The Ascent is so beautiful, so fun … and so broken
The Ascent looks really, really good: There the neon lights are reflected in the puddles, there electric charges crackle over huge machines. Not least thanks to DLSS and ray tracing, the graphics are in the top league – unfortunately not all players get to see it. At the moment, both technologies are only running in the Steam version, whoever got the game in the Xbox Game Pass for PC will inevitably have to do without. What do the developers say about it?
Our review of The Ascent: In our game test (with the Steam version), there were serious technical problems in the action role-playing game. When and to what extent these will be remedied is still unclear, so we have decided to give a preliminary rating. Here you can find out how the GameStar test continues.
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DLSS is to be delivered later
This is the current situation: If you own the Steam version of The Ascent, then you shouldn’t have any problems activating DLSS and ray tracing. In the Game Pass these options are missing in the settings – even if your graphics card actually meets all requirements.
What the developers say: On Twitter, the Neon Giant studio responded to requests from gamers and indirectly confirmed that certain graphics options were missing in the Game Pass. They write:
“We are working with our partners to address this as soon as possible! The two versions not only differ in that they are offered in a different store, but they are also structured differently.”
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However, there is no specific information about when the problem will be resolved. And nothing was said about ray tracing. We have sent a request to the developers ourselves, if we find out more details, we will of course amend them accordingly. The whole thing is particularly annoying because The Ascent is actually the perfect game for Game Pass, as Peter explains in his column:
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The Ascent is ideal for Xbox Game Pass
There are several other fronts that the small development team has to fight on. Many players complain, for example, about the clumsy keyboard controls, mission bugs, errors in achievements, lags and balancing problems. Still, the game stands on Steam currently at least in “mostly positive” reviews. Meanwhile, the international press ratings diverge extremely widely.