Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a huge game, with a robust single player campaign and an interesting new take on multiplayer. We couldn’t do it justice in the few days we had with the game, especially considering the multiplayer servers weren’t up for most of that time. The following review by Daniel Kaszor covers the majority of the single-player portion of the game. Another review will come when we feel we’ve had enough time with the multiplayer.
Brotherhood picks up where Assassin’s Creed 2 left off. Players again control Ezio Auditore, a master assassin who is now a folk hero in much of Renaissance Italy. Ezio is fresh off a victory over the evil Templars and the Borgia family, and possesses the mysterious artifact known as the Apple of Eden. The story starts off with the Borgia striking back, destroying Ezio’s villa and stealing the Apple. Ezio must again rise up, rehabilitate a Rome suffering under Borgia rule and instigate a rebellion. He’s helped along the way by thieves, courtesans, even the ever-scheming Niccolo Machiavelli.
The multiplayer angle, something entirely new to the series. Your goal is basically to pursue a target stealthily while avoiding someone else stalking you: “Assassination” by round robin, in other words. It’s not as simple as it sounds. You have a tracking compass but it’s really just a “hot or cold” finder in lieu of pinpoint mini-map dots. If you don’t approach a target quietly, using a discretion meter, they’re alerted to your presence.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood features a wide variety of weapons, depending on the mode of play. In single player players primarily utilize Ezio’s weapons of choice, the hidden blade and crossbow, while in multiplayer modes players gain access to a wide variety of weapon, depending on the character they choose to play as. Examples of this include: the Axe, wielded by the Executioner; the Fan, used by the Courtesan; the Syringe, the tool by the Doctor; the Dagger, used by the Priest; the Switchblade, carried by the Prowler; and the Claw, used by the Nobleman.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood expands on that already deep experience. All of the goodies from the second game are here, and the economic system has been broadened from simply improving a villa to rebuilding Rome entirely. Ezio must spend his florins buying and renovating stables, banks, blacksmiths and even landmarks such as the Pantheon. As the title implies, Ezio must also cultivate a brotherhood of assassins by rescuing ordinary citizens from Borgia oppression. He then “trains” these followers by sending them on missions around Europe. They can be sent to Constantinople to kill a noble or to London to protect a merchant, for example. The junior assassins gain skill points for successful missions, which are then spent on better weapons and armour. Having strong and experienced assassins obviously helps Ezio’s rebellion later on.
* As Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, experience over 15 hours of single player gameplay set in the living, breathing, unpredictable city of Rome.
* Recruit and train promising young Assassins. Deploy them across the city as you see fit, or call upon them to aid you in your quests.
* Collaborate with real historical characters such as Leonardo DA Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Caterina Sforza.
* Use your hard-won currency to revitalize the crumbling capital city. Rally the citizens to your cause and unlock extra factions and missions.
* Swiftly eliminate your enemies using tools such as poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine at your disposal.
* Choose from multiple authentic character classes, each with their own signature weapons and killing moves. With richly-detailed maps and a wide variety of unique multiplayer modes, you’ll never fight the same way twice.
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