The Ascent Reviews

The Ascent is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Ryan McCaffrey
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2021

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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Andy Kelly
Top Critic
84 / 100
Jul 29, 2021

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

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 29, 2021

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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GameCentral
Top Critic
3 / 10
Jul 29, 2021

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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Jul 29, 2021

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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7.3 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2021

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

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Aug 10, 2021

One particular mission ended in a robot boss that was resistant to the types of weapons I had spent all of my upgrade materials on thus far. OK, I told myself, that's on me. I should have been prepared. The problem then became finding the requisite components to upgrade an energy weapon I had neglected. In order to do so, I had to slog back through previous environments and take on side quests that ran the gamut of quality: One sent me on a prolonged fetch quest in search of a suitcase, while another tasked me with gathering testicles from slain enemies. One hour and countless frustrations later, I was ready to once again take on that robot boss.

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6 / 10
Jul 29, 2021

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

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7 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2021

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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8 / 10
Jul 29, 2021

The Ascent has got all the grimy character that you would want from its sci-fi cyberpunk setting, and there's a great combat system to go with it. Simply put, The Ascent deserves your attention.

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9 / 10
Aug 12, 2021

The Ascent succeeds at delivering an action-shooter with challenging enemies and a diverse set of levels to explore. This is bolstered by a rich universe that’s practically bursting with interesting lore at every seam. Despite some wonkiness with the in-game map layout, it’s a quite enjoyable experience, especially if you decide to go online and team up with friends. The Ascent is a vastly impressive first outing for Neon Giant, and one that sets the bar high for the studio’s future endeavors.

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VG247
Top Critic
Jul 29, 2021

The Ascent’s ambition is often the most surprising thing about it. I went in expecting a decent, simple cyberpunk top-down shooter. Instead, I got a compelling action game that feels great to play, and an introduction into a world I can’t wait to see expanded in future sequels. The Ascent is the type of indie superstar game you bring up to prove how much can be accomplished by a small team today.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2021

The Ascent is a true homage to the classic top-down shooter genre that adds some modern features without disrespecting its main inspirations.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2022

The Ascent on PS5 is the same game with a few tweaks. Best played with friends, it provides a gorgeous, if inconsistent, experience.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2021

Despite difficulty spikes and a few odd design choices, The Ascent is an enjoyable, and gorgeous, sci-fi blaster.

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VideoGamer
Top Critic
5 / 10
Jul 31, 2021

Its skyline is happy to quote at length from Blade Runner, but the poetry is in short supply.

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80 / 100
Aug 2, 2021

Capturing the cyberpunk aesthetic perfectly, The Ascent is a fantastic example of twinstick shooters with a few tricks of its own. There are a few rough edges, especially with online multiplayer, but the RPG elements and gorgeous graphics and voice work more than keep you locked into this neon soaked universe.

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Guardian
Top Critic
Aug 3, 2021

The Ascent is an atmospheric power fantasy, a cinematic cyberpunk escape where you can disengage your brain and indulge in copious virtual violence. If you’re a Game Pass subscriber, it’s worth a try – at £25, it’s harder to recommend.

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Telegraph
Top Critic
Jul 29, 2021

Diablo meets Cyberpunk 2077 on the set of Ridley Scott's cinematic masterpiece in this action-packed RPG gem

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Jul 29, 2021

The Ascent is a solid evolution of the twin-stick formula, offering some of the most detailed and impressive visuals the gen has to offer so far. However, The Ascent needs a couple of polish passes as of writing, due to bugs and other glitches. Additionally, the game suffers from a lack of testing, with balance problems and structural issues that weaken the latter half of the game.

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