September 25th 2013 7:04 am PT

Arcade: Ascend: Hand of Kul

Ascend: Hand of KulContent: Ascend: Hand of Kul
Price: Free to play for Xbox Live Gold Members
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Dash Text: Wage war for your God as a brutal Caos warrior on a unique journey to Ascension. Destroy the spawn of the Titan, invade other players’ worlds, and tip the balance in the Crusade between the alliances. Ascend: Hand of Kul is a free-to-play third-person action RPG featuring innovative seamless single and multiplayer gameplay and multi-platform support.

 

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Arcade, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Jorge Garza

    Respect for the developers, but I wonder who is going to play this with GTA V and FIFA 14 out there!

    • http://www.thesteampunkraygun.com/ Allen Gore

      I think it’s a very different audience.

      • Jorge Garza

        The way I see it, games are games.

    • Jason Lafitte

      Soccer is boring.

      • Clattus

        ……just like all ‘sports’ games. The only difference is that soccer is the most popular sport in the world.

    • Nathanzz

      GTA V? I thought everybody was playing Girl Fight.

    • martin_m95

      those like me who wouldnt pay 60 FREAKIN DOLLARS for a sigle game

      • Jorge Garza

        $60 dollars is nothing nowadays. If $60 dollars is too much for you, you should find a cheaper hobby, like running.

  • Volitar Prime

    I wish MS would fix their web site so that we can queue free downloads like this without attaching a credit card to our accounts and also use the converted points that are on our accounts to make purchases. This should have been fixed right away after the conversion (it should really have been fixed during the beta).

    • Chris Johnston

      Not sure if this will help but maybe you can link a PayPal account so you can queue things? That’s what I did.

      • Volitar Prime

        I’ve seen others post about using PayPal but I can’t seem to find that option. When I click the link to download to XBox 360 (this is all on their web site using the link that the Major posted above) I get a pop up telling me that I have no valid payment options on file. When I select the Change Payments Options link the only option there is to add a new credit card which is something I don’t want to do and really shouldn’t have to do for a free download. I don’t see any PayPal option anywhere.

        But I don’t really want to link my PayPal account either. I already have about $75 in credit on my account from my converted points. I just want to use them for purchases and not PayPal or a credit card but from their web site I can’t do this.

    • xusso

      +1
      BS having to punch the CC numbers, I have money in my account!
      Why can’t I use it?

  • evilfangs .

    “Free to play” does that mean this game relies heavily on Micro transactions, or is it just a free game?

    • Dave

      I beta tested it. There are plenty of MTs available, but you can get good loot from regular gameplay very easily. It’s a bit like mass effct 3′s multiplayer. Microtransactions just get you loot faster, but the game is perfectly playable without them.

      • Jason Lafitte

        how much of an RPG is this game?

        • Dave

          its more like darksiders or diablo. hack and slash w/ looting.

      • usrev

        sounds pretty fun actually.

    • Dennis Crosby

      you can play this game with out buying any micro transactions just play the game and enjoy

  • Jason Lafitte

    why do I have to pay for xbox live to use netflix on my xbox?

    • Silent_Killer01

      Remember that when purchasing your next gaming console.

    • cris178

      It gives people the incentive to buy Gold. A lot of people say they don’t like TV features so why even care.

      • usrev

        just because I buy a console for games doesn’t mean I won’t use netflix.

        not that I use netflix on xbox much anymore anyway since it’s better on ps3 >.>

        • Bush O Connor

          its a waste using netflix on the 360 if you have a 1080 screen.

    • CDMAss

      They want your money. That simple.

    • Karl Cramer

      To paraphrase Red Leader from Star Wars, “Stay on topic. Stay on topic.”

      • usrev

        Theeey came from beehiiiiind *arrrrg*

    • DontCare!

      Asking things like this make’s “Hryb” think about disabling comment’s like “Popular Science”. did. His comment on Twitter was “Starting to wonder if I should take the @PopSci approach for my blog comments . . .

  • Silent_Killer01

    Requiring gold to play a game that is relying on micro transactions is really hurting the developer.

    • usrev

      not sure why you are downvoted(actually I am sure it’s fanboys) when it’s true. it’s why f2p games on ps4 won’t need psn+.

      every person you can get playing your game as f2p is important.

      • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

        If someone doesn’t pay for gold sub it likely they wont pay for micro trans actions either so I can see why Microsoft does the gold sub requirement for f2p games

        • Bush O Connor

          its not free to play so

        • usrev

          not true at all. someone who had xbox before but doesn’t pay for gold now (like a few of my friends) would be able to play the game and who knows if they like it buy something in game.

          locking out the millions of silver members is kinda dumb. WORST case scenario is silver members play it and it’s free advertising to any friend that sees them playing (and since it’s the only online game they’d be able to play It would probably be decent advertising at that.

  • m1nh0ca

    Hmm… no, it’s not free to play, as we need to be Gold.

    It’s more pay for free to play.

    • Jason Lafitte

      pay gold- Free to play — Pay to win?

  • Rino Ibanez

    ..seems like Im trolling but I check this blog from time to time and just lol…I’m just happy I also own the other one dat’s all.

    • Nick Peck

      And no one cares.

  • martin_m95

    if we have to pay for gold in order to play this game why would there be microtransactions it sounds retarded

    • usrev

      cause the developers don’t get money from the gold memberships.

      • martin_m95

        the developers are moneysoft(microsoft)

    • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

      having played this game a lot I can say you aint forced to use micro transactions as you get enough souls

      • martin_m95

        I know it just looks strange

  • Dennis Crosby

    Seriously everyday the same people get on majors websites to complain.if you don’t like how Microsoft is running there business stop being there products ita that simple. Us paying for Xbox live is the reason it adapting and evolving to the master online service it is today and even better on there next console.if you don’t like it its other online services you can pay for its other options out there for you but complain about it just makes you look like a troll

    • Sledg

      It’s the same garbage by the same people (with multiple accounts) saying the same thing on every blog post. And they wonder why no one takes them seriously or even cares what they say.

  • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

    Major when do the people who bought 2 summer arcade titles get there soul pack

    • Karl Cramer

      The devs are asking if anyone’s having any problems with that on the game’s Facebook page.

    • G-Man

      You should have gotten a code about a week or so ago at the e-mail addy you have registered with your gold account.

  • Senses Failed

    Without reading any comments let me guess
    Doesn’t work
    Grindfest without microtransactions
    Gameplay is rubbish

    • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

      wrong wrong wrong

  • Some guy

    Man, why do Ms keep asking games from Signal Studios.
    I can take a walk around the world before it finish loading anything.
    Content. Streaming.
    Every studios can do it except them, why?
    Game is fun so far though, co-op would be even better.

  • big’un

    Hay major.
    Love the blog and podcast.
    Simple question…
    I’m getting both next gen consoles but as 90% will be multi platform how is the performs looking as reported from your dev partners?
    I would like to pre order these soon so an answer would be nice.
    I hear Sony reps saying there system will run them better.
    Do you guys dispute this at all?
    (note. I’m talking frame rates, native resolution and AA)
    Thanks for your time, see you on Killer Instinct.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      I’ve been hearing good things…it was a bit bumpy as it always is early in software development but everything is getting better every day from what I am being told.

      • big’un

        Thanks Major.
        =]
        so close now.
        Might be getting too excited.
        Ryse, forza, bf4.
        And really,REALLY want project spark.

  • big’un

    So you won’t answer?
    Ok seems as good as a confirmation.
    Thanks.
    Oh…..
    Ooooh Ascend.
    Might want to start answering some questions.

  • roozbeh, again

    There is something wrong with that carrot…

  • John Smith

    love the game, didn’t know it was a beta tho, until it froze…then I saw at the title screen it then said beta…be careful w/these. I played World Series of Poker not knowing it was a beta & it froze while It was saving then my hard drive was wiped off. Microsoft said it was my hard drive and not their game. It was the new 320 gb, & I highly doubt that. Esp. since it says don’t turn off your console when saving, what else are u suppose to do when it freezes? 8 years of transferred saves poof, down the toilet, like XBLA soon… :(

    • martin_m95

      you serious my god i wouldnt want this to happen to me too

      • John Smith

        it is depressing & my kids r way bummed too, it wasn’t just my saves that went up in smoke

      • John Smith

        funny tho’ when I called microsoft they had me on the phone, doing tech stuff etc…for 2 hours on 2 different days before we had to format it, then “we don’t compensate, we feel that issue’s fixed.” almost robotic

      • Timothy Hames

        Martin Any guess for this months two free games?

        • martin_m95

          the first will be night and magic clash of heroes the secont idk yet

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i highly doubt it was WSP that did that to your saves. it froze on me a couple of times too but never did that.

      • John Smith

        yeah i had it freeze a few times b4 that, but then…keep playing u’ll see…

      • John Smith

        I had it freeze a few times before too but never when the save icon was up…be careful man

  • baconcheeswhiz89

    cool game but i can’t wait till everyone gets world of tanks, that game is awesome.

