Sacred Odyssey: The Rise Of Ayden Review
It's obvious that Gameloft's latest game Sacred Odyssey: The Rise of Ayden has been heavily influenced by Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series; both feature a bigger than life landscape in which a battle unfolds, a princess is rescued and one man must save the land from destruction. Rather than being an outright copy, Sacred Odyssey pays perfect homage to the series that inspired it, and it is the closest you will ever get to a Zelda game on the iPhone.
The story goes like this; Ayden lives in a small village leading a normal life until he finds out that he is actually destined to be a hero. He then sets out to not only fulfill his destiny, but save the land of Lasgalen from impending doom. Sound familiar? It's may not be the most original of plots, but it does a great job of propelling the gameplay forward, making the player feel like this is more than just a time waster. In fact Sacred Odyssey has a huge number of quests to complete, allowing the gamer to finish up one quest, save their game and then put their phone into their pocket. Frequent checkpoints make this large game viable for gamers on the go.
Action packed combat is what makes Sacred Odyssey such a delight to play. Sword combos are unleashed by mashing on the attack button, and you can use your shield by tapping a button to block incoming attacks. It's simplistic in nature but pulling of a combo and surviving against all odds is such a satisfying experience.
Ayden has access to two horses, and Gameloft seemingly confess their love for Zelda by naming them Miya and Moto. Thankfully you can attack while riding your horse which comes in handy when making the long journey between villages and facing off against multiple foes.
Lasgalen is a large world and it will take you quite some time to explore. It is full of stunning outdoor locations, and the dungeons are highly detailed yet lack the same punch as the brightly coloured outdoor sections. Graphically Sacred Odyssey is appealing, but more importantly it keeps a consistent frame rate, regardless of how much is going on at the time. Match this with some great sound effects and top notch voice acting and you have a deadly combination.
It may be heavily inspired by one of Nintendo's flagship series, but Gameloft have managed to create a visually appealing, large open world game that is well worth the price of admission. Sacred Odyssey: The Rise Of Ayden offers satisfying combat, an engaging storyline and an epic adventure for those of you wanting something a little more from your iPhone games.
By Stephen Heller
We say: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED