I recently had the pleasure of trying out the demo for Immortals Fenyx Rising, an open-world game made by Ubisoft where you play as the new demigod Fenyx. Having studied a decent amount of Greek mythology in school, I can really appreciate this aspect of the game and was rather pleased whenever the game made references that not everyone will understand. (Sure, we all know who Zeus is, but how many people have heard of the Greek god of volcanoes and blacksmithing, Hephaestus?) The game also had an entertaining sense of humor and was frequently narrated by Zeus and Prometheus, which had me laughing at their banter multiple times.
The demo covers our quest to free the Cyclopes Polyphemus from Circe’s curse and took me roughly 40-50 minutes to complete. During this time, the inspiration from Breath of the Wild was already clear, considering Fenyx’s arsenal of weapons and ability to glide and climb up nearly any surface, as long as her stamina didn’t run out. The world also looks like it could be pretty big, though I’m not sure how far off course I could have strayed during the demo, as we appear to be confined to several islands. Though I was able to complete an optional challenge that earned me a better bow, so that was neat.
While some have gone so far as to say this game is a Breath of the Wild clone, I’m not quite sure that’s a fair assessment or even a bad thing, come to think of it. Obviously, I can’t judge the whole game based on only the demo, but I really liked BotW, and I love open-world games, so this comparison should only confirm that Immortals Fenyx Rising might be exactly what I’m looking for. Even though I knew my time with the demo would be short-lived, I couldn’t help but look out over the horizon and feel excited by the much bigger world the full game would surely have to offer.
Now that I’ve really got into playing indie games, it’s rather rare for me to buy a $60 game anymore, but this is one of those few instances where I’m tempted. And at least this game should provide many hours of gameplay, as I read the story alone can take 25 hours to complete, while completionists like myself could spend closer to 40-60 hours.
This post was originally published on Virtual Bastion on November 15, 2021.