Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate of Atlantis, Episode 2: Torment of Hades

Details: Played through it in about eight hours. Official site is https://assassinscreed.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/home

Score: 7.4/10

Torment of Hades is the second episode of The Fate of Atlantis DLC and takes your protagonist to the Greek Underworld. Though the world is slightly smaller than the world in Episode 1, the writing is a little better and contributes to an overall better experience.

The story picks up directly where the last episode left off. Kassandra or Alexios is dropped into Hades and must confront Cerberus, the three headed dog guardian of the underworld. After giving the dog a whupping, Hades shows up and you got to do him some favors. And so the quests begin.

What is superior about the quests in this story versus the ones in the previous episode is the inclusion of characters from the main game who died and who you now get to interact with. I won’t reveal who, but there are some emotional moments with previous characters. This is something there should’ve been more of in Fields of Elysium. What is the point of going to the afterlife if you don’t get to see all your old friends and enemies again?

There are a couple of new gameplay elements. There’s a kill list like with cultists, except that all the people on this list are mostly people who’ve you’ve killed. Now you get to kill them again, which is fun. There are also four mythical character that you have to defeat for story reasons. I think there’s Achillies, Herakles, Perseus, and Agamemnon. These are basically tougher mercenary battles. Too bad you can’t recruit anyone in the Underworld.

There’s also a bunch of new gear, more than in Fields of Elysium, which is nice. At first, you need to kill a bunch of people on the kill list in order because they hold legendary armor that is necessary for progressing through the plot. I haven’t found any legendary gear that isn’t story related, so I don’t think you can miss any of the gear if you do all the quests and side quests.

Visually, the Underworld is a barren wasteland. It’s drab, yet surprisingly varied. I feared that I would get bored of looking at the area, but it was sufficiently interesting. Again, it is smaller than Fields of Elysium.

Overall, this was a fun bit of downloadable content. It improves on Fields of Elysium in all the ways that mattered. Considering that I purchased Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Gold Edition and this was bundled together with Fields of Elysium and a yet unannounced third episode, this bit of DLC was well worth the price.

Score: 7.4/10

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