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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This Week in Trophies 02-10-2019 – 02-16-2019

Another interesting week in trophies for me as I started some games, finished some games, started some new games. This was even one of those weeks where I feel like I just didn’t game that much. We’ll take a look at my stat’s and see just how much I did or didn’t game this week.

Mixups by POWGI (PS4) – 100%

So I bought this game this week and even finished it so that means that I can’t talk about it here. I swear that all of these reviews for the POWGI games are coming, it’s just that I can’t keep up with them because I complete them so quickly.

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LEGO The Incredibles – 28%

I continued to play this game this week and am just about at the end of playing this game. I think I have one more short stream for this game and then I should be done and go on my trophy hunting way to get the platinum trophy for this game. I’m missing a bunch of trophies so far and that’s ok because I’m sure I’ll have tons of fun going back and getting all of the collectibles and what not from each level and around the town. Sarcasm.

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Tetris Effect – 31%

I’m enjoying playing this game casually as this isn’t one of those games that you just play for hours and hours on end because it’s that great. It’s just one of those games I use to kill some time when I need to and don’t want to get into a heavy story based game. Even though this game is still super trippy, it’s a fun one.

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Word Sudoku by POWGI (PS Vita) – 100%

I was also able to finish this game this week and get the platinum trophy for it. I’ll be including the PS Vita versions of the POWGI games reviews in with my PS4 reviews just to keep things simple and that way it won’t be all that repetitive since the main game is basically the same and it’s just the playability that’s different.

One Word by POWGI (PS Vita) – 100%

I started this game this week and finished it. This review will also be combined with my PS4 review which I swear is coming up soon!

There you have it, a total of 89 trophies for the week. Definitely a good week and for a short month this is great. I’m not sure I’ll be hitting this number again for the upcoming week as I try to finish LEGO The Incredibles, play some more Tetris Effect, start Mixups by POWGI on my PS Vita and try to get in that second episode of Life is Strange 2. I’m having a really hard time playing that game. Anyone else? Anyway, I’ll let you know how everything turns out next week.

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Dying Light Review (PS4)

Dying Light

I started this game way back in 2016 and it wasn’t until last year, at the urging of my buddy @tjarvinen86, that I picked it back up and started playing again. Even though I now had some consistent help, it still seemed to be one of those games that would end up on my I Never Finished…Because blog. I busted my ass though and did a major grind on this game and even went as far as setting up a gaming session to get the platinum trophy. With the platinum trophy proudly mine for this game I can finally say, it’s time for a review.

In Dying Light, you play as Kyle Crane who is an undercover agent for the GRE. Quite literally dropped off in Harran, Kyle’s initial mission is to find rogue politician and newly established war lord Rais. That is until Kyle gets bitten by a zombie. Rescued by Jade, Kyle will be taken to the Tower to be treated and see first hand what’s been going on in Harran. Working with both the Tower and the GRE, Kyle will have to decide if he’s going to continue working with the GRE or go rogue himself and help the people of Harran.

I initially bought this game because even though I don’t enjoy horror games, I do like zombie games. I had already played both Dead Islands on the PS3 and this promised to be something different. Perhaps a better, more worked out version of Dead Island. Not all that different though in the end because if you’ve bashed in the head of one zombie using a wrench, which you totally have to do for a trophy this time around, it’s basically the same no matter what game you play. What this game did add though was a first person parkour to it making this this basically Mirror’s Edge with zombies. I did think the game was a decent one even though the story was a little stale and the main character was unlikeable. I found Kyle to be just as unlikeable if not more unlikable than L.A. Noire protagonist Cole Phelps. Kyle was just a guy that I couldn’t root for and by the end I really didn’t care about him.

The playability of this game was just awkward. There just something about first person parkour that just never seems to work out right. The initial button mapping was awkward and I found myself constantly falling off something, a radio tower, a bridge, a roof, you name it and I fell off of it. The only thing that worked really well in this game was the melee. Bashing in a zombie’s head or slicing off a limb with a sharp object was just glorious and a highlight of this game. The gun play on the other hand needed some work as it was basically just shooting from the hip the entire time. While this worked sometimes, it didn’t work all the time. Other than that the game suffered from some bugs and glitches, but nothing too extreme.

Graphic wise I would say that while this game was impressive in 2016, in 2019 it’s pretty lackluster. Zombies and people besides the main characters become repetitive and so did the environment in the two different area’s of this game. While they aren’t the worst graphics, the slow motion when getting a good kill was a nice touch, they aren’t the best graphics either and have not held up well at all.

