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The Ascent

Neon Giant, Curve Digital
Jul 29, 2021 - PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7 / 10
Eurogamer
No Recommendation
PC Gamer
84 / 100
GamesRadar+
2.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
3 / 10
Game Informer
7.3 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
Destructoid
7 / 10
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The Ascent Trailers

The Ascent with RTX | Official GeForce RTX Ray Tracing Reveal Trailer thumbnail

The Ascent with RTX | Official GeForce RTX Ray Tracing Reveal Trailer

The Ascent | COMING JULY 29TH - Developer Q&A | Curve Digital thumbnail

The Ascent | COMING JULY 29TH - Developer Q&A | Curve Digital

The Ascent | COMING JULY 29TH - PRE-PURCHASE NOW INDENTS! | Curve Digital thumbnail

The Ascent | COMING JULY 29TH - PRE-PURCHASE NOW INDENTS! | Curve Digital


The Ascent Screenshots



Critic Reviews for The Ascent

Story isn't its strong suit, but the rest of The Ascent delivers a wonderfully realized cyberpunk world mixed with satisfying twin-stick gunplay to create an enjoyable action-RPG.

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The Ascent's arcology setting is splendid, if heavily derivative - shame that all you can do here is gun and grind.

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A lovingly crafted action RPG with challenging, satisfying gunfights and an extraordinary cyberpunk setting.

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While The Ascent is a true visual showcase for the Xbox Series X, it lacks depth and clarity. There's a fun game in here, but it's ultimately overburdened.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
3 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A deeply disappointing co-op shooter that squanders its excellent graphics on a bland and repetitive attempt to make a sci-fi Diablo.

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The soundtrack is a highlight, with clear inspiration from some of the most iconic sci-fi scores in entertainment

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The Ascent looks and acts like a video game, but mostly feels like work.

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Despite my complaints, though, I legitimately love the world Neon Giant has crafted here and would love to see even more of it. There’s loads of potential in this setting for straight-up better stories to be told, and I think The Ascent itself is kept from greatness from a lot of jank, technical issues, and weird design decisions. All that said, I think once I get my hands on a Steam Deck, I’m absolutely going to treat that as an excuse to go back for more. Hopefully, by then, they’ll have a lot of the technical issues addressed.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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