This DLC was reviewed on Xbox One, but is also available on PC and PS4.
Sometimes, change isn’t necessary. If the formula works, you can tune it in different ways to change it up, but the overall structure doesn’t need to be changed. That’s how Legacy of the First Blade feels. The gameplay is still just as slick, and nothing with it has really changed; even the cult is back for another round. Granted, they have a different name, but they’re pretty much the same thing. Legacy does a good job of maintaining what made the main game fun: Tracking down clues and doing side quests to get clues to kill cultists. It’s put together in a different place, but fundamentally, the ideas that made Odyssey such a ride stay with it. It’s not super out there fantastic, but it’s also not any worse. It’s good fun, and the story is very much interesting, but outside of that, it’s a very familiar experience; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
So Legacy of the First Blade being a DLC that keeps things pretty unchanged, there’s not a whole lot to talk about. Legacy of the First Blade tells the story of, you guessed it, one of the founding Assassins and how the Hidden Blade came to be a part of the lore of the brotherhood. The Cult of the Ancient, who you’ll remember if you played Origins, and who eventually become the Templars in-lore, are your new enemy, and as with Odyssey, you’ll hunt down the entire web of cultists in your journey across Macedonia, though there’s only 7 and it’s a fairly limited landscape. The characters are interesting in their own rights however, so I won’t reveal anything about them besides their branch name; The Hunters.
I’m hoping the next two parts will explore the other branches more, because they were genuinely really fun to hunt down, with the last member you face presenting a really cool new threat from the Cult, which I don’t want to talk too much about. Overall, while the gameplay and general idea remain the same, the new characters, location and behind the scenes drama with the Brotherhood and the Cult make for a really good, fun 4 – 5 hours.
Outside of this, there really isn’t much to say. Legacy adds some new weapons and armor, but there’s no fundamental changes to the structure of Odyssey, and I don’t mind that at all. I’m still playing ancient detective, I’m still seeking out scary ass masked freaks, and I’m still stabbing them in the neck. If you liked Odyssey, you’ll like the way this expands the lore into Origins and sort of bridges the gap between them (though this is only the first episode.) If you didn’t like Odyssey or Origins, probably just avoid this and wait to see if Atlantis is cooler.