Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate of Atlantis, Episode 1: Fields of Elysium

Details: Beat it in about eleven hours. More information can be found at https://assassinscreed.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/home and https://store.ubi.com/us/assassins-creed-odyssey—the-fate-of-atlantis/5cae4a290c8ee4942c287a10.html?lang=en_US

Score: 6.9/10

Fields of Elysium is the first of three parts of The Fate of Atlantis, which is downloadable content (or DLC for short) for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. There are some new elements, but it’s mostly more of the same gameplay. The new areas are beautiful though.

The story continues where Odyssey left off. In the present day, Layla must learn how to enter Atlantis and uses the Animus to relive Kassandra’s memories and learn how. In Kassandra’s time period in ancient Greece, Kassandra gains access to and explores the fields of Elysium, the Greek afterlife.

The story is a mess and I’m not really sure what decisions matter and what doesn’t. It seems like many if not all the decisions have no impact on the events of the game, but I didn’t play it multiple times so I’m not sure. It is also briefly explained that Elysium is just a computer simulation… which kind of devalues everything and everyone you encounter in this DLC.

Gameplay is mostly the same. Four of your preexisting abilities have an additional upgrade that changes the nature of that ability. For instance, the Bull Rush ability and now be upgraded further to summon a bull that charges forward at everything in your path. There are also some more forts and predictable collectibles to go after in Elysium.

The newest element is the introduction of Kolossi, which are elite enemies that have various abilities and shoot lasers. Kolossi are basically statues that wake up whenever a battle starts nearby them. It’s a nice addition in that you get a new enemy to fight and stealth gets remphasized in the game. A big complaint for Odyssey was that stealth was left behind in lieu or a more action oriented game. The Kolossi change that. If you want to avoid getting shot by lasers, you go stealth and try to never get caught.

The best part of this bit of content is art direction. Elysium is a new area and it is beautiful. It’s filled with bright colors, water falls, and fields of flowers.

Overall, I enjoyed this DLC. It’s the first part of three, so expect it to end on cliffhanger. The ending is a bit disappointing in that I was hoping to get a big boss fight against some mythological creature. Unfortunately, no big boss fight at the end of this DLC. Just a cliffhanger and a reminder that the decisions that you made through this thing may not have mattered at all.

Score: 6.9/10

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