Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Preview for Xbox 360

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood screenshot
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood screenshot

Recruitment missions are dotted about the city, allowing Ezio to expand the Brotherhood and increase his influence in Rome. Later on in the demo, we see Ezio rescue a potential assassin from two Templar guards. After launching himself from his horse, Ezio simultaneously plunges two blades into the chest of each guard, clearly an impressive sight to the fledgling killer. With the assassin free from harm, he's persuaded into joining the Brotherhood, where a host of other options open up.

Far more than a simple means of delegation, Brotherhood allows players to manage their entourage with a level of depth more commonly associated with an RPG. Assassins can be sent on their own individual missions, and if they're successful will be rewarded with experience and skill points. As they grow in level and strength, they can be sent on harder and harder missions, and will become more useful to Ezio in combat, too. Each assassin can be tailored to the player's tastes; you can assign skills, change the colour of an assassin's robes and change their equipment. The guild is yours, and you can manage it how you see fit.

The last section of the level sees Ezio scrambling up the side of the tower while his cohorts dispatch of the enemies at its base. After reaching the top, Ezio lives up to his legendary status, killing the leader of the tower, lighting some sort of explosive device and then throwing himself out the window as a firework display of flames and rubble goes off behind him.

With the tower destroyed, the area once under its control is ripe for renovation. Shops can be opened, increasing the prosperity of the area. Everything ties into this theme of influence and power; the more towers that are defeated and the more assassins under Ezio's control, the more power he has over the city. This power and influence will grow throughout the campaign, with the ultimate intention of finally overthrowing the tyrannous Borgia, the ruler of Rome.

As mentioned at the start of this preview, Brotherhood feels much more than a stop gap on the way to Assassin's Creed 3. It has enough innovations and fresh ideas to warrant a full blown sequel, but Ubisoft has already confirmed that AC3 will feature an all new protagonist, and will more than likely take place in a different historical period, too. Don't be put off by a lack of a number in the title, the word 'Brotherhood' and all the features that it entails in game is more than enough to keep fans of the series happy.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will be available November 19 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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draytone

I was massively impressed by the style and technical prowess of AC but two hours in I gave up playing it. That game added a whole new meaning to grinding.

I picked up AC2 the other month, and being interested in the history of the Medici and the Renaissance it was instantly much better. Starting with that fight on the Ponte Vecchio in Firenze was great because I've stood in exactly the same place. I've think I'm pretty similar to clangod...in the sense that I've had it a few months and I'm only really a few hours in. It's a game I pick up once and awhile then put down again as a new release always seems to be catching my eye.

Brotherhood sounds great but I won't be playing it as there are a whole host of other games coming out that I fancy the look of. As for AC3 feudal Japan would be sweet... although it has nothing to do with it I was always Japan when playing Age of Empires.
Posted 09:59 on 01 September 2010
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JoekerJoe

http://www.computerandvideogames.com....php?id=175552
In the middle of the article about yonaguni, Emperor Li and the japanese buildings. Theres a good chance it might be :P
Posted 09:09 on 01 September 2010
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Ghost_Dog@ clangod

I'm with you on fuedal Japan clangod.

That would make for an awesome setting.
Posted 10:32 on 28 August 2010
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pblive

Part of me thinks this should have been part if AC2 and another part just says "yey! Another AC game."
Posted 09:15 on 28 August 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

After actually watching the demo I'm really looking forward to it.

The whole raising an army and sending them on missions part seems just like Peace Walker, which is still my Game of the Year so I already know I'm going to enjoy it.
Posted 08:20 on 28 August 2010
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clangod

I actually rather liked the first AC but after completing it never played it again. I have picked up AC2 now about 3 months ago I think and apart from being distracted by other games I've bought since, think it is a great addition to the franchise but ultimately you just do the same thing over and over. AC2 will probably only see one playthrough from me as well.

Brotherhood on the other hand appeals to me more for the multiplayer than any "tacked on" story piece. I can't help but feel an assimilation to the ideas behind Brotherhood's online modes (at least what I've read so far). I'm always excited about the idea of stealth and the subtle nuances that make up an open world scenario. Of course I have yet to see just how well it all fits together but I'm happy to know that it won't just be another guns blazing frag fest. The hunt is always more exciting than the kill.

As for AC3, why not something set in fuedal Japan? I bloody love ninjas (ronin), samurai and the whole history of the period. That would make me wet my pants with glee.
Posted 16:36 on 27 August 2010
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Ghost_Dog

Didn't like the first game, but I was rather fond of the second.

Might pick this up.
Posted 12:51 on 27 August 2010

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Release Date: 19/11/2010
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 15
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