You cannot appreciate Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood without back tracking on its storyline. In the first Assassin’s Creed, Desmond Miles, an ordinary guy, wakes up and finds that he’s been taken by Abstergo Industries. Desmond realizes that he is entangled in a war between two secret organizations. Throughout the course of history, the Assassins and the Templars (a.k.a. Abstergo Industries of the present times) wage a hidden war. The Assassins fight for the safeguard of humanity’s freedom while Templars fight to rule the world. The world depends on this balance. Desmond Miles finds that he was born into the Assassin’s brotherhood. When Abstergo Industries took him, Desmond was strapped into a machine called the Animus. The Animus explores the memories of one’s ancestors (in this case, Desmond’s ancestors) lives embedded deep into their DNA.
First, Desmond explores the life of Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, an assassin from the Third Crusade. The Templars wanted to discover the location of an artifact called the Piece of Eden. This artifact has the ability to force people to their will. Towards the end of the first Assassin’s Creed, the Templars found what they were looking for and decided to get rid of Desmond. Lucy, a woman who works for Abstergo Industries, but secretly works for the assassins, saves Desmond. Desmond had hoped that after escaping the corporation, he can return to his normal life. Unfortunately, that did not happen. They were just getting started.
In Assassin’s Creed II, Desmond’s allies want to beat the Templars to the artifact which they are still trying to find. Thus, Desmond was strapped into yet another Animus to relive the memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an ancestor from the Renaissance era, to search for a path forward. Through this process, Desmond finds himself becoming more like his ancestors from the past. Towards the end of Assassin’s Creed II, Ezio encounters the goddess, Minerva, who claims that the fate of the world could be in danger and Desmond is the only one who can save it.
Unable to find answers right away, the Templars have found Desmond’s secret hideout, so Desmond and his allies were forced to leave. Now, Desmond’s story continues in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
I like how the development of the game did not look like it was rushed. November 17th of 2009 was the release of Assassin’s Creed II so I felt that everything in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, for example the graphics, would be rushed. However, it wasn’t. This new installment of the Assassin’s Creed series takes the players into a journey of a completely new level.
Once you play Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (or, in fact, any of the installments), you become are a part of a completely different world. It feels like you are coursing through time. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is the continuation of Ezio Auditore’s story. Oftentimes, you literally feel like you are in the game. As you walk the streets of Italy, such the sounds of the people talking and the sights of the breathtaking historic buildings, you can almost feel your surroundings. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood doesn’t fail on touching every part of the human senses.
This new installment encourages the players not only to stay in the shadows, but to take the offensive as well. A combination of stealth and speed is a key factor in getting through this game successfully. Every scenario is more aggressive than before-it is not easy for you to run away, poison the guards or hide easily.
How challenging is the Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood? Very, on a scale of 1 to 10-it’s a 9. Overall, part of the challenge is the controls, which are sort of difficult to handle since you have to hold the left trigger and motion the D-pad to get a certain weapon. The weapons are efficient tools for killing and causing mass destruction. A crossbow, which will cost you about 12,000 florins to obtain, is the latest addition to its long list of weaponry that includes throwing knives and firearm for long range, long sword, small sword and fists for short range, and hidden blades and poison for stealth.
I happen to like where the story is heading. It seems that Ezio’s story will yet again take another unexpected turn. Throughout the years, Ezio has earned the respect of others. Some eventually became followers. During assassinations, Ezio won’t be alone for he has others with him who will always watch his back. In Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood a new, stronger organization has formed and Ezio and his followers are ready to strike the center of all corruption– Rome.
I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves a good challenge, action, adventure and a little history. However, this game is definitely not for little kids because of the gruesome killing and spicy sexual scenes.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Rating Breakdown: Difficulty: 9/10, Graphics: 9.5/10, Story: 9/10, Music: 9/10 and Production: 10/10