In the world of gaming, first-person shooters have become a popular genre. But what if there was a first-person shooter that didn’t rely on traditional weapons?
Enter Immortals of Aveum, the first game from Ascendant Studios published under the EA Originals banner.
This unique game combines first-person shooting with color-coded magic spells, creating a gameplay experience that is both familiar and refreshing.
A Magical Journey w/ A World of Lore
Immortals of Aveum follows the story of Jak, a street thief in the slum city of Seren. Unbeknownst to him, Jak possesses a rare form of magic that becomes the vehicle for his journey through Aveum.
As Jak enlists as a soldier in the Everwar, a millennia-long conflict between Aveum’s five kingdoms, players get to experience his rise to becoming an Immortal and protector of Lucium.
One of the challenges of Immortals of Aveum is the sheer amount of lore it presents to players.
The game bombards you with information about the world of Aveum, the conflict, the parties involved, and ancient artifacts that hold immense power.
While this may be overwhelming at first, the game allows players to focus on the basics and enjoy the simple hero’s journey narrative.
A Colourful Cast
Jak is not alone in his journey. He is joined by a colourful cast of characters known as the Immortals. Kirkan, Jak’s mentor and leader of the Immortals, provides guidance while keeping her motives hidden.
Zendara, Jak’s field commander, is focused on the next mission, leaving little time for small talk. Devyn brings some levity to the group with his jokes, even if they don’t always land
While Immortals of Aveum tries to emulate a cinematic experience, its true strength lies in the gameplay.
Led by industry veteran Bret Robbins, Ascendant Studios delivers an experience reminiscent of classic first-person shooters.
The use of colour-coded magic, known as sigils, replaces traditional weapons. Each branch of magic offers unique gameplay mechanics and satisfying combat.
Visuals and Performance
The game strikes a balance between exploration and combat. Players are rewarded for their curiosity with gear and gold, allowing them to unlock new areas and find hidden treasures.
Combat encounters are varied, with a decent variety of enemies and boss battles to keep players engaged.
The combat mechanics are intuitive, requiring players to switch between different types of magic to defeat color-coded enemies.
Immortals of Aveum is built on Unreal Engine 5, which allows for stunning visuals. Character faces are detailed and expressive, while environments showcase a wide range of landscapes.
However, the art style of the game feels derivative and lacks a unique identity. Performance-wise, the game aims for a 60fps output in upscaled 4K resolution, but frame drops and inconsistent image quality are present.
Its short and sweet single-player campaign, devoid of microtransactions and bugs, is a rarity in today’s gaming landscape.
Immortals of Aveum may not revolutionize the first-person shooter genre, but it offers a refreshing take on gameplay mechanics and delivers an enjoyable experience.
Whether you’re a fan of shooters or simply enjoy a good single-player campaign, Immortals of Aveum is worth checking out.