Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC: Legacy of the First Blade

Details: This is a review of Legacy of the First Blade, the three part downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Each of the three episodes took me about three to four hours to get through. More information can be found at the official site here: https://assassinscreed.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/odyssey/dlc/legacy-of-the-first-blade

Score: 6.8/10

Legacy of the First Blade is the first piece of paid, downloable content for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. The second being The Fate of Atlantis, which has not been released yet. It’s a decent story, though predictable.

The story takes place either during or shortly after the events of Odyssey, depending on your progress through that game. Persians have invaded Greece and are hunting Kassandra (or Alexios depending on who you chose). Kassandra must now work together with an assassin named Darius in order to defeat this new threat.

A big detractor is that the choices you make in this downloadable content have very little consequences. There was some controversy on the internets on how Ubisoft forced players into a heterosexual relationship in a game that was supposed to respect freedom of choice, but Ubisoft made some changes to accommodate those players. Even still, the consequences to your choices are not drastic, and so take away from the meaningfulness of the game and its story.

Gameplay is simply more of the same from Odyssey. Instead of Cultists, Order of the Ancients operatives are added and you get to hunt them down. Other than that, it’s just more of the same.

During my initial playthrough of Odyssey, I marveled at the expansive world, but still found many of the areas kind of empty. The main narrative only took you to certain places, avoiding a great many others entirely. I now realize that was because this DLC takes us to those places. Legacy of the First Blade takes place within the preexisting map, not adding any new areas to explore. These areas were underutilized before, so it’s not terrible that they did this. However, I still would have liked to have gone somewhere new. Rumor is that Fate of Atlantis will take us somewhere new.

Overall, this was a fun bit of more of the same. If you did not purchase the season pass and are wondering whether to buy this individually, I would say wait for a sale. It’s not worth it’s full listed price. The story is meaningful in terms of character development for the protagonist and fitting Odyssey into the wider Assassin’s Creed lore, but it is far from essential to the Odyssey experience.

Score: 6.8/10

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