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A chase through dark places once more
, 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
The successor to AC2 continues where Ezio and Desmond left off, confused by the warning and prophecy of the Earth about to undergo some major catastrope, interestingly enough, the events in Desmonds timeline is 2012.
To recap: From AC1 and AC2:
Desmond was broken out of Abstergo Industries, a fictional company who is the power in the world controlled by Knights Templar agents whose true goal is to Control the people by manipulating events around the masses to respond the way Abstergo wants it, the only way to do it is to assassinate anyone who does not agree with them or have others discredit former employees of this secret group. Besides that, Abstergo created a device called the Animus which can access genetic memories from the DNA of a subject, the first 15 test subjects, probably assassins that have been captured like Desmond Miles did not survive the experiments on the animus test bed until a key figure, subject 16, he died but left some major clues that can unravel the mystery that Desmond Miles is caught up in.
Upto this point Desmond has never been one to sit around long enough to attract any unwanted attention, he mentioned when he was younger, he left an Assassin's farm and his parents because he hated it and considered his parents 'strangers', he then lived his life as a bartender until recently and then became a drifter, that was until he was caught out by using a credit card transaction on a motorbike which brought him to Abstergo against his will.
In a room in Abstergo's main headquarters, Desmond was forced to enter the animus and relive the Memories of Altair ibn La-Ahad to find a device called a 'Piece of Eden', the device in question is supposed to contain great amount of information. While in Altair's memories, Altair almost had a chance of stealing it without much trouble but in his act of arrogance, he lost his rank and his friends amounst the order he was in and failed, eventually Altair discovers the truth about everything around him and recovers the artefact which contained information that is vital to the Templars efforts. Right afterward this, the Templars had little use for an Assassin in their building.
The next day after Lucy vouched for Desmonds life, she broken him out of Abstergo and teamed up with two other Assassins, one of the assassins created another animus called 'Baby', and the other one is filled with his own self importance and sarcasm. Desmond has to relive the memories of another ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Desmond needed to access Ezio to learn how to fight as an assassin and along the way discovers several amazing and strange facts and incidents which led Ezio to Rodrigo Borgia who then led Ezio to Minerva...
ACB in my opinion:
I did a quick playthrough, took about 8 hours total to complete that, but it was an fascinating 8 hours for certain. I am currently on a second playthrough, this time going for the 100% maximum result, along the way i have dicovered a pile of very annoying problems, one specifically pointed to a lack of save points on some missions loosing 15 minutes+ of work, while others are related to phantom keys apparently being pressed when i have never touched them, so in the case i want to go left it tells the puppet being Ezio to let go off a ledge or tell him to go the wrong way.
Its not the only annoying problems this game has at times, during the a fight and you go on an executing streak which by itself is fun killing limitless guards, sometimes a guard grabs you and wont release you no matter what you try, no fault on my end, it is annoying loosing a good kill streak of 10+ guards on the keyboard, another is when a guard attacks you exactly at a moment you can not respond like actually during an animated executing strike. i think it was designed that way intentionally, but then again some practice maybe required since i only got the game when it first came out.
The graphics are pretty much the same as AC2, so a little disappointed, but there have been refinements to this, as there has been refinements to the attack features and map features. the investments option which will pull in more money is required for internet contact, and to be honest i dont see the point in limiting the fun factor like that, another brain dead scheme from Ubisoft for which i will not yield to. another problem is when you go offline mode, apprently you are still connected to Ubisoft's servers, the only reason i noticed it is when their servers and my computer loose a connection with one another and then shortly reconnects with a message saying so, but it does not interrupt the gameplay.
With these annoying problems and bugs plaguing moments you do not need them the most, it takes the fun out of the game and really lowers the overall impression of a good game thus far.
6/10 is my score rating and knowing Ubisoft i wouldnt be surprised if they had securom software on the disc, despite the average score, its just as good as AC2, but the both of them couldnt hold a candle to AC1, a lone assassin vs 20+ guards on ocassions and from what i could tell, seemingly less bugged then the next two that have been taken to PC.
Revision 1: After the first playthrough and second play through, i needed to remove the game for an issue elsewhere on the HDD, got it fixed and installed the game once more, for no apparent reason the game is now running slow and stuttering like crazy even before i hit the main menu, and before it never had this problem. i have all the latest drivers and the current rig i got 2.8ghz phenom II x3 with the near lastest ATI 6000 series card 1gb gdd5, with 4 gb of ddr3 at 1066 speed and x-fi gaming sound card to prevent exactly this problem from ocurring. if i can not find a way around the issue the whole HDD will need to be wiped and start over after only a month. the reason i say this is because ubisoft usually implant one of these horrible leech drm software on the hard disk and i suspect after the latest install that it is responsible for the current slow downs, even with first time install it did stutter from time to time on an inconsistent basis and now its probably messing about on my computer, a simple virus scan or anti rootkit of spyware kit or anything else like that will not solve it as its designed to be so far buried under the data that only a complete wipe would be the only resort. i bet my right arm that when the hdd is wiped and everything is back on the computer, that the stutters will have disappeared and when a second install occurs that the stutters will come back again.
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