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Hacks
07-01-11, 04:17 AM
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For those of you who ended Assassinís Creed 2, they would understand exactly what I mean when I say that we were left needing a sequel, just to reach a little comprehension as to what exactly in the world happened at the end to our favourite roof-top clambering and incredible leaps performing assassin namely Ezio Auditore. A year has passed and Ubisoft is treating us with another Assassinís Creed title by the name of Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood. Where Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood is not Assassinís Creed 3, it does however serve as a very important entry in the series.

Brotherhood picks up right where Assassinís Creed II left us. The Apple of Eden has been secured and Ezio has taken his revenge from the Pope. Naturally, Ezio assumes that his role has been fulfilled and now its time to take a little break from all the running around, assassinating conspirators and meeting godlike entities by returning back to the Villa and reveling with his love-interest, Caterina Sforza. His extravagance however does not last long and before you know it the Villa has been attacked by the Borgia. The Apple of Eden has been stolen, the Villa destroyed and Ezioís family almost completely defaced, there is no other choice for Ezio but to return the favour by sabotaging the Borgia rule in Rome and safeguarding the Apple once and for all.


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The majority of the game takes place in renaissance Rome but this game sees more of Desmond and his modern era assassin friends than any of the previous games combined. Desmond has a lot more personality this time round and a much more significant role. Along with him various other characters have been carried forward and evolved from Assassinís Creed II including Christina and Leonardo da Vinci, both of whom have special memory sequences outside the main storylineís premises that have to be manually triggered. Leonardo has built some really fantastic war-machines which are unfortunately under Borgia possession but these become perfect opportunities for side-quests. There is a lot to do in Brotherhood; all that was in Assassinís Creed II has been passed on and implemented on a much larger scale. Now that youíre in Rome there are dozens of more blacksmiths, tailors, banks and clothing stores to be purchased. There is a catch here though; Rome is under the rule of Borgia and you will be unable to purchase any shops unless you eliminate the Borgia influence of that area. Borgia towers have been set-up all over Rome and are each headed by a Tower Captain. To take over these towers you have to first eliminate the Captain and then ignite these towers to let the people that the Borgia rule over the district has been eliminated.


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So now as you progress through the game and slowly start taking over Rome, you will notice that the citizens of Rome are rebelling against the Borgia family as well. Some of these citizens are willing to risk their lives for freedom and liberty as they engage the guards appointed in the city. However, fighting a well-armed army with nothing but recklessness is not going to win one any battle. This is where Ezio comes in once again as he aids these rebellious citizens and invites them to fight for his cause. Once you save a citizen he/she will pledge their allegiance to your cause. They can now be recruited and trained into master assassins. These recruits can be summoned wherever you are and aid you in your fight. They will travel across Europe and Asia to fulfill assassination contracts as well as help you pile up the dough. As they train further and gather more experience they eventually prove to be tougher contenders on the battlefield and last much longer. I found recruits particularly useful while capturing Borgia Towers as they can assassinate any locked target within a heartbeat and keep the guards busy for quite some time. Keeping track of these recruits can prove to be a little complicated and I was more than often left wondering the whereabouts of my assassins. But so long as youíre just using them as muscle on the field, they can be particularly significant. This was the Brotherhood of the Assassins headed by none other than Ezio Auditore.

Along with all these changes the combat has also undergone some tweaks Ė much appreciated tweaks. For starters a new combat mechanic in the form of a Ďkickí has been introduced which is really useful against breaking a tough guardís defenses. Brotherhood has also shed quite emphasis on horseback combat. Ezio can call his horse anytime and ride it throughout Rome, adding to that Ezio can jump from his horse and grab a ledge to start free-running and also perform assassinations while riding.. These aspects of the combat however commendable still have some issues. Things were already made quite easy with the introduction of the Brotherhood recruits but what really turned me off was the crossbow. Yes, the inclusion the crossbow meant the exclusion of stealth tactics. It was always fun planning a stealth attack on the rooftop guards by moving from ledge to ledge and waiting for the perfect time to execute your move. Now, just aim at your target with the crossbow and heís done for.


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Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood is by no means an easy game, it is not very challenging either but in fact it provides just enough challenge to keep the players hooked to the game. Now in Brotherhood, along with Ezioís main mission task there is also another side-objective to reach 100% synchronization like for instance completing the memory within the time limit or killing the target in a specific manner. This is something Assassinís Creed really needed and now that you can replay all missions it becomes really fun going back and playing those memories trying to get that Ďfull syncí.

Having a multiplayer component in Assassinís Creed universe may sound like the most exciting and refreshing multiplayer experience ever and it is Ė at least to some extent. Unlike the single-player the multiplayer involves players assuming the role of Abstergo trainees that are using the animus to train themselves to fight the assassins. The multiplayer consists of four modes: Wanted, Alliance, Advanced Wanted and Manhunt. There are eight character models to choose from and only one player can assume the role of that character in any particular game. Alliance and Manhunt are both team-based modes where Wanted and Advanced Wanted see you as individual assassins. The basic idea is the same, you are the hunter as well as the hunted. The multiplayer really tests a personís skills at stealth as you blend into crowds and identify your real target among the hundreds of NPCs and at the same time avoid your pursuer.


