The primary little bit of episodic DLC for Murderer’s Creed Odyssey launched this week, and it tells the story of Kassandra or Alexios becoming a member of forces with a mysterious NPC named Darius. It’s half one (of three) that includes these characters; the arc is named “Legacy of the First Blade,” as a result of Darius wields the unique hidden blade that might ultimately turn out to be so iconic amongst assassins. The quests on this chunk of the story took me about 4 hours to complete, and I got here away happy – however not happy sufficient to say that that is an absolute must-play but.
I’m not saying that the DLC for Murderer’s Creed Odyssey won’t ever be value your time or cash. It definitely has promise. Nonetheless, till we all know extra about how this entire arc concludes and what extra options will probably be added in future episodes, this one piece of content material (dubbed “Hunted”) doesn’t make a compelling case to justify the funding in Legacy of the First Blade. Right here’s why.
1. It’s extra Odyssey.
This isn’t a foul factor. For gamers who love the essential actions of Odyssey, it’s good to have a brand new excuse to infiltrate a fort, hunt some wildlife, and observe down members of a secret group. These items isn’t any much less enjoyable in Hunted. Nonetheless, these types of mission are already ample (and even over-abundant, as I stated in my review) within the core Odyssey package deal. Except you’ve already explored each nook of the big map, you don’t have to pay extra money to get extra targets to pursue. Additionally, Hunted doesn’t put a brand new spin on these duties; you cleave ships and assassinate troopers the identical means you at all times did, with none new variations to shake up your strategy. Properly, besides one new skill referred to as Demise Veil, however…
2. Demise Veil is fairly boring.
While you assassinate a goal, Demise Veil causes the corpse to magically vanish. That’s handy, particularly for stealthy gamers like me, however it’s too passive to be fascinating. And until you’re the kind of participant who meticulously hides each sufferer, Demise Veil doesn’t have any affect in your playstyle. Which means I used to be nonetheless utilizing the very same suite of skills to sort out the challenges in Hunted, however the aftermath was simply much less more likely to appeal to consideration. And simply in case the “Legacy of the Hidden Blade” title has you questioning: No, you don’t get to make use of a hidden blade on this episode.
three. The rewards are underwhelming.
Kassandra or Alexios is eliminating members of the Order of Ancients (the identical secretive group that Bayek confronted in Origins). Like the principle sport, while you take down a member of the department, you get a chunk of an armor set. While you take all of them down, you get the complete set. The issue? The complete Persian gear you earn from Hunted doesn’t look that cool…although it does have pants, which is one thing we’ve wanted. The set additionally incorporates a 40% injury bonus that’s solely lively when time is slowed down. Whereas that isn’t terrible, it’s restrictively situational. Taking part in Hunted after ending all the essential arcs within the core marketing campaign meant that I had a number of units of armor with extra broadly helpful advantages.
four. Extra potential than payoff
On the narrative entrance, the story units up some cool prospects. You get some solutions, however not sufficient for the plot to really feel satisfying or full by itself. I wish to know extra about Darius, his previous, and the way he ties into the way forward for the Murderer order. However the occasions of Hunted are extra compelling for the paths they open up forward, relatively than the story they really convey. This DLC may very well be step one in an incredible new journey…however it is also caught within the rut of a really acquainted highway. Solely time will inform, so followers could as effectively wait till we all know for certain.
To be clear: Hunted additionally has cool moments and different highlights. I appreciated the scenes which have gamers inspecting the need of their hero’s brutality, and I additionally appreciated how a number of the assassinations really feel extra intentionally organized. However, like every episodic sport, it’s arduous to make a wholehearted advice based mostly on simply the introductory phase. A lot of this DLC’s worth will probably be decided by the place the story goes and whether or not the motion evolves; the following two episodes within the arc promise to comply with up on the occasions of Hunted and provides us extra adventures with Darius. I’m nonetheless hopeful that Ubisoft Quebec can elevate the stakes by way of gameplay and story to place fascinating twists on the core expertise relatively than merely present extra of it.