This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Platinum (PS3) (Video Game)If you think of this game as just an expansion for Assassins Creed 2 expect to be amazed. Although it doesn't really reach the standard of the previous game it's a pretty good addition, and you can easily forgive it's technical flaws considering the blast this game provides.
Several improvements where made, some with more meaning then others, but the shear beauty of the city of Rome, and the detail it has present should be enough to dazzle you, I often found myself just staring at the coliseum, and just feeling like I was there.
But Brotherhood isn't just about the view, and although the story sometimes seems a little cheap, the game-play is really sweet and fluid, and the controls handle pretty well, the fighting system(that a really liked in A.C. 2) as been modified, and I know, why change something that was already good? Well, basically to make it even better, you can now fight multiple opponents at the same time so it doesn't feel like your just fighting loads of one-on-one battles, and there is also some cool new weapons, including a crossbow and believe I used the crossbow like hell.
Another thing that also received some improvement was the way you travel around the city, you can walk among the busy crowds listening to their stories and hearing them complain about their life, or you can climb buildings and sprint along rooftops, thous avoid the crowds altogether, while running from rooftop archers or eliminating them as you go along, or you can now use the new addition to the game. So, are you sick of walking and running, and climbing? Well the just whistle for a horse! That's right, a horse! You can now whistle any time for a horse and it will just run on towards you, you can then use to quickly travel around the huge city, while casually knocking a few citizens on your way. Another addition to travelling are tunnels, they kinda work like fast travel agencies in the previous game you enter one and come out another, and its really useful to because the city of Rome is huge!
You might a thought the map would be considerably smaller since you usually have access to multiple cities, it might be a bit smaller, but trust me, you will spend as much time looking for all it's secrets as you did looking for secrets hidden in the areas of A.C.2, you sometimes feel like your in another city altogether, but one thing does remain it's always stunning and beautiful even in the most plain parts.
The way you use your money also had a few changes, now besides using it to buy new weapons and clothes, and paintings and treasure maps, you also use it to renovate shops, like in the villa Auditore in A.C.2, this means that if you want to buy a particular item from a shop you first need to buy said shop, and only then can you buy the item. The buildings you can buy include those mentioned already and also, banks, faction headquarters(you will learn about these factions in the game but they are basically mercenaries, courtesans and thiefs), and also historical buildings. Another thing you new to buy are those fast travel tunnels that I mentioned.
Now I dont want to extend myself on the story, but dont expect too much from it, you do find out about somethings, but there mostly irrelevant and dont really add much to the global picture. The ending thats a different story, I wont reveal it of course, but, get ready for it.
In short even with all it's tiny flaws this games is awesome and you should totally get it.