Review: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: Stealth / Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Compatability (PS3): 3180MB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Network Players 6-8
Compatability (Xbox 360): 4MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplayer 4-8 | System Link 2
Rating: 9.3

Building on the already extremely popular Assassin’s Creed series of games, Ubisoft offers up to gamers Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Working with what they had already established in Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft give us a heavy helping of gaming as well as a full portion of storyline to swallow. For the average gamer this Renaissance feast may be too much to tackle, but for the veteran gamer, Brotherhood might have trouble stacking up to its predecessor.

Instead of moving on to a different time period with different characters as they did between the first two games, the developers chose to create a storyline based on their previous Renaissance character Ezio Auditore da Firenze and his descendant Desmond Miles. The game starts immediately after the conclusion of Assassin’s Creed II, where Ezio is trying to relax and restart his life. Unfortunately, the Borgia family has a different plan for Ezio and after countless hours of acquiring amazing weaponry in Assassin’s Creed II, you are back to square one and trying to regain your old weapons. Most of the storyline is based in Rome, which is broken into 12 districts, although there are also a few parts of the game that cut away to modern times with Desmond and his team. This game will be a treat for fans of the open-world style of games as most of the areas are accessible from the game’s start. In addition, other parts of the map are opened as the player works through the various storyline missions.

Jaw-dropping in-game visuals. Ezio is back at his best.

The main storyline for Brotherhood is very engaging, however, fans of the series will find similarities in the way that the story is laid out. This could lead to a feeling of same stuff, different day amongst veteran gamers. To Ubisoft’s credit, as with all of the games in this series, the graphics and sound are extremely polished and will add volumes to your overall story experience. Be sure to turn your subtitles on because the use of native languages (which are translated to English in the subtitles) and authentic sound effects adds a great deal to the overall experience of the story. As you continue through the storyline, you do find yourself becoming more and more engaged with the characters, even though you might already be familiar with them from the previous titles. The storyline is a beefy experience by itself and can be completed without worrying about any of the side quests.

The side quests on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, as with other games in this series, are what adds the bulk of the entertainment for the veteran gamer. Countless hours of additional gameplay are added through the side quests making the replay value much greater. True gamers will find themselves trying to get their job, work, or homework done faster so that they can knock out the next side quest. The various side quests are rewarded with different unlockables that would not otherwise be obtained by just playing through the storyline. The down side to doing the side quests is that some of the hidden items will make the overall gameplay much easier. An example of this would be the Assassin’s guild. Assassins are trained by doing different missions through the guild and can then be used at the disposal of Ezio. Having this small army at your beckoning call can be seen as an easy way out for gamers who are overrun by enemies. Also, the stealth missions can prove to be difficult as the player attempts to work out guard movements and climbing routes to avoid being detected.

This time around Ezio has the Brotherhood at his disposal.

Probably the most surprising new feature of the game is the multiplayer modes. There are team-based and free-for-all styled games that add increasing depth to an already valued title. Instead of rewarding the players who know maps better and run faster, these games truly promote the assassin. Moving quietly in on your opponent and stealthily killing enemies grants a greater points value than simply running around and killing as fast as you can. Teamwork and planning are essential to the team-based games instead of the usual frag and noob-tube fest that most gamers are accustomed to in so many other titles. Also, with the way the ranking system is set up, the gameplay is constantly moving in a different direction.

Overall Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood makes for an enjoyable gaming feast. It offers a variety of different gameplay related to the story, training, and multiplayer modes. The graphics are visually stunning in 1080p and clear as a bell. All of the sights and sounds are perfectly synchronized and fill you with the environment of 16th century Rome. Finally all of the different game modes, unlockables and side quests will keep any gamer occupied for a very long time.

Reviewed by vadrummin – December 6, 2010

Graphics
The graphics are clear and concise. The high-definition gameplay is hands down some of best that have been offered this year. There are little or no flaws whatsoever to take away from the story or multiplayer modes.
 
Sound
While the game doesn’t feature a massive amount of music, what is there is good. The music could be a little less subdued in the overall experience. The use of sound effects and continued use of dialogue in different languages with appropriate accents makes the sound very strong.
 
Fun
The replay value on this title is enormous. Whether you spend the extra hours getting flags, solving Subject 16’s puzzle, or doing the countless side quests, this game will keep you coming back over and over again.
 
Final Score

 

Responses

  1. Great review about such an awesome game
    Can’t wait till it’s released on PC platform 🙂
    Thanks and keep it up !

    • Thanks for your compliments. It really is a solid game that I had a lot of fun playing.

  2. This can be the game of the year. Its only downside is that calling assassin’s the game becomes too easy.

  3. Brotherhood is a massive addition for the Assassin’s Creed series. It has some new ideas but practically provides some more playing time as Ezio after Assassin’s Creed II.

    The multiplayer mode is nothing out of this world but still entertaining. Nice review Mike.

    • Thanks. You’re right, the multiplayer isn’t massively deep, but it is a nice break from run-n-gunning, noob-tubing, and spawn-sniping.

  4. New weaponry, new moves during combat, better progression during development of the game as well as several more new stuff that make the game more addictive. Simply fun.


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