Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – A Fun and Puzzling Game to Play

Developer Ubisoft Quebec found a glitch in one game and created a new game because of it. Immortals Fenyx Rising is out for the next generation of consoles and we have been trying to save their world of Greek mythology. Is the game worth your time or is it just another Greek tragedy?

Read on to find out.

 

Developer Ubisoft Quebec, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, ran into a software bug while creating that epic masterpiece, one in which all of your crew members on your boat turned into giant cyclopses. This gave them the idea to create a game all about Greek mythology. Gods and Monsters was born and later had its name changed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, and if it hadn’t been released so late in the year, would have been in the running for game of the year across many websites. We haven’t named our winner yet, but other sites have, so it still has a chance with us.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – An Epic Story With Twists and Turns and Lots of Laughs

Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in Greek mythology, has robbed the gods of their godly essence and changed them into a variety of creatures. Zeus flees to safety and goes to where he has Prometheus locked up for all eternity. Prometheus wagers that if he can find a mortal to best Typhon, Zeus will have to free him. Prometheus then uses his foresight ability to tell your tale. It us up to you, Fenyx, a ship wrecked and feeble soldier, to gain the powers you need to restore the gods to their previous glory, and return Typhon to the pit of Hades where he belongs.

Fenyx starts out pretty weak, and through gameplay, you can unlock godly powers and increase strength and stamina. Gender and appearance are chosen by the player right at the start, but can be changed up once you’ve reached the Hall of the Gods, which acts as a hub for upgrades for Fenyx and other things. The story is well written, and the humor can be a little dry at times, but also can be downright witty at other times. The writing style was reminiscent of a Mel Brooks movie, without the hilarious politically incorrect undertones he was known for. The rapport between Zeus and Prometheus is very entertaining as they squabble like an old married couple at times.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – Map of Epic Proportions

The gameplay for Immortals Fenyx Rising is a third person, open world, action adventure style, with platforming and unique puzzles. It also has some hack-n-slash battles, with RPG elements and a loot element as well. The game plays similar to the Assassin’s Creed series, which makes sense since, as we said before, the developer also created Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as that series is always an enjoyable experience. You can use health potions, stamina potions, and even defense and attack potions, aiding you in battle against some epic bad guys like giant cyclopses, minotaurs, lions, bears, and some epic bosses like Medusa.

The map for the game is huge, albeit cloudy to start out. You’ll have to visit a high point in each of the seven regions to gain full access to all of the events spread out across each region. Once you’ve reached that high point, you can use your farsight (press R3 on the PlayStation) to locate all of the events that are in sight of you. Your reticule changes and the controller vibrates anytime you are close to a hidden event, and an R2 prompt will pop up once you find something. The map is huge, and your farsight can see a long ways, so don’t be surprised if you spend ten minutes or more in one high spot, marking off event after event. Just take your time and find all you can, as these will be permanently marked on your map once highlighted, making things easier to see on your HUD as you travel along.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – A Puzzling Game to Play

Spread out across the regions are events that are puzzle based as well as Vaults of Tartaros that have puzzles inside them. There are some basic image puzzles called frescoes that are simple slide puzzles, which sometimes have a hidden element you’ll need to find in order to unlock the pieces, and even some archery puzzles that will require you to shoot an arrow through some hoops in order to light a torch. Constellation challenges will have you unlocking and finding orbs and placing them properly on a grid.

There are also some unique puzzle designs that require you to move boxes that you can levitate by attacking, and this has to be the most ingenious puzzle design we have ever seen. The boxes can be climbed upon, and then you can telepathically grab another box and lift it above your head, giving you access to places high above you. These boxes can be pushed by wind as well, and there are puzzles that will require you to ride them, using your bow and arrow to manipulate the boxes current state, in order to traverse a given area. The game mechanics for some of these puzzles should be award winning in themselves, and may very well be by the time the awards season is done.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – RPG Elements

Immortals Fenyx Rising isn’t necessarily a full on RPG, but it has enough RPG elements that warrant a mention. The armor system is pretty deep, with each piece of armor giving different perks, which you’ll need to take into account based off of your playstyle. You can use stealth and long range weaponry like your bow in the game or you can go head-on into battle with your sword and axe. You can change the visuals of a piece of armor or weaponry while maintaining the perks, so if you like the looks of one piece, but the perks of another, you can retain the perks while changing the visuals.

As you play through the game, you’ll be able to unlock godly powers that allow you to grab things telepathically and throw or manipulate them as needed. Some of these godly powers are needed to complete different vaults and the vaults hold Zeus power boosts you’ll need to make yourself stronger. You may find yourself working through some of the vaults to get that boost, but unable to reach a hidden chest. You’ll be able to fast travel back later, so no need to be overly worried about it. With these RPG elements, Immortals Fenyx Rising goes a long ways into creating a deep experience as far as upgrading your armor, weapons, and character.

 

Immortals Fenyx Rising Review – Fast and Smooth

We played Immortals Fenyx Rising on our shiny new PlayStation 5, so we can’t say much about the game for last gen consoles, but we can attest to the smoothness and fast loading times on the newest gen. The developer tried to give tips on loading screens, but you better take a screenshot or be a fast reader, because those screens aren’t up for very long. There’s very little waiting when using fast travel or exiting a vault. While in a battle with multiple enemies, and with a lot going on, the game never once stuttered or got choppy. We played the game in both performance and resolution mode, and the game performed very well in both.

Developer Ubisoft Quebec may have came up with this idea due to a glitch, but the game is far from that. With an incredibly well written story, full of plenty of twists and turns, to some unique puzzles that will thoroughly work your brain, and battles of epic proportions, Immortals Fenyx Rising is an incredible game that we didn’t see coming.

Well done Ubisoft Quebec. Well done.

9


Immortals Fenyx Rising review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PlayStation 5. For more information on scoring, please read: What our review scores really mean.