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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: Xbox 360 Review

Assassin's Creed 2 became an instant favourite with many gamers when it was released just 12 months ago. It improved on the original game no end and had a great story behind it. Many fans were worried when they first heard that UBI Soft was going to be releasing another follow up to the game in a little less than 12 months.

You move silently. Swiftly. Stalking your target, striking the fatal blow and slinking back into the shadows, as if you were never even there.

You are Ezio Auditorie: Master assassin.

Live and breathe as Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. He must journey into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy.

Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

And for the first time, introducing a never-before-seen multiplayer layer that allows you to choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match your skills against other players from around the world.

It’s time to join the Brotherhood.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood Features

  • Master the possibilities – As Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, experience over 15 hours of single-player gameplay set in the living, breathing, unpredictable city of Rome.
  • Lead a Legendary Brotherhood – Recruit and train promising young Assassins. Deploy them across the city as you see fit, or call upon them to aid you in your quests.
  • Experience a rich historical tapestry – Collaborate with real historical characters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Caterina Sforza.
  • Win the heart of a city – Use your hard-won currency to revitalize the crumbling capital city. Rally the citizens to your cause and unlock extra factions and missions.
  • Deploy secret weapons – Swiftly eliminate your enemies using tools such as poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine at your disposal.
  • Memorable Multiplayer – Choose from multiple authentic character classes, each with their own signature weapons and killing moves. With richly-detailed maps and a wide variety of unique multiplayer modes, you’ll never fight the same way twice.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood follows on directly from the end of the previous game; it is set in the same time period as Assassin’s Creed 2 and has the present day levels thrown in too. However, unlike Assassin’s Creed 2, the game takes place in entirely in Rome.

The game has you following the battle of the Templars and Assassins, with the Rome period having you play as Ezio while in the modern day element you play as Desmond, Ezio’s ancestor. The story starts with Ezio beginning to take some well-earned rest after the ending to the last title. He gets to grips with things early on, by sleeping with his lover, delivering some flowers and learning how to fire cannons in training early on, but his rest is short lived. This section is more of a tutorial to those who may not have played the game before, or for those of us who just need a little memory jog.

It isn’t long before Cesare Borgia (Rodrigo Borgia’s son) begins an attack on Monteriggioni, Ezio’s small town and everything Ezio had built up in Assassin’s Creed 2 is destroyed. It is a great and exciting beginning to the game and once more shows off the excellent voice work and graphics engine on show.

Ezio decides to take to Rome as he works out how to take his revenge on Cesare. The city of Rome is separated into twelve areas and each area has a Borgia tower that can be taken down. Destroying these requires you to take out the tower Captain and then burn the tower down. Doing this lessens the soldiers in the area, opens up an assassin apprentice slot and allows you to buy up and redo various businesses.

These businesses are the usual fare such as, banks, stables and more. Taking them over allows Ezio to build up his money, kind of how Assassin’s Creed 2 did with the renovation techniques it introduced. Once again the more businesses that Ezio opens, the more items you can use. 

As was the case in the last game, Brotherhood has a plenty of side missions for you to take on. There are assassination contracts and the assassin tomb levels to name a few. The good news is that the tomb levels have become even better than before, with improved platform gaming on show.

    

One of our favourite characters from the previous game is back. Leonardo da Vinci returns with new weapons and vehicles for you to make use of. These are items such as guns attached to a horse and cart and Leonardo’s famous paraglider that now lets you drop fire bombs from the air.

Right now everything may seem very similar to the last game, but there have been a few changes. The combat has been improved slightly with Ezio now able to kick enemies. This leaves them open for a more vicious attack. You can also now use an additional weapon too, so for example you can hit someone with sword and then shoot them for a quick combo kill. Not everything with the combat is perfect though, with the game still having the same issues with locking onto enemies that the previous game had.

You can also now take on apprentice assassins. These assassins are members of the public that Ezio has rescued after destroying the towers. They will run into the area you are in if you press the correct button on your controller and will take out your enemy for you if they can. You can’t keep selecting them over and over though, as you will have to wait for the option to warm up again after making use of it.

Assassins can also be sent off to complete missions in the game, doing this will gain them experience. The amount of experience they get depends on the difficulty of the mission they take part in. Completing these missions also brings in money for Ezio to spend. The assassin apprentice missions are short and the levels that your apprentice gains mean that they can get better armour and weapons. The idea behind all this is pretty good as it improves on the assassin system used in the previous two games. The problem is that it can make the game a little on the easy side if you do make use of them throughout the game.

Another good improvement to the game comes in the form of looting the bodies of dead enemies. Previously when you looted them you would never find much, but now you can get crossbow ammo, poison, smoke bombs and more. However, some may say that this also makes the game too easy once more, especially due to the fact that you rarely need to spend your money to keep well-armed.

The final new main addition to the single player game is that you have to complete a special mission objective to get full synchronization. These can be objectives such as completing a mission within a certain timeframe or to not take any damage. This is one of the better new features as it adds something a little extra for those of us who like to try and get the most out of a game. You can complete missions without ever doing the side-objective, but chances are you will want to get the full 100%

There are a few other minor and useful additions such as quick-release rope lifts that helps you get up to higher sections quickly and horse riding within the cities. The single player is a lot of fun and if you enjoyed the last game you will undoubtedly like this one too. It does feel a little unpolished at times though with graphical glitches showing up now and then.

