Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade – Episode 2 – Shadow Heritage DLC Review (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Legacy of the First Blade

Eager to continue my journey as Kassandra once more, I jumped into this second episode as soon as it came out. Although there was some trepidation because I had seen all about the controversy surrounding the second episode, I still had to see it for myself and judge it for myself as everyone should do. After adding another 3 hours to my already over 100 hour playthrough, I was able to get all of the trophies so that means it’s time for a review.

Taking place right after episode 1, Hunted, which you can read my review of here, you’ll continue as Kassandra or Alexios and run into Darius and Natakus or Neema while exploring Achaia. Realizing that no matter what they do they’ll always be on the run, Darius needs your help once more to escape Greece and get away from another section of the cult and the leader of this section, The Tempest. Will Darius finally be able to escape with the help of Kassandra or Alexios in this intense naval focused DLC? Or will Darius and Natakas or Neema finally find a place to call home?

The Controversey

Many Spoilers will follow

As you may already know Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is based heavily on choice as this franchise moves on its way to becoming a full blown RPG. Part of the choice that you can make pertain to your characters sexuality. Play Kassandra and Alexios as you want, straight, gay/lesbian, bi, or even asexual if you choose. This choice is thrown out the window in this DLC as no matter what you choose your character will enter into a relationship with either Natakas or Neema and produce a child. That is not how an RPG works and Ubisoft’s half-assed apology really hit a nerve as they said it had to be done for story reasons and “bloodline” reasons. The whole “bloodline” story basically ended years ago and makes no sense in the timeline seeing as Odyssey comes before Origins and Origins was about Bayek avenging the death of his son. After the death of his son there were no other children meaning no more bloodlines. I understand that Odyssey comes before Origins and this has to be linked, but does it have to do that by taking away the players choice? Being a part of the LGBTQ community, I played my Kassandra as a full blown lesbian who bedded every female character she could. To see her turned into a doe eyed idiot over some man in this DLC was just disgusting as I had no say in it. Did I break Natakas heart in the end by telling him I only wanted a family, yes since this was my only option. The only choice I had in this DLC that pertained to my heavily choice driven style of playing. There were so many different avenues Ubisoft could have taken for this major part of the story and their lack of doing so was just lazy. While they promised to fix this, I don’t see how they can and this did sour my opinion of this game and any other so-called RPG they make in the future.

Although I liked the overalls tory for this DLC, it was a little underwhelming. The cliffhanger at the end that will come into play in the final episode of this DLC was an interesting one, but not one that made this DLC worth it. The only interesting thing I could find about this DLC that was good was the increased naval activity and the new naval toy that was added to the Adrestia. All of this was over shadowed by the lack of choice and once again the briefness of this DLC.

The playability of this game remained stable once more as a few new skills were added to enhance your playing style, but that was it. Although the new naval toy is fun for the DLC, who will this come into play later on in the game especially if you’ve already completed the game? I can’t see myself going back out in the water just for fun to burn a bunch of ships. If the last four installments don’t concentrate on naval battle then it’s pointless. Notably, game breaking bugs and glitches were back as I had a complete game crash when trying to manually save. Everything was fine and nothing got corrupted as I was able to start the game again and pick up where I left off, but it is worth mentioning that it happened and needs to be fixed.

The graphics, while the same, were a little underwhelming as Achaia is no Macedonia and there wasn’t anything that I felt like I missed in this area during my initial playthrough. Also, there seemed to be facial problems this time around as when Kassandra went to express emotion it felt off and forced, just how I felt when going through each awkward scene.

There are another 5 trophies for this DLC and as with the first episode before it, the trophies are easy to obtain. All you have to do is complete the DLC, easy, use your new skill and naval toy, easy, use a weapon given to you in the game, easy, and eliminate the new branch of the cult, also easy. With the trophies being this easy there should be no reason why you shouldn’t be able to fully complete this DLC and get all of the trophies.

This game is still a single player game so there is still no multiplayer.

Overall I give this DLC a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Kassandra and Alexios’s adventure lives on as you find yourself helping Darius once more and are left with a cliffhanger of an ending.
+ New skills and naval toys to try out and play with until you eventually get bored with them because you can only burn so many ships and laugh manically before it becomes a little overdone.

