So many cool new games on Xbox Game Pass and so little time to play them! This Dark Souls-inspired game looks super neat.
I have not played a video game for more than a minute or two in 3 weeks. It's about time.
The introduction sets up world creation myth about a giant bird that creates light. The narrative and language has a Lord of the Rings-like style to it.
The combat and traversal feels great, very much a Dark Souls-like, but with the added mechanics of jumping and climbing, which feels very natural, something that the Souls games might have benefited from. The enemy encounters are fun, and are set up to teach you a few basic mechanics and tactics.
The spiders in the dark cave caused me a lot of problems, until I learned to put the lantern on the ground, and throw spears at them. And then I was killed by Ukotto, who seems far to difficult right now. It should be noted that I'm playing offline and without AI companion, possibly making the game harder than it needs to be.
Erik played through the early parts of Ashen, and beat Ukotto on his first try, of course.
After upgrading my Crimson Gourd (Estus Flask) to 6 swigs, I went to the Annex of Light and defeated Ukkoto. I saw Gefn who gave me some heart-based quest. After giving Ukkoto's Faceplate to Bataran, he will upgrade weapons using his anvil. The upgrades are immensely powerful: My Cleaving Axe went from 58 to 150 Damage with 2 upgrades.
I explored the Whispers area, and slowly learned how to deal with the enemies. A shield is really recommended in this area. The hometown has been built, and looks awesome. I climbed the tower to the giant sky-whale thing, which started attacking me in a very distinct Dark Souls-like fashion. This game is super fun, and the environments are beautiful and well-designed.