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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, sprawling Roman Renaissance fun, 21 Nov. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Firstly, I should say that this is based on the single-player game as I don't do multiplayer (no particular reason, just never have). I have nearly finished the single player story and have completed most of the side missions too. This is a sprawling, epic movie-like experience with a simply magnificent and sumptuous late medieval city to explore. It helps for me that Rome is one of my favourite places in the world - the way that it is rendered is not only accurate, it's joyous; one senses the pride that has gone into the design of the location and its inhabitants.
Essentially, Brotherhood is more of the same that we saw in AC2, with a few added bonuses such as being able to call in your friends when the going gets tough and taking the Monteriggioni improvement scheme to a whole new level. The interface has been tweaked to take some of the best bits of AC1 and AC2 - in fact, quite a bit of AC1 returns in this episode in terms of textures, landscapes and buildings. We move out of the fertile Tuscan plains and into a more arid Roman environment very reminiscent of The Levant.
The story is the equal of AC2 and along similar lines, except this time there's a lot more of Desmond and Lucy in the present day than either of the first two. I'm not sure I'm that keen but it helps to bind things together a bit. There are many and various side missions - in fact, there are almost so many that keeping track of each strand gets quite involved. Ezio's character has been revamped for the firearms age and a host of new weapons is available including the very useful crossbow. The combat system now makes for kill streams, with five or more enemies going down in a single strike if you can time the movements correctly - it's very impressive.
So we have a great setting, story, plenty of other things to keep you occupied and a main character who is a pleasure to work with. Why only the four stars? Well, a five-star game has whole couple of years' research, creativity and planning behind it - this doesn't; it's a sequel to an already successful game that borrows heavily but effectively from previously created material. There are also a couple of niggles - the camera system seems to have got worse since AC2, don't know why but it can cost valuable time in chases and cause you to fail missions. Also, none of the side missions have any impact on the main story or any cutscene when the overall objective is achieved - it makes them feel artificial and tacked on. I found a couple of bugs in there too eg assigned targets going to parts of the world not accessible at the time - I figured out a way around but it was very annoying.
There are a few moments in the game that are quite brilliant - including an assassination taking place during a fully-recited performance of a Passion play in the Colosseum - a gaming zenith that stands out from the virtual world and makes you marvel in reality. There are also a few innovations that don't in my view come off; but at least Ubi has not played safe. All in all, a exemplary game that deserves to be bought and played - you won't regret it.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2010 21:00:52 GMT
Good review, btw I think you should try out ACB's multiplay it looks fun to try out. Just saying.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2010 22:38:19 GMT
De Montfort says:
Thanks. MP does look good. I need to put high-speed infrastructure in place for my XBox and then this may well be the game that persuades me to give it a go.
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