The Ascent reviews

A great mashup of cyberpunk and scifi with twin stick shooting. The story, unfortunately, was just getting interesting when they ended it.

Date Completed: 2021-08-31
Playtime: 18h
Enjoyment: 8/10
Recommendation: It's good fun
A visual masterpiece that will not be replicated by other game developers for a long, long, time.

Local couch co-op with shared screen is worth buying for such feature alone.

The game is unfortunately ruined by the worse map ever conceived, limited area variety and no replayability or endgame loop to enjoy and test the various weapons and builds.

User interface fulll of amateur errors on usability, putting pretty graphics above meaningful and easy to access data for the player.

Lots of bugs, sidequests hidden behind mainquest progression and paths leading through high level areas. Add a couple crashes and the fun is quickly grinded to a stop.

Despite all that its still a contender for game of the year and an absolute new standard for all future cyperpunk titles.
«Blew my mind»
«Better with friends»
Concise Review:


Great: Visual style. Atmosphere. Particle effects.

Good: Sound design. Progression and RPG mechanics. 

Fine: Gameplay has its moments but also feels repetitive at times.

Bad: Boring Story. Too much running back and forth. Character models.


Journal Style Review:

Cool vibe to the city. First impression is gameplay feels so-so but it looks like it could become pretty hectic and fun once new guns and abilities unlock. Rpg mechanics seems decent enough. Not drawing me in so far but twin stick shooters havnt been my thing.

Gameplay has grown on me. I’m about 4 hours in. I still think the visual style is the strongest aspect of the game, but the gunplay and progression has been decent so far. I’m not caring about the stories, there is a lot of reading or waiting to listen and I’m skipping a good chunk of it. My biggest complain/ worry is that there will be too much running back and forth. 

I’m getting a better understanding of the map and how to find things which is nice. I’m also figuring out how the different attributes and perks work and it’s been fun experimenting and finding good combos. I’m liking this game. It’s pretty fun and I still like the look of it. The particle effects are well done.

I’m pretty much skipping the story bits. I’ll watch most of the main quest line but the other fluff I just mash through.

Minor complaint, but for a series X game of this nature I expect pretty much instant load times. These aren’t bad but they are still noticeable. 

Final mission sequence I enjoyed. It was very challenging. I could have used a few more missions along those lines. I had lots of side quests to beat still but I’ve done enough with the Ascent. It has its moments but it ends a low B+.

Final Score: B+