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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition the Assassin's Creed Saga
The Assassin's Creed series is just getting better and better. The games have progressed from the overly repetitive first game to this latest instalment from 1500 AD Rome that is an excellently varied game.

The gameplay is the same style as Assassin's Creed II and you play as the smooth talking Italian named Ezio. You are required to complete a series of...
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 by William Percival

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3.0 out of 5 stars Same old joy; same old issues
First, to put something to rest: this is not, as initial impressions suggested, just a glorified expansion on AC2. There are a couple of new mechanics, a new training system, a lot more side-missions/quests and, most importantly a HUGE new map to explore. I did worry that moving from three cities to one would make for a much smaller and less varied experience and, yes,...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition the Assassin's Creed Saga, 20 Jun. 2011
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William Percival (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Platinum (PS3) (Video Game)
The Assassin's Creed series is just getting better and better. The games have progressed from the overly repetitive first game to this latest instalment from 1500 AD Rome that is an excellently varied game.

The gameplay is the same style as Assassin's Creed II and you play as the smooth talking Italian named Ezio. You are required to complete a series of missions involving the assassination of targets using your hidden blade, the infiltration of buildings and the collecting of items.
The free running is perfectly fluid allowing you to scale the highest buildings or dart up nearby scaffolding to escape your pursuers. The sprinting and jumping controls feel very natural and intuitive making for a satisfying gaming experience.
Other additions to the gameplay include the ability to restore buildings such as banks and shops in the in-game environment. These can then earn you money which can then be spent on items such as weapons and armour. This is a nice addition to the game as it poses the question to the gamer whether to invest and build a business empire or to purchase armour and weapon upgrades.
Additionally you have the option to save citizens which can then be trained up and used to help you in the battle against the opposition. There's a wide variety of other opportunities available to the gamer to keep them entertained - for example you can collect the scrolls of Romulus or complete one of the many side missions.

Graphically Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is very similar to its predecessor. You can expect wonderfully crafted buildings and stunning landscapes aplenty. Clearly a lot of work has gone into the construction of this game to make it look so brilliant.

Another major positive of this game is the excellent multiplayer. Online you can either play as an individual or work as a team to assassinate others. Points are rewarded for how subtly and skilfully you assassinate your target making gameplay very addictive as you strive for the perfect kill.

Overall this game is definitely worth purchasing, even if you have not played the previous games. There is plenty to do and unlock meaning you are guaranteed hours of entertainment. At this price you are getting a lot of hours of entertainment for your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Assasssin's Creed Games then this is definitely worth it., 26 Aug. 2011
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Jason Hehir "Jason" (London) - See all my reviews
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If, like me, you enjoyed the first 2 instalments of the game then you will certainly like this. It picks up right where the 2nd one left off and continues the story as Ezio battles the Borgia's in Rome. Although you only have 1 city to explore it is by far the biggest they have ever created and will keep you busy for hours and hours. They have also extended to commercial side of things with the ability to set up guilds and train other assassins. I haven't got to the multi-player part of it yet but am certainly looking forward to it. And it's so cheap!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb game, 8 Oct. 2013
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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood starts exactly where ACII left off - as Desmond you are looking for a new place to use as a base as you flee from the Templars and as Ezio Aufitore you are in the secret underground chamber beneath the Vatican in Rome after the fight between Ezio and the Spanish Pope Rodrigo Borgia.

In this game you will spend almost all your "Ezio" time in Rome and Rome is a massive place to journey around, but don't worry you don't abandon Monterrigioni completely you will spend you "Desmond" time in Ezio's former home.

Early in the story Ezio realises that it was a mistake to leave Rodrigo alive and is determined to correct that error, but Rodrigo is not the only enemy he has to face.

There are collectables which include 100 "Borgia Flags" also included in the hidden tombs; there are 25 feathers to collect, 6 seals of Romulus, paintings, weapons and so on.

There are a number of side missions including those for the "thieves' guild", the "courtesan's guide" and the "mercenaries" as well as Lairs (rather than Tombs) of the supporters of Romulus.

There is one truly annoying thing and that is the introduction of 100% synchronisation requirement. For anyone who has played I have one word for you: "tank"! There are some of these quests and missions which are virtually impossible and if you fail at the end you have to go back to the beginning to try again. I rapidly learnt to say "sod the percentage just let me finish the mission" and that isn't why I play the game normally.

The multiplayer option was quite good, but once Revelations came out people moved to that, and the when AC3 came out people moved on again, and no doubt will do the same with AC4 meaning that if you want to play one of the earlier multiplayer games for a change then you can be sat for hours (I've waited 143 minutes) for a team hook up. Oh well, it can't be helped.

The single player game is what keeps me playing and fortunately the "Desmond" play time is very short - in fact you don't really need to stop, but I would recommend that you do exit the Villa Monterrigioni and use eagle vision when you walk out of the back door, you should see something to make you think.

