Ashwalkers

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a game by Nameless XIII
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Action Adventure Games, Survival Games, Post Apocalyptic Games
Ashwalkers
Ashwalkers
Ashwalkers

When I heard that Ashwalkers was brought to us by one of the co-founders of Dontnod, I knew that I was going to have to check this out. This game has so many elements to it such as adventure, survival, and story that it is kind of hard to talk about it without spoiling what truly makes this such a rewarding experience to play.

The End Of The World

The plot of the game is very beak. It is about a group of four people, Petra, Sinh, Kali, and Nadir. Each member of this group is unique and the dynamic and relationship of the group is perhaps the most important and rewarding thing that Ashwalkers has going on. The setting of the game is in the future where a supervolcano has erupted and turned the world into a wasteland.

You have no doubt played a game with a post-apocalyptic setting before, but there is something “different” about this one. It is not a fun story and it is not a story that has a direct path. It is a short experience, but as there are over 30 outcomes, you will want to play it over and over again to see the different ways the story can go.

So Much Grey!

It sounds kind of crazy that I am going to praise Ashwalkers for being so grey and dull, especially when I remember during the mid to late 00s that many games were criticized for being too grey or brown. I love how depressing this world is and when there is a splash of color (like blood for example) it really does capture your attention. There are some great effects here too, mainly the lightning which is done very well.

Keeping It Together

This game is brought to us by one of the minds that gave us Life is Strange. Much of that same character development is here in Ashwalkers, but this game takes things a step further. I liked how each character had their own personality, but this game actually puts their survival in your hands too. You need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health which is far trickier than it sounds. I think this is a great idea, but it is one mechanic that I can see putting people off the game.

34 Ways To End The World

As you progress through the game, you will be given various choices. For example, will you trust the group of drifters you have come across or will you attack them? There are over 30 endings for you to experience in this game. The different choices that you make as you move through this dark world will result in what ending you get. A playthrough is around 2 hours which I think is ideal for a game of this style.

It would take you a very, very long time to get all of the endings that the game as so there is a ton of replay value on offer here in this game. Although, it may be annoying if you end up getting the same ending in quick succession.

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This game is something that is very, very special. It has that same strong narrative that the Dontnod games are known for. However, I do like the way that Ashwalkers has survival elements and how it gives you many different endings and a shorter playtime to encourage you to play the game multiple times. If you like adventure games, you have to check this one out as it is very special.

Pros:

  • The premise of the game is great
  • I love how dark and bleak the setting of the game is
  • You have 34 endings to experience
  • The short run time is something I consider a plus

Cons:

  • It would be frustrating if you got the same ending more than once
  • Not sure the survival aspect will click for everyone

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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