Immortals Fenyx Rising Xbox

AAA games love to take themselves incredibly seriously. Sometimes it works out and matches the tone of a certain title or series, but at other times, it comes across as trying a little bit too hard. To be honest, I feel like we just need more self-aware stories in AAA gaming, generally.

One such example is Ubisoft's Immortals Fenyx Rising, which is about to hit Xbox Game Pass later this month. Born out of development on 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Immortals created its own lighter-in-tone spin on the company's own open world formula, and it worked.

Image: Immortals Fenyx Rising, Ubisoft

Stylistically it was compared to Nintendo's Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a comparison that doesn't get thrown around every day. It then added a light-hearted sense of humour on top of that, and benefitted from such a direction. The fact that it was also a new IP helped proceedings as well; Immortals wasn't caught in any long-standing series lore that could manifest as additional weight.

In fact, Ubisoft has done this a few times before, remember Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon? Sure it was a pseudo expansion to Far Cry 3, but its 80's action hero theme and ridiculously over-the-top nature suited Far Cry to the ground. It's a series that's always played with just pure messing about, and in essence, Blood Dragon is the most 'Far Cry' game in the series.

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Image: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Ubisoft

Usually, this sort of stuff gets saved for DLC packs and crossover events in AAA gaming. Call of Duty has had its fair share of horror crossovers in recent years (yes, Scream Deathmatch was a thing) and that's all fine and dandy but feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. I mean, I'd play a first-person Scream slasher, with all of the movie's signature humour in place, within the CoD engine, wouldn't you?

I suppose the crossover craze is likely to provide these less-serious offerings in the future; it's a trend that certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down. However, titles like Immortals Fenyx Rising and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon show it can be done as a full release and still retain the same level of engagement. Halo but you play as a tiny screaming grunt trying to murder ridiculously-tall Spartans? Okay, why the hell not?!

What game series would you like to see drop a tongue-in-cheek spin-off? Give us your ideas down below!