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Assassin's Creed Odyssey
PST Review: Assassin's Creed Odyssey 'The Fate of Atlantis'
Written Monday, July 15, 2019 By Richard Walker
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It's rare thing when a DLC expansion manages to match the base game in delivering the same level of gratification and breadth of content. For every great expansion like The Witcher 3's Blood and Wine or, say, Mass Effect 3's farewell Citadel DLC, there are countless add-ons that fall flat, failing to hit the heights you might have hoped for. They're either too brief or lacking in some other way, shape or form; usually the aspects that made the base game so good in the first place. Not so for Assassin's Creed Odyssey's The Fate of Atlantis saga – this is a DLC story arc that delivers in spades.

Where Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Legacy of the First Blade story arc was a prime example of an episodic add-on that fell somewhat short of expectations (for me, anyway), The Fate of Atlantis has no such problems, building upon all of the key elements that made Kassandra and Alexios' grand Greek adventure so special. It's a fantastic addition that develops Odyssey's narrative in an enjoyable, creative way that you may not have expected.

In fully embracing classic Greek mythology, The Fate of Atlantis needn't worry about putting limits on your capabilities. You're a demigod, and as such, it's entirely feasible that you could go toe-to-toe with Hades himself and live to tell the tale. Not that you didn't battle your fair share of mythological creatures and other adversaries in the main game, of course, but here, you're firmly within the domain of gods and monsters, and it's fantastic.

In the first episode, 'Fields of Elysium', a sprawling utopia in which you had to loosen Persephone's vice-like stranglehold on the region, you'd clear out forts, smash marble maiden statues, and slay powerful Overseers in a bid to aid Adonis' burgeoning rebellion against the self-appointed queen of the Greek afterlife. As an opening episode in a sweeping story arc, Fields of Elysium set the bar brilliantly, as a substantial, meaty chunk of DLC with a compelling story involving quarrelling gods and a human uprising.

Second episode 'Torment of Hades' picked up directly where your sojourn to Elysium left off, plunging you into the oppressive bowels of the Underworld. Here, you had a run-in with Hades himself, who tasked you with vanquishing four guardians before demanding that they defend the gateways into the hellish realm. This is where Assassin's Creed Odyssey's mercenaries gameplay came into play once more, pitting you against a hierarchy of hardened warriors, some of whom you'll have encountered back in 'real world' Ancient Greece. Here, they're serving an eternity in the Underworld, paying the price for past transgressions.

Battles with Herakles, Agamemnon, Perseus, and Achilles ensue, but only once you've acquired all of the pieces to the Armour of the Fallen, enabling you to pass through Tartaros Veils that would otherwise prove fatal without protection. There's similar gatekeeping at work in third and final The Fate of Atlantis episode, 'Judgment of Atlantis', demanding a different requirement to access forbidden parts of Poseidon's startling realm – a place that comprises sky-piercing spires, crystal blue waters, and a vast network of bridges and thoroughfares to navigate.

The sprawling ringed city of Atlantis that Poseidon presides over is truly spectacular, filled with secret chambers that harbour closely guarded 'Isu Knowledge' required to access areas that are off-limits without it. The brainwashed Isu soldiers from the previous two episodes return, joined by formidable Atlantean Polemarches (each possessing Legendary Armour pieces for you to acquire) and Kolossi armed with twin blades, making garnering Isu Knowledge remarkably tricky. As it happens, Isu Knowledge is an essential MacGuffin you'll have to accumulate (as tracked via an orange, three-segmented gauge) in order to progress, but the crux of Judgment of Atlantis – and indeed the story itself – revolves around Poseidon's son Atlas and his siblings, collectively known as the 'Archons'.

Appointed 'Dikastes' by Poseidon, it falls to you to play the role of judge in Atlantis, which means a handful of decisions that have an impact upon the fate of Atlas and the Archons. Much like the base game, few of these choices are ever clear cut, and some of them can have immediate – though not always far-reaching – consequences. This being the final Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC, Judgment of Atlantis feels very much like a coda to the central narrative, and as such, it also reveals more of Layla Hassan's journey in the modern day, and the fallout of her actions due to the bleeding effect.

Further ability enhancements grant Alexios or Kassandra godly powers, Blessing of Kronos imbuing your chosen character with a new skill that enables you to better counteract the Isu's adrenaline suppressing attacks. Then there's the Kronos's Punishment ability – a ranged assassination strike that serves as another string to your stealthy bow, while gathering precious Adamant Ingots lets you craft Legendary weapons in the forge beneath the city. The Staff of Dikastes, meanwhile, offers a non-lethal way to take down enemies, meaning there's plenty of new stuff to discover, and even take back into the main game with you.

As part of something bigger in The Fate of Atlantis arc itself, Judgment of Atlantis proves an immensely enjoyable episode. And across all three episodes, Ubisoft has managed to distill the essence of what made Assassin's Creed Odyssey so enjoyable in the first place by returning core gameplay mechanics to the fore, delivering fresh environments and a storyline that references past events, revisits familiar faces, and deftly ties up dangling loose ends that you may not have even realised needed tying up in the first place.

A perfect end to a sensational game, Judgment of Atlantis sends Assassin's Creed Odyssey out on a high, leaving you wondering where Ubisoft could take the series next. One thing is certain, however – the next Assassin's Creed game is certainly going to have a lot to live up to.




 
 

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Ubisoft Québec
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Ubisoft
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Release:

US October 05, 2018
Europe October 05, 2018
Japan October 05, 2018

Players: 1
Online Players : 0
ESRB: Mature
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