If you’ve read my past Assassin’s Creed work, you will know by now that I am a MAJOR AC fan. I love the lore, I love the gameplay and I am usually always invested in the characters and developments. But what do I feel about the new crossover story?
On 14 December, Ubisoft made a surprise announcement that Kassandra, the protagonist from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be meeting Eivor. This is the very first time two different main Assassins from two different games (as in the main games not the Chronicles or the ones involving Xiao Jun) met each other, and I was all for it.
Was it worth the wait though? Yes and No.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The first story takes place in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. If you want to follow the canonical lore, then you will have to go with Kassandra. We recommend you to finish the entire AC Odyssey story before jumping into this crossover story though.
But if you don’t want to play the game and just want to jump into this then here’s a brief recap.
Kassandra started her journey to find her mother, Myrrine. Then, she finds out about the Cult of Cosmos and what they plan to do. After that she finds out her brother, Alexios is alive and is under the influence of the cult and was named Deimos. Long story short, the family can either reunite or all die, or maintain some people, depending on how you played it. Later, she would come to meet with the legendary Pythagoras, her real father. She then gets the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus from him and Aletheia shows up to explain everything.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Those Who Are Treasured
So, this crossover story for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is like a “Post-Credit” scene you’d see in a Marvel movie. It shows Kassandra having a little vacation in Korfu, enjoying her time until two of her best friends, Barnabas and historian, Herodotus came to visit her.
They tell her about a little treasure hidden on the island but turns out it was a treasure hunt set by Barnabas and Herodotus. As she played along, things got a little more interesting when they found out that there was an actual treasure on Korfu. Spoiler alert, it was an Isu Artifact. Long story short, Barnabas went looking for the artifact but was corrupted by it. Kassandra saves Barnabas and she tells him that she’s immortal.
It was at this point that she realise what she must do to protect humanity and takes up the task to make sure these ISU artifacts do not fall into the wrong hands.
In the post-credit scenes, we see Kassandra in Egypt with the Assassin’s Creed Origin theme playing in the background. This scene shows that Kassandra has been travelling around the world to keep an eye on things. Question is, could Kassandra meet Bayek and Aya in future games, or maybe an update in Assassin’s Creed Origins?
It also means that we might see Kassandra or other main Assassins in Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Well, one can hope.
The entire crossover story and missions for the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey “Those Who Are Treasured” is amazing and I truly enjoyed it.
Assassins Creed Valhalla: A Fated Encounter
Ooooh boy… Now, this…. this is a different thing. Where do I begin? Guess this part deserves a rant.
I’m not saying that it’s BAD bad but, it was rather underwhelming. Especially since I’ve waited so long for this to happen. Two main protagonists in the Assassin’s Creed main games meeting each other for the first time should be something grand, something that would make you go WOW. But for me, it didn’t reach up to my expectations, it felt bland and their banters were just cheesy.
Here’s the story.
When Eivor first met Kassandra, her first reaction was probably what all of us has been thinking of all along… Is it just us or does Randvi actually look like Kassandra? Normally in any Assassin’s Creed game, the main character would ask questions before fighting, but not in this case.
The story continues in Assassin’s Cree Valhalla. When Eivor and Kassandra met for the first time, they just fought. No questions asked. After the fight, they realise they’re fighting for the same sides and they both go on an adventure together to find a Hidden Artifact.
So, why did I not like it?
It’s not that I don’t like it per se, it’s just that I had high expectations about it.
Why can’t Eivor be more cool-headed when she meets Kassandra, why must they fight instantly? Can’t they have a badass scene of Kassandra fighting off enemies, and they attack Eivor as well and they have this cool slow-mo tag-team action sequence and showing off their assassination skills. That would have been so much cooler in my opinion. However, the fight between Kassandra and Eivor was really nice. It showed how far Kassandra has grown in her fighting skills and the differences in style between Kassandra and Eivor. Eivor was more solid and strong compared to Kassandra who was agile. Though the fight ended in a stalemate, I believe Kassandra won that fight as she was attacking more while Eivor was mostly second-guessing and staggering back.
Secondly, some of the banter between Kassandra and Eivor was a little cringy. It felt like they were a married couple trying to one-up each other. It gets tiresome and repetitive.
Other than that, it was like a typical modern-day Assassin’s Creed game.
So, would I recommend you to skip Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s… If you have time to spare, sure, try it out. The animation and graphics in the cutscenes are nice, and it’s extra AC Valhalla content. But if you just want to wait for Dawn of Ragnarok in 2022, that would work too.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Those Who Are Treasured – 8/10
Assassins Creed Valhalla: A Fated Encounter – 5/10
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