Murderer’s Creed Odyssey was a good game when it launched final fall, and it’s solely gotten higher by way of a wide range of free updates including issues like new recreation+ and further quests. Nevertheless, not all the expanded content material is free. A season cross affords entry to 2 DLC tales (each has three episodes), and this week marks the start of the second arc, entitled Destiny of Atlantis. The primary arc (Legacy of the First Blade), left me with mixed feelings – however judging simply from this primary new episode, The Destiny of Atlantis makes main enhancements in virtually each space.
1. A Weirdly Partaking Story
The Isu (a.ok.a. the First Civilization) have all the time been an essential underlying ingredient of the Murderer’s Creed story, however they step as much as play an even bigger function right here than ever earlier than. I don’t need to spoil an excessive amount of about how the occasions unfold, however you work together with Isu characters extra usually and extra immediately as you discover Elysium, the realm of Persephone. The bigger premise is attention-grabbing, tasking you with profitable Persephone’s favor whereas additionally working to fire up bother for her. This works on a macro stage, however the person exploits of Kassandra/Alexios don’t all the time have huge payoffs – the thought of liberating managed troopers to construct a rebel feels particularly rushed and ambiguous. Nevertheless, even when a specific quest falls flat, the overall course of the story has loads of bizarre sci-fi mythology to maintain you taking part in.
2. Attractive environment
In Legacy of the First Blade, gamers merely undertook new duties in previous areas. Nevertheless, this primary a part of The Destiny of Atlantis offers you an all-new playground within the type of Elysium. Ubisoft Quebec did an exquisite job bringing out the pure great thing about Greece earlier than, however all restraints are gone now that gamers are in an otherworldly realm. Excessive plateaus, colourful gardens, inconceivable waterfalls, superior expertise – the sights and sounds of Elysium present one thing stunning (and completely different) to look at as you progress between your goals. You’ve gotten a surprisingly great amount of floor to cowl, too; just like the areas of the bottom recreation, Elysium is break up up into completely different areas with assigned overseers, so you will have a lot of time and alternatives to put on down Persephone’s management in an space.
three. New Challenges
Patrolling guards are nonetheless your major foes, however a couple of good tweaks give encounters new depth. When you’re taking part in this DLC at this level, your Kassandra/Alexios might be already close to godhood, dominating the battlefield with an array of highly effective talents. In Elysium, you encounter enemies who can drain and freeze your adrenaline bar, blocking your entry to the abilities you’ve been relying on. This will increase the hazard of partaking with giant teams of enemies, and it additionally provides a layer of agility to fights, since you might want to evade continuously to dodge these debilitating assaults. I additionally loved the addition of kolossi – highly effective statues that solely get up when fights occur close by – as a result of they make you assess your environment and choose advantageous spots to threat fight. Even when a lot of your goals are nonetheless acquainted (clear a fort, hunt an animal), the brand new environment and foes go a great distance towards making them really feel contemporary.
four. Rewards Value Getting
You’ve gotten loads of incentives to discover Elysium and uncover its secrets and techniques. On the sensible facet, you discover shrines which might be dwelling to marble statues of Persephone. Each time you destroy one these statues (normally after taking out a handful of guards), you get a capability level, they usually add up shortly. You additionally get enhanced variations of 4 current talents (Battlecry of Ares, Bull Rush, Gradual Time, and Rain of Destruction), which will increase their energy and utility. I particularly favored the brand new Ares Insanity, as a result of it amps up your energy and vary to make quick work your foes, like Spartan Rage in God of Conflict. Plus, the brand new epic gear set – aside from trying neat and futuristic – has an increase that extends the length of Ares Insanity. Although I nonetheless discovered a fair proportion of blue and purple junk to disassemble, I used to be impressed general by the cool stuff I discovered in Elysium.
5. Ahead Momentum
The fashionable-day narrative is a divisive ingredient of Murderer’s Creed, however this episode does an amazing job shifting it ahead with out getting too slowed down. You don’t spend a lot time controlling Layla or interacting together with her fellow assassins, however that a part of story serves as a compelling body that provides weight to your actions as Kassandra/Alexios. I don’t need to reveal an excessive amount of right here, however the story happening truly appears important – for each the previous and the longer term – in a manner that the earlier DLC by no means did.
Whereas we received’t know the general high quality till all three episodes have launched, taking part in the primary a part of this new arc is already extra satisfying than Legacy of the First Blade. Final time, my response to the primary episode was cautious skepticism. This time, I’m actively excited to see what’s coming subsequent.