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Assassins Creed Brotherhood Review

Well fans of the Assassins Creed series definitely had something to look forward to in the release of the third installment in the franchise, Assassins Creed Brotherhood. Picking up literally seconds after the second game ends, Brotherhood jumps directly into the story with several new additions. One main addition is the fact that there is actually a decent amount of play time as Desmond Miles compared to the first two entries. But we still continue the story of Ezio, starting off with his escape from the Vatican and back to the safety of Montergionni. After letting Rodrigo Borgia live, stripping him of both his apple of Eden and staff of Eden, Ezio retreats back to the villa in hope of peace and relaxation. This is not to be unfortunately as Rodrigo’s son, Cesare Borgia, is incredibly angry and decides to launch a full scale attack against you and your family. After hours of gathering armor and weapons in Assassin’s Creed 2, it all disappears in one cut scene as the Villa Auditore is decimated by Cesare’s armies. The bulk of the game from here on out moves to Rome, with Ezio seeking revenge against the Borgia family once again.

Bringing much the same game play mechanics as Assassins Creed 2 did, fans of the series will quickly fall into the familiar routine and controls. While there definitely could’ve been more expansion and growth from 2 to Brotherhood, there are still a lot of new and satisfying perks to the new game. Graphics have had a definite improvement, especially for those playing on the PS3. Rome is by far the largest city to date in the series and Ubisoft has done an excellent job in making in incredibly realistic for the player. Making a familiar return are the collectibles in the open roam environment, consisting once again of a handful of feathers, keys found in hidden underground lairs used to unlock the games best armor, and for those who have played the original Assassins creed flags appear once again (much to my frustration). The new underground sections are no longer assassin’s crypts from the past, but dens to the secret society known as the followers of Romulus, a wolf like deity.

Another huge addition is the ability to purchase buildings in the entirety of Rome instead of just the Villa Auditore. Players will have the choice to open banks to increase the amount of cash Ezio can store, blacksmiths to get new armor and weapons, tailors to dye your cloths and purchase pouch upgrades, and art merchants as well as the great landmarks in Rome (such as the coliseum). This provides a gratifying sense of achievement to rebuild Rome from the ground up for the players looking to go beyond the main story and truly play the game as it was meant to be played. And the more you build the more money you make. Borgia towers are also introduced, representing the oppression brought on by the villainous family. These are a brief distraction (although a welcome one) in which you must find a Borgia Captain within the area of the tower and assassinate him. After that you burn the tower to the ground, signaling to everyone that that part of the city is liberated from templar control. But each tower is slightly different, bringing the challenge to the player on how to go about killing the captain.


A new plus that I was quite fond of, was the addition of recruiting and training new assassins. This truly represents Ezio growing into his eventual role of becoming the master of the order, and bringing equilibrium to the fight against the templars. Starting off much like the assist a citizen from the first game, you will find ordinary people fighting a group of guards within the city and are obviously outnumbered. You will rush in and assist them, killing the guards which lead to the person in question pledging his or her loyalty to you and becoming a recruit. Opening up a new kind of mini game in a way, you can then send these recruits to different parts of Europe in order for them to gain experience and grow stronger. A new option to the player is presented, being able to call upon these new assassins in battle to assist Ezio with the simple push of a button. However using this option simply eliminates the opposition without any trouble at all most of the time, which can lead to bland battles taking out all actual challenge in it.


I won’t lie, this game with all its new additions, it really takes out the true challenge of past entries, but it is by far my favorite installment. The story itself is much deeper and brings about the growth of Ezio and Desmond as the protagonists of the series. The combos and kills you can now perform are increasingly brutal and detailed, giving you a truly good feel for the struggle between assassins and templars. The soundtrack is once again incredible, leaving the player fond memories every time you hear the familiar tunes. Although this is the first game in the series that newcomers may feel lost in without playing Assassins Creed 2 at least, it’s still incredibly fun.

The final new feature is the introduction of online multiplayer. But it’s not what you’d expect, as you play an Abstergo agent using the animus machines to train them to hunt assassins. The goal of these online game modes is to simultaneously hunt a specific target given to you while avoiding your own pursuer. If you’re spotted by your assailant you must make a mad dash for a hiding spot in order to get away. There are several different online games, such as a version of free for all, team assassinations, or solo assassination. The online addition is a very welcome one, and highly entertaining.


Assassins Creed Brotherhood is ridiculously fun for fans of the open roam world, throwing in the stealth kill aspect while still retaining its great mass fighting sequences. Along with a much longer story than previous games in the series bringing many hours of collecting, killing, and exploring to do I would highly recommend Brotherhood along with all of the Assassins Creed games to any true gamer. 8.5 Out of 10

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