Title: Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Genre: Action, Open World
Released: December 2020
Overall Score: 8/10
Everyone loves the classic tale of an underdog who rises through adversity to become a hero. Immortals: Fenyx Rising puts players in the Greek sandals of Fenyx, a lowly soldier who is the only one left to save the day.
From legendary studio Ubisoft, Immortals: Fenyx Rising gives off an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey vibe crossed with Breath of the Wild. Climb over mountains while keeping an eye on your stamina meter, gather fruit and flowers to cook potions, explore vaults to solve puzzles with your powers, and more, all in an open, bright, and beautiful Greek world bursting with colour as though it was ripped from a painting.
The idea for the game struck developers at Ubisoft Quebec when they were researching ancient Greece for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey so it’s no surprise that this single-player action game is an open world adventure set on a fantastical Greek island.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising shows nice progress for a genre notorious for being repetitive and overly long. Its tight construction highlights the crucial parts that make the best open-world games flourish.
A Tale Worthy of the Gods
When Zeus banished the evil titan Typhon to Tartaros, an infinite abyss of torture and suffering, he thought that would be the end of it. But Typhon has escaped, stripping the gods who imprisoned him of their powers and wreaking havoc on their home, the Golden Isle.
Zeus at a loss for what to do, seeks out the only God left Prometheus, who reluctantly offers up a solution by weaving a tale of a hero named Fenyx, a mortal who has the power to restore the Gods and put an end to Typhon’s reign of terror.
The story narrated by an arrogant and boisterous Zeus and a prideful Prometheus; details the rising of Fenyx from a zero to hero. That being said don’t go grabbing for the tissues yet, Immortals: Fenyx Rising is no Greek tragedy, instead get ready to experience a fun filled comedy that pays homage to classic Greek mythology.
Play as Fenyx, a lowly Greek soldier who has long been overshadowed by their brother, a great warrior and hero. After a huge storm at sea, Fenyx awakens washed ashore on a strange island to discover their crew has all mysteriously turned to stone. And so, it falls to Fenyx, to save them.
We’ll Make a Soldier out of You!
Wield the powers of the gods! Fenyx fights with 3 main weapons: a sword with quick attacks that restore stamina, a bow for ranged attacks, and an axe that swings slow but gradually stuns enemies.
If that’s not exciting enough for you this game has a few more treats instore for the players, a Greek hero to be is nothing without their Godly weapons after all. Use your skills and diverse weapons, including self-guided arrows, telekinesis, and more, for devastating damage and powerful puzzle solving.
Fight iconic mythological beasts like cyclops and medusa with dynamic combat in the air and on the ground. With customizable weapons and skill upgrading, the combat system of the game allows players to hone the playstyle that suits them best. If you find that wielding an axe to hit hard is your style, or maybe using a bow for a ranged flurry of attacks, or even hand to hand combat and parrying with a sword, you can focus the skills and style you want to take down your foes.
The score for the game was a solid 8/10, but losing a bit of upside because the puzzles were lacking for me and a bit repetitive. For a game about the Gods themselves, simple puzzles moving balls or shooting targets seemed a little underwhelming for a mythical story.
The graphics and combat system of the game surprised me with its details. From character customization, ability leveling, to weapon crafting, and even potion making, the game surprisingly stands up to others in its genre like Breath of the Wild, and even surpasses them.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising felt more focused than the average Ubisoft mega-game, and more charming too. Most big title games focus on making the graphics, maps, and game length as over the top as possible, but Immortals focused more on telling an entertaining comedic story with good combat and a well-developed open world for players to explore.
Overall, Immortals: Fenyx Rising is a bite-sized game playable in under 30 hours that maximizes the time players spend adventuring and exploring the bright coloured open world. Fans of games like Breath of the Wild and Assassin’s Creed will love the games playstyle without the tedious grind of searching for tons of collectables or weapons after they break. Immortals: Fenyx Rising takes everything there is to love about the open world genre and condenses it into a lively entertaining tale set in a bright beautiful world perfect to play over the holidays.
Overall Score 8/10