Ashen

Annapurna Interactive

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
81
Top Critic Average
85%
Critics Recommend
Based on 49 critic reviews
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Ashen

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Xbox OneDec 7, 2018
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Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

Genres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Ashen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. Passive Co-Op Multiplayer As you adventure through Ashen, you'll occasionally encounter other players in a massive open world, akin to the passive multiplayer of Journey. It's up to you to decide how to deal with them - fight together against evil, invite them into your party or simply ignore them. Souls with a Twist Ashen is faithful to the "souls" genre of stamina-based combat, introducing players to a punishing yet satisfyingly vast world. But here’s the twist - no two gameplay experiences are alike. Whether you’re exploring bogs, investigating a fjord or pillaging an old palace, where you are at any given moment will dramatically alter the course of your adventure. It's a brutal open world; you're just living in it. Creatures + Combat Ashen has no shortage of dangerous encounters, from hostile enemies to indigenous creatures. You'll be rewarded for studying the environment and its inhabitants, planning your adventure rather than flying by the seat of your pants. The flora and fauna within the world aren't just fantastical; they're often fatal. Each confrontation, no matter how trivial, has potentially dire consequences. Crafting is Key As you discover survivors, you'll have the choice to invite them to your Town. But these aren't mere adventurers - they're potential collaborators, bringing a plethora of crafting skills, from blacksmithing to foraging expertise, in tow. Story + Score Famed fantasy author Mark Lawrence (The Broken Empire trilogy) and renowned band Foreign Fields collaborated closely with the development team at A44 to craft a cohesive and unique narrative and sound.
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A moody, well-wrought action role-player with striking, desolate landscapes and a couple of great dungeons.

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IGN

8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Ashen's handful of new ideas make it a stellar Souls-like with solid combat, a great art style, and an interesting world.

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Ashen's slant on the Soulslike subgenre isn't revolutionary, but is a wonderful example of the familiar formula executed well. It's thoughtful, gorgeous, challenging and a dream to explore.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

An inspired approach to co-op and non-player characters turns what could've been just another Dark Souls clone into one of the most interesting action adventures of the season.

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Recent News

Ashen gets 'Nightstorm Isle' expansion on September 6

Ashen gets 'Nightstorm Isle' expansion on September 6

A few years ago, Ashen was revealed to the world on Microsoft's E3 stage. The game was inspired by Dark Souls and features a pastel-like aesthetic. You have to explore the world and dispatch challenging foes as you try to unravel a larger mystery. While the game is quite lengthy, it's about to get even bigger.

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Ashen Comes Back To Steam After Its Last-Minute Epic Exclusivity Deal Expires

Ashen Comes Back To Steam After Its Last-Minute Epic Exclusivity Deal Expires

The Souls-like is also making its way to GOG, PS4, and Switch, a year after its initial release.

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Despite Epic Game Store exclusivity, 'Ashen' is still coming to Xbox Play Anywhere on PC

Despite Epic Game Store exclusivity, 'Ashen' is still coming to Xbox Play Anywhere on PC

The Epic Game Store has become notorious for dropping piles of cash on publishers for exclusivity, forcing them to change up established release plans at the last minute. Ashen was an early casualty.

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The Epic Games Store's first big sale is live, includes a free game every week

The Epic Games Store's first big sale is live, includes a free game every week

And an extra $10 off everything over $15.

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