Game Name: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal
Platform(s): PS3/Xbox 360/PC
Release Date(s): November 16, 2010
ESRB Rating: M
Desmond Miles and his group are on the run from the Templars. Taking refuge in Monteriggiloni, they have set-up a makeshift Animus so Desmond can enter his ancestor’s past. As more and more information from the past bleeds into Demsond from Enzio Auditore da Firenze the situation grows more and more urgent as the Templars close in. Fortunately, Enzio is not alone. He has the Brotherhood of Assassins on his side and the Empire will fall.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a follow-up to Assassin’s Creed II released in 2009. Produced by Ubisoft, the game was released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on November 16, 2010. The game keeps the gameplay of the original game but adds an online multiplayer factor to the game.
I am not a huge online player. Assassin’s Creed II was one of my favorite games for the Xbox 360. It showed a big improvement on Assassin’s Creed, and I worried when I saw that this was being marketed as an online game…despite a great amount of online content, the game still provides a great story-mode.
Assassin’s Creed is one of those games that does get you with the story. The story is compelling and does get you to keep going. The flashbacks between reality and the past provides a Matrix like story though I wish more action happened with Desmond. It is very cinematic and I can see it being turned into a movie someday.
I really enjoyed the jump in time from Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed II. Though it was nice to revisit the Renaissance, I almost wish that Desmond had visited another period. You do get to explore different areas and “fix” them up. I love opening up new areas in all the game.
The gameplay also is fantastic. I have always loved the smooth free running style of the game. I enjoy games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, but despite great gameplay themselves, I don’t think they are smooth and controlling as Assassin’s Creed (or Ubisoft’s other game Batman: Arkham Asylum). I do wish that the fights could be switched up a bit, but it is forgivable.
The addition of online play and the Brotherhood is a plus for many (I’m not one of them). In single player, the story has you sending assassin’s out on missions to build experience for them to help you in fights. In the multiplayer game, there are various different gameplay which include co-op modes, team modes, and all-out war. If you like the “Assassin’s Creed world”, you probably will enjoy this.
The graphics are also quite strong. The setting and the landscape of the story show vast improvements over the first Assassin’s Creed, but they are quite in line with Assassin’s Creed II. There is a lot of interaction with the environment and unlike many games where you can’t climb over a rock but scale a building, it doesn’t come up much in this game…barriers are more due to the Animus than to the environment.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood doesn’t live up to the greatness of Assassin’s Creed II, but it still is a very good game. It has style and an impressive gameplay keeps you involved in the game. With lots to do in the game, there is a lot of playing time and the story does leave you eagerly clamoring for the follow-up Assassin’s Creed: Revelations released in 2011.
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