PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Switch: Best Exclusives in Q4 2018
The Xbox One has endured a bit of a tough twelve months when it comes to software. While the reputation of the brand has continued to improve thanks to a host of excellent quality of life features, like backward compatibility and Game Pass, the lack of exclusive games remains a problem.
In particular, Q4 has not been its finest hour. Running one’s eyes down a list of exclusive games by platform is painful reading for the Xbox One, which has precious little — and I do mean precious little. As in, one notable game.
Thankfully, that one notable game turned out to be a good one for those that enjoy Souls-like experiences.
At first glance, Ashen is nothing more than a stylized clone of a Souls game that we’ve seen many times over. But to overlook Ashen as just another cookie-cutter title would be a mistake, because it’s actually in the areas that it doesn’t try to imitate FromSoftware’s iconic series that it shines brightest.
In its inventive co-op gameplay, character interactions, and the addition of base-building to the sort of safe zones you’ll be familiar with from Souls games, Ashen does put an interesting spin on the formula.
The overall experience is enjoyable, although Ashen does like the proverbial jack of all trades, master of none, which we explained in more detail in our review.
Notable Xbox One Q4 Exclusives: