Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Now for me Assassins creed has always been above other free roam games for one main reason, the interaction you get from the game environment, I have played plenty of free roam games ranging from Crackdown to the latest Red dead Redemption,
The scale of the Map (apart from Red Dead which is bloody epic on scale) and the way you can interact with just about everything around you is great just on that, every mission that you take has many ways to do it, not just a couple. You have the environment and the people in the environment to use to your advantage to reach a goal; it’s up to you how you do it and what kind of style you want to go for.
Quick Recap of what Assassin’s Creed is all about,
you are Desmond, your ancestors were assassins and you had previously been kidnapped by the modern day Templers to find artefacts of great power and knowledge, Using the Animus
Animus is a virtual reality machine which reads your DNA and unlocks hidden memories of your ancestors which are locked away, this allows you to replay those memories as they happened.
But the down side to this is to unlock the memories, you must first go through each sequence, imagine an old school computer to get to a file you have to first go through the entire magnetic tape to get to the file you are looking for, this is similar apart from the small hitch that you have to play each sequence to get the whole picture.
As you are held captured and forced to learn about your heritage and the secrets that lay within your DNA you slowly uncover plots and conspiracies, you soon see things aren’t as they seem and not everything is black and white.
Assassins Creed you learn about the Templers and the brotherhood and the struggle for power and the dark secret of the leader of the brotherhood.
Without going into too much detail and destroying the storyline for those people that haven’t played it yet, it’s to do with the peace of Eden which is represented by the Apple.
Assassin’s Creed 2 you are back but this time you are not working under the influence of the Templers and are on the run from them but with Lucy who is a member of the modern day Assassins order, she helps you access the Animus which allows you to proceed through the memories locked away, previously you saw the world through the eyes of Altaïr with the second one with you seeing the world through the eyes of Ezio who is a descendent of Altaïr, now in Two you are given more toys and the conspiracies go deeper with the added memories of subject 16 puzzles which allows you to compile a hidden video (as short as it is) of the Adam and Eve seeming to run in fear,
Now unlike the first Assassins Creed in the second one you learn more about the nature of the game and what you are truly after and not just assassination contracts like the first one.
With Assassins creed two you also get the option of upgrading the Vila and shops to get a second form of income to purchase new weapons and armour along with the side quest to get the ultimate armour or Altaïr.
With two you also got to see for the first time of the bleed effects of Animus which basically means Desmond inherits skills through the Animus by going through the memories, this is shown at the end when you will put the skill to use.
Now for the Review you have come here to see, Assassins Creed Brotherhood (Contains spoilers for first and second)
Assassins Creed Brotherhood starts off with Desmond and his small crew on the run from the Templers been forced into hiding the last refuge which is the vault of assassins in the Vila at Monteriggioni which also contained the armour of Altair hint if your still playing two 😉
Now you are still playing as Ezio, wiser but still the ladies man, now with the brotherhood you know your goals and you know what you are after,
Just in case you don’t know
You had finally got hold of the apple only for it to be stolen from you by the Borgia after attacking and destroying Monteriggioni the Borgia whom are a ruthless family who are out to conquer Italy (in their view to unite it) they have teamed up with the church and have taken control of Rome.
You have seen your uncle (Mario Auditore) being shot point blank and the apple of Eden been taken.
Now it begins, you are out for revenge and it’s time to take down the Borgia, now since its Assassins creed it’s not as easy as it sounds. You can’t just run in like Rambo with a sword and take on the guards of Borgia and take down the family, no It has to be planned and as you play the story you learn the deceit from your very own, (but whom could it be that was responsible for the attack and death of Mario Auditore?). As always it’s never black and white and there is always the depth of the story and the unexpected things that come to light.
As mentioned you have one goal and that to know where your ancestor Ezio hid the apple of Eden and to find out where it is hidden you must not only use the Animus but also use the abilities you gain from the bleeding effect to solve puzzles and obstacles you are thrown in your path to get past them to get to your ultimate goal.
That pretty much the story now the Game
Graphics wise the game is pretty much the same as previous Assassins creed, nicely rendered and great detail put into the environment and the civilians, I do have my reservations about the Models used for the Assassin quest as they seem to have used the same models more over and over again, the max number of Assassins that can be recruited is twelve, so it would have been worthwhile to make 12 or more assassin potential recruits individual instead of Clones, if you’re going to put so much effort into a game please don’t decide to skip on the little things as they are things which are noticed the most.
