Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Review

    Happy Wednesday everybody, hope your having a fabulous day, mine's windy as hell.  So today we're going to continue our road down the path of salvation in Assassin's Creed.  Released in November 16, 2010 in North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.  Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is an adventure video game the with main idea surrounding a different type of gameplay including sandbox style and parkour movements, crowd blending stealth as seen in previous installments of the game. Assassinations and a improved melee fighting system are also included. The combat system is relatively the same as Assassin's Creed II, but for the first time in the series, the game offers a multiplayer mode alongside the campaign.
Most of Brotherhood takes place in real historical places such
the Colosseum seen above 
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood introduces a new system allowing the player to recruit and train new members by destroying any of twelve of the Borgia towers around Rome. These are one of the few places where papal troops are stationed, then by rescuing endangered citizens in their districts from harassing guards they can train them to fight alongside them. Also, as Ezio, the player can then send them to assignments around Europe or can call on them for support during missions (if they are not already occupied as I mentioned earlier). Tasking the recruit Assassins makes them gain experience, and then Ezio is able to customize their appearance, skills and weapon training to a degree by spending the skill points they have earned from Assassin's missions.  The down side of this, is that Assassins can die on missions, from which they will not return and you will have too recruit new ones. 
     Ezio masters new gadgets not seen in previous AC games, such as Leonardo da Vinci's parachute, which can be used by jumping from tall buildings.  Some other features include poison darts, a faster acting poison, a crossbow, and the ability to hold and throw heavier weapons like axes, which is loads of laughs and fun at the same time.  The primary setting takes place in Rome, which has fallen into chaos due to the corrupt rule of the Borgia tyranny and the Templars over the Papal States. These Templars are concentrating all the wealth in the Vatican focusing on locating, if not stealing more pieces of Eden.

     Just like the villa at Monteriggioni in Assassin's Creed II, Ezio is able to invest in the Rome and witness its development to unlock rewards, among other things.  Ezio has to conquer and destroy Borgia towers to free certain city zones from the Borgia's influence.  Completing these tasks unlocks new missions and different opportunities.  Rome is the biggest city ever created after the first two installments (Rome is three times bigger than Florence from Assassin's Creed II, the frontier of AC3 is bigger than Rome). Unlike the previous games, travel between different cities or regions in Italy is no longer present because most of the action in the game takes place in the city of Rome. In its place, a network of tunnels throughout the city allow Ezio to travel to different sectors of the city with ease in a small amount of time. However Desmond will also be able to explore the entire city of Rome such as visiting the harbour of Naples, a part of Navarre, Spain, and Monteriggioni in the present day.
Ezio utilizing the new combat system 
     As mentioned earlier the combat system has been modified. Striking first and offensivly can decide the battle before its begun and help dispatch enemies with ease, this tactic can prove to be more leathal than in previous games where counter attacks were more efficient.  Before, in AC2 this made Ezio wait until the NPC struck, which slowed down the pace of fighting. The NPC in this game is much more aggressive and enemies can attack simultaneously attempting to dispatch the player.  To eliminate them, Ezio can use melee and ranged weapons at the same time, as well as introducing the hidden pistol in combat, which doesn't actually use ammo, but activate a quick combat movement of shooting the NPC. After killing one enemy the player can start an kill streak to dispatch multiple enemies quickly, pretty much allowing you to take on a army. Ezio can throw heavy weapons (axes, spears, and swords) at his enemies, a very fun concept I found amusing and fun at the same time. There are new enemy types in addition to those seen in Assassin's Creed II such as horsemen, papal guards and others as well.
   Horses play a larger role in this game, not only used as a means of transport (inside the city for the first time, making transportation and escapes much easier), but as a component of assassination sequences and advanced combat as well, allowing Ezio to use ranged weapons while riding them.  There are natural objects like flower pots in Assassin's Creed II, allowing Ezio to move faster inside the city (a system of tunnels around the city allow fast travel is a example of these objects), as well as new objects such as merchandise lifts to quickly fling the player up high buildings or structures. Unlike the previous games, Desmond can leave the Animus at almost any time he wants. This allows Desmond to explore the present day town of Monteriggioni, which is rather desolate. The player is also offered a virtual training mini game where players may test their free running or combat skills.
     As of my vows I do not explain the entire story only enough so you will want to play the game, not have me spoil the story and leave you with a sad face.  So here goes my best attempt. The story is set in a fictional history of real world events set in two time periods, the 16th and 21st centuries. The main portion of the game takes place immediately after the plot of Assassin's Creed II, from which our small group of present day Assassins flee their little safe house in hopes of finding a more secure location in which to continue Project: Save Humanity and Defeat Templar A-Holes.  Allowing Desmond to once again in the shoes of 16th century Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Italy and his quest to restore the Assassin order to Italy, and destroy his new enemies: the Borgia family.Throughout Desmond's journey, the overall point is to prevent the 2012 apocalypse and make sure the Templars don't stop them from doing so.  
     Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood was my favorite game in the franchise until AC3 came out, but I still play is all the time because its a fun game.  It is available on Amazon for $19.00 and total worth it, personally recommend this game on Xbox and think you will love it. I give this game 10 of 10 because that how awesome it is.  Well that's all, hope you enjoyed and I will see you all Friday.  This has been Jacob Arnold, signing off.
E3 Trailer for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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