The multiplayer side of the game is where Brotherhood has seen the main features come into the fray. You play as an Abstergo agent trying to hunt down assassins. The idea is to locate and kill other players while you are already being hunted down yourself. 

The game has four multiplayer modes. Wanted is a free for all, while Advance is a harder version of Wanted. Alliance has you split into pair trying to hunt down your enemy while Manhunt has you in separate teams with one team hiding while the other hunts.

We loved the multiplayer side of the game as it feels a lot different to what is out there in most other titles at the moment. It also feels like it requires much more skill than other twitch based titles. 

Graphically the game is once again great looking, but it isn’t without its problems. There is still the v-sync screen tearing showing up now and again, characters can disappear into the ground, and for some reason there is some kind of haze showing in the top half of the screen. This may be by design but it can be really distracting at times. Sound however is once again superb with great music, sound effects and voice work

So overall we have yet another excellent Assassin’s Creed title. Brotherhood improves on the previous game with better combat and additional features, it does have some slight polishing issues but these could well be fixed with patches. The multiplayer modes are excellent and will bring longevity to the game once the excellent single player game has been completed.

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You say " you play as Desmond, Ezio's ancestor". Desmond is actually Ezio's DESCENDANT, and therefore Ezio is DESMOND'S ancestor.

DeepThought said,
You say " you play as Desmond, Ezio's ancestor". Desmond is actually Ezio's DESCENDANT, and therefore Ezio is DESMOND'S ancestor.

This. Desmond is Ezio's descendant.

#corrections

quite looking forward to this myself, always been a fan of AC. the second was a vast improvement over the first game.

This game hit hard on Flashed Xbox 360s. It had something called AP 2.5 (Anti Piracy 2.5), which is thought to be a workaround instead of doing a banning wave.

unkdirkpitt said,
This game was fantastic! I am just now getting into the multiplayer of the game, it seems very unique.

One of the best parts - love it

Amazing game no matter what platform tbh. Sandboxes like this can be so addictive. I put off doing main story line quests so I can level up my growing field of assassins, burn Borgia towers, rebuild Rome, look for the different artifacts and collection pieces etc. I guess the main plot could take 20 hours to burn through but there's much more game play value in this title than just the story line. All of the sub quests and collections are in addition to a new mp layer. Whether you've played any of the AC's, (I played first 2 on PC, this on console) or not, this is a really cool title to have sitting in your game collection.

If I never played an AC game before would this be a good place to start? Seems to be getting nice reviews anyway so... Im thinking it's good regardless if you played the other 2 or not...

este said,
If I never played an AC game before would this be a good place to start? Seems to be getting nice reviews anyway so... Im thinking it's good regardless if you played the other 2 or not...

I didnt play AC1 but I would recommend playing AC2 before you play AC-BH. I may go back and play AC1 after I am done with BH, but AC2 and AC-BH kinda tie in together so you would want to play that first.

EDIT: You can probably buy AC2 used. I did and it only cost me $20.

techbeck said,

I didnt play AC1 but I would recommend playing AC2 before you play AC-BH. I may go back and play AC1 after I am done with BH, but AC2 and AC-BH kinda tie in together so you would want to play that first.

EDIT: You can probably buy AC2 used. I did and it only cost me $20.

Agree there, you could just about get away with avoiding the first game (which is the worst of the three despite still being decent). Don't miss out on AC2 though, it is an excellent game.

This is a pretty good sequel, gives you a lot more to do, like the previous post said the fighting is better and much more faster. Guys in the groups actuallly grab you instead of just standing around you taking turns. Having assassin's at you command is very helpful especially when you don't feel like fighting anyone. I haven't finished it as yet but so far its going pretty good.

Biglo said,
This is a pretty good sequel, gives you a lot more to do, like the previous post said the fighting is better and much more faster. Guys in the groups actuallly grab you instead of just standing around you taking turns. Having assassin's at you command is very helpful especially when you don't feel like fighting anyone. I haven't finished it as yet but so far its going pretty good.

I LOVE the fighting now. I can take down 10 guys real pretty quick. The only time it gets harder is when they have the big armored guys or the ones with the pikes. Then they redid the AI for the enemies and some of them can dodge attacks pretty good. So I sent my assassins after those...haha.

Been playing it since it was released. Great game and some really cool improvements over AC2. New better fighting styles and moves, graphics are good as well. Kinda funny since I just bought AC2, beat it, and a few weeks later AC-BH comes out.

techbeck said,
Been playing it since it was released. Great game and some really cool improvements over AC2. New better fighting styles and moves, graphics are good as well. Kinda funny since I just bought AC2, beat it, and a few weeks later AC-BH comes out.

Yeah surprised me how quick this came out, just pleased it wasn't complete rehash. Really enjoyed it.

Byron_Hinson said,

Yeah surprised me how quick this came out, just pleased it wasn't complete rehash. Really enjoyed it.

I was kinda ****ed off when I saw that I still had the Altire armor from AC2. Then you lose it after a few quests in AC-BH. I want my good sword and armor back!!..haha.