Assassin’s Creed Odyssey continues to release its episodic DLC of Legacy of the First Blade, with the 2nd episode coming out only 1 month after the previous. Following on from the initial episode, we will be meeting up with Natakas and Darius once more as the Order of the Ancients hound the protagonist due to their birthright as well as a personal vendetta against the Assassin wannabe Darius.
With no extra story progression required, besides completing episode 1, Episode 2 – Shadow Heritage takes us to the southwest of Makedonia, to the land of Achaia. It is here where we meet the dynamic father-son duo again, along with their hounding Order. Our first mission is to meet up with Darius, who tells us that Natakas has gone missing on his trip to Patrai. A few ambushes later and we form a team yet again to fight against the order.
We aren’t given any cutscenes like before, as most of the lore was set up in episode 1, which is kind of a shame. Instead, we will be helping the civilians to escape the land, whilst dealing with the Order and their leader The Tempest.
Episode 2 is definitely shorter than the first, my run only took around 2 hours against my 3 hours of episode 1. It still contains optional missions and order members to track down, so this time can be extended to 5 or so hours.
Keeping with the style of the first episode, episode 2 gives us 4 new members to track down, with 1 being gifted to us in the 1st mission. There is also the leader to deal with at the end, equalling 5 in total. You are only really given 1 member on a platter, with the rest requiring a hunt. The finale of the episode also ends in a 1v1 duel once again. Besides that, this episode also brings with it some additional choices which do change some mission structures and that of the epilogue.
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 the treasure hunting missions that carry on from the 1st episode to some more mercenaries hunts. As well as a few new engravings, skills and weapons, this episode also comes with a new ship weapon, the Chimera’s Breathe, a prolonged fire attack at the bow of the ship that deals heavy fire damage to enemy ships. This new weapon can also be upgraded to deal more damage and take less firepower to use.
Just like the 1st, this episode isn’t incredibly difficult for a level 70+ character, it does include a single boss fight and some forced combat/ambushes. With a few keeps, camps and stealth missions thrown around you are able to play this in almost any way you like, though the forced combat areas can be hard to stealth.
Overall, Episode 2 gets a 7/10, it continues the same style as the 1st episode with a bit more focus on naval gameplay. The new ship weapon is welcome, though its power mostly comes with the ability to disable ships for a time. There is also a lack of real Assassin lore or equipment, which again feels like a major tease based on the advertisement for the DLC as a whole.