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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (PC DVD)
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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard
Live and breathe as Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. He must journey into Italy's greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy.
Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.
And for the first time, introducing a never-before-seen multiplayer layer that allows you to choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match your skills against other players from around the world.
- Master the possibilities - As Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, experience over 15 hours of single-player gameplay set in the living, breathing, unpredictable city of Rome
- Lead a legendary brotherhood - Recruit and train promising young Assassins. Deploy them across the city as you see fit, or call upon them to aid you in your quests
- Experience a rich historical tapestry - Collaborate with real historical characters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Caterina Sforza
- Win the heart of a city - Use your hard-won currency to revitalize the crumbling capital city. Rally the citizens to your cause and unlock extra factions and missions
- Deploy secret weapons - Swiftly eliminate your enemies using tools such as poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine at your disposal
- Memorable multiplayer - Choose from multiple authentic character classes, each with their own signature weapons and killing moves. With richly-detailed maps and
Standard PC edition includes additional content:
- Animus Project Update 1.0
- Animus Project Update 2.0
- The Da Vinci Disappearance
= over 2 hours of new single player gameplay and multiplayer content (3 maps, 4 modes and 4 characters)Assassin's Creed Brotherhood PC, after an initial login, will be playable offline in single player mode.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze returns for the last time, in a direct sequel to 2009's smash hit Assassin's Creed II. For the first time ever in the series a fully-featured multiplayer mode will allow you to compete against your friends, as well as continue the centuries old battle against the Knights Templar.
The courtesan is just one of the unique new characters
Horse riding and combat is vital for some missions Assassin's Creed cityscapes are more amazing than ever Take control of gun turrets on sea and on land
The multiplayer modes are no simple deathmatch game though, as you play the various different character classes against each other and play the role of predator and prey simultaneously. You won't be working alone in the single player mode either, as Ezio commands a whole team of fellow assassins. Each has their own skills and weapons and it's up to you to train and customise them, as they evolve throughout the game.
You'll need all the help you can get too, with enemy soldiers that are more intelligent and aggressive than ever before, in the biggest and most action-packed historical adventure yet.Key Features
- Return Bout: Become Ezio the master assassin once again, with a new 15 hour single player epic that lets you take the fight to the heart of the Templar organisation.
- The A-Team: Find, recruit and train your own team of assassins, and customise them to work alone on secret missions or help you track down targets.
- Multiplayer Creed: For the first time ever in an Assassin's Creed game enjoy a host of new multiplayer modes and play as a range of character classes - from blacksmith to courtesan.
- Roman Holiday: Fight to liberate Rome from tyranny in the largest city ever seen in the series. Use your own money to rebuild landmarks and unlock extra missions.
- Weapons Master: Utilise a range of new weapons and equipment provided by Leonardo da Vinci, including poison darts, double hidden blades and a parachute.
Ubisoft's huge development studio in Canada has created many of the French publisher's biggest hits, including the Splinter Cell series, the modern Prince of Persia games, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Assassin's Creed, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja and the Far Cry sequels and spin-offs.
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But the reason I cannot give this game the full complement of stars is because unlike Assassin's Creed II, which was a real quantum leap from the original Assassin's Creed in terms of setting, innovation and story, AC Brotherhood offers little compared to AC II, and its story, in fact, feels dull in comparison. Even years after having played AC II I still remember the story pretty well - Ezio growing up in Florence, then half of his family being murdered and left to hang, Ezio swearing bloody vengeance on the man who ordered the executions, then killing him, but then discovering he is only a small pawn in a bigger ring of conspirators, Ezio fleeing the city to Montereggioni, then hunting down the bad guys in Florence, Venice and Forli where he finds an ally by the name of Caterina Sforza, and the game ending with the final revelation being the transformation of the main bad guy you were desperately trying to hunt throughout the game, Rodrigo Borgia, into none other than Pope Alexander VI! So Assassin's Creed Brotherhood essentially begins where AC II left off - Ezio arriving in Rome and trying to kill Rodrigo Borgia. However, now his prodigal son, Cesare Borgia and his plans to unite Italy in a big military campaign stand in Ezio's way. Then there is Lucretia Borgia as well, and a host of other characters Ezio needs to assasinate. However, none of them really contribute to the story. In fact, shortly after completing the game I already had trouble remembering exactly what the course of events in AC Brotherhood was. All I remember is infiltrating the Castel Sant Angelo several times, once to rescue Caterina Sforza, then killing several characters and then defeating a French mercenary army to finally be able to take revenge on Rodrigo and Cesare.
While AC Brotherhood is a game that does indeed have improved gameplay elements (and arguably slightly improved and smoother graphics through there is a really stupid brown daylight filter for outside environments you can't turn off) compared to AC II, the story feels tacked on. You also only have Rome to explore, with some side missions revolving around Leonardo da Vinci's war machine prototypes taking you to various other cities in Italy, but only briefly for those missions only.
While AC II was an RPG that focused on the story, AC Brotherhood is an RPG that focuses on the role playing and free roam elements. You can rebuild Rome bit by bit after liberating a district from the presence of a Borgia tower and its captain, and then restoring various shops and fast travel gates from a state of disrepair into full function by spending a small sum of money. Restoring Rome earns you money which you can pick up at Banks. You can also invest in shops to get some unique items needed for shop quests that in turn give you special equipment upon completion, and earn or lose money depending on the risk factor. Pretty much every mission now has a 50% and 100% synch version, the latter requiring you to complete it within a certain time limit, not get detected, only use your hidden blade or other such challenges. The main selling feature of AC Brotherhood is that you can recruit and train your own guild of Assassins, and send them on contracts to earn money and help them level up. Just like in AC II, you have faction speific lairs, this time being the usual Templar lairs that give you a large sum of gold upon completion, and lairs belonging to the Followers of Romulus, a cult whose devotees drape themselves with wolf skins and attack you on sight. Once you have snagged a scroll from the end of each of the Romulus lairs, you unlock the Armor of Brutus. There are also other outfits unlockable by uPlay points which you earn by completing specific actions in the game. These outfits include Ezio's teenage Florentine garb, the Assassin's Creed II Altair armor, the AC 1 Altair outfit and the Helmschmied Drachen armor.
Overall, AC Brotherhood certainly has more fun RPG-type open world gameplay than AC II, but in terms of story it is quite lacklustre in comparison with its predecessor. So ultimately, just so we could get to explore Rome, Ubisoft dedicated an entire game to it while keeping the last snippet of AC II's story - killing Rodrigo Borgia - for this game. Of course, one thing I do have to credit this game for is that it features an interesting Desmond & friends story arc as well. Both the beginning and end of AC Brotherhood is played from the perspective of Desmond, so he does get to do some parkour climbing of his own.
Overall though, a 3/5. A game that wasnt reeeeeeally necessary from a narrative point of view, but a solid game giving you plenty of stuff to do nonetheless. Oh yeah - there is multiplayer now. I guess that's where a good portion of creativity went to... ;)
It doesn't bother me because I'm always connected anyway but I can sympathise with the anger of someone that wants to play a single player game and has no internet connection. They can't play.
But that's not my point - my point is: where did all those 1 star reviews go? This game is MASSIVELY popular and has been out for 9 months, yet there are only 29 customer reviews? AC2 has 320 customer reviews.
Anyway this game is pretty good, graphics are awesome and there are more than enough things to do with your time in the world, but I can't give it a high rating because I get so frustrated with the game. The Ubisoft launcher constantly messes with my VPN and I do agree that it's absurd that a single player requires the internet. It's also stupidly easy, you just need to learn how to counter-attack, but that never stopped me enjoying the overall experience.
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