With Assassin's Creed the way you play is up to you (except for specific mission parameters) you can sneak about or make an all-out frontal attack, but whichever way you play I think it is a great way to spend your spare time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great game for both AC fans and new gamers alike., 21 July 2011
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T.Wah (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Platinum (PS3) (Video Game)
Single-player review.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a direct sequel to 2009's Assassin's Creed II. The game literally takes place moments after the ending of Assassin's Creed II. Players familiar with the Assassin's Creed franchise will notice immediately that the core mechanics of the game are largely the same but with the addition of more abilities and features. Players will still use R1+X to scale walls or R1+square to initiate counter-attacks and so on. This game is pretty much the Assassin's Creed II players remember. Of course this is not necessarily a bad thing since Assassin's Creed II was such a fun game to play.

AC: B has the player resume their roles as assassins Desmond Miles (when in the present day of 2012) and Ezio Auditore Da Firenze (when in the Animus). The plot of AC: B focuses around Ezio who is attempting to rebuild and reclaim Rome from its Borgia rulers. The story does a good job of fleshing out details about characters you have already been introduced to in ACII while introducing some new characters along the way without having the player feel swamped with information in any way. The plot of the game is- in true Assassin's Creed fashion- full of twists and surprises that will keep you entertained from start to finish and it is easily one of the game's strong points.

The first thing players will notice when they resume Ezio's story is that the combat in AC: B has been sped up significantly: enemies are now more aggressive, taking shots at you more often and at the same time players have the ability to perform an execution move (which basically reduces the number of hits it takes to kill an enemy with each subsequent kill a player can get without being interrupted by an enemy attack) which further speeds up the pace. Also worth noting is the pairing of certain weapons which can be used simultaneously such as the sword and gun combo or the dagger and throwing knife combo which gives an extra layer of depth to the combat. Complementing these new tweaks is an expanded arsenal which includes weapons such as crossbows and heavy weapons. Though the faster pace and new abilities may take some time to get accustomed to, the combat is able to remain just as satisfying and fun to watch as it was in the previous instalments without feeling repetitive.

One of the biggest additions in AC: B is the fact that this time round Ezio can recruit other Assassins and utilize them to help him on his missions or just straight up help in engaging enemies. These Assassin recruits can level up and gain points which the player can then spend on improving the quality of gear the recruits work with. While certainly a great addition and a fun mechanic to play with, its full potential is not realized as most story sequences disables the ability to call in Assassins often making you wonder why this ability was even implemented in the first place if not to be used in missions. This is especially disappointing towards the end game where players are thrown into multiple large-scale battles without the ability to call in the recruits.

Another departure from traditional Assassin's Creed setting is the fact that players will spend majority of the game in the large, well-realized city of Rome instead of having several smaller locations to visit. As a consequence players will now have to conquer territories from the Borgia and renovate these liberated parts of Rome instead of having their own personal town to renovate. Strangely the routine task of destroying a Borgia tower to take over a piece of land and renovating the shops in said piece of land is really satisfying and the incentive of more money from more buildings renovated adds to the already rewarding experience. Besides increasing your income, the buildings and shops you renovate can also be used to purchase various items from basic items like medicine to more permanent items like armour and so on.

AC: B is far from perfect and contains many of the flaws the original game had such as clunky platforming controls in tighter areas or pairing these clunky controls with sequences which are timed; all which can lead to a great deal of frustration. Of course if you are familiar with the franchise then chances are that you have already learnt to forgive these minor annoyances. However the new large scale map of Rome does introduce some new problems which are not as easy to forgive. Firstly the overview map does a very poor job of telling you where you can and can't go. Often exploring players will find that they ran/rode all the way towards a location just to have a white wall restricting the said location's access - the game's way of telling you that you should not be in that area just yet. This would not have been such a problem if players had some way to see the areas they cannot enter but unfortunately the ability is not included and travelling all the way to a location just to be blocked by a white wall is just a horrible waste of time. Another result of having larger and richer areas in the game is that the camera angles can easily get obscured. This is especially true when engaged in combat where the combat camera can get blocked by trees or buildings. While not exactly game breaking, this minor annoyance can stack up with the game's other problems causing even more frustration. Overall the game's problems boils down to one fundamental issue: the game controls do not work well for timed sequences. There are just simply too much mistakes that can occur in the platforming when faced with the pressure of time limits. Fortunately for AC: B there are only small traces of where time is a factor and an even smaller part within this group of missions which are compulsory in order to progress the game's plot which is enough to allow players to enjoy the game rather than be frustrated.

All in all if you are an existing fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise or are just looking for a good and fun action game with an excellent story then this is a game you should play. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is basically a really fine-tuned and improved version of Assassin's Creed II that continues the Assassin's Creed plot in interesting new ways.

