Review by Cowleggies
"Niente è vero. Tutto è permesso."
If your new to the Assassin's Creed series, click the back button on your browser. If you choose to play this before the other 2, you WILL be confused.
Gameplay - 10/10
Simply marvelous. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (which will be referred to as ACB from now on) is a Prince of Persia style sandbox game. You can scale buildings, do sweet assassinations, and pretty much do whatever you want. In the single player, you have access to many weapons, such as the throwing knives, the hidden gun, and the ever-so-stylish hidden blade. Each of these are an effective weapon to use when targeting opponents. In the single player, you will partake in not only stealthy assassinations, but out in the open fighting. In the Multiplayer however, you will only be using stealthy assassinations. Multiplayer uses a level up system, containing 50 levels, with each level unlocking you something new, such as a new weapon, a new perk, a new character, or a new color for an already obtained character. There are 3 types of game modes in ACB; Wanted, Manhunt and Alliance. Wanted is your token free for all game, but with an interesting twist. Instead of going after everyone, you have 1 target. This works in a rock-paper-scissors type of way, with Player A targeting Player B, who is targeting Player C, who is targeting Player A. Manhunt is a team-based game type, consisting of 2 rounds. In round 1, Team A is on offense, trying to assassinate the players on Team B. In round 2 however, the roles are reversed, with Team A trying to stay alive, with Team B tracking them down. Alliance is a team-based game type as well, with 3 teams, each consisting of 2 players. This also works as a rock-paper-scissors game type, with A->B, B->C, C->A. This also consists of two rounds, with the second round switching the target of your team, i.e. A->C, C->B, B->A. The core game also comes with Advanced Wanted, which limits your HUD, and with the free DLC, you can also get 2 new maps and the game type Advanced Alliance, which is Alliance with limited HUD.
Story - 10/10
I won't spoil anything, but the story is simply amazing. For you history nuts, it is extremely accurate, and they include Ezio, the main character, in many important events in history, and it flows very smoothly. If you have not played AC or AC2, go play them before this. If not both, at least play AC2 to enjoy this story, as it is a follow up of AC2 more so than AC1.
Sound - 6/10
Very catchy, but not anything to extraordinary.
Graphics - 8/10
Very aesthetically pleasing, and the art style works very well for the game.
Replay Value - 9/10
The multiplayer will keep you entertained for quite a while, and the story is still quite captivating on the 2nd or 3rd playthrough.
Overall - 9/10
Great game, I would recommend to anyone who likes the AC series.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/05/11
Game Release: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (US, 11/16/10)
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