There are a total of 51 trophies for the base game and another tacked on 18 trophies for the DLC. While the trophies aren’t all that difficult, they will require a major grind especially for random events and at least three other people to play with. I had the biggest problem with the Homo Homini Lupus Est trophy, which had me saving 15 survivors from Rais’s men, because this is the least likely event to spawn. This was the last trophy that I needed for the platinum and I had to play the same mission over and over again to get it. This took me around an additional 10 hours to finish the game which was not fun.

The first time I played this game, I played with some random dude who then became my random stalker. The next time I played this game was with my buddy @tjarvinen86 and I had a blast with the co-op. This game was meant to be played with other people and it’s sad that the servers for this game are kind of dead and if you want to play with people you will have to setup a gaming session. Quick shout out to my gaming session buddies Coco, Eagle, and Hitman. There’s also a “Be The Zombie” mode, but I didn’t pay attention to it.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ The story, although a little cliched is a decent one and better than Dead Island.
+ The slow motion melee is just glorious at times, especially when you get an awesome kill on a random zombie.
+ When you can find people to play with, the co-op is pretty fun even though you’re all basically playing as Kyle Crane.

What’s Not So Great:
While in 2016 this game probably looked great, the graphics don’t really hold up to today’s standards and already look outdated. Not to mention the environments are stale and repetitive.
First person parkour games rarely work out and this is a first person parkour at it’s worst. There’s also the face that while the melee is a highlight, the gun play is not.
Kyle Crane is extremely unlikeable and it makes the game as a whole suffer because no one wants to play as a douchebag.

While this is a huge step up from Dead Island, it still wasn’t the zombie game that I was looking for. I wanted something with more story, with more depth to it, and this just didn’t have it. I feel like this game could have had so much potential, especially if it had some more RPG elements added to it. That being said, I will say that I’m pretty excited for Dying Light 2. I hope that the mistakes made in Dying Light have been rectified and Techland has learned from their mistakes. I would say that if you’re desperate for a zombie game that I would choose this over Dead Island any day. I’m not sure if you’re going to have to play Dying Light in order to understand Dying Light 2, but so far it doesn’t look like it so I would say if you want to play Dying Light 2 that you can just skip this game since you aren’t missing much.

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This Week in Trophies 02-03-2019 – 02-09-2019

As many of you know, I took a little mental health break this week which meant that I didn’t blog at all. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but it was because I needed it. There are so many things going on in my life right now that I just needed a break from something. I hate that it had to be from blogging because honestly, I love doing this stuff. I love writing about games, movies, and everything else and this isn’t the real stress in my life. It’s actually a mixture of a lot of other things that are unavoidable and unfortunately those are the things that pay me to continue to blog so while I had to keep doing those things, the blogging had to be taken a break from. I am back this week and will continue on with my normal blogs, starting with this one because it’s been one hell of an interesting trophy week.

Word Sudoku by POWGI (PS4) – 100%

Let’s start with my first platinum trophy of the week. Yes, there were more than one. My reviews are completely backed up now but since I got the platinum trophy for this game I can’t say much about it but I promise the reviews are coming and I’ll let you know what I think about the game when my review comes out.

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One Word by POWGI (PS4) – 100%

My second platinum trophy for the week. There’s still one more to come. I played this game in a day so I really can’t say much about it here. I know it sucks because I want to talk about these games, but I also want you guys to come back for my review so my lips are sealed until then.

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LEGO The Incredibles – 22%

I wanted to start something new this week and I did. It felt like forever since I last played a LEGO game and decided to give this one a go because of my love for The Incredibles. So far, I’m finding this game to be really short as I should finish with the main story in one more gaming session before going back and getting the rest of the trophies. Hopefully the rest of the game will actually take a little more time.

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Tetris Effect – 27%

Because I had already finished two games, I figured why not start as many games as I finished. Makes sense right? It does to me anyway. So Tetris Effect. I feel like I get suckered into every single Tetris game that comes out because of my love for Tetris and everything Tetris and this is one of those games. Don’t get me wrong it’s a new and interesting take on Tetris that has both regular play and VR play, but this game is trippy as hell. I have no idea how someone would actually play this game in VR. I mean seriously, I can play maybe an hour at a time tops before this thing starts to really bug out my eyes and I have to stop. That being said, I am enjoying playing this game in small does.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 100%

This is my third and final platinum for the week and it was one that was a long time coming. Since I’m so backed up on reviews I won’t be doing two separate reviews for the PS4 version of this game and the PS Vita version. They’re both identical games just played on different platforms, but I will be adding in a PS Vita section into my review of the game so that it won’t be left out.

