age-old lantern at your side. There is a rumble in the distance, and then a light. Through leaking eyes you make out a peak on the horizon, choking the land in a cloud of ash. Nothing ever shone so bright. The first dawn turns to dusk and finally recedes into familiar blackness. A GAME BY AURORA44. This is the tale of a bygone world. Choose a path and hold on to those you trust. Players can choose to guide those they trust to their camp, encouraging them to rest at the fire and perhaps remain. Together, you might just stand a chance. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 19, 2018
    100
    Ashen subverts expectations. It manages to take the Souls genre, deconstruct it and make it feel originally its own. From the art style to the lovingly-crafted areas you venture through, you can tell that this was a passion project for the development team at A44. Slight performance issues aside, Ashen is a wonderful action role-playing game that respects the player’s desire to explore. It’s some of the most fun I’ve had with my Xbox One this year and well worth the time of anyone who is a fan of the genre, as well as a great entry point for those who are curious – a true independent gem.
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    90
    The relationships you forge define your adventure through Ashen, and helping your new friends is a powerful motivator that drives you forward through the game's beautiful world.
  3. Dec 14, 2018
    85
    With an amazing art design and a polished and clean atmosphere, Ashen is far more than a basic Dark Souls clone. It has a more friendly universe and game philosophy, but sometimes fails to be fun, especially when it comes to AI cooperation or online multiplayer.
  4. Dec 14, 2018
    80
    A good direction for the souls like, difficult but not unfair, with great attention to its art design.
  5. Dec 20, 2018
    80
    Ashen is not only a revelation for indie games, it's an example of the uniquely creative worlds and stories that game developers can craft when passion and love for the medium are used in equal measure.
  6. Dec 28, 2018
    77
    Ashen is a game that sadly ends being halfway between what promised and what it actually delivers.
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    60
    Ashen feels like it’s trying to be too many things at once, and perhaps because of that, it ends up tasting like a bland pot of soup without any punchy flavors to really catch your attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    Enchanting graphics and style with fluid combat, a must play for any PC or Xbox One owner.
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    Ashen is a third person perspective action-adventure game with some RPG elements, and it is very much in the same genre as Dark Souls.Ashen is a third person perspective action-adventure game with some RPG elements, and it is very much in the same genre as Dark Souls. Mechanically, it is quite similar, with the main innovations coming from the social interactions allowing for permanent (or at least near-permanent) play with your friends. Albeit in a clunky and purposefully difficult way.
    Absolutely charming game. I've been playing it since last night and there are Souls-like things to Ashen but how is that a bad thing? Combat is fluid and playing with another gamer is so much fun. Whether you're on PC or X1 PLAY THIS GAME.
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  3. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    Jogo indie muito bom. Bons desafios, boas mecânicas, bons gráficos. Recomendo!
  4. Dec 10, 2018
    9
    Ok so this is a neat old school Action RPG, I don't love the Art style, but it's certainly "new" (to me at least). Very slick, very entertaining.
  5. Dec 7, 2018
    9
    Looks and feels great! I played about 7 hours since it dropped yesterday and if you like Dark Souls, you'll like this.
  6. Dec 11, 2018
    9
    Cross between Dark Souls and Necropolis. If you like the Souls style game, this is definitely worth your time. It's not quite as challenging,Cross between Dark Souls and Necropolis. If you like the Souls style game, this is definitely worth your time. It's not quite as challenging, probably more akin to the difficulty of Lords of the Fallen, but it's a great indie game in it's own right. The one issue I've had so far is just getting whoever takes over my Jokell to actually do the mission I need to do with me. You can just disable multiplayer and use the AI (who is actually useful) so that isn't a big deal. Otherwise awesome game. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    0
    L'indé du jour est un bricolage inspiré des Dark qui soûlent, les infamies sado-masos complètement pétées (de saké) bien connues... saufL'indé du jour est un bricolage inspiré des Dark qui soûlent, les infamies sado-masos complètement pétées (de saké) bien connues... sauf qu'ici, "fraîcheur" indé oblige, c'est en 4 couleurs dont du gris et du marron... et les personnages (?) n'ont pas de visage ! c'est un "nouveau" concept. Un con-cept. Avec bien entendu la pettie musique d'ascenseur qui va pas bien.

    Les personnes sensibles et naïves trouveront certanement de la poésie dans ce petit monde de lumière blafarde face aux méchantes ténèbres (quelle originalité, dites-moi !) et la même non-jouabilité des combats avec barre d'endurance vidée en 3 coups, roulades qui vident la barre d'dndurance en 3 fois et coups des ennemis qui vident la barre de vie en 3 coups de cuiller à pot.

    On a -attention- un coéquipier pour nous aider que l'on doit ressusciter parce qu'il est trop con et qui reste aussi bloqué régulièrement à tel ou tel endroit parce qu'il est encore trop con... pour nous suivre. J'ai aussi vu l'un des ennemis à capuche qui restait invulnérable avec à peine un dixième de ses points de vie... voilà qui promet ! Et voilà donc surtout un étron de plus à rajouter à la longue liste (interminable) des étrons indés qui sentent très fort.
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