Astral Ascent is a very addictive and huge time sink, with a variety of features that keep the gameplay fresh and engaging with the constant unlocks and how each run is random items and abilities. It’s clear that a lot of thought and effort has been put into creating a game that offers a unique and enjoyable experience for players.
The game is more aimed at younger players and is best played in multiplayer but is fine in solo. However, it lacks the character’s voices from the film series and the music is not great. The game also lacks online multiplayer and getting equipment in the shop is a real grind. Despite these issues, the game offers a unique and engaging experience for players.
It could be argued that this is a Castlevania SOTN love letter with slight reskinning but overall I wanted to like the game way more but the issues are just a real deal breaker and a proper bummer. I will of course wait for some patches and go back because I can see what it is going for and let’s face it, A snowy Castlevania game sounds awesome, chuck in Christmas and I’m there!
Ghostrunner 2 is a visually stunning game with fast-paced combat and parkour gameplay that requires quick reflexes and strategic thinking. It can be challenging at times due to its steep learning curve and one-hit-one-death mechanic but offers a rewarding experience for those who persevere. It is more of the same so you know what to expect. It is a game that delights and frustrates in equal measure.