The Ascent

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Mature, bloody cyberpunk shooter exciting, has quirky flaws.

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Fun but Ruiner is better

Its very impressive what a visually stunning world this indie studio created. A fully 3D rendered high-res open world full of bystanders, enemies and mayhem with 4 player LOCAL and online co-op that happens to be in style of Hotline Miami and its cyberpunk cousin Ruiner. Sure the interactivity is quite low (no jumping, no police, etc) but given games like CP77 that have the AAA stamp and still disappoint this is a treat. However the game suffers from serious bloat compared to its leaner (5-6 hour) bretheren. There is just no reason for this game to be as long as it is (20+ hours). The RPG machanics are shallow, the side quests are poorly paced, unimpressive and require too much backtracking in a game where navigation is a cumbersome chore; with no mini-map, a lousy maxi-map, overly spacious areas, limited movement options, "fast travel" where the load times are longer than it takes to walk to your destination (God help you if youre playing on base Xbone). It just makes one appreciate how concise the levels and mechanics of Ruiner were. The game is heavy on blood and gore even with the eleveated perspective, with a slightly upgraded pistol being able to dismember or bisect targets. Civilians will very frequently get in the crossfire with no penalty for collateral damage. Although the color scheme (lots of glowing red and heavy shadows) of many areas somewhat masks it half the time, some areas late in the game; particularly a white office complex; emphasize the carnage. There is lots of profanity although most is in subtitles as alien gibberish often substitutes voice acting.

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