Good quality sequels tend to release two years apart although that’s not always the case, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood is a direct sequel to its predecessor and it continues the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Italy during the Renaissance era. The real question is if AC:B delivers or if it’s another game for Ubisoft to cash in on the franchise.
Story: We continue our journey with Ezio soon after we defeat Borgia and discover the unbelievable truth from Minerva, joining Mario and confident that the war is over Ezio travels back to Monteriggioni where he finds that it is far from over when the town is under attack and his uncle is murdered by Cesare Borgia and his army.
Leaving the town almost in ruins, Ezio must flee to Rome where he is saved by a woman and heals his wounds, having to start all over and regain the support of the people to fight off the tyrants Ezio seeks out the help of Machiavelli.
This new iteration to the series does not offer a new protagonist, country, or timeline but it does stay true to what happens throughout most of Ezio’s life and why his enemies wont go down so easily. Ezio forms a brotherhood realizing that he cannot win alone in this fight, becoming the leader in this new brotherhood he sets his eye on the Templar’s to once in for all eliminate them.
Graphics: The visuals are one of the new things that stand out, Rome is a huge city that requires for you to mount a horse if you want to reach the other side, while doing so the crowd, buildings, and Ezio do not drop in frame rate or load up while entering a new region. There are new animations to the assassination moves which make it quite pleasing and satisfying, the only noticeable flaw that I saw was sometimes I could see not only my hidden blade but my hand go through someone’s head. Realistic physics is still not one hundred percent and some of the moves are still jagged when performing kill moves, it was very noticeable when the camera zoomed in on the action.
Gameplay: It’s essentially the same formula, one of the new things that have been added, is the kill streak that allows you to take out a group of enemies in a matter of seconds. After countering an attack and doing a instant kill you can then follow it my instantly killing a nearby enemy by only moving in that direction, it does however leave you open to any enemy that wants to attack from behind. Some of the missions feel a little less challenging and short in length, it feels like it has been substituted by a DNA replay sequence, you can go back and replay any part of the game and complete certain bonuses that are given in each mission for a full synchronization.
Desmond is now able to to leave animus anytime and explore the modern town of Monteriggioni, it gives the game a refresh look on the series since now you have Desmond learning how to be an assassin and jumping from building to building.
Multiplayer: You might think why we need a multiplayer on a well crafted single player, the potential of lowering the quality of the game could be frightening but fear not as the online experience is design to compliment what AC does best.
There are four modes
Wanted: Free for all, you are given a contract to take down the target, be efficient, stay in the shadows or blend with the crowd so you wont be seen but be fast because you are also a target of an unknown assassin.
Advanced Wanted: Same as Wanted with the exception that you don’t have the radar that specifies the height of the target.
Manhunt: Four vs. Four, one team is the hunter, each group takes turns being the haunted. Escape or assassinate your targets, you will get points in either team if done successfully, team with the most points wins.
Alliance: Three teams of two, work together with your teammate to take out the apposing team or help each other escape the grasp of the third team that is lurking in the shadows.
The multiplayer is fun for the sole reason that you don’t know where your target is and if you accidentally kill civilians then you loose points, you have to be subtle and quick because you don’t know if someone is after you.
Sound: The music comes with a new soundtrack composed by Jesper Kyd, tunes that are familiar to the ear. Nolan North reprises his role as Desmond and Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman as well as her likeness.
Wishes or Changes: The campaign could be a little more challenging and a little less hallow compared to its big brother. The assassination scenes can be fixed for a more cinematic experience, I don’t want to see Ezio’s hand penetrate the targets stomach when he stabs them. Give me more modes on multiplayer, four are great but couple of extra modes can really spice the online experience.
TQ bottom line: The bottom line is that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is an amazing game with a fantastic multiplayer, it is a sequel to AC2 and not to be confused with the numerical sequel that will eventually be Assassin’s Creed 3.
It offers more and a well worthy purchase for all the Assassins out there.
FINAL SCORE: 4.5 out of 5 Michelas!
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360