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Video Game Review: The Fate of Atlantis: Fields of Elysium DLC

April 30, 2019 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a magnificent game, and many people are still running around ancient Greece months after its launch. However, its first DLC, Legacy of the First Blade was… not great. It provided more of the same in terms of game experience — same types of missions, same map, same gameplay. This would’ve been fine for a free or cheap extension, but for $30, it’s fair to expect more.

Fortunately, the next DLC set, Fate of Atlantis (not to be confused with the excellent 1990s Indiana Jones graphic adventure) is a much better package. The first episode, Fields of Elysium, doesn’t start off that way, as the first hour is spent with three poorly designed tomb invasions (think the original Tomb Raider, though much smaller in scope) with dim lighting and one-hit kill boobytraps as you search for obscure symbols hidden among the walls.

Once you finish that, along with some body-swapping featuring modern-day protagonist Layla, you’re whisked off to Elysium — and now, rather than simply exploring ancient Greece (again), you’re exploring actual Greek mythology.

First off, that means you get a whole new map to explore. It’s not anywhere near as big as the main game, but that is totally fine. This achieves what most DLCs should: create an isolated add-on experience that exists separately from the main game and builds on it.

Elysium lets you interact with actual Greek gods rather than simply climbing on their statues, as well as mythological beasts. There are a few new magic-based abilities, and the enemies are finally different from the previous roster of soldiers and mercenaries — these magic soldiers now have the ability to freeze out your adrenaline meter.

Best of all, Elysium doesn’t take itself too seriously. The First Blade DLC was a very morose affair, which combined with the mediocre level design made the whole thing a bit of a slog. Elysium keeps the tone of the main game while acknowledging the ridiculousness of the situation. This creates a fun standalone experience that keeps you immersed in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey without feeling tethered to it.

Also, one of the biggest problems with the First Blade DLCs was that they required certain high levels. While you can do that with your established misthios, Atlantis also gives you the option to play this as a standalone complete with a pre-loaded Level 52 character (we weren’t happy with the ability loadout by default, but you can reset and re-assign to your preference).

OVERALL (4.25/5)

Despite a rough start, Fate of Atlantis: Fields of Elysium is exactly what you’d want out of an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC – it’s fun, unique and in a new location. If you’re budgeting your resources on your ancient Greek time, definitely invest in this over the previous lore-heavy First Blade DLC.

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Video Game Review: GALAK-Z: The Void: Deluxe Edition

April 11, 2019 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Somebody cue Lynn Minmay! Galak-Z promised to be a lot of different things when it first hit the PS4 back in 2015 — roguelike shooter, 2D space combat game, 1980s anime revival, mech combat action. Against the odds, developer 17-Bit pulled it off and managed to successfully incorporate each of those items. Now, Nintendo Switch […]
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Video Game Review: The Walking Dead — The Final Season, Episode 4

March 29, 2019 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
It’s time to say farewell to Clementine. Please note that since each episode of The Walking Dead — The Final Season features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final three episodes. To read our complete thoughts on that, refer to our review of […]
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Video Game Review: Legacy of the First Blade: Bloodline DLC

March 15, 2019 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Fight alongside Darius in the final First Blade DLC. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legacy of the First Blade has been a hit-or-miss DLC package. The first episode offered some intrigue as to ties with the bigger scope of the series, and it also included an extremely useful upgrade for handling bodies upon assassinations. The second episode […]
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Video Game Review: Life is Strange 2, Episode 2

February 4, 2019 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
As Daniel comes to grips with having powers, Sean is burdened with being the role of a guardian. He must teach Daniel right from wrong, which is difficult given the many gray areas they face in the name of survival. At the same time, Daniel has extraordinary powers that can project his emotions outward — for rescue, for vengeance, or for other extreme emotions.
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