Side quests (Apart from Leonardo side quests), I must say I was pretty much very disappointed at the side quests as they seem to have gotten allot more easy then two, in the second assassins creed when you enter a tomb to get a key to get to that final goal of Altair’s Armour you were faced with a challenge, you were up against the clock. In the brotherhood it seemed a bit too easy, you stroll in get to your goal and walk out. Some occasions you are faced with a chase or a fight against a group of cult members which are put down in matter of seconds. I really was hoping for better challenge then what brotherhood has delivered.
There are couple of other side quests which you get from excepting assignments from the mercenaries, thieves and courtesans which you can take any time in the game is up to you,
completing tasks set out by the factions on their score board is also useful to gain armour and weapons of Ezio which is useful for reaching objectives in the game as it gives you items with that much of a punch to it,
Now I said side quests were kind of a letdown for me, I know there are many types including the faction side quests as mentioned to the Templar side quests, to me these have been far too easy and didn’t really require that much thought (one required less than a minute of blending in, followed by the usual Chase).
Example of a Templar side quest was the Aqueduct which came with the limited edition, couple of Jumps and shoots some targets and the chase begins,
I will admit though the side quests for Leonardo were a challenge and the only side quest that took allot of thought as for his missions it required allot of thought and planned moves as a single slip up could mean the end of a mission or the success of the mission. unlike other side quests where it is mostly running after someone, with these four side quests you are given a challenge and the areas seem to always provide and reaching the objectives has never been any more fun as Ubisoft have not only brought back the glider but added three new toys to use.
the new Arial combat for me was the icing on the cake, just to be able to fly around and bombing targets was enjoyable, and the added thing that really made it better was the fact unlike the previous Arial mission this time you can create hot spots to get lift using your own cannon.
Getting to use Leonardo’s Tank was fun along with his attack boat and cannon carriage.
So it was nice of Ubisoft to bring in his creations and implement them into the game allow us to use them and not just destroy them.
Free Roam, well the Map has been blown up on a epic scale compared to previous assassins creed games where it was split into cities, with the brotherhood each area is split into a district under the control of the Borgia, now the impressive thing about this is Ubisoft have taken the building shops up in Assassins creed two and incorporated it nicely into Brotherhood, ok now your thinking Great I can go around and just build up some pretty shops and just rake it in, well as always it’s not as easy as it sounds, to be able to acquire service and project influence and to upgrade buildings you first have to destroy the control of the Borgia in that area. This is kind of cool as to kill the targets you are given many ways and forms to achieve your goal. Once you destroy the influence of the Borgia in an area you are free to purchase buildings (renovate shops or turn empty buildings into faction buildings) now with faction buildings you increase the presence of the faction in that area, so if you want more mercenaries in the area for backup you can build barrack for the mercenaries. Vice versa for thieves and courtesans.
Now due to the sheer size of the Map Ubisoft have added a nice system (once you have rebuilt all of them) aqueducts to travel from one location to another which is a great add on, not that jumping from building to building to get to your destination isn’t fun.
Assassin Recruits, I am pretty much on the border line on this as I like the idea as its great fun just to walk into a restricted area and call in 6 assassins and watch them just obliterate an entire group of soldiers in a matter of seconds.
Now like the stores to get more assassin recruits you must destroy Borgia influence.
now here is what let me down, I was able to upgrade all my recruits too fast and it wasn’t much of a challenge, they are over powered and to get to max level only takes a couple of missions which are made easier as you are able to upgrade low level assassins by sending them in with higher level assassins with little risk to gain the experience required to level up to 10. Come on Ubisoft we wanted a challenge not a walk in the park as the saying goes.
Online Play, This is new to me as I haven’t really played a game with this type of online game play, I knew how Assassins creed brotherhood multiplayer was going to be like from October from Euro Gamers and to me its unique as they have taken what you can do in the game and put it online, for example in the game you go out and get your target knowing that no one else is going to jump from behind and take you out so you can be a little less careless, well welcome to assassins creed multiplayer where the hunter is also the hunted, so each move that you take to get to your target will also put you in the cross hairs of your pursuer. So on the multiplayer aspect Kudos to Ubisoft and their team, its unique and something new which is kind of refreshing compared to most multiplayer games where it seems to just be built on older methods and game play. For the uniqueness of the multiplayer Games I can’t really fault it.
What I would Rate the Game
Side Quests 6/10
Story Line 7/10
Assassin Recruits 5/10
I would have scored the Game much more but some aspects of the game really let me down.
Images of Unboxing