Sunday, April 24, 2011

Assassins Creed Brotherhood review.

Assassins Creed, A series which has stormed the next gen series of consoles. Originally set in the middle east the character plays as Altair, then in Assassins Creed 2 you play as Ezio Auditoré De Firenze, a descendant of Altair. Ezios father and two brothers are killed by the templar order, an order bent on controlling all of humanity. Ezio exacts revenge by becoming what his ancestors were... an Assassin. During the events of Assassins creed 2, you take down the templar order bit by bit, until you "kill" their leader, the pope, Rodrigo Borgia. Now I say "Kill" because Ezio let's him, stupidly, go. This is the general plot of Assassins Creed 2. Assassins Creed Brotherhood takes place directly after. I got it on Tuesday and this is my review.

As I said already it takes place directly after the cliffhanger ending of Assassins Creed 2, showing us a quick glimpse of the ending of brotherhood not 2. I don't know why they tried to do this but they explain in game that there's a technical glitch and you must start straight after you finished. GREAT STORY TELLING THERE ( I am being VERY sarcastic there). Then after a quick re-fresher of the controls, we get to play as Desmond Miles, Ezios present day Descendant who to is an assassin trying to defeat the templars. Desmond must enter a machine called an Animus(A machine which lets you re-enact the memories stored in a persons DNA) in order to find out the location of the piece of Eden, an artifact which could save the world from the templar order.

This game is essentially a repeat of the story of Assassins Creed 2 story. Ezio gets an Assassin order to get an apple of Eden. It's even the same characters more or less, execept the brothels owner is replaced by Ezios sister. The only big change is the protagonist, Chezoré Borgia, Rodrigos son, so even there there isn't much of a change. As far as gameplay is concerned there is a bit of an improvement. Horse fighting is more accurate and has been expanded. Guns and throwing knives have been introduced to Sword combat. Heavy Weapons are now permanently equip-able. The Free Running I find is more accurate. A crossbow has been introduced for silent long range Assassinations. The ability to call in fellow Assassins was introduced, however I don't think they did as much as they could've done, classes as in Heavy, weapons, sword, Crossbow, gun Assassins or just Customizable groups would've made it better. A big no-no for me was the fact that there's only ONE city, Rome. The architecture is the same essentially for miles making the map pretty boring in Comparison to the variety in Assassins Creed 2. It's essentially a slightly enlarged Florence. Although there was some fun new minigames such as the Borgia towers, where you assassinate the captain of Borgias forces in an area then burn the tower to start to give people hope.

The music in this game too, was stolen from Assassins Creed 2. With very little music being able to stand out. The only one I can recall ,which was good, is the theme, which happened during the loading of some of the chapters. The graphics in this game have had little improvement as well. There's better graphics in terms of water but that's about it.

So let's see if you can guess if I enjoyed this...
What I liked;
  1. Better combat with weapons
  2. New minigames
What I disliked
  1. Regurgitated Graphics
  2. Regurgitated Music
  3. Regurgitated Story
  4. Regurgitated levels
  5. Regurgitation making me regurgitate my dislikes
  6. Flawed Notoriety system
To name but a few.

I was a big fan of Assassins Creed 2, I didn't like the First however. I expected a lot more from the series that made me want to get the platinum trophy (For Xbox and Computers, It's the equivalent of getting all the achievements) . This game really dissapointed me and it's getting a 5/10. That being said, I did enjoy playing but felt cheated out with the simaler story etc snf felt it was just an extended expansion pack.Hopefully Assassins Creed 3 will re-kindle my love for the series. Now i'm off to kill the team who came up with brotherhood, Hopefully they aren't doing number 3...


Major.Mack said...

I still have to try the first one.....i guess its time prob. 9.99 used now

Zombie said...

Love the assassins creed franchise! :D

Jason Flowers said...

Nice review and site. Its true a few elements from previous Assassin Creed titles were used in Brotherhood. But what Brotherhood had that the others didn't was a unique addicting multiplayer. The ability to recruit/ train a guild of assassins. The ability to use those assassins in real time gameplay. I disagree with you. I think Brotherhood was the best Assassin's Creed to date! I wrote a review for AC:B at If you ever get the chance check out my videogame site. Thanks.

Kelli said...

I was upset there was one city also,the beauty of the game was going to all the different cities. and I also was upset about the ending because it left us hanging.... hmmm you didn't mention anything about the m-u-l-i-p-l-a-y-e-r... I was wondering your intake on it:)

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