Rating: 4/5
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old joy; same old issues, 21 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Platinum (PS3) (Video Game)
First, to put something to rest: this is not, as initial impressions suggested, just a glorified expansion on AC2. There are a couple of new mechanics, a new training system, a lot more side-missions/quests and, most importantly a HUGE new map to explore. I did worry that moving from three cities to one would make for a much smaller and less varied experience and, yes, Rome is not as big as the three previous cities combined and doesn't have quite the same environmental variety, but it is at least twice as big as any single previous city, with a tonne of surrounding countryside to explore, and there are even missions that take you out of Rome (little exploration to be had in these, but it's still nice to have the change of scenery).

And it still controls like Assassin's Creed. Same control-mapping, same functions and largely the same mechanics. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing...to a point.

The problem is, with exactly the same controls, comes exactly the same problem: namely, the camera. It is still too slow when traversing the environment, especially when against the clock or chasing a target. When going in a straight line - whether vertically or horizontally - it's no big deal, but any change of direction, without manually adjusting the camera (not easy when holding 'sprint'), and you'll inevitably crash into an ambling pedestrian/horse/guard, be stuck against a wall, or jump clean off a building, plummeting to a painful landing or target-losing splash.

Worse still is when the camera suddenly shifts to a fixed point when you're giving chase. This happens too often and, every time it does, the directional control shifts with it causing you to fall and fail your first attempt at almost every chase.

And the camera fairs no better in combat, often getting stuck against a wall or behind a pillar/tree. And when you do find the optimum place to watch for incoming attacks, it still zooms-in every fourth/fifth kill, only to pan out again at another bad angle.

Indeed, the camera is one of two things that make the game challenging. In fact, 'challenging' is the wrong word. AC: Brotherhood is not challenging. IF you fail at any mission during the game, it is not because the mission is difficult (even when going for 100%), but because either the camera has let you down, or no explanation has been given as to what you're supposed to be doing. This is especially true of the missions featuring The Apple.

*MILD spoiler alert*

In the latter missions of the game, you take control of The Piece of Eden (The Apple). The problem is, you're given no explanation as to how it works and you're restricted from using anything else to defend yourself. This leads to a string of frustrating and BORING climactic missions (fortunately, the final two drop The Apple entirely).

*SPOILER OVER*

The issue of vague mission explanation is made worse by the fact that certain things are highlighted ad-nauseam (by the third time Ezio says 'Good, that will help me get back up if I fall' you'll want to throw him from something, but he'll keep on saying it), as if you can figure out a brand-new mechanic on your own, but you need telling to hold R1/RB every time you approach a lift.

There are other issues with the game that can frustrate and hamper the fun - blending doesn't always work, still no option to skip cut-scenes, the horses can no longer gallop and Ezio doesn't always grab when/what he's supposed to - but these are mostly minor.

AC: B's missions feature most of the elements from the previous two (albeit with a lot less pick-pocketing and a lot less listening-in), but these elements are predominantly used together and in a variety of ways, so the missions aren't nearly as repetitive. Leonardo's missions in particular keep things fresh.

The Borgia towers, expanded reconstruction element and Assassin recruits are also nice additions. The latter can be exploited to make things too easy at times, but that's down to how you use them and they're otherwise an interesting new element that will hopefully be further expanded upon come AC: Revelations.

If like me, you were um-ing and ah-ing between the PS3 and 360 versions, the PS3's exclusive Copernicus missions are a decent, but very brief aside, but although it looks a lot better than AC2 did on PS3, the 360 version still has slightly sharper visuals and marginally quicker loading times (installed or not), so it's down to whichever you give the higher priority (I would personally go for the sharper visuals, but that's easier to say having experienced the Copernicus missions).
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5.0 out of 5 stars part of my collection, 31 Mar. 2014
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Havent even opened this, it just sits on my game shelf with the other assassins creed games waiting for me to win the lottery so I can then waste my life completing all the games I never had time to play before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, 9 Sept. 2013
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GOOD PRODUCT WELL PRODUCES HAS GIVEN HOURS OF FUN TO ALL OF THE FAMILY. i DO NOT WISH TO WRITE ANYTHING FURTHER SO PLEASE WITHDRAW YOUR MINIUM WORD LIMIT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Game, 22 July 2013
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This is even better than AC 2, a few people have said this is not much different and I would agree but it is more of the same great game play, continuation of a great story, great graphics and it does have a few extra features to make it that bit more entertaining.

I would say well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!, 16 May 2013
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If you have played any of the Assassin's Creed games you kinda should know what to expect. I had a slight issue that the "extra online content" had already been used on another system so I got a couple of quid refunded but definitely an issue worth remembering when purchasing such games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game ,but I need patience to fully enjoy it, 29 April 2013
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I have now bought more games and am somewhat flighty as I have flitted to other games ,leaving my initial purchases on my shelf ,and plan to return to playing them when the mood takes me.

But from the gameplay I have experienced in the short time that I have palyed it ,this is an excellent game with an expansive map.
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