At the end of last year, Ubisoft released three high profile titles: Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Watch Dogs: Legion. However, it seems that the first of them didn’t come to fruition at all and was halfway to success. In his defense we will of course say that it’s a pretty good game and, in my personal opinion, the best of the three. Immortals: Fenyx Rising brings us a new experience with Greek gods in a beautiful and colorful open world. Plus, the developers made the set interesting and gave us a lot of unique and absolutely fascinating skills. Well, recently the second DLC of this title was released: Myths of the Eastern Empire (Myths of the Eastern Empire), in which a new place was introduced, a pantheon of gods that we had not seen before, and even fond of a new protagonist .
Unlike the base game or the first DLC, Myths of the Eastern Kingdom is a completely independent experience from Fenyx. This adventure created by Ubisoft Chengdu focuses on a new hero named Ku and above all offers us a very cool change of scene, away from Greek mythology and into Chinese. Unsurprisingly, given this changed environment, the title includes an entirely new map to explore. Although it shares many similarities with the base game, almost everything has been redesigned and adapted to the Asian culture. Some examples of these customizations can be found in certain consumables like grenades (which are now peaches), in the various enemies we face, and even in coins (which are now jade coins, not Charon coins). In short, this expansion is based on what we already know about Immortals: Fenyx Rising, but it’s still unique and different.
On the other hand, the plot of this DLC is pretty similar to that of the main game. Ku wakes up in a mystical land where his friends have turned to stone. Confused and alone, he decides to follow a harmonic melody that turns out to be the song of the goddess Nuwa. After speaking to her, Ku discovers that Tao Lu broke Mount Bu Zhou, created the rift, and sullied the heavens of the earth (similar to Typhoon Mountain in the main game), unleashing a force that is beneficial to both humans and is too powerful even for gods. With his skills, our protagonist has to help the goddess Nuwa to save the countries of this world – and yes, the concept is practically the same as the base title.
But what is coolest is that the fact that it shares certain similarities with the base game is not repeated at all or detracts from the originality. Eastern Kingdom myths introduce many improvements, and in addition to tapping into divine powers (very similar to those we already know) to enjoy our wings again, we can do virtually anything that can be done in Fenyx, and much more from minute to minute one; something that obviously adds a bit of complexity to the DLC. In our first game, however, we chose to play on the highest difficulty level available and we couldn’t remember ever dying in combat as we were fully equipped from the start. In short, this expansion called difficult, difficult is not, yes, it does not mean that we have had to deal with some tougher encounters.
The main difference between this DLC and the Fenyx Adventure is that this time around we can’t change the appearance of Ku. It is true that there is a wide range of weapons and armor (some of which have been improved compared to the main title) that allow us to give our character a unique look. However, the sex and physical appearance of Ku are not a property that can be changed as we could in Fenyx. In addition, the scenarios themselves are very different from those of Isla Dorada. The open world of this expansion is in the mountains and has a deep layer of cloud that hides it from what is below, meaning the risk of falling and dying is much greater – something that we find more often happened than usual we’d like to admit.
Let’s see, aside from the fact that Myths of the Eastern Kingdom is a redesigned and pared-back version of the Immortals story, it has to be admitted that it’s a very fun DLC to play. In addition, it gives us a breath of fresh air compared to the first expansion of this game, A New God, which basically just added a lot of new puzzles to solve. It’s obvious, however, that Myths of the Eastern Kingdom isn’t without its flaws: it’s fairly short, and the map has a lot less content than the base game. It took us about five hours to spend all the new it offered us, much less time than we did to complete a new god that, to tell the truth, we are still not big fans of.
Despite these shortcomings and their short duration, we had a great time exploring the world of the myth of the Eastern Kingdom. You could say that this DLC is exactly what fans of Immortals: Fenyx Rising wanted so badly: a new adventure full of stories, battles, puzzles, and absurd and even funny dialogues. To see the Chinese god of water, Gong Gong, tell us, “nothing happens, it has to work” if he doesn’t light his fire stick is a scream, but it’s just a small example of everything that extension and what this title is about are so extremely funny.