Ubisoft’s Immortals: Fenyx Rising is a rare treat. It’s a game that did not come in with the massive wave of hype that usually accompanies a major release, yet delivers beyond expectations.
The game is set in Ancient Greece. Players assume the role of Fenyx, who must travel to set right the many things that have gone wrong along the way. Greek gods provide humorous narration to help move the story along, and there is a lot for players to do and see in the game.
Once a character is created, players must climb, swim, battle, and solve puzzles in a highly-detailed universe. While some may think the combat would be hack and slash, being able to gain advanced weapons such as a divine axe and bow really help mix things up.
The Arrow of Apollo, as an example, can be controlled in flight. It’s ideal for solving puzzles and making precisions shots. I also used it to scout an area by firing it into the air and using it to study the layout of the area.
Puzzles are a big part of the game. Being able to hold and throw large boulders is key to defeating large enemies, as well as moving large objects onto pressure plates to open doors or move heavy objects into position.
After each main mission, players can obtain new powers by completing a challenge from the Gods. This usually involves jumping from objects, solving puzzles, and combat. Upon completion players obtain a new device/ability which will help them going forward. I can tell you that having a set of wings really helped cover the map by being able to jump from a cliff and glide to a destination as long as my stamina holds up.
One great mission had me move a large pearl across the land and down hills to the sea. Not only was it fun and varied, it also broke the expectation that missions are not necessarily just repetitions of prior ones. I had several hours invested in the game before the area with the cosmetic options and upgrades arrived and the sheer scale of the game ensures that players will not find this a quick gaming experience.
Combat is a mix of hack and slash and ranged combat; but I am a big fan of smashing enemies with large boulders when able.
Some may have issues with the campy dialogue and delivery of the lines but this would be missing the point as the game is a fun and immersive adventure which will provide gamers with plenty of hours of enjoyment.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising is available for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, Epic Games Store, Uplay and Stadia.
4 stars out of 5
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