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Review: Ashen – A Welcome Spin On The Dark Souls Formula

Review: Ashen - A Welcome Spin On The Dark Souls Formula
 

Ashes to ashes.

Originally released back in December of 2018, Ashen takes the extremely well-worn “Souls” formula and transfers it to an enchanting, beautifully stylised world where you assume the role of a nameless, faceless hero charged with restoring the heart of the Ashen, a great bird God whom, when resurrected, will spell the end of an age of darkness as it spreads its light across the land. This is a game that in no way attempts to hide the fact it borrows heavily from almost every aspect of FromSoftware’s classic series – with the exact same stamina-based combat, bonfire-style save points, healing and retrieval of souls (here know as Scoria) upon death – and anyone with even a passing knowledge of how these games play will feel right at home here from the get-go.

However, where many Souls clones tend to laboriously concentrate on making their gameplay as devilishly difficult as possible Ashen – very wisely – settles for a more relaxed, bright and open approach, coming off as a uniquely laid-back offering in the genre that keeps those soothing rhythms and loops of gameplay we all know and love and adds a few neat little wrinkles of its own across its relatively short 25-30 hour playtime.

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