Percentile Rank

Ashen is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Dec 7, 2018

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

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 22, 2018
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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 6, 2019
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 17, 2018

A lighter souls, yes. But not a lesser one.

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Scored Reviews

Digiato
95 / 100
95 / 100
Dec 19, 2018

Ashen was just a brilliant surprise at the last days of this year. It's a perfect balance in the genre of Souls Like games which both please the fans and also gives newcomers a chance to know what they were missing.

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Boomstick Gaming
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018
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Jump Dash Roll
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 9, 2019

Infinitely accessible, but challenging enough for any seasoned player, Ashen exudes an air of peace and hope in an unforgiving landscape. It's not perfect, but it resonates with the soul and gravitas befitting a Shakespearean classic.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
3DNews

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2018

Aurora44 managed to build a distinctive and unique game on mechanics, which has long become familiar. Do not blindly copy other people's achievements, but embody familiar things in your own vision. I look forward to what the authors will do next.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 22, 2018

Ashen's subtle additions to its obvious inspirations make it greater than the sum of its parts. If you're a fan of Dark Souls or found it and many games inspired by it too daunting, Ashen is well worth checking out.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 6, 2018

A44's Ashen is as much about building community as it is defeating challenging enemies, reinforcing the triumph of victory with concrete examples of how you're improving its world.

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TheXboxHub
Dec 18, 2018

Ashen manages to take a hardcore genre of games and make it accessible and approachable to those who are not fully experienced.

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AusGamers
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2019

The game's AI companions are actually very good, but because of the above it's definitely more highly recommended you try and coax a friend in to return to the light with you.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
Dec 17, 2018

Like an illegitimate heir to the fire of FromSoftware, Ashen clicks exactly the same notes that made Dark Souls a legend, achieving a challenging, mysterious and visually astonishing experience. We will closely follow the works of A44 from now on.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 15, 2018

Its gameplay is familiar and fun, but its world is like nothing you’ve ever seen. You have to work to see it all, and you’ll want to.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

Ashen is a hardcore minimalistic RPG that delivers on a calming experience that requires pacing and patience to correctly take on the challenge.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 18, 2018

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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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Ashen is a quality Soulslike with a nice art style and some great ideas about seamless and anonymous online co-op. The dungeons are memorable, the evolving town is awesome, and the increased focus that quests provide is a nice touch.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2019

Overall, Ashen is a great title. The Souls formula may be adapted nearly wholesale, but the art style gives the game a different vibe. The presence of co-op at all times makes each run feel feasible, since the odds rarely feel impossible to overcome, and the presence of a community to grow gives you a real sense of progression and purpose. Unless you're completely burned out by the formula, Ashen is an adventure that's well worth checking out.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 30, 2018

Ashen uses the Souls-like formula to tell a very different, optimistic story about community. Whether you're playing alone, with an AI companion, or with another person, combat with the game's varied enemies and bosses is challenging and satisfying. Ashen's world feels real and lived-in, and getting to carve out your own settlement and watch it prosper is truly satisfying.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

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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Gamersky
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2019

From many perspectives, Ashen reminds me of Dark Souls series, such as the combat systems, game settings and the story design. It does have some unique thoughts, like the AI teammate, but overall it doesn't make its own characteristics.

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Nexus
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2019

I’m not a huge ‘Souls fan, at least not since bouncing off Dark Souls 2, and I tend to shy away from these games as I get older; however, even though Ashen has some difficulty spikes that remind me of those games, the vibrant world, likeable characters, companion system, and soothing soundtrack all kept me coming back.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

A good direction for souls like, difficult but not unfair, with a great attention to the the art design.

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TrueAchievements
Dec 20, 2018

Ashen is a soulslike, but to call it a clone would be a betrayal of the awesome job A44 have with their debut project.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 21, 2018

Through an embrace of more traditional game design, Ashen's take on the Souls formula ends up feeling welcome, even after countless imitators. A solid quest structure and top-notch world design make this beautiful low-fi title a worthy homage to a quickly aging series.

