Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
The Assassin’s Creed Franchise is one of the most intriguing, entertaining, and solid games the current generation consoles have to offer. Having said this, it’s easy to assume the latest sequel Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood will become one of the greatest games of 2010. The question is, will it? Was it worth your buck? This review answers that and other questions most gamers are asking. Discussed are storyline, gameplay, and new features that is available in this amazing game that is Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
This historical fantasy third person action-adventure video game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Ubisoft announced the games release less than a year after the previous game leaving fans wondering whether game was no more then an upgrade to AC 2. Not deserving the title Assassin’s Creed 3, it became known as Assassin’s Creed 2.5 by most people. Don’t be fooled, when considering the story, features, and settings, it can possibly be better then its predecessor.
Storyline (3 out of 5)
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood begins where the last game ended. If you have not played Assassin’s Creed 2 then you should play it before this one or you will be stuck wondering how this story began. The story is not bad at all but can fall in comparison to it’s predecessor which was deeply layered full of twists and turns that spanned over ten years or so. The story is set in modern times, 2012 to be exact with a man named Desmond Miles. He is an assassin who relives his ancestor’s memories through a machine called the Animus. Desmond Miles plays a small role and it seems like the franchise is saving him for the next sequel.
The main story revolves around Ezio who is Desmond’s ancestor. His story begins in 1499 AD as he escapes Rome with his uncle Mario and arrives back in his homeland to discover everything left in ruins. Ezio’s home and comrades were attacked by Cesare Borgia, son of Rodrigo Borgia who wanted revenge and an ancient treasure called the Apple of eden.With this, Ezio sets off to Rome to avenge his homeland, take back the powerful treasure stolen by Cesare, and restore the assassin’s brotherhood in Rome.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
The gameplay in Assassin’s Creed is based on a sandbox style where you roam freely around the city like in previous games. It mixes stealth, free running, sword fighting, and much more as you use the entire world of Rome as your playground. The mechanics of the game to original AC fans may not seem that much different in terms of the core gameplay, but can be obviously be seen as polished and upgraded. There are minor issues and glitches but nothing that will leave you unsatisfied.
The combat seems pretty much the same though there are improvements respectively. The counter system has always been the highlight of the AC games but the counter kills let you string together one-hit take downs on all near by enemies. Weapons such as guns, throwing knives, poison darts, duel blades, cross bows and other new goods make the combat all that much sweeter. The enemies artificial intelligence is repetitive and can bore you after a while. The enemy attack pattern never changes so after a few fights, you will already know what to expect.
New Features (5 out of 5)
A new feature is Ezio’s ability to recruit new assassin’s to his team. You can have 12 assassins total but can summon only three groups at any given time. When your three assassin slots are full, you can unleash a devastating move that slaughters every enemy in the area. You can level up your brethren assassins by sending them on missions throughout Europe. There are also an assortment of games within the main game through side missions and quests such as taking up assassin contracts, fighting in clubs, taking down pick pockets, shop quests among other things. When single player campaign mode is over, all the side quests insure more playing hours.
Multiplayer (5 out of 5)
Now about multiplayer mode. One of my favorite modes from this great game.This mode has a story in itself not related to Enzio and you do not play as him, instead you play as modern day Templars training in the art of killing in the past memories of assassin ancestors through the Animus program. There are four game modes: Wanted, Manhunt, Alliance, and Advanced Wanted. Wanted is probably the most played out of the four pitting you and up to 7 other Assassins against each other. Each assassin is given a contract to kill another player.You try to bend in your character with the crowd while both hunting and avoiding your hunter. This game type is very original and highly entertaining.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is more or less better than Assassin’s Creed 2 because there is more extra content here for your gaming experience. The gameplay improvements, assassin management system, and overall activities puts this game on top of many others in retail stores.Despite some questionable flaws, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is an amazing game that is among the best games of 2010. There is a lot of game play so it is definitely worth purchasing.