Ending off the 2nd story pack, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate of Atlantis receives its final Episode, Judgment of Atlantis. Completing the story of your protagonist in this final paid DLC we’re finally given some closure for the eagle bearer. After clawing your way through Elysium and the Underworld we make our way to Atlantis, eventually.
After 2 full episodes of taking commands from others we reach the ultimate destination of Atlantis, to complete our training and take on our role of immortality with the Staff. Making our way to Atlantis alongside Poseidon we’re given the role of judging the city and its citizens, Judge Dredd style. Full of new quests where we decide the fate of the made-up civilians we can deal out death as we see fit.
Like before your choices lack much weight as this is all a simulation, with the railroading nature pushing you towards the outcome. Though unlike the previous episode it does pace itself somewhat better as well as telling a better story, though it would be hard to tell anything worse. The ending segments come across better than the beginning or middle though that is probably due to the ending of the individual character arcs.
As we finish our delving into memories, simulations and magical gods of the future we come to the end of the final DLC with somewhat of another disappointing end to both the Animus and Modern-day stories.
The final episode will last you around 6-8 hours, again depending on gear and skill. There are some side-quests to be had alongside exploring the beautiful city of Atlantis. You may also continue the game after completing it, heading back into the Animus just like in the base game or previous DLCs.
Being a strange mix of the first 2 episodes, Episode 3 tackles both storylines and combat together, combining your choices into combat via your Executioner role. Towards the end of the DLC, you will also fight a somewhat gauntlet of bosses, with some optional ones along the way, ending off with a climax of combat as well as a culmination of storylines.
Similar to the 1st part we do get some playtime in the shoes of Layla, though thankfully it is much shorter. Her segments aren’t too enjoyable, nor have they ever been a focus for gameplay as they have for the story. While playing as her, or merely watching the cutscenes go by, you may feel quite infuriated by her character and choices, almost going back on your previous decisions and ruining the game’s direction.
As an ending for what seems like the game as well as the DLC, Episode 3 feels incredibly shaky towards the end. Loose ends are snipped up and the whole movement is rushed to a halt whilst kind of forgetting past decisions or events. There is one particular moment where someone is on the floor near Layla but she just hops back into the Animus like it is no issue, possibly leaving an opening for future free DLCs or updates.
Overall, Episode 3 of The Fate of Atlantis gets a 5/10, following suit with the 2nd episode it keeps most of the issues intact while adding in some more to boot. The gameplay is a bit more varied and polished, with a good dose of both story and gameplay but the ending sequences and tying up the story feel rather rushed as well as somewhat forced. Just as I felt like I wanted the DLC to just end, it seems like it just kind of did.