Ashen

Annapurna Interactive

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
84%
Critics Recommend
Based on 47 critic reviews
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Ashen

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 47 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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Weak Head
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PC Gamer

85 / 100
PC Gamer

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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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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Eurogamer

Recommended
Eurogamer

A moody, well-wrought action role-player with striking, desolate landscapes and a couple of great dungeons.

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