ASH OF GODS: REDEMPTION
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 14, 2018
The last time I told you about Ash of Gods: Redemption, I was playing the Early Access version of the game, in which I could (only) play 90 minutes of the game. March 23, 2018 marked the full game's release, so it's about time our story continued, wouldn't you agree? Time to have another look!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game, here's the short, short version of the basics: Ash of Gods: Redemption is a dark fantasy role playing game, developed by Russian independent developer Aurum Dust, which combines elements from RPGs, collectible card games and visual novels. The game is set in what could best be described as medieval times and centers around a conflict that has been going on for the larger part of seven hundred years! It is a game in which you will travel to many different places, meet lots of interesting people and, quite possibly, kill them. Ash of Gods: Redemption is filled to the brim with beautiful hand-drawn characters and environments, tons of dialog and cool, turn-based combat.
I'm glad to see the developer didn't change much when it comes to basic game play. This is a good thing, because I thought the game worked fine the last time around and why change something that already works fine? As I made my way through the game, I saw a lot more of the world map. While you're in the world map you can decide which way you want to go and sometimes this results in certain feedback about your choice, like: "You'll reach the bridge, but it's broken. There is no way to cross here." I like that the developers integrated this game element; it reminds me of the text-based pc games of "ye olde days", when games didn't have graphics but simply told you what was happening and you needed to use your imagination.
Playing Ash of Gods takes quite some time and the last time I played, I met several character before I actually met the game's main protagonist: Thorn Brenin. When playing the full release, I found out that there are actually two more protagonist: healer Hoper Rouley and hitman Lo Pheng. I remembered seeing Hoper during the intro last time, but I only saw him for a short period of time, after which I instantly took control of Thorn. Lo Pheng was totally new for me and already I think he is totally awesome!
It will probably not come as a surprise when I say that these three gentlemen all have their own story, but their stories are somehow interconnected. Hoper's story takes him to the town from where Thorn and his party left right after the attack. I love it when the player knows the overall story, but the protagonists don't. So they will be walking around totally unaware, while you're all but eating your mouse and screaming at them like: "No, don't go there, it's not safe!" You get the picture, right?
In my preview I mentioned the Story mode, which performs the battles for you. I was curious if this feature would always result in victory. Well, ehm. No! In my experience up till now, as long as the numbers are even, the auto play will result in certain victory. But I had a couple of battles where my protagonist was outnumbered and the auto play resulted in Defeat. But when I took control of the situation myself, I was able to turn the odds in my favor (most of the time) and come out victorious. So don't, not even for a moment, think that auto play will always bring you victory!
I said it before and I'll say it again; Ash of Gods: Redemption is a great visual novel with a non-linear plot. It's a game that offers you loads of game play hours and because of all the decisions you'll have to make, the game has a very high replay value. This is especially true because it isn't a simple matter of making the right choice; most of the time, it's a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. And the outcome of your choice will always depend on your own personality, playing-style and previous choices. I can whole-heartily say that I would recommend Ash of Gods: Redemption to every gamer who loves a good story and beautiful graphics. So, if you're a fan of these things, Ash of Gods: Redemption is a definite must!
ASH OF GODS: REDEMPTION
March 23, 2018