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GamesRadar+
Dec 7, 2018

Ashen contributes more hits than misses to the Souls formula, though the overall experience may feel too familiar to fans of FromSoftware's trendsetting series.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Ashen wears its influences unabashedly, but immaculate execution helps it rise above unoriginality.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

Ashen is unique in that it borrows liberally from the Souls-like genre, but doesn't feel beholden to it. It's clear that A44 was influenced just as much by The Legend of Zelda, and even more niche adventure titles like Shadow of the Colossus, as it was by From Software's seminal Souls trilogy. Adventure game fans and Dark Souls fans alike definitely won't want to miss out on what Ashen offers.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

Ashen is a game created in the same vein as some of the predecessors of its genre, like Dark Souls or Bloodborne. It imitates a great deal of the mechanics from those games but also brings a unique and beautiful art style as well a sense of organic progression that enhances the feel of the game. For those lovers of games like Dark Souls, it's hard to guarantee that you'll find the same experience, but there's still a heck of a lot to like about what sets Ashen apart.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Basically, Ashen is like a Souls-clone and of course a highly recommended game for souls like fans and hardcore gamers. Compared to the best games of 2018, Ashen is an average game and for sure, it's not a game for everyone, but if you are a souls fan, don't miss it at all, because death is so close to you in Ashen! You can feel the death shadow in every steps and every battles of this game.

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Sick Critic
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Whatever missteps Ashen makes can be mostly overlooked, save for the worlds rarely unforgiving nature. This was a journey that enticed me from start to finish, and I pray to The Lord Bruce Lee that it'll do the same to you.

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GamePro
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 14, 2018

Short, crunchy soul-like that keeps you entertained for 20 hours. Learning curve and replay value are low.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 13, 2018

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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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2018

Dark Souls serves Ashen's premise but does not define its conclusion. By instilling senses of community and devotion inside its narrative, Ashen proves Souls' discourse expands beyond punishment and brutality. Once separated from its inspiration, Ashen has plenty to show off inside of its common space.

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Windows Central
Dec 18, 2018

Ashen could have done more to make itself stand out, and also could have been optimized better for the Xbox One, but at the end of the day, it's still a great game.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 3, 2019

I like Ashen, it's a good game, it would just be nice to see it building upon the foundation of its muse rather than almost copying and pasting it. The world of Ashen is its biggest attraction, the lore is deeply entrenched and really pulls everything together into something that is worth playing through. That being said, if you have played Dark Souls and don't want to replay Dark Souls, then you aren't going to get on with this. It is an odd one as I am a huge fan of this style of game, but we need games that build a more exciting game on top of the ideas that have been put down. It isn't enough to be the same but with a different look. Ashen is good, but nothing revolutionary.

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Screen Rant
Dec 18, 2018

Ashen is one of the best indie games of the year, drawing heavily from past RPGs like Dark Souls and Legend of Zelda.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Ashen copies some of the best aspects of Dark Souls' gameplay, and takes an interesting—if imperfect—approach to cooperative multiplayer. If you're up for a challenge, this game is a treat.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2018

Collecting souls is as nerve-wracking and rewarding as ever, but the real joy Ashen brings to this deadly dance is sharing those memories with strangers

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Generación Xbox
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Ashen is a game that saddly ends being halfway between what promised and what it actually delivers.

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Wccftech
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

Ashen is a very good action-adventure game sporting interesting lore, good character development, and solid gameplay features like combat and exploration. Unfortunately, the game does almost nothing to separate its gameplay loop from the one seen in the Dark Souls series and therefore ultimately feels like a lite version of the series developed by From Software. The well-made overall experience does make it easy to look past this issue, but if you're looking for something innovative, you won't find it here.

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Easy Allies
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2019
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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

As I continued to make my way through Ashen a calm of complacency washed over me. It doesn't have quite the same highs as a lot of its predecessors, but it maintains its tranquil equilibrium throughout. If you have an adventurous spirit and the patience and time to put into it, Ashen will pay dividends.

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New Game Network
71 / 100
71 / 100
Dec 29, 2018

Ashen is a Souls-like that succeeds despite its lack of originality. The simplified progression, tracked quest objectives, and a persistent companion make it a great way to get into this challenging sub-genre.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2018

Ashen tries too hard and not hard enough to be both a Dark Souls clone and something different, and loses a lot in the process.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2019

Ashen is a souls-like game with a particular focus on the co-op multiplayer. Sadly this feature rarely works as intended, but despite its flaws, the game developed by A44 is still an enjoyable variation to the formula created by Miyazaki and From Software.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 17, 2019

Ashen is a good Dark Souls like but it's open world feature is it's weakness.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 16, 2018

Another Souls-like game which will help you pass the time before the release of a new From Software project.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Dec 17, 2018

Ashen feels like it's trying to be too many things at once, and perhaps because of that, it ends up tasting like a bland pot of soup without any punchy flavors to really catch your attention.

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