What’s Not So Great:
Another DLC on the short side. The story is a quick one and felt a little rushed. Hopefully the final DLC for this adventure will be a little more fleshed out and contain more choices.
Beware of glitches that cause game crashes and underwhelming graphics.

This wasn’t the greatest DLC for this game in so many ways. A main way was that this so-called RPG game turned into a standard Assassin’s Creed game since important choices were taken away. What I’m looking for going forward is to see how Ubisoft rights their wrongs and to just complete this episodic adventure before moving onto the next. At this point I would say that unless you want to pick up the season pass to get Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed Liberation for free to do so because it’s a good value, but if you’re looking for something enjoyable to continue Odyssey and then maybe hold off to see how things progress with the DLC going forward.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade – Episode 1 – Hunted DLC Review (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Legacy of the First Blade

Because sinking over 100 hours into the main campaign of this game wasn’t enough, I decided to buy the season pass and play all of the DLC for this game. I’ve already played the first of 6 DLC’s planned, along with some additional feats that have been added, and got all of the trophies for this DLC. So, that means it’s time for a review.

In Legacy of the First Blade – Episode 1 – Hunted, you continue your journey as either Kassandra, have I mentioned that she’s my personal favorite, or Alexios. During this time, you’ll encounter Darius. Darius is the first person to wield the hidden blade that fans of the franchise know so well. During this DLC you’ll also encounter Darius’s son Natakus if you’re playing Kassandra or Darius’s daughter Neema if your playing Alexios. This change up of if Darius has a son or daughter will make more sense in episode two of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC. Taking place fully in Macedonia, you’ll learn about a new cult, which seems to be a common theme in Odyssey, and learn about the first member of the Assassin’s order.

By the time this DLC came out, I had already finished the main campaign of the game which meant that the DLC was available to me and I was way over leveled for it which was fine by me. If you’re playing for the first time, the DLC won’t be available until you reach level 28 and chapter 7 of the main campaign. Anyway, even though I found this DLC to be a little on the short side, I thought overall that it was an enjoyable addition to a story that I desperately wanted to continue. I liked how this DLC basically stuck to one part of the huge Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map instead of making you traverse through all of Greece to find your quests. The fact that you stayed in one area made you appreciate that area a little more as it may have been a little underappreciated throughout the main campaign of the game itself.

The playability of this DLC was exactly as it was for the rest of the game, but some new skills have been added to the skill tree for you to try and see if they’re a good fit for you and your character. While all of this was good, I was expecting to be able to finally wield the hidden blade as I realized that I didn’t get a chance to do so throughout the whole main campaign or the DLC and kind of missed it, but was sadly disappointed as the DLC ended and no hidden blade was awarded to Kassandra. I’m sure by the last episode this will be rectified. Other than that this DLC was totally flawless as the various different patches that have been released from the time the game has come out began to clear up some of the bugs and glitches that I mentioned in my initial review of the game.

The graphics for this DLC match the main game and are just simply stunning. The graphics for this game and the DLC continue to impress me and will continue to do so until the game is finished.

There are a total of 5 trophies for this DLC and they are all easy to obtain. All you have to do is finish the DLC, assassinate the new cult members that have been added, and do some random things. None of these are missable and just require you to make the most out of the DLC.

There was no multiplayer in the main version of this game so I really didn’t think it would be added on for the DLC, and it wasn’t.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ You get to take a quick journey with either Kassandra or Alexios and get introduced to the Assassin that started it all.
+ Various patches and this DLC itself fix some of the pre-existing bugs and glitches within the game itself making the DLC run flawlessly.

What’s Not So Great:
I found this DLC to be a little on the short side and that’s with doing all of the side missions and getting all of the trophies.

Overall this was an enjoyable but short addition to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I liked how it introduced the first Assassin and added to the already existing story. That being said, I’m currently playing the second episode and will be weighing in on the controversy surrounding that episode soon. For now, I would say that if you finished the game and want to continue your journey to pick up the season pass since you’ll be able to play the DLC right away as you should be way over level 28. If you haven’t finished the game, I would say to hold off on the season pass for now until you finish the main game because you are going to need the best weapons and armor for this DLC. Also, depending on where you stand with the controversy surrounding the second episode you may want to wait and see how Ubisoft plans on redeeming themselves.

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