  • slasaru

    Can anyone say, is it only multiplayer or single campaign available?

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      do yourself a favor and scroll up and read the description of the game.

      • slasaru

        Oh,not only that i did, but also opened it in Marketplace. Still not clear if its multiplayer oriented only, or has single with multiplayer. Would you be so kind, if you understood it?

        • Liquidfx Xboxdude

          yes. you can play both. sorry. about the first comment, i am just grumpy in the morning.

  • evilfangs .

    Why have developers stopped allowing background downloads while playing games?

    Use to be a time when I could download a game while playing another game, now it’s always pending and I have to exit my game to download.

    Never going to get this game downloaded with what playing GTA 5 none stop.

    • roozbeh, again

      I can still download while I play GTA 5. Must be an issue on your end

      • evilfangs .

        My download keeps popping up and saying “download stopped” every 5 minutes. It’s not like I lose connection or anything.

        Got so annoying I had to turn my notifications off.

        • roozbeh, again

          It should still download even if the download stops every 5 minutes. Try checking the percentage of the download after a session of GTA 5. It should have downloaded a bit

          • Timothy Hames

            I think when it starts to download again it does not tell you, so it might stop when your start a game.

            Maybe Major can give some incite

          • Nick Peck

            You are correct. It doesn’t say when it restarts but it will always stop when the current game you are playing access’s the internet.

          • roozbeh, again

            Exactly, it doesn’t remind you that it has started again but it will give a notification every time it stops

    • ungeheier

      What is happening is that your game (GTA 5 in this case) is contacting Rockstar’s servers for some reason. When this happens, your download will stop because the download process has no idea how long GTA 5 will need the internet connection it has just made. The game you’re playing takes priority on who gets access to the internet over your download.

    • Ärmätèsz

      They actually do allow background downloads while playing games that do not require online use like fallout games and skyrim an what not

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    i played the beta and this game is pretty good for a free game. The fun didn’t last that long especially now that gta5 is out. it even had achievements during the beta too.

    • ungeheier

      Yeah, i played it for a few days during the beta, and then went ‘meh’.

  • Jorge Garza

    Because you own the ultimate truth, fair enough /sarcasm

  • Timothy Hames

    Alright Kids

    Time to play a game, Guess what two Free games are are going to get next Month.

    I’m Calling Call of
    1) Duty Modern Warfare 1 or Battlefield Bad Company
    2) Baston or Limbo

    • evilfangs .

      Baston is a great game.

      Limbo I haven’t played so that would be a good free game.

      • Timothy Hames

        I’m playing through it. Its a great Platformer you should buy it.

    • martin_m95

      sry to break your hopes but they confirmed night and magic clash of heroes is gonna be the first one im not sure of the secont one though

      • Timothy Hames

        :-(

      • Timothy Hames

        might and magic clash of heroes does not look that great

    • Disturbed_Court_Jester

      I don’t think we will ever see a COD game given away for free.

  • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

    Kul game, stupid name

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      haha good one. also, i think there are like 3 or 4 trolls who just downvote every comment at some point.

  • E.Nich

    Hey guys, anybody knows if Magical Drop V is going to be released on the marketplace? It’s about time.

  • http://angryfacing.com/ Nick

    Haven’t been following this one much, and really happy to hear it’s available for free! Didn’t expect it to be fun, but it actually is! :D

  • usrev

    it really is. it seems faster too. sometimes I have to use xbox for netflix for one reason or another and for some reason the buffering to start playing a tv show or movie is like 2-3 times longer than on PS3 (same room and connection and stuff) idk why.

    as you say the interface is much better and faster. it looks, I guess the word is clean.

  • usrev

    this game is actually pretty awesome BUT the server kicks you out and you lose dungeon progress. it happens a LOT of times. it’s annoying as heck to the point that I don’t think I want to play anymore. I got the the final boss and almost killed the thing 9 times and every single time “you lost connection how about we kick you to the title screen”

    oh and since your gear takes damage as you hit and get hit, I went through a dungeon 9 times and had to repair all my stuff. it’s annoying and drawn out. it has a lot of potential though.

  • TheDude767

    Major, when I play the game in Germany, the blood color is black. Will this be fixed ? Black blood just looks wrong and this is surely not necessary. Almost no games get censored here anymore…

    • rhooper

      Maybe the characters are just like Cyrax, Sektor and Noob Saibot.

    • ikari_paul

      arent vioent games censored in germany? i think the black blood is here to stay or you

  • BIZZyTHUMBs

    What does buying a gold tier souls pack in Ascend: Hand of Kul do for you besides giving you souls?

 

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