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Ubisoft keeps coming up with spectacular games for the franchise and they do so simply because they understand the flaws of the game. I had many issues with Assassinís Creed II mainly regarding its repetitiveness and combat. Brotherhood on the other hand completely obliterates my complaints of repetitiveness and has some of the most interesting and unique missions. Things have been turned up from the combatís point of view as well as a new multiplayer feature that serves as a really refreshing break from all the typical shooters we have seen this year. Ezioís part of the story might feel a little hollow but the overall adventure is one fantastic trip throughout Rome and history.

Gameplay: 9
Brotherhood improved upon Assassinís Creed II in many ways and introduced many new things. Manage a whole brotherhood of assassins, take up assassination contracts, capture Borgia Towers or just explore the beautiful landscape of 15th Century Rome, Brotherhood really nailed the winning formula of Assassinís Creed games.

Graphics: 10
Rome is the quintessence of european beauty and the way Asssassinís Creed: Brotherhood rendered it into the game is amazing. There may be a few technical hiccups in the form of screen-tearing but there is nothing that can steal the beauty of the lively and charming world of Brotherhood.

Sound: 8
The voice-acting and music was top-notch however for me a point came where the heavy Italian accents no longer remained tolerable. Jesper Kyd once again beautifully delivered the soundtrack for the game but maybe its time to freshen things up in this department.

Multiplayer: 8
The multiplayer is a thrilling and exhilarating experience. An intense psychological game of sorts which really tests a personís skill. It does however tend to get boring in the longer run but nevertheless itís still a unique and extremely enjoyable experience.

Overall: 9.5
Itís not humanly possible to deliver an improved version of an already stellar product in just a yearís time. Brotherhood has a richer storyline set in two brilliantly crafted time-lines. Fan or not, this is a game you wonít want to miss on.

Shyber
07-01-11, 10:40 AM
The fact that you were able to write a brief review about this game is admirable in itself.
Nicely summarized and well narrated.

On the record: Brotherhood's my GOTY 2010

R3Z0N
07-01-11, 11:32 AM
Great review Hacks but the overall score is coming at 87.5... How did you calculate the 9.5?

Shyber
07-01-11, 11:43 AM
Great review Hacks but the overall score is coming at 87.5... How did you calculate the 9.5?

Final score isn't necessarily an average.

R3Z0N
07-01-11, 11:57 AM
Final score isn't necessarily an average.

It should be...

Shyber
07-01-11, 01:13 PM
It should be...

Heh, why?
IGN doesn't do it either.

Hacks
07-01-11, 01:58 PM
I have never rated the Overall based on an average of the mentioned categories. Each category is rated separately and the Overall is rated based on how well the game delivered in the end. Different games have different departments as to where they excel so basically it's just about rating how well everything was put together rather than taking an average of various aspects.

Screw the rating, if there is one thing that describes the game its: GoTY

SaadChohan
07-01-11, 02:11 PM
Nice Review...Short and precise.

Gizmo
07-01-11, 10:21 PM
Nice review.Definitely Deserves 9.5.

Waris Arsh
08-01-11, 12:25 AM
nice review man
just love this game

hm owais
11-01-11, 01:16 PM
Nice REVIEW.......waiting for PC version....

Waris Arsh
11-01-11, 07:50 PM
Nice REVIEW.......waiting for PC version....

me too waiting for this game :D

abcd12
12-01-11, 12:14 PM
Excellent review friend.
Also,have you faced any slow frame rates while playing game when runnning or riding horse through the crowded areas? I have noticed that the game does not run smooth most of the time.

Hacks
14-01-11, 12:13 PM
Excellent review friend.
Also,have you faced any slow frame rates while playing game when runnning or riding horse through the crowded areas? I have noticed that the game does not run smooth most of the time.

Oh yeah .. especially while riding your horse. I'm not really a fan of riding or fighting on my horse so i barely went there but frame rates dropping was very noticeable in some areas.

Gizmo
16-01-11, 02:25 PM
^^A few others have also mentioned the Frame Rate problems, but I had smooth frames throughout my play through, on horses and on foot.

Hacks
16-01-11, 07:32 PM
They were more pronounced during the fights or while charging on your horse through the crowded areas of rome however it wasn't anything too bad

Astaroth
17-01-11, 09:27 PM
every time you jumped from a building into crowd frame rate dropped to 15 easily
nice review though

TotaLOverdosE
17-01-11, 09:32 PM
Nice review hacks (y)

Gizmo
18-01-11, 01:33 PM
every time you jumped from a building into crowd frame rate dropped to 15 easily
nice review though

Which version?

R3Z0N
18-01-11, 02:47 PM
Which version?

PS3 Of cource (sm1)

Gizmo
18-01-11, 03:45 PM
I played brotherhood on the 360 with it installed on my HDD, it ran flawlessly.

crysis
30-01-11, 03:34 PM
nice review ! (y)

its Me
31-01-11, 10:09 PM
great review.....
waiting for the pc version (sm1)

Hassan
03-02-11, 11:12 PM
The game is totally awesome.

Nicely written review +

mohsinmk
08-02-11, 02:10 PM
nice review ....

HK LUCKY
09-02-11, 03:16 AM
i like this game

Shoaibsahab
25-03-11, 04:19 PM
its a little short but AWESOME !!!

Optimus
25-03-11, 04:27 PM
Awesome review and an awesome game

zunairnasir
25-03-11, 04:50 PM
nice review

Quadzilla
27-03-11, 07:06 PM
Playing it now. Awesome game, keeps me wanting more.
+1