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TowerFall: Ascension might not be complicated or feature-rich, but the instant pick-up-and-play fun of its local co-op arena battles make this the best game in the PS4's fledgling library.
Of all the PVP arena games to have come out in the past year or so, Towerfall stood out as probably the cream of the crop, and Towerfall Ascension not only brings that experience to a wider audience, but actually manages to improve immensely on an already fantastic experience. The first time I ever played Towerfall was when a friend shared it with me and others in his hotel room at a gaming convention.
TowerFall Ascension is never not fun.
TowerFall: Ascension has something for just about everybody. If you're at all intrinsically motivated, you will find something to love in the deep well of content available here. I've (intentionally) not even mentioned the fact that there are hidden secrets scattered throughout the game for the treasure-seekers out there until now, as if the fact that there are secrets was a secret of its own until just now! If you do have some local friends who can come over and hold a controller, buy this game immediately and invite them over, because TowerFall: Ascension is easily one of the best things you can do on a couch.
You're going to get a lot of play out of TowerFall: Ascension, which is likely going to be the best version of this deep, clever, and wildly fun game. I loved what I got, and I wanted more. If you thought local multiplayer was dead, you might want to give Ascension a try.
The most surprising thing about TowerFall is that its attractive 16-bit aesthetic also hearkens back to a classic approach to unlocking hidden secrets. The way new characters and stages are uncovered by naturally playing and exploring the game is really rewarding. It's easy to have fun with TowerFall, and there's a lot to like on the surface, but players who put more into it will certainly get more out.
A single-screen platform brawler that's about as good as the genre has ever been—in versus or wave-survival mode.
Classic board games don't get marked down for only being playable with real-world humans, though, and nor should TowerFall Ascension. This is the type of game that creates memories and dissolves friendships, soundtracked by the pained swears of the defeated and the uproarious cheers of the victors. If that's not worth moving your life around for, then what is?
One of the best offline multiplayer games for years and yet more proof that the bow and arrow is gaming's most entertaining weapon of choice.
TowerFall Ascension's blend of competitiveness and customization provides you with endless ways to have an incredible time. Just remember to bring some friends along for the ride.