Review

The Ascent review: This gorgeous cyberpunk adventure is a Game Pass essential

Neon Giant’s debut game has some of the best world design we’ve seen in a game

Creative Director
Arcade Berg
Key Credits
Tor Frick (Creative Director), Si Donbavand (Producer)

The Ascent is a superb action game that looks as fantastic as it plays. Its plot and dialogue can be pretty hard-going but its gunplay is deeply satisfying. On Game Pass it's a no-brainer, but it would be worthwhile at full price too.

  • Incredible world design and brilliant lighting
  • Twin-stick combat feels satisfying
  • Plenty of quality of life features to stop players getting lost or confused
  • Superb electronic soundtrack
  • The dialogue and plot are infuriating to try to penetrate
4 / 5
Version tested
Steam
The Ascent review: This gorgeous cyberpunk adventure is a Game Pass essential
Creative Director
Arcade Berg
Key Credits
Tor Frick (Creative Director), Si Donbavand (Producer)

The Ascent is a superb action game that looks as fantastic as it plays. Its plot and dialogue can be pretty hard-going but its gunplay is deeply satisfying. On Game Pass it's a no-brainer, but it would be worthwhile at full price too.

  • Incredible world design and brilliant lighting
  • Twin-stick combat feels satisfying
  • Plenty of quality of life features to stop players getting lost or confused
  • Superb electronic soundtrack
  • The dialogue and plot are infuriating to try to penetrate
4 / 5
Version tested
Steam