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5.0 out of 5 stars The series that gets better with age..., 24 Nov. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I suggest you only read this if you want mass details on the new multiplayer side of the game....

By now, if you're an assassin's creed fan, you won't need a detailed analysis of the singleplayer aspect of the game, at least, I won't be giving you one. If you're new to the series, I do highly reccommend you head for Assassin's Creed II as this game begins where the second ended... and I mean exactly where it ended.But regardless, get it anyway. The story is wonderful and the gameplay is excellent - that's all you need from me.

But enough of that, something marvellous has arrived to your gaming consoles along the lines of: Assassin's Creed + Multiplayer = Inspired. Ever since the first game, I, and yourself (even if you didn't realise it)have wished to partake in skillful assassinations with friends and strangers from around the world. That wish has now been granted - with a handful of customisation to go with it. If you haven't realised already, this is a look at the multiplayer side of the Assassin's Creed Franchise within Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. So lets take a look at what you can do with your profile!

The multiplayer gives you the choice to outfit a multitude of "personas" as you are an asbergos (sp?) agent who is in training to become an assassin and as such, are practicing your skills against other agents all logged into the animus. Yes, they even gave a backstory to the multiplayer! These personas include the intimidating Executioner, the masked Doctor, the beautiful but deadly Courtesan, the suspicious Smuggler and man more. As you level up through experience, you are given the option to make changes to these personas, whether it be gear or simply the colours of their outfits - so make yours unique.

Maps: The maps in ACB's multiplayer are a mixture of unique MP maps and entire areas that you may recognise from the SP game. Uncle Mario's villa for example, or Forli.

Gamemodes now, at least, the gamemodes I have unlocked. To start off, you are given two: Wanted and Manhunt.

WANTED: In wanted, you are your own assassin playing a game of cat and mouse. With a twist. You are both the cat and the mouse. For this gamemode you are given the option to chose your own persona, choose quickly to get the one you want as each player gets their own on a first come, first serve basis. Once in the world, you are given a "radar" at the bottom of your screen which fills up as you get closer to your target. Don't expect an indicater above the head of your victim as you are only given a rough estimate as to where they are. Once this bar lights up, your target, so act natural because you still don't know who they are. Remember, these worlds are overly populated with computer controlled characters as you would expect in the SP world - so your target could be anywhere. But here comes the twist. While you are stalking your prey, someone close behind you has been following YOU on their radar. So even if you do get your kill, the assassin who has been trying to find you may have just seen it and as such, you have now got a red blob over your head. What happens next is familiar. Your attacker gives chase and to lose him, you have to hide in the places you would expect - on benches, in hay stacks, or blending in plain sight. It may sound a bit slow, but it isn't. The tension is high and the death just keeps on coming.

MANHUNT: Manhunt is a team based game. One side are the "attackers" and the other side are the "victims." As an attacker, you get the same advantages as if you were playing wanted. You have your radar and a direction to a member of the enemy team. As a victim, you don't have this radar. You only have your senses. This is where paranoia really kicks in. I have been known to start running away from innocent civilians just because they turned towards me too suddenly. This, however, has revealed my location and gets me killed. Something to point out is that you don't get to choose your own persona (character) for this gamemode as whoever joined a team first gets to choose what your team looks like. But there are plenty of computer civilians that look just like you out there, so you won't stick out too much.

ALLIANCES: I'll be honest, I've played Manhunt and Wanted too much so I haven't had a real good go on Alliances yet. But from what I can work out, you play in three teams of two players, so I think that should make things more interesting as a team-based game.

CUSTOMISATION: As well as changing what your personas look like, levelling up also unlocks a wide range of gear for you to play with. There is the "disguise" ability for example, which lets you morph into a different persona for a limited time - good for quick getaways providing nobody sees you. There are smoke bombs to be used, useful to stun the opposition for enough time for you to run. I haven't unlocked too many things yet, but there are various perks and weapons to be had - such as the hidden pistol or sprint boost. Even these weapons can be further customised, such as changing how long your smoke bombs are effective for.

Losing/Death streaks are also available, such as the ability to reset the cooldowns for you primary perks if you are on a losing streak. Or extra precision for your attacks. Just little things to get you back on track.

You can also create different "profile sets." Think of these as weapon classes. You can create them outside of gameplay and select what you want to use in-game and you can also swap them with each death. (If you've played Call of Duty - think of "Create-a-Class" and "Choose Class" commands)

I haven't covered everything, as I haven't played it enough to have experienced everything! But I will leave you with this:

BUY IT. No really, there isn't anything out there like it. Oh and, do stop tagging call of duty for this game...
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010 13:31:25 GMT
Doc says:
Great Review.

The multiplayer an AC:Bro'hood is simply genius.

Can get frustrating when you get the games where you always seem to have 2 or more people stalking you everytime you spawn but it makes it interesting.

Posted on 4 Jan 2011 14:20:54 GMT
Anton says:
triple escape for the win :{
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