Rarely do I review video/PC games, but Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is an excellent sequel. The addition of muti-player mode, while light in my opinion, makes it worth the wait.
It states over 15 hours of single player mode, which I imagine will be true after playing the second edition of Assassin’s Creed when it came out. The additional weapons and features were needed to expand the game area and difficulty. Some of the steps remain the same. I feared boredom when we first started playing, but quickly took off into a new world and tasks as Ezio, now a Master Assassin.
An additional ability placed into the game is you can now build and command your own assassin army to help with tasks. This adds an element of group control, leadership and strategy missing from the earlier versions.
Multi-player mode lets you pick a profile and enter into what I call a strategy session. Special abilities are afforded to you as your ability and level increases. We have spent many hours battling, what I imagine is teenagers from all over, in the servers. We have experienced no lag or trouble logging in and finding a game ready to go. The more players in a game the more strategy is needed. Also, the hardcore “in your face” players of the shooter games will actually fare worse in this one. It is not about running up close and shooting. You get far more points being stealthy, blending, hiding, surprising and using skills. A welcome change.
The multi-player expectation was slightly met for me. You compete against other assassins and are assigned contracts. You skill becomes tracking, blending, silence and striking to get more points. All the while avoiding those tracking you. The better you are in the rounds, the more trackers you have assigned at times. So while you hunt one, you may have two on you.
We did see a few glitches in the interface still as we ran through Rome. Something I didn’t expect for a third version game. Completing a step and missing the tiny text o what not to do cost us some full synchronization status, but it isn’t a show stopper at all.
For all of the parents that freak out over the idea, it is a mature rated game. You do have the ability to reduce some of the language/violence, but go with the mature rating in mind. I do not recommend this for younger kids, no matter how much they plead. While it does take place hundreds of years ago in Renaissance-era Rome, some of the weapons are familiar enough.
I would definitely get my hands on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for any of the platforms supported: XBox 360 and PS3. I know I hit the stores just days after it was launched and had no trouble finding it. Or use any of the above links (they are Amazon affiliate as a disclosure). This is a keeper.