Ashen |OT| A Phoenix Downed

Oct 27, 2017
126
Ashen feels worse then LotF by far, the art style is a little more inspired but the controls are stiff, clunky and often unresponsive...i can't count how many times ive run around in circles / back and forth / against a wall etc. trying to get a "suggest assisted climb?" or "jump" prompt to show up...ive also had it show up at times when it was clearly not supposed to be used, proceeded to use it and clipped through the world. On a separate occasion I also remember getting respawned after a death inside of one of those traveling stones where i remained stuck for 30 minutes until the game decided to fart me out... I would have restarted the game but since the stones are the auto save locations and i was inside of one, the game was in an endless save loop and i was worried i would just load up back in the rock..i tried jumping, rolling, running etc with no luck for a few min and then like i said, the game just decided to fart me out. After all that i wouldn't say the game feels like shit, but if i had to pick which experience has felt better, so far id have to go with LoTF.
boy, you really shoulda tried restarting the game earlier
 
Man this game went to hell fast...your companion is completly useless in the Whispers because of all the vertical stuff and you get swarmed from everywhere,plus the constant threat of drowning,this is for the Kill Ake quest,I tried reach Bol quest and if you look at the ugly map,it looks like straight down the road but no,its blocked...guess I will try the main quest from Bataran to see if I actually make progress otherwise its bye bye Ashen...there is already less people joining,probably because of how hard it is for a lot of people who tried it since it's on Gamepass...and I am not even on that Matriach dungeon lol...oh well,had fun while it lasted.
 

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Oct 27, 2017
714
Santa Destroy
Man this game went to hell fast...your companion is completly useless in the Whispers because of all the vertical stuff and you get swarmed from everywhere,plus the constant threat of drowning,this is for the Kill Ake quest,I tried reach Bol quest and if you look at the ugly map,it looks like straight down the road but no,its blocked...guess I will try the main quest from Bataran to see if I actually make progress otherwise its bye bye Ashen...there is already less people joining,probably because of how hard it is for a lot of people who tried it since it's on Gamepass...and I am not even on that Matriach dungeon lol...oh well,had fun while it lasted.
I’m doing that quest now!

.... hard game ;)
 
Oct 27, 2017
327
The Palace dungeon is on a whole different level... longer and harder than Seat of the Matriarch IMO. It feels huge when you are exploring every corner, but once you know where to go it's not too bad to run back and get your souls. A few big groups to fight though, some of those group combos are tough!
 
The Palace dungeon is on a whole different level... longer and harder than Seat of the Matriarch IMO. It feels huge when you are exploring every corner, but once you know where to go it's not too bad to run back and get your souls. A few big groups to fight though, some of those group combos are tough!
I always kite one or two of the people in tough groups by using spears. Seems to work out pretty well.
 
Oct 27, 2017
327
I always kite one or two of the people in tough groups by using spears. Seems to work out pretty well.
Yeah, that is usually my strategy, but there are a few groups where they like to stick together. There are some with the red eye shadow people, ninja with a club, and a big guy with an axe. Even though I have heavy armour and pretty high health (every quest done + 5% hp talisman), those axe guys can nearly 2 shot me. I sure hope there is a resting stone in this place!
 
Yeah, that is usually my strategy, but there are a few groups where they like to stick together. There are some with the red eye shadow people, ninja with a club, and a big guy with an axe. Even though I have heavy armour and pretty high health (every quest done + 5% hp talisman), those axe guys can nearly 2 shot me. I sure hope there is a resting stone in this place!
There is but it's right before the boss fight, even closer than in SotM.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,437
Toronto
Finished the palace and the boss of that dungeon. First part of the game that I actually disliked, I thought it was really unfun. Dying in the palace feels terrible because it's so long (I died twice after spending 30+ minutes in it each time), so it made me just want to bum-rush through it after a while.

Once you do finally get to the checkpoint you're treated to a boss that isn't fun to fight, has too much HP, and has adds that you can't really prevent or control because they simply spawn too fast. Really did not have fun with this boss at all.

I thought about going back to town to upgrade my weapons, too, but knowing I'd have to trek through the entire dungeon again if I did that prevented me from going that route. Not a fun decision to have to make, there, either.

Eventually banged my head against the boss long enough to beat it but man, that was not a good boss battle.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
327
Finished the palace and the boss of that dungeon. First part of the game that I actually disliked, I thought it was really unfun. Dying in the palace feels terrible because it's so long (I died twice after spending 30+ minutes in it each time), so it made me just want to bum-rush through it after a while.

Once you do finally get to the checkpoint you're treated to a boss that isn't fun to fight, has too much HP, and has adds that you can't really prevent or control because they simply spawn too fast. Really did not have fun with this boss at all.

I thought about going back to town to upgrade my weapons, too, but knowing I'd have to trek through the entire dungeon again if I did that prevented me from going that route. Not a fun decision to have to make, there, either.

Eventually banged my head against the boss long enough to beat it but man, that was not a good boss battle.
What were you using for a weapon? I was thinking of going back to ugprade, but not doing too bad. I have one I picked up in the prior area, Outcasts Lament I think? Up to +5, 1 handed, I want to say it's 178 damage on a light attack and the stam consumption is pretty low. I've finally found some of the things to get it past +5, but unsure if I should complete the Palace first if there is a better weapon in it.

Also, is there a max to the number of times you can infuse the Crimson Gourd? Not the swigs, I have that at +8, but the power of the heal. I've dumped what feels like a ton into it, I think the next upgrade is almost 50 K, but there is no indication what (if any) the max is...
 
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Oct 25, 2017
1,437
Toronto
What were you using for a weapon? I was thinking of going back to ugprade, but not doing too bad. I have one I picked up in the prior area, Outcasts Lament I think? Up to +5, 1 handed, I want to say it's 178 damage on a light attack and the stam consumption is pretty low. I've finally found some of the things to get it past +5, but unsure if I should complete the Palace first if there is a better weapon in it.

Also, is there a max to the number of times you can infuse the Crimson Gourd? Not the swigs, I have that at +8, but the power of the heal. I've dumped what feels like a ton into it, I think the next upgrade is almost 50 K, but there is no indication what (if any) the max is...
My one handed weapon was +3, but I'm unsure how much +4 or +5 would have helped. The damage against the boss just felt really low overall.

The 50k upgrade is the last one iirc. There is a max - I had my goard maxed out by that point!
 
Oct 28, 2017
1,260
Just finished the game, really enjoyed it. I would give it a 8/10. Great atmosphere and ost, exploring the world was good. I think that the game could have used more boss fights and more interesting enemies to fight tho.
 
Oct 25, 2017
182
The last boss is essentially broken with the shitty AI, and the online still isn't working right for me on PC.

The end of the game is proving to be very frustrating.