Ever heard that saying about rebuilding Rome? The brand new Ubisoft Montreal video game, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, allows players to try just that by bringing down the corruption of the ruthless army of Cesare Borgia that has plagued and ruined the famed renaissance Italian city. Released in November 2010 for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a sequel to it’s mega-successful predecessor, Assassin’s Creed II.
Using elements of fantasy and historical adventure, players are once again in control of the two main protagonists of the Assassin’s Creed series, Ezio Auditore da