The Ascent is a solo and co-op top-down looter-shooter from Neon Giant and Curve Games. It got Steam Deck Verified, and so the developer made a fun little tweak for players on Deck.

"The Ascent is a solo and co-op Action-shooter RPG, set on Veles, a packed cyberpunk world. Welcome to The Ascent Group arcology, a corporate-run metropolis stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy. You play as a worker, enslaved by the company that owns you and everyone else in your district. One day, you are suddenly caught in a vortex of catastrophic events: The Ascent Group shuts down for unknown reasons and the survival of your district is threatened. You must take up arms and embark on a new mission to find out what started it all."

In the game you use what they call a Cyberdeck, which allows you to hack various things in the game. For Deck players, they replaced it with a Steam Deck model. It's a really tiny change but still pretty fun to see developers do things like that, a nice little bit of fluff. From the developer:

I played through a bit now myself and even on the default Ultra settings, it gives a mostly solid 30FPS which is quite impressive really.

Seems like a game that I could happily blast my way through. Here's a video of it on Deck:

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4 comments

Jpxe 15 Mar
I hope more developers do stuff like this! I have always enjoyed multi-platform games on Nintendo consoles when they add Mario or other easter eggs like that.


Last edited by Jpxe on 15 March 2022 at 5:28 pm UTC
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I love The Ascent, but I'm stuck on a specific part of the game. Hopefully the Deck would give me a chance for picking it back and finishing it finally.
Ok, that is a pretty fun little Easter Egg. Now to wait for someone to make a mod for XCOM 2 replacing the tablet soldiers use for hacking when playing it on the Deck…
F.Ultra 15 Mar
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Looks interesting. Like that the menu music continued over to the loading screen, not many devs that make it so slick.
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