Archive for the Video Games Category

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Posted in Assassin's Creed, Video Games on November 25, 2010 by watsonprime

I first saw the trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood when it premiered at E3, apart from thinking that it looking frickin’ awesome, I assumed it would be more like a short DLC campaign than a proper game. How wrong I was (about the proper game part) Brotherhood is nothing short of amazing, it’s a full game that takes all the great stuff from Assassin’s Creed 2 and makes it even more fun. Now, considering Assassin’s Creed 2 took all the great stuff from the first Assassin’s Creed and made that even more fun, this has to be some sort of record for most consistently improving series.

If you liked Assassin’s Creed 2, you will love Brotherhood, we return yet again to Desmond Miles and his ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, whose interweaving story grows deeper as we continue the hunt for the ‘Pieces of Eden’.

For those new to the series, I wouldn’t recommend Brotherhood as it continues the story straight on from Assassin’s Creed 2 and considering that ended with Ezio fighting the pope in a basement underneath the Vatican only to meet an angel/goddess/alien thing who spoke to Desmond, who was watching the whole thing through Ezio’s memories, I can imagine it might be confusing. But if you’re a fan of the previous game, I can guarantee you will love Brotherhood.

The gameplay is almost exactly the same as the previous two, although the fighting system has been tweaked slightly that makes fights quicker and more interesting to watch, there are two new projectile weapons that can be used – a crossbow and poison darts, which work in exactly the same way as the hidden pistol but allow for a bit of variation in long distance kills. The biggest change is the addition of Assassin recruits, who can be trained up and can help Ezio fight enemies and make money. The recruits can be used in a number of ways, they can be signalled to stealthily take down an enemy, they can be called to help in the middle of a fight, or once you’ve gathered enough followers, they can shoot every enemy in the vicinity in a matter of seconds. Watching an Assassin recruit take down an unsuspecting guard never gets boring, and they prove invaluable once they’ve been trained up to their top rank. It also brings a little strategy into the game as the only way to train an assassin is to send him/her on missions, but when the recruit is away, they can’t help you, which means that you have to judge whether or not you’ll need their assistance in the near future. It’s doesn’t require a lot of brain power, but it’s a nice addition to the game.

Whereas the previous game allowed you to improve your villa and the small town within its walls, Brotherhood takes that idea even further with Ezio now charged with building up Rome, which involves a mixture of assassination missions and general good investing. Also making a reappearance are the tombs that Ezio must navigate in order to find treasure, again these include a mixture of Prince of Persia style gymnastics, as well as the odd chase sequence, which all helps break up the game and add some variety to the usual assassination missions.

Storywise, Assassin’s Creed mixes the same amount of science fiction, conspiracy theories and historical drama. Ezio is still a fantastic character, especially now as we’ve seen him grow from a teenager to a master assassin, and now we watch as he becomes a leader of an entire organisation. We also see a bit more of his romantic side as we find out in flashback missions about his relationship with his one true love (the girl at the beginning of Assassin’s Creed 2) and the impact his assassin life had on her. We also spend a bit of time with the games other lead character, Desmond, who now has gained his ancestors skills and is now a competent assassin in his own right. While he’s nowhere near as interesting a character as Ezio, it’s still cool to play as him, if only to see Ezio’s villa in modern times.

Basically, this game is amazing, it’s obscene amounts of fun and I haven’t even tried out the multiplayer yet, which I can only hope is as fun as the main game.

Although I would like to play as a new ancestor in the next game. Possibly the Russian assassin from the comics.