Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the latest installment in Ubisoft’s parkour infused series. Brotherhood is a direct follow up to Assassin’s Creed II and returns you to the role of Desmond living the memories of his ancestor Ezio. Not a lot has changed since Assassin’s Creed II but that’s not a bad thing since ACII was one of the best games of 2009. Brotherhood starts you off right after the events of Assassin’s Creed II. You could beat ACII, pop in Brotherhood and think that you’re just playing the second part of the game. That’s how fluid the transition between the two games is.
Once again you’re put into the role of Desmond Miles as he tries to stop the Templars from taking over the world. He does so by him reliving the memories of his ancestors(it does actually make sense). One of the best parts of the game is the duality between Desmond’s story and that of his ancestor Ezio from the Italian Renaissance. Ubisoft does it in a very subtle way, but the parallels between the two are obvious if you look for them. Desmond with the help of his team(Rebecca, Shaun, and Lucy) are trying to find the Apple of Eden which Desmond’s ancestor Ezio hid. Ezio is trying to rebuild the Brotherhood of Assassins and retrieve the Apple of Eden from the Templars. I can’t emphasis enough how good the story is. The only problem is that the game makes you want to know what happens next once you’ve finished it. The ending of Brotherhood is comparable to Empire Strikes Back.
Not much has changed in the terms of gameplay since the last installment. If you played the last game then you will be able to jump right in with out a problem. Combat for the most part is the same but is more fluent in the character actions. The parkour aspect works well but can be frustrating on occasion when you miss a jump. The game gives you enough freedom to do what you want but doesn’t always react to your controls.
One of the new features are the assassin recruits. They are a great help if you ever get into a tricky situation and it’s fun seeing them level up. You can manage them to do missions and even change the color of their cloths. And probably the best part of all is that they are smart. They will eliminate targets strategically and help you by taunting the enemy, throwing a smoke bomb, ect.
All the puzzles and side quests are back and are so engaging that you will forget about the main story. Something that Ubisoft should be praised for is that this game is meant for adults. I’m not talking about boobs and violence(although they are there). The game assumes that you have a certain level of intellect which is a good thing. Puzzles are challenging but you will blame yourself for not seeing what you should do rather than blame the game.
Multiplayer is new for the series and works remarkably well. There are several different game modes you can choose from as well as several classes. All the AI in the matches look exactly like players do and I found myself often trying to act like the AI rather than hunt my opponents down. If you blend in with the rest of the crowd your prey often will come to you. Unfortunately though, multiplayer won’t have any lasting appeal for most people. While it is fun, it doesn’t have a lasting thrill that most FPS have.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a outstanding game that is challenging and addictive. Depending on how OCD you are, the game will take you somewhere between 20-40 hours to complete. Multiplayer is fun but not something you’re going to have the urge to play every night. The story is phenomenal and will make you want to know how happens next. That’s why I’m giving Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for the Xbox 360 and PS3 5 “Leonardo da Vinci war machines” out of 5.
Review by Ninth Batter the author/creator of Nobody Like You.
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