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The Ascent Review

By BwwDtt | 15 December 2020
Average: 5.3 (4 votes)

The Ascent is a cyberpunk action RPG with single-player and cooperative modes.

  • Single and Coop Game Modes
  • Destructible Elements of Environment
  • Deep Character Development System
  • Immersive Gameplay and Interesting Storyline

The Ascent is a top-down isometric cyberpunk shooter designed for both single-player and cooperative gameplay. The Ascent is a mix of Diablo and Crimsonland in the cyberpunk world of Veles; the Swedish studio Neon Giant develops this project. The Ascent is created on the Unreal Engine 4. It will offer gamers an open world of cyberpunk-style dystopia; the developers made some elements of the environment destructible (apparently, it's used only as a cosmetic improvement). You can play the whole game alone or team up with friends for up to four players to play in the local coop or using the internet.

In The Ascent, players will find themselves in the middle of a vast arcology built by the Ascent Group Corporation, where creatures from all corners of the galaxy reside. The protagonist of the game is one of the "pawns" of the corporation, who performs tasks from his employers and lives an ordinary life. The corporation suddenly closes down, the city's automated defence systems stop working, and the entire arcology plunges into chaos. The main character gets into a whirlpool of dangerous events, completing the next quest. Now only he can stop the invaders and get to the bottom of the reasons that happened. Players should try to survive in this chaos and find out what happened to the employers of the protagonist.

The Ascent takes place in the futuristic city of Veles, which until recently was owned by the powerful Ascent Group Corporation. However, after it suddenly stopped its work, all the established systems are falling apart before your eyes, while the corporation's mercenaries are left to fend for themselves. Players will have to play the role of a cog in the corporate machine, which is now trying to survive without support. At the same time, the rivals of the Ascent Group have become active, and criminal gangs are trying to take advantage of this situation.

You will have to explore the areas of this anthill, go through the suburb and elite complexes, meeting both friends and enemies along the way. During the battle, you will have to take into account the weaknesses of enemies and their other parameters, such as height; you will have to use every good opportunity wisely—the more dangerous the enemy, the more valuable the loot.

In The Ascent, you can augment the character's body with cybernetics, choose weapons and equipment based on your preferences. Upgrade only the essentials or become a cybermaniac armed to the teeth — the choice is yours. The character will be able to move around the map silently, as well as to make instant dashes over short distances. Also, the main character uses a protective barrier, which slows down the speed of enemy bullets.