The action role-playing game The Ascent can be bought on Steam for just under 30 dollars. Xbox Games Pass owners can even immerse themselves in the cyberpunk setting at no additional cost.
But how much playing time should you plan for The Ascent? We’ll tell you how long you need for the main and side quests, whether there is an endgame and how high the replay value is.
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Where is the GameStar rating?
Our test version suffered from enormous technical problems and bugs, which also made the co-op mode unplayable for our four testers, for example. In our update you can find out why we have decided on a provisional rating and how the testing continues.
How long will it take me for the main quest?
If you completely ignore the side quests in The Ascent and strictly follow the main story, you can get into 10-15 hours finish the game easily. Although the main quests each have a level recommendation, you usually fulfill this without any additional grinding.
If you choose to ignore the fast travel system, the game time may be a little longer. The walking paths in The Ascent are quite long, the character is in no hurry, there is no sprint button.
Should you bite into the grass on the way to a mission, the game can also set you back quite a bit. So that means that you have to come a long way again.
How long do I need for main and side quests?
If you want to take the smaller stories from the side quests with you in addition to the main story, you can use a playing time of 15-20 hours calculate.
With the side quests there is one little thing to note: The level recommendations do not always correspond to the order in which the quests can be completed.
For example, it happens that a level 5 quest sends you to an area that you can only enter after a level 17 main quest.
So if a side quest is about an area you don’t know yet, wait a while. You can find more tips that can improve your gaming experience in our starter guide for The Ascent.
Hat The Ascent ein Endgame?
No. For The Ascent, the developers Neon Giant have decided against an endgame. So if you have completed all quests, the game is over.
By the way: After the final boss fight, you still have the opportunity to calmly explore the game world and complete the remaining side quests.
What is the replay value?
The Ascent’s replayability is a bit low. Because you don’t have to commit to a specific build in the game, you won’t be able to get a new game experience even if you run it again. In return, you have a lot of scope for experiments with the different weapons, augmentations and tactical equipment during the battles.
Playing through it again with friends in online co-op could still be exciting. However, the co-op mode was absolutely unplayable in our test version. For our follow-up test, we will look at it again in the release version. You can read our previous impression and the preliminary rating in our test:
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Have you played in The Ascent yet? How do you like the twin stick shooter with cyberpunk setting so far? And what about the performance and the bugs? Please write us in the comments!