Immortals Fenyx Rising injects dose of creative challenges into the DLC Novo Deus

Launching a new franchise on the market is definitely the biggest challenge today, especially in a saturated industry, full of options and recycled ideas. Immortals: Fenyx Rising was a successful attempt by Ubisoft in 2020, according to the company itself in conversation with Voxel.

-Source: Bruno Micali / Voxel

That, too, was exactly what I told in my analysis here on the site, in which the game received 80 out of 100. The secret to success was simplicity: instead of taking itself seriously, the title took on all this conspiratorial guise so typical of Greek mythology and transformed it into a great comedy, presented to us in the form of a tale, in a story narrated through prose between Zeus and Prometheus.

The time has come to “expand the horizons”, in Ubi’s own words, with three expansions that will prolong the life of the adventure. With a schedule, organization and execution, the triad can give the game a long life – and, on the other hand, pave a more fertile ground for the future of the franchise.

Does Fenyx deserve a place on the throne of the gods?

Following current market practices, Ubisoft has outlined a post-launch schedule to extend the lifespan of Immortals with three additional contents: the first one is called “A New God” and it is about him that I will speak in this matter; the second, entitled “Myths of the Eastern Kingdom”, will bring a new controllable character, Ku, and will exchange figurines with Chinese mythology; finally, the third, dubbed “The Lost Gods”, will also offer different styles of gameplay.

SPOILERS, important: the events of A New God take place after the main journey of Immortalstherefore, the things described below consider the events at the end of the game and may represent spoilers for those who have not finished. The friendly warning remains.

Here, Fenyx craves a space inside the Pantheon of the Olympian gods, that privileged place, at the top, only with the “super-gods” of Greek mythology, like Poseidon, Hermes, Athena, Zeus, Ares (the god of war) and others.

-Source: Bruno Micali / Voxel

Puzzles: more complex layer and new movements

To conquer a throne, Fenyx must overcome the trials of four of the main gods presented in the adventure: Athena, Hephaestus, Ares and Aphrodite. Basically, the expansion injects a new dose of challenges similar to the wrenches seen in the Tartarus Chambers of the previous day, remember them? Which, in turn, refer to the countless temples of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Well then.

The cool thing is that it’s not just “more challenges” compared to what we’ve already seen: the DLC features new mechanics, like the triple jump, and additional moves that can be unlocked in the skill tree.

The player’s ability to observe and study is most often put into practice here

The overcoming tests alternate between puzzle solving, combat and platform sections, but, as mentioned, do not think that the experience is a mere addition to what we have already seen and try to awaken the sleeping neurons: the puzzles are more elaborate and rarely have an easy solution, visible to the naked eye.

The ability to observe and study the player is put into practice more often: a box is never there for nothing, the leftover scenery can have some purpose, the exchange of items is never so obvious … the challenges are surprising in creativity and leave that “money well spent” feeling for the longevity they bring to the package.

-Source: Bruno Micali / Voxel

“Sweat” the reflexes

There are sections where you need to use different skills in quick sequences, without much time to think. These are moments when your reflexes must be sharp and choreographed – any false floor compromises the integrity of Fenyx. Crossing drafts with lasers on the way will be the least of your problems.

And yes: each ordeal has an optional chest, usually WELL inaccessible, in a section that is difficult to be reached or protected by harsh puzzles.

There is a certain optional mission that you can fulfill at Hermes’ command in which it is necessary to find items stored in these chests. Therefore, for completionists on duty (like me), seeking the 100% requires some dedication.

-Source: Bruno Micali / Voxel

Yes, it’s worth it!

A New God, the first expansion of Immortals: Fenyx Rising, expands what was already good and organically implements mechanics that can be reused in the future. It does not add much to the narrative, but rather to the playful aspect of the experience. Worth every penny you charge, especially if you enjoyed Fenyx’s journey.

The DLC is part of the Season Pass and can also be purchased separately. Remember that the game is available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia.

What did you think of this new franchise from Ubisoft? Do you intend to buy the expansions to give longevity to the saga? Be sure to report below, in the comments field.

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