Assassin Creed Odyssey has been expanding slowly since launch with live events and new fighting monsters. These activities and challenges give a sense of continued danger to the Greek world, but a handful of new missions have been the most surprising and exciting new additions. The new "Lost Tales of Greece" – two of which have been released, with more to come – are not flashy, but have provided many great moments. The first two missions included silly plays and mysterious (and perhaps mystical) questions of divine intervention. They are stories that are based on the world and the culture, giving more depth than simply launching a cyclope on the map.
Lost's first tale, "The Show Must Go On," was released on November 1st. He focuses on the playwright Thespis' attempts to create a play about King Leonidas. Kassandra (or Alexios) needs to dispute the wine for the public and find the missing actors of Thespis. It could have been a simple quest, but there are opportunities to make very silly choices that can sabotage Thespis efforts if you want. For example, is it worth helping a timid but skilled actor to return to production, or do you simply hire the tough mercenary by extorting him for money? The piece needs an intimidating general, and anyone will. There is even a sequence of puzzles where you need to find the real actor among a group of cultists who all adopted the same name. Maybe you will find him, maybe you will not find him. Either way, the show must go on.
These small opportunities to affect the outcome of the mission are fun, but the real joy is to get Kassandra to take on the role of her grandfather Leonidas. Thespis's script is full of mistakes and trimmings, but when you're on stage, you can deviate from the script to something more precise. Whether you make a masterpiece or a clumsy failure, the mission offers chances for interpretation and seeing the strange side of ancient art.
This contrasts very well with the second mission, "A Divine Intervention." In this quest, a mysterious woman sends Kassandra to a variety of tasks that include a test to decide whether Apollo or Poseidon is the most dangerous god. If the first, you need to dispatch some furious lions; in the latter, you help a pirate deal with mercenaries attacking a village. Each mission has violent and non-violent solutions that, although simple, allow some interpretations. As you continue, the diver becomes more mysterious and seems to know a lot about you. Is it simply because she is intelligent and resourceful, or is there something more pious at stake? This culminates in a conclusion that provides a chance to complete your character's relationship with myth and gods.
Greece's lost tales do not radically alter the world or add new areas to explore, but allow players to engage with more aspects of Greek society such as theater and religion. They are not extensive, but more substantive than I expected. If you are running out of cultists to kill or beasts to fight, you should definitely take a look at them.