After dedicating 100+ hours to this amazing adventure, we feel the need to talk about Immortals Fenyx Rising. It's fun, it offers a lot of things to do, but there's one thing that makes it one of the best games we've played so far this year, a super funny narrator that also happens to be the most solemn, powerful, and well-respected Greek god: Zeus. Yes, you might change your mind after hearing all he has to say... but still, it's hard not to love him!
The Legend of Fenyx: Breath of the Greek Mythology
It's impossible not to compare Immortals Fenyx Rising to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Both are action-adventure games with cartoony graphics and a vast semi-open world to explore, and if you have the chance to play these two titles, you'll see that they share a lot of animations and similar mechanics. This is nothing but the confirmation that BotW has become the perfect example of a current-gen action-adventure game, and that's a lot to say considering how popular—and populated—the genre is. Genshin Impact also copied a few things from BotW, but Fenyx Rising makes it all even more obvious given the nature of it.
Regardless, this is a fabulous game that does a lot of things better than Breath of the Wild. For example, it adds dynamic narration. Naturally, that helps a lot with world-building, but it also makes you feel like an intellectual every time you actually understand a reference to Greek mythology. Not all jokes are about the gods and heroes, though, since most of them have to do with modern topics like gender diversity, something that Zeus is not particularly familiar with, but Prometheus is.
Another thing that Fenyx Rising does exceptionally good is puzzle-solving. All puzzles are well integrated into the map, and the Vault Rifts (special areas equivalent to BotW's Shrines) really feel like they belong to the game and not just like an extra section to justify a few puzzles. That means that exploration feels rewarding and it doesn't alter the flow of the game, nor it changes the gameplay mechanics that much.
You, Filthy Mortal... You Better Save Us All!
In this adventure, our enemy is Typhon, a monstrous creature powerful enough to subdue most gods of the Greek Pantheon. Powerless and with no other options, Zeus asks Prometheus for help, so he tells the story of Fenyx as we go. That's why dynamic storytelling feels so good, with a lot of things depending on your choices. If you're new to Greek mythology, you might learn a thing or two just by paying attention to Fenyx's quests and interactions with the gods.
Fenyx, the hero we control, is the world's only hope... but not all gods trust a human, so you need to prove yourself. In true RPG fashion, there are a lot of upgrades and new skills waiting for you, and most of them come from the gods themselves!
Zeus Steals the Show, but All Characters Have Their 15 Minutes of Fame
Aside from the puzzles and epic fights against fantastic monstrosities created by Typhon, Immortals Fenyx Rising is comedy gold. All characters have their time to shine, and with such astounding voice acting, all interactions feel natural and perfectly written for the characters involved.
Prometheus and Zeus constantly banter about Fenyx's destiny but also about events of the past, giving you an alternate point of view to legends like the apple of discord, the rise and fall of other gods, the reasons behind Prometheus being sentenced by Zeus to eternal punishment, and more. Hermes, meanwhile, will be an unreliable ally, often getting us in trouble and making fun of us. Hephaistos, Ares, Aphrodite, and Athena are the four gods you need to save, all of them with their own problems and personalities, but all of them equally interesting when it comes to the dialogues.
Immortals Fenyx Rising is an above-average action-adventure game with the best narrators we've seen in years, and the best part is that it includes several difficulty levels. If you're in for a good challenge, that's fine, but you could also just pick the easiest one to enjoy the story and have a good laugh without caring that much about crafting, improving your weapons, etc.
If you want to experience Jeffrey Yohalem's comedic narrative first-hand, go get a copy of Immortals Fenyx Rising, available on PC (Uplay, Epic), Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It has a lot of content for you, and it also features some extra live objectives (of you're connected to the internet) to keep you busy!