Word Sudoku by POWGI (PS Vita) – 25%

Since I finished my current PS Vita game, I needed a new one and this was it. While I know all the basics about this game because I played on the PS4, I’m still getting used to the controls and it’s taking me a little while to get this game completed. I found Word Search to be a little more easier to play on the PS Vita, but I’m still having a fun time playing this game between bouts of boring TV.

There you have it, a whopping 83 trophies this week, 3 of them being platinum trophies. I’m really happy with this number as I spent a lot of time gaming this week and it not only showed but it paid off. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on finishing Word Sudoku by POWGI on the PS Vita and then starting and hopefully finishing One Word by POWGI for the PS Vita. While I’m doing that I’ll have one more stream of LEGO The Incredibles to finish the main story in stream before going off and finishing that game away from stream. I’ll also get in some more time for Tetris Effect and hopefully have just as an exciting week when it comes to trophies to tell you about next week.

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This Week in Trophies 01-27-2019 – 02-02-2019

There really wasn’t a lot of time to game this week because once again life just gets in the way. I really feel like I need some time to just be able to game and relax, but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be happening any time soon. I’ll get whatever I can get though and this week I got a platinum trophy, so let’s take a look at my trophies for the week.

Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 85%

This remains my game of choice as I watch some episodes of Gotham every once in a while or some other boring TV show that I feel the need to watch but not really pay attention to. Anyway, I was able to lock down two more trophies for this game and should have the platinum trophy soon.

Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 100%

I finally got the platinum trophy for this game this week, so that means that I won’t be saying much about this game at all until my review. This is still a few weeks away and I’m hoping that I can get the platinum for the PS Vita version at the same time so that I can combine the reviews.

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There you have it, a total of 12 trophies for the week, but at least one was a platinum. I want to make solid gaming plans this week, but I just can’t. It’s really impossible for me to lay out any kind of schedule for gaming at this point in time so I’m just going to take it as it comes and I’ll let you know how I did next week.

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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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This Week in Trophies 01-20-2019 – 01-26-2019

After last week’s lackluster show of trophies, I knew I had to amp things up a little this week, even if I didn’t have a lot of time to play. Working, taking on extra side work, and getting tattooed all in one week take up a lot of time that I would usually spend gaming, but I think that I did a decent job this week so let’s take a look at the trophies I was able to get.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 89%

I completed the second episode of DLC for this game this week, which means I can’t speak of it here and took on some additional feats in the process which gained me a few new trophies for this game.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season – 48%

While I finished the episode, I didn’t get all of the trophies for it. Not really a big surprise as it seems like this game will have to be replayed to be able to get all of the trophies anyway. I really enjoyed the episode though and if you want to watch me play it and see what choices I made, you can do so by clicking this link.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 73%

I’m so close to finishing this game and I really can’t wait to get the platinum. I feel like not getting the platinum is holding me back from finishing Word Sudoku because for some odd reason I feel like I should get the platinum in this game first before moving onto Word Sudoku. I said it was weird, I never said it made sense.

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Word Sudoku by POWGI – 76%

I played a little bit more of this game, but as I mentioned before I’m staying away from the platinum for now until I can get the platinum in Word Search. Overall though I am enjoying this game and find it both challenging and enjoyable at the same time.

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WWE 2K19 – 91%

I won my PPV event thingie and got the trophy that I’ve been waiting over a month to get. I know I’m only four trophies away from the platinum, but I really feel done with this game. That can always change and it usually does, but we’ll just have to wait and see how I feel about this game going forward.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 79%

I’ve become bored with Gotham and am pretty glad that it’s in it’s last season so while I watch I’ve been playing this game slowly. There have been a couple of oh shit moments on Gotham, but not enough that I want to put down my PS Vita completely and just watch. Anyway, I was able to get a few trophies this week because of that.

And there you have it, a total of 25 trophies for the week. A nice decent week considering that I only got 7 trophies last week. I want to do better this week and I really hope that I can. My plan is to continue with Word Search on both PS4 and PS Vita hoping that either this week or next week I can get the platinum so then I can get the platinum in Word Sudoku. I also plan on playing the new episode of Life is Strange 2 and continuing to play some Fallout 76. I might even start a new game this week so I’ll let you know how everything turns out next week.

