Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Story Arc 1 - Legacy of the First Blade: Episode 2 Image
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  • Summary: In Shadow Heritage, the second episode of Legacy of the First Blade, players will fight alongside Darius and use their naval prowess to fight against The Tempest-a formidable new enemy with a devastating arsenal and fleet at her command. Players will help the threatened innocents escape andIn Shadow Heritage, the second episode of Legacy of the First Blade, players will fight alongside Darius and use their naval prowess to fight against The Tempest-a formidable new enemy with a devastating arsenal and fleet at her command. Players will help the threatened innocents escape and destroy the blockade of the Greek Order. Expand

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Alexios Official Cinematic Trailer | Gamescom 2018
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    70
    Legacy of the First Blade's second episode, Shadow Heritage, is a familiar but engaging next chapter of Odyssey.
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    70
    Shadow Heritage is slightly more fun to play than Hunted was, but some weird narrative decisions undo a lot of the character progression from the main campaign and totally expose the illusion of player choice.
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    70
    After a moderately captivating departure, The Legacy of the First Lama continues at a crawl, with no upsurge in rhythm and inspiration.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    70
    Shadow Heritage is another fine addition to Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It's an improvement over the previous episode thanks to more engaging quests and better character interactions, but for a game that likes to remind us that player choice is a key part of the experience, the forced ending of Episode 2 is undeniably disappointing. Still, we're looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up in the third and final instalment.
  5. Jan 18, 2019
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jan 22, 2019
    40
    With this second episode, The Legacy of the First Blade knifes all the roleplay Ubisoft spent dozens of hours to build in a three-hour short and highly questionable story. Even the great battleships and a brand new weapon will not save Assassin's Creed Odyssey from this wrongly twisted cliffhanger that might disappoint most adventurers out there.
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  1. Jan 16, 2019
    When the writers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey decided to suddenly turn Kassandra into a housewife, they betrayed the person they’d spent so much time and care creating. They made her into a cutout for a hackneyed plot.
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Mar 2, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To all the people complaining about the "forced hetero relationship": Having a baby will allow you to pass on the ancient one genetics found within your body...that is the WHOLE point of the series and artificial insemination didn't exactly exist 2300 years ago. I'm all for LGBTQ+ representation in video games, but this is the story they wanted to tell and given the series' bloodline plot devise, it needed to happen. Expand
  2. May 21, 2019
    6
    2 part of addition turned out much better than the first. Here only the first was awful, and the second is made just at the average level. In2 part of addition turned out much better than the first. Here only the first was awful, and the second is made just at the average level. In general it was possible and to give a mark below, but developers chose not the boring region of action, it is differently more interesting than sad Macedonia. And though the ending with peaceful life pleased me. There are 2 disappointments. The first this when you choose to remain with new friends or to continue the travel. Naturally I chose the first option. But as there was later this choice anything does not influence. Logically, it is Ubisoft, but not CD Projekt Red. 2 that rasstoroit - seamlessness of transition of an episode to the third, final part. I played the 3rd episode, thinking that it is the epilog the 2nd part. And I already thought that Ubisoft decided to spot it at Rockstar with the epilog of RDR2. Sadly of course at games of Ubisoft with direction, some creative impotence. Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    5
    The second piece of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC is pretty much just more of the first piece of DLC. Give it a miss if you haven'tThe second piece of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC is pretty much just more of the first piece of DLC. Give it a miss if you haven't enjoyed anything so far. Also big story moment which really brings the game down. Pretty much makes all the choices you've made so far feel pointless. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Extremely poorly written romance even if you are straight, with barely any meaningful build up between the charcacters invovled. How many scences have they sharing before they have a kid? The bulid up is not enough for them to even start dating, yet they just jumped to had a kid together.

    The "continoue the bloodline" perspective is literally out of nowhere. Kass/Alexios' parents did it out of duty, but no one mentions anything about Kass/Alexios should do the same, not themselves, not their parents, not Darius, no one. So again, where is the build up?

    The timing is really awful and makes no sense, you still have family to find/already find your family, yet they never showed up when you are having a kid, which is one of the most important decisions one could made in their whole life. Even if you just ignore the whole base game, its still extremely jarring that you suddenly decide to have a baby when there are a organization try to hunts you and your lover. Extra worse to Kass, since she will be the one to get pregrant.

