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Mini Review: The Ascent (PS5) – Gorgeous Cyberpunk Shooter Is Enhanced on PS5

A steady climb.

The Ascent was met with slightly mixed reviews when it launched on PC and Xbox platforms around eight months ago, but it arrives on PlayStation 5 a much improved game. A slew of updates have fixed bugs and rebalanced various gameplay elements since the title’s 2021 release. What’s more, new content — like New Game+, a transmog system, and a photo mode — has been added. PS5 players get all of that good stuff right off the bat, alongside some rumbly DualSense functionality.

For the uninitiated, The Ascent is an isometric twin stick shooter-RPG, set in a grimy cyberpunk space colony. You play as an ‘indent’ — essentially a slave who knows how to use a gun — forced to take on odd jobs for the criminal bigshots and shady corporations that keep things running. Story-wise it’s all pretty straightforward and, at times, a bit stale — but the game’s impressively detailed and often gorgeously dilapidated setting really carries the experience.

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