Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Review for Xbox 360

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Live and breathe as Ezio, now a legendary master assassin, in his struggle against the Templar order.

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9Out of 10
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Strangeness aside, it doesn't really matter, because you'll spend most of your time getting together your clan of assassins. The long story is that there are numerous Borgia towers across the city, and for each tower you infiltrate and burn down you're able to add additional members to your group. You'll find them via icons marked on your map, which will bring you to an everyday citizen being taunted by a group of guards. Kill the guards and the citizen will decide to join your ranks; from here on they can be called on at any time to help you assassinate someone you've selected. It's a more complex and hands-on approach to what was possible in the previous games - paying for the help of a small group of disposable thugs. Assassins can be levelled up, sent out on assassination gigs for training, and told specifically who to attack and when. It's stupendously helpful, particularly in situations where you're just not bothered, when you're getting into a scrape, and in the inevitable scenario where you're halfway up a tower and realise an archer is taking pot shots at your tail.

The ability to call in help allows you to focus on your objective and have others take care of distractions as you wish, but pacing in the game is still often a bit hit and miss. Ground-based missions, the kind that don't give you the opportunity to run from roof to roof, are frustratingly unnatural. Brotherhood's escort quests are essentially exasperatingly slow Christmas shopping simulators compared to the flow of the rest of its gameplay, but generally speaking Brotherhood swiftly progresses from mission to fight to mission.

It also adopts one of the more interesting multiplayer concepts we've seen in a while, one that will be familiar to anyone who played The Ship. Its conceit here is that you play as a Templar who has been hooked up to an Animus for training. Each six-player, 10-minute session has you in the role of both an assassin, attempting to locate and take out a fellow player, and a target for your rivals. Observation is the name of the game, because in order to succeed you need to act as if you are an NPC. Running up walls and hurtling yourself into crowds will only get you noticed by your pursuer and the player you're attempting to take out.

Points are awarded for each successful assassination, with the reward depending on how exactly you made your hit and how stealthily you managed it. It's a game of cat and mouse, and Brotherhood implements it perfectly, turning its PvP into the most nail-biting experience of the game. It's a shame it's as buggy as it is. Even in a full six-person session the game will often fail to assign me a new target after I finished off my last. It seems the only solution is to be killed and respawn elsewhere, which obviously isn't brilliant for the kills/deaths ratio. But assuming a patch is incoming, and taking multiplayer simply in terms of how it implements a good idea, Brotherhood's stealthy deathmatches are undoubtedly intriguing. Compare the mode to the reams of Capture the Flag variants that riddle multiplayer games and you could even call it refreshing. But it's still a niche attraction: Turning observation and mimicry into a part of gameplay is incredibly interesting but a novelty game mode such as this will always be stuck deep in the shadow of big name multiplayer titles.

But regardless of such shortcomings, Brotherhood's success lies in taking what made AC2 work and simultaneously making it more coherent and more cinematic. It's an exercise in perfecting what you've already got working; you're not going to find much in the way of completely new material, but this is a superior game to its predecessor and a solid bridge to the next entry in the series.

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BLAZER

waitin' for its release on pc
Posted 13:26 on 07 December 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ tvr77

It's relevant because I wasn't planning on buying it due to having no hype, then I won MotM and got it anyway.

Misunderstanding on the internet is normal, don't worry about it.
Posted 09:20 on 18 November 2010
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CheekyLee

Good review. I guess it's time I actually played AC2, because I am now certain I will be buying this tomorrow!
Posted 09:15 on 18 November 2010
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tvr77@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

my comment had nothing to do with you not hyping up games but that you said 2010 has been boring, also well done for winning motm and bagging yourself a free game im sure you deserved it but whats it got to do with this discussion

@ clangod... same here ill be picking up a copy but not untill im done with ac2, iv had the game a while now but i picked up some big titles after so it got pushed to the back of the queue, i too have more than a few other games i need to finish before picking up more titles, sayin that ill be grabbing a copy of gt5 the 24th so i wont be touching any other game for a while, oh well
Posted 10:41 on 17 November 2010
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thompo555@ Ghost_Dog

Seems to be around the 90%-94% mark. Looks good!
Posted 10:05 on 17 November 2010
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Ghost_Dog

VG247 had your score as 90/100.

I got them to fix it as I know it would have made Neon furious.

Good review Emily.
Posted 10:02 on 17 November 2010
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scaz2244

sounds really good, i thought it would be pretty poor and act like ODST did.
looks like i might get this a bit later as the multiplayer despite being buggy sounds good
Posted 01:33 on 17 November 2010
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clangod

It sounds very promising and is certainly another I plan to pick up, eventually, but I still want to finish AC2 before I buy Brotherhood.

With every other game I have yet to finish, it's just gonna have to wait. At least by the time I do get it there'll be patches available and I should avoid any serious issues realised since release.
Posted 23:34 on 16 November 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ tvr77

Not hyping up games doesn't mean I don't like them. I loved Heavy Rain, but I didn't 'look forward' to it or anything, I just rightfully won MotM and got it for free.
Posted 23:30 on 16 November 2010
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Clockpunk

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Posted 21:02 on 16 November 2010
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tvr77@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

come on! there's been some great games this year and its not over yet, have you been living under a rock,

halo:reach, god of war 3, black ops, battlefield 2, alan wake, red dead, castlevania l.o.s, heavy rain, mafia 2, splinter cell: conviction, dead rising 2
now they may not appeal to everyone but there still great games and we are still awaiting the arrival of gt5
Posted 19:46 on 16 November 2010
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p0rtalthinker

Brilliant review Emily. Definitely getting this when it's released next year on the PC. I've been a huge fan of the series, and you've helped convince me this isn't just a simple cash in on the franchise but a full fledged sequel :)
Posted 19:38 on 16 November 2010
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thompo555@ rbevanx

Ahh, so it does! Too busy reading to notice! :p

Hope, for all you 360 peeps out there, that it's not a problem with the 360 side of things..
Posted 19:36 on 16 November 2010
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rbevanx@ thompo555

Looks like 360 Thompo as the review box is green and it has the 360 cover plus "PlayStation 3, PC" in the also on part fella.

They could release a patch to fix this asap like with the AC games.
Posted 19:27 on 16 November 2010
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thompo555

Great review! Now I'm stuck between getting this or GT5 >.< Any sugestions? :D

One thing. Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Gera
It's a shame it's as buggy as it is. Even in a full six-person session the game will often fail to assign me a new target after I finished off my last. It seems the only solution is to be killed and respawn elsewhere[...]

I had that a few times when playing on my PS3, however I put it down to network connection. There was deffinately a connection between the few times it happened and when the network kicked me out of the room. What system were you using?
Posted 19:22 on 16 November 2010

Game Stats

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
9
Out of 10
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Brilliant graphics
  • Living city
  • Assassin clan levelling system
  • Occasionally frustrating controls
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Release Date: 19/11/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 15
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