Written by Erik Kubik Monday, 06 December 2010 05:00
Love or hate the first two games, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood appeals to both newcomers and fans alike. I wasn’t a fan of the first game and although I did play Assassin's Creed II , I found most of the gameplay to be slow and boring.
Brotherhood is different. For starters, it’s as if the developer moved away from the central themes of the other games and did away with 80% of the stuff most gamers considered to be irritating. The beginning of the game throws gamers into the mix as Ezio with a twist. Gamers don’t have to wait around with a slow start this time.
The idea behind Brotherhood’s core game play is about retaking Rome and getting the people back under your influence. Much like the Godfather games, or something Rockstar has cranked out, gamers have to build the city back up, influencing everything. This leads to Ezio getting more money, influence, power, and of course being able to purchase better items; including weapons, armor, and treasure maps. For myself, this made the overall game much more interesting then the first two since this was part of the first few hours of game play. I now had a purpose to free roam around the city instead of just collecting flags.
Gamers should enjoy my favorite part, building up an army of assassins’ whom gamers can send out on missions or use during the main storyline to lend assistance. I loved this concept; this is a new and fresh idea for a game like this. There is nothing like battling a few guards to reach the target and then calling on the help to rain death from the rooftops.
Desmond makes a return in Brotherhood as well, but this serves to flush out the story, but the main focus is still Ezio. I actually found myself interested in these parts instead of the lame cut screens of the first two games.
But the most important part of the game isn’t the single player story, it’s the multiplayer. Multiplayer modes are either team based or free for all. Gamers hunt other players while they themselves are being hunted. For gamers this means keeping a low profile, blending in with look a-likes on the streets before making the kill and disappearing again. Although I prefer to run around, track my target and jump from the roof to stab them. The biggest tip for multiplayer, observe everything and watch how the crowds and NPCs move all the time. Gamers shouldn't worry, even if someone is on their tail, all they need to do is get away, which means running and hiding in a haystack or through a door. Or just run away or blend and try to get the pursuer to stab a civilian. Depending how well a player does earns them points, which can be put toward new perks and items.
So is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood worth your money? There are fun challenge missions, a single player story, and a robust multiplayer. Considering the game is sandwiched between Epic Mickey, Fallout New Vegas and Black Ops, AC: B is different from the rest, and deserves a place in most gaming libraries. The game offers a gaming experience different from the norm. My suggestion is to go out and get the game, it is a welcome change from everything else out there.