With the third and final episode of The Fate of Atlantis expansion, the journey that we undertook so long ago with our Misthios in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey finally comes to an end. And so it’s fitting that the final stretch of the journey, Judgment of Atlantis, is also perhaps the best piece of DLC the game has gotten so far.
It begins exactly where Torment of Hades left off, as our protagonist Alexios/Kassandra is carted off to the mythical city of Atlantis by none other than Poseidon himself. Here, they are named his Dikastes, and are given the duty of passing judgment on the city and it’s numerous Human and Isu inhabitants.
It’s a really fascinating premise, and it essentially sees you becoming sort of a sheriff of Atlantis, as you attempt to navigate the political landscape and try to quell the unrest that exists within the city due to the fraught relations between Humans and Isu. Some tough decisions have to be made as part of the effort, and for the most part they are complex enough that they make you pause and ponder over the lasting ramifications of your choices for the rest of the story.
I haven’t hidden my disappointment with the narrative of the previous two episodes of this expansion and so I was expecting the trilogy to end with another mediocre plotline, but thankfully that isn’t the case here. Judgment of Atlantis has its low points for sure, but its story holds together pretty well for the most part, and we even get a pretty satisfying conclusion at the end.
The modern-day storyline however is still a disappointment, and Layla Hassan continues to play second fiddle to our Greek hero. More than ever now, I wish Ubisoft would just drop the segments of the narrative that take place outside of the Animus.
The city of Atlantis itself is absolutely stunning. While not nearly as big as the maps of Elysium or Tartaros, it is much denser and more populated than either of them. It has that signature style of architecture that has come to define the Isu civilization, which means it looks both extremely ancient and yet mysteriously futuristic. There are layers to this city, and it’s a joy to explore even without a direct objective in mind.
Scattered around this map, just like before, are a number of objectives to attempt and side missions to complete. One of these involve players finding rare Adamant Ingots and using them to craft three of the best weapons in the entire game. You can choose between a Spear, a Club and a Dagger, and you can then even further customize their perks to go with either the Hunter, Warrior or Assassin playstyles.
Gameplay wise, new Keeper’s Insights means three abilities get new variants, and this time these are Ares Wrath for Ring of Chaos, Blessing of Kronos for Venomous Attacks and Kronos’ Punishment for Call to Arms.
With Ring of Chaos players slam the Spear of leonidas into the ground to create a large area of effect inside of which enemies slow down and take damage after a few seconds.
Blessing of Kronos gives weapons a damage buff while negating the effects of Isu abilities that freeze or drain your adrenaline.
And finally, Kronos’ Punishment creates a clone that allows players to assassinate enemies remotely without having to leave cover.
In conclusion, Judgment of Atlantis is perhaps the best of the six pieces of DLC released for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and that’s saying a lot considering just how good the conclusion to the Legacy of the First Blade expansion was.
It’s story has issues, but it eventually comes out on top and provides us with a great resolution to a journey that took well over a 100 hours to complete. I hope this isn’t the last we see of the Misthios, but if it is, I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of Atlantis 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 - The Fate of Atlantis: Judgment of Atlantis Review
While smaller in scale than either of the first two episodes of the expansion, Judgment of Atlantis is without a doubt the best among the three. It’s also an overall fantastic ending to the story of the Misthios, and it has me more excited than ever for the next entry in the series.