In my review of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I talked about how the game’s narrative was perhaps the weakest part of the entire experience. While each of the three main story threads were captivating in their own ways and had various different highs, their conclusions were ultimately less than satisfactory.
Now with the first episode of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC, Hunted, it seems that Ubisoft has decided to have players dive back into the old Assassins and Templars plotline, something that was mostly missing in the base game. I didn’t mind its absence all that much myself, and in fact even preferred the deviation, but boy has this rekindled my interest in it yet again.
The entirety of this episodes takes place in Macedonia, a location that played a very tiny part in the base game and so was mostly unexplored for me. But if you’ve previously explored this region, then there’s nothing particularly new to see.
Here we meet an interesting new character, Darius, who sets the events of the DLC in motion, and even helps provide context for some Assassin’s Creed lore that was established as far back as Assassin’s Creed 2. Most interestingly though, he gives us a look at the origins of the very first Hidden Blade, something that a lot of fans will appreciate.
I won’t go into too much detail, but part of what makes the story of Hunted so good is understanding the motivations and values that Darius embodies and how they relate to the attitudes and beliefs that the Assassins Brotherhood come to be based on.
We also get a new shadowy organization this time around in the form of the Order of the Ancients. Fans who played 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins will recognize them as the predecessors to the Templar Order, and they pose a dangerous new threat for our protagonist to confront.
They appear only as a single branch comprised of 7 individuals in this episode, and must be hunted down similarly to how players did the Cult of Kosmos. Unlike most members of the Cult of Kosmos however, the main member of this branch plays a central role in the narrative, and he’s a fairly interesting antagonist.
One major complaint I have with the story is that nothing accomplished in the main narrative has any relevance here. When I jumped into the DLC I had done everything the base game had to offer, and yet our protagonist still acted and responded as if the story had not reached a conclusion. Neither the main Family storyline nor the Cult storyline had any impact here, and that’s really disappointing.
Gameplay in Hunted is basically the same as in the base game, with the only notable addition being the new Death Veil ability in the Assassin Tree. Unlocking this skill makes enemies you assassinate evaporate into thin air, removing the need for you to have to hide them manually. It’s a really useful ability to have overall, but there is one minor issue I have with it.
As anyone who has played this game before knows, sometimes when you kill Mercenaries or Members of the Cult of Kosmos you need to hold the assassinate button (Y on the Xbox One) on top of their corpses to confirm the kill, which results in your character performing one final stab. With the Death Veil ability however, if you assassinate the target and they vanish, it just looks like your character is stabbing air. It’s not anything major obviously, but it does look silly.
In conclusion though, this was a fantastic start to what I hope will be an amazing DLC package. The Story is great, and I have a feeling that it might lead to a much better plotline than anything in the original release. The 5 hours that it took to complete it absolutely flew by, and I can’t wait to jump into Episode 2.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade: Hunted is out now on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC. It was developed and published by Ubisoft. This review covers the Xbox One version of the game.
The review code was provided by the publisher.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Legacy of the First Blade: Hunted Review
Legacy of the First Blade: Hunted starts our protagonist on an interesting new journey with a fantastic new character in tow. The gameplay changes are few, but the story is sure to keep you engaged.