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XBA Review: Assassin's Creed 'Legacy of the First Blade' - Episode 3: Bloodline

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Some people really didn't like the end of that last DLC episode did they? You can count me as one of them, the choice you were forced into making completely out of character for the path I'd chosen for my Kassandra. Perhaps you felt differently about it, but as it happens, the Legacy of the First Blade Episode 2's coda proves vital in this third and final Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC chapter, titled Bloodline. It's the driving force for the events that ensue, leading up to a final showdown with Legacy's shady Order of the Ancients cult leader, pulling the strings from the shadows.

Picking up where the last episode left off, with your choices carrying across, Legacy of the First Blade Episode 3 sees Alexios/Kassandra living a simple life, which is predictably short-lived. Things go drastically awry very quickly for your retired misthios, sweeping you and mysterious beardy assassin Darius up in another tete-a-tete with the Persians, Spartans, and the Order of the Ancients. If you've played the previous two episodes, you'll have a pretty good idea of what's in store.

There's another set of cultists to hunt down and murder – seven that make up the Order of Dominion – another fort to infiltrate, more sneering bad guys to take out, and overall, there's nothing particularly new to speak of beyond one or two new items to unlock. If it's more Assassin's Creed Odyssey you want, however, then this certainly fits the bill with a string of new quests concentrated in a specific region of Greece. This third and last episode in the Legacy of the First Blade saga is supposedly when all of the pay-offs finally come to fruition, and all of the loose threads are tied up. But ultimately, the conclusion proves rather unsatisfying.

While it's always great to revisit Assassin's Creed Odyssey's expansive and beautiful Ancient Greece, there's a lack of genuine narrative intrigue in Legacy of the First Blade's finale. There are some dramatic moments and there are hints that it's all going to end in a blaze of vengeful fire and fury. Then it doesn't. It just kind of chugs along, you dispatch many of the cult during story missions, and your reward is a cool little cut-scene at the end. It would have been nice to learn a lot more about Darius beyond what little you're shown here. You don't really get a sense that all of the blanks have been filled in, the enigmatic assassin remaining just that: an enigma. With the relationship between you, Darius and Natakas/Neema developing over three episodes, it's shame it isn't fleshed out a lot more too.

All things considered, in light of episodes 2 and 3, the first episode seems so much better on reflection; the potential it set up essentially squandered in this closing chapter. That said, any excuse to go back to Assassin's Creed Odyssey is more than welcome, and there's even a handy new 'Fury of the Bloodline' ability to spend your skill points on and master too. In terms of new loot, there's also a nice sword (the Sword of Kings, which isn't as good as my best sword) to reforge by gathering materials as a post-narrative quest, the legendary 'Golden Harbinger' bow with a healing perk to unearth, and tackling the whole Order of the Dominion gives you the different pieces to Darius' natty assassin threads to wear yourself.

Taking the action from Achaia to Messenia, there are plenty of reasons to explore and take on additional side-quests outside of the main storyline in Bloodline. Combat and stealth in Odyssey remains enjoyable too, especially with the new abilities you'll have picked up over the course of all three episodes. You'll also find the obligatory naval story mission, pitting the Adrestia against a fleet of Spartan vessels, using the fire-breathing cannons acquired during the previous episode to sink your enemies. More seafaring action is good, of course, and it comes at just the right point in the narrative to break things up a bit.

Legacy of the First Blade isn't entirely devoid of value. Taken as a whole, all three episodes tell a decent enough story, albeit one that doesn't really take things quite far enough. There's a scene in this chapter that could have been heart-wrenching, but given previous events, it doesn't nearly land with the impact that it perhaps should have. Yet, as a catalyst for the end of this DLC tale, it does its job well enough. That's about all you can say about Legacy of the First Blade. Now that it's all wrapped up, the DLC is a great way to wring more out of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and that's a good thing. Judged on its own merits, however, the story ultimately doesn't deliver, leaving too many questions that I wanted answering, unanswered. Here's hoping the forthcoming 'The Fate of Atlantis' saga fares better.


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Ubisoft Quebec


US October 05, 2018

HDD Space Required : 45.28 GB
Price: $59.99USD
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