Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hit our game lists back on 5th October 2018, 2 months after that initial release we were treated to the first episode of the DLC titled Legacy of the First Blade. Steering the game more towards assassins, with a wannabe assassin before the order was formed, we get a glimpse of an assassin’s blade as well as tasks to assassinate a Templar wannabe Order of the Ancients.
Around 57% into the main story the player will be tasked with investigating the region of Makedonia to the north, a wide stretch of land that was otherwise uninteresting. Landing at the docks will have our eyes beset by burning villagers, Persian troops and a masked man who orders our death. It is no surprise we are hunted, as we are the protagonist, but the plot becomes thicker as the people after us are called the Order of the Ancients, a somewhat rival faction to the people who save us.
A man named Natakas, his father Darius, alongside the civilians of Makedonia call for our help and even help us back as we fight against this order. Introducing some new engravings, weapons, and missions, episode 1 will last you around 5 hours, or less if you are sufficiently higher level. It contains 3 or 4 forced battles, but with the right setup of skills, you can still utilize your assassination abilities. There are several new camps to take out, alongside stealth missions to undertake, so all playstyles are catered for.
Ending in a rather tidy manner, Episode 1 – Hunted, leads well into the next episode without leaving too many questions besides what happens next. The area could use some more fast travel markers, as plenty of side quests will have us go from one end of the area to the other, but besides that, I found no real fault with the mission structures.
The 1st episode doesn’t introduce too many new mechanics, aside from the implementation of another Cultist list, for the Ancients. You will have 6 new targets to find clues for, investigate and eventually assassinate. A few of these are given through the main mission, while others are completely optional. Besides the 6 members, you will also need to face the leader in the final climax of the episode.
Besides the main mission of hunting down the order, you will be able to take on several side quests for more money, materials, and gear. From a treasure hunt across some islands to taking down some troublesome mercenaries for an elderly lady.
While not incredibly difficult for a level 70+ character, the DLC does have some boss fights alongside some 1 versus many fights scattered about. With my full Assassin build, I was able to stealth kill a good majority of the targets, with going into Shadow of Nyx to stealth kill those within forced combat. You also cannot start the DLC until after the missions on Naxos, so you should be adequately high level before then.
Overall, Episode 1 gets a 7/10, it doesn’t do much new with the main game, instead, it adds on another 5 or more hours of assassination action. It doesn’t add any overpowered equipment, nor is it too challenging for players who have completed the game, however, it does contain some fun little quests and investigations. The mention of assassins, alongside someone who is dressed like them, is a bit of a tease for what little the DLC contains about them.