    Even we pretend this is a old AC game, where there is no choices, it's still a very poorly made and extremely rushed storyline, it was never good enough in the first place.

    If you ask me, this is insulting to everyone who expect decent writing from this game, just extra insulting to the LGBT community, especially lesbians.
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  5. Jan 20, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Even disregarding the false advertising, blatant lies and straight up insulting non-straight orientations, the childfree and people with sexual standards in general, this should still be considered highly offensive and fixed ASAP purely on account of horribly written it is.

    The DLC takes place somewhere around the middle of the game or after all the base content has been done. The narrative presented doesn't fit either situation. In the former you stop fighting the Cult and searching for your existing family for almost a year, despite all the urgency felt during that time.

    The DLC mentions a loneliness and the rarity of real human connections. What are you talking about ? The Eagle Bearer has depending on circumstances: a mother, an adoptive father and brother, a real brother, one or several lovers (many of which you can choose to actually be in love with), and lots of friends such as Barnabas, Herodotos, Sokrates, Alkibiades, etc. The character is not lonely at all.

    Disregarding that the player may already have chosen an actual LI, forcing it to be one specific NPC that the character hardly knows and only tangentially interacts with makes no sense, especially if they're already in love, and is also a major inconsistency if the character has never been inclined towards the NPC's gender up to that point, which is apparently several years to a decade after the start of the story.

    According to an interview, the intent of the DLC is to portray Darius' legacy and not the Eagle Bearer's. Aside from further insulting the offended parties whose characters you derailed by essentially calling making their Eagle Bearer a glorified sperm-donor/broodmare, you used the Main Protagonist as a plot device to further the story of an NPC, who by your own words isn't worth making a game about. Worse still, for those who played Kassandra (since Darius is already established as male and Alexios would need a woman, in which case a daughter makes sense) you're not even a plot device for an NPC too unimportant for his own game, you're a plot device for that NPC's super lame side character.

    The son of Darius is a terrible character, he has no personality to speak of, zero chemistry with the PC and looks like he's crying all the time. This thing trying to pass as a man is a bigger ***** than the 50 foot woman's lady parts.

    To conclude, even without deliberate analysis of the issue, we can still determine that something is very wrong when people can play for 100s of hours through the main game and always feel "yes, this is my character, I love them" and then play this DLC a few hours and change to "what is this ? That's not who I've been playing as".
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  6. Jan 19, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game negated all the promises made doing the marketing campaign, and took away any sense of player agency by forcing players into a heterosexual relationship. The complete 180 left a bitter taste and proved that the company behind the game doesn't care about telling a good story, as long as they get their money. They replaced the Misthios from the base game with a cheap clone, that acted like lovesick teenager, despite players trying to utilize the illusion of choice to dissuade any attempt at romance. The closing montage forever tainted the idea of the warrior Misthios as they for no apparent reason wept over saying goodbye to a virtual stranger, again after dissuading their advances. Ubisoft completely dropped the ball on this one. Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. They gave us choices for the entirety of the main game and now they just take it away.

    Beware everyone who plays his Misthios as gay or asexual you will be forced into a relationship with the opposite gender and a baby.

    There's only a illusion of choice because no matter how often u press the non romantic dialogue you will end up in the same ending and cutscene and a forced romance.

    Your Misthios is totally out of character in many scenes no matter if you choose the non romantic option they will have monolgues and expressions that show an interest in the forced partner.

    I played as Kassandra and the male romance option is poorly written, there is no chemistry between her and Natakas, he is totally out of her league. He lacks depth and fails to impress me in any way. Hell my Kassandra would have spread her legs for his father even but not for this whimp.

    The plot is partly weak and predictable. Some missions are good and fun.

    A quote from Creative Director Dumont when the main game came out "since the story is choice-driven, we never force players in romantic situations they might not be comfortable with."

    There is already backlash from not only LGBT but also hetero people who are displeased with this poorly executed DLC. As of now they don't intend to fix it with a patch. Which is a slap into the face of many players. Even Bioware has more honor and sympathy for their player base by having patched a new romance with dialogue and cutscenes into ME Andromeda.

    If you feel the same, if you have experienced the same while playing through I say voice your concerns and demand Ubisoft to release a patch to fix the mess. We paid for what has been advertised an RPG action game with freedom of choice and never force players in romantic situations they might not be comfortable with.

    Confront them politely on Twitter, the official AC forum or Reddit and demand a patch.
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