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Most Anticipated Game for February 2019

February 2019

The first month of the year is basically coming to a close and it’s time to see what’s on the plate for next month as far as new releases. I have to tell you that I planned on buying a bunch of games day one, but things have changed so I am going to be limiting myself to one new game a month, if that month has one new game that I want then I’ll pick it up, if it has two or more games that I want then I’ll be making a choice of only one game, and finally if that month has nothing new that I want then I’ll be playing my backlog. Let’s take a look at February’s releases.

*Just as a side note, my list of February releases is not perfect. There might be some missing, or some dates may change. If you have anything you want to add feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll include it in the list.*

02/05/2019
RIOT: Civil Unrest – PS4
Spike Volleyball – PS4
Pro Fishing Simulator – PS4

02/08/2019
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 – PS4
GOD EATER 3 – PS4

02/12/2019
Jump Force Ultimate Edition – PS4
RICO – PS4
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – PS4

02/14/2019
Code: Realize Wintertide Miracles – PS4

02/15/2019
Metro Exodus – PS4
Far Cry New Dawn – PS4
Dragons Dawn of New Riders – PS4

02/19/2019
Death end re;QUEST – PS4
Steins;Gate Elite – PS4

02/22/2019
Anthem – PS4

02/26/2019
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame – PS4
Trials Rising – PS4
RPG Maker MV – PS4
NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition – PS4
DiRT Rally 2.0 – PS4

And there you have a it, a decent amount of games that are coming out in February. Some pretty big games are coming out and the rest just feel like filler, but that’s usually how it is. So, there are two games on my radar for February and they are Anthem and Far Cry New Dawn. One is a tired and true series and one is a completely new IP from a developer that I love. The choice was a hard one, but my most anticipated game for February and the one game that I’ll be getting day one is Anthem. To be honest I’m not too sure about this game, but I am a BioWare fangirl and I want to support the company and the new games that they release so there you have it.

Now it’s your turn. What games will you be picking up if any this month? Will it be Anthem? Will it be Far Cry New Dawn? Let me know down in the comments section and I’ll see you back here next month to go over the games that will be coming out in March.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review (PS4)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

I have to tell you that when I first seen this game at E3 last year, I was way overly hyped for it. I knew that I should be because if there has been a franchise that has let me down in the past the most, it’s been this one. The fact that Assassin’s Creed was moving in the direction of becoming a full blown RPG with a female lead and romance options really hit the mark for me though as I was desperately missing a good BioWare game that would do this in 2018. Did this game live up to my incredibly high expectations? After putting in well over 100 hours, I was finally able to get the platinum trophy for this game so that means it’s time for a review.

Taking place in 431 BC, that’s 400 years before Assassin’s Creed Origins for those of you trying to keep track of the timeline, you play as the descendant of King Leonidos. Playing as either Kassandra, my personal favorite, or Alexios you are a misthios. Of course this isn’t exactly by choice as both Kassandra and Alexios are quite literally thrown into this lifestyle. Things are looking up though when you’re hired by a wealthy man to kill The Wolf of Sparta. This will lead you on a journey to finding out who you really are, trying desperately to reconnect with your family, and trying to put a stop to the Cult of the Kosmos. All of this takes place in the beautifully crafted ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War.

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this already, but I absolutely loved this game. Loved it. It was a new and refreshing addition to the franchise and the RPG elements only enhanced the game as it showed how certain decisions, not all decisions, really did matter and shaped the world around you. For example, without going too much into it, one of the first major decisions you’ll make is whether or not to let a family who may or may not be carriers of a plague die. Choose to be a good misthios, or a bad misthios depending how you look at it, and let them live along with letting them keep their money for themselves and refuse to get paid and you’ll come back to a Cephalonia that has been destroyed. This is also the first Assassin’s Creed game where I really cared about my character, how she acted, and the people around her because I was the one calling the shots. This made a huge difference for me and makes me continue to play the game as this is the first Assassin’s Creed that I actually bought the season pass for. Because this is an Assassin’s Creed game, you will play some parts in the future as Layla, who returns from Assassin’s Creed Origins, and I have to say that I can care less about these parts of the game and the modern day war that rages on between the Assassin’s and the Templars. There was a modern day twist that takes place and if Ubisoft is smart, they’ll run with it. Overall, I thought this game as a whole was highly enjoyable and can see myself sinking another 100 hours into the game as new quests and DLC are added.

The one thing that is consistent through all of the Assassin’s Creed games are the playability. They are basically all the same with some change ups here and there to keep everything fresh and relevant. Most of the fighting techniques first deployed in Origins follow you into Odyssey and that was just fine with me because it was a major improvement from the other games in the franchise. While the climbing is still a bit sketchy, even though this is a huge part of the game, gone is the insta death from falling off a building that is too high. I call this a win as the falling insta death was always rage inducing for me. Also, the naval battle! Let’s not forget about that as it borrows heavily from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and even manages to make that better. While all of this is good, there are still the occasional game breaking bugs and glitches that you’ve come to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game. Disappearing people, floating people, random game crashing, I’ve had them all happen. While annoying, for a game this huge they’re to be expected. At least they were few and far in between so it wasn’t something that was happening often.

The graphics have always been a highlight for me when it comes to this franchise. Ubisoft takes you to ancient places and turns them into a living, breathing, sandbox for you to run around and explore. I couldn’t think of a better setting for this game and ancient Greece was everything I expected it to be and more. Ancient Greece is beautiful and alive with people and the main characters of this game are simply flawless. Kassandra is absolutely breathtaking and sculpted perfectly while Alexios resembles what you would expect from a man of that time period. The cut scenes for this game are also beautifully done as your characters face is responsive to the situation and actually show signs of emotion.

Even though the trophies are there I did not play this game for them. There are a total of 51 base trophies and a growing number of DLC trophies as new free missions are patched in and there are six episodes of DLC planned to be released for this game. Right now, the total number of trophies is at 74, but I expect this to grow to at least 100 by the time the game is fully completed. The trophies are what you could come to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game and will take you through the whole game. There are mission trophies, location trophies, sunken treasure trophies, and of course some random trophies thrown in there for fun. Throughout the game there is only one missable trophy, Aphrodite’s Embrace which requires your character to spend the night with another character. Good thing there were plenty of available women for Kassandra and I can say that my Kassandra happily bedded them all, even the bad ones.

The tacked on multiplayer that has been present in far too many Assassin’s Creed games is gone for good, fingers crossed, as Odyssey is yours alone. With so many NPC’s that you can interact with, it never really feels like you’re alone and makes the need for multiplayer disappear.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This is the first Assassin’s Creed that is basically a full RPG where the decisions that you make matter.
+ The story is an interesting one that has a ton of twists and turns and will keep you intrigued and continue to play to see how it ends.
+ The playability for the franchise continues to improve as fighting techniques get better and falling insta deaths are removed.
+ Ancient Greece is the perfect setting for this game and is just brought to life on the PS4. Every inch of the map is beautiful and the characters, both playable and NPC, are crafted beautifully.

What’s Not So Great:
Assassin’s Creed can’t seem to stay away from the bugs and glitches. Though they are few and far in between, which is a huge difference from other games, they still exist.

This is a must play game. It doesn’t matter if you’re a huge Assassin’s Creed fan, a moderate one, or not a fan at all. This is just one of those games that as a gamer if you don’t play you’re missing out. This is coming from someone who hasn’t always been that praise worthy of this franchise. To be honest, this franchise had more downs than ups, but playing this game is something that you will not regret. Without the presence of a full new Assassin’s Creed this year, I would say that this is the perfect time to pick up this game and play. For once, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Assassin’s Creed.

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This Week in Trophies 01-13-2019 – 01-19-2019

This week was just one of those awful weeks when it came to trophies. Just awful. I don’t know how else to describe it really. It’s one of those weeks where I didn’t even get enough trophies to warrant a blog, but here it is. The only good thing worth mentioning was that I was able to get my first platinum trophy of the year. So, let’s take a look at my pathetic trophy count for the week.

Dying Light – 71%

I did it! I finally got the platinum trophy for this game and it only took almost three years to do so! While I won’t say much about this game right now because a review is coming, I know I’m still backlogged with the reviews, but I will say that I enjoyed the game but ended up hating it by the time I was finished.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 64%

This was my in between game again this week and I made some progression on it. Unlike the other games by POWGI, this one you have to play each and every puzzle in the game to get the trophies for it so I still have a lot of puzzles to go but I’ll get to all of them eventually.

Word Search by POWGI

There you have it, a lousy 6 trophies this week. Yes, I say lousy even though one of them was a platinum trophy. Hopefully this will change in the upcoming week as I plan on playing the new episode of The Walking Dead, the new episode of DLC from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which has already given me some grief, and hopefully get a new trophy in WWE 2K19 because it’s PPV week! I’ll probably play some other games in between so come back next week to see how I did.

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