Assassin’s Creed Crossover (XSX) Stories Review – But Why Tho?


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I think every Assassin’s Creed fan wished their favorite assassins could meet, or appear in each other’s games in one way or another. Ever since Altair and Ezio met in Revelations, I have always wondered how more members of our fraternity could cross paths. The very first Assassin’s Creed crossover gives us another example, like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla each receive a new DLC.

First of all, back to Odyssey was a pleasure. It remains one of my favorite Assassin’s Creed games, and certainly my favorite of recent editions, and having an excuse to dive back into its beautiful islands was an unexpected surprise. Kassandra’s ultimate epilogue, “A Great Escape,” sees the misthios take a well-deserved vacation, only to be interrupted by the quest for an extremely important artifact. The story is a reminder of how Kassandra’s humor, power, and connections made her such an incredible character.

The mission itself involves one of the most difficult exploration puzzles I can remember, as well as a whole new type of challenge as Kassandra loses her special abilities in the middle of the story. Having to fight with just your attacks, dodge, and parry is a lot more difficult than expected and made the relatively brief DLC mission a lot more engaging in terms of gameplay than I expected. I also really, really appreciate that the developers have recognized that the controls and mechanics of Odyssey are totally different from Valhalla. Thus, a short refresher course allows you to get used to the program again.

The story itself can be enjoyed if you are done Valhalla or not, but it does tie in with Kassandra’s ultimate fate, as revealed at the end of the The fate of Atlantis and as his legacy unfolds in Valhalla. It left me desperate to see future stories about Kassandra and her missions after the end of Odyssey.

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Eivor is called to the Isle of Skye to uncover the cause of the nightmares and madness. In the DLC mission “A Fated Encounter”, Eivor meets Kassandra in what is by far the most incredible and epic cutscene in Assassin’s Creed history. As much as I wish I could have come face to face with the Legendary Warrior, this scene was truly amazing. It also set the tone for the animosity between the two characters that would eventually dissolve into a well-deserved friendship.

This mission was a mixed bag, the combat moments where I could team up with Kassandra were new, and there was a really tough puzzle, but the recovery quest that made up half of my playtime was straightforward and not particularly thrilling. . The biggest problem with this story was that she refused, like all Valhalla DLC, to be placed at any point in the story. I wish Kassandra and Eivor could have had a more serious conversation about their travels and the things they saw. I’m glad Kassandra was at least a little blunt and that they were able to discuss, albeit briefly, the Hidden Beings. But there are so many interesting places they could have gone if Ygdrisil had at least been able to enter the conversation.

“A Fated Encounter” has the same strong ending although most Valhalla DLC had. The fact that most stories in the game end with a celebration always adds an emotional spike, no matter how memorable what happened before it was. While this story can easily be played out without playing “A Great Escape” first, I would definitely recommend playing both back to back if possible to give “A Fated Encounter” more context.

After playing both, when neither was particularly powerful on its own, this Assassin’s Creed crossover has me deeply excited about where the franchise decides to go next, both in its games and multimedia. There’s a lot to love about this franchise, and the deeply complicated and interwoven stories of the Isu, their artifacts, and the factions working throughout history to protect various interests will always be at the top of the list. The expansion of that mythology and the willingness to try something totally different in this Assassin’s Creed crossover event makes me confident that whatever happens next, at least the lore will continue to grow richer and richer.

The Assassin’s Creed crossover DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are decent on their own, but have served as a strong reminder of the quality of Assassin’s Creed storytelling for over a decade.

Both DLCs are available now as free updates on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Google Stadia.

Cross Stories of Assassin’s Creed

7/10

TL; DR

The Assassin’s Creed crossover DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are decent on their own, but have served as a strong reminder of the quality of Assassin’s Creed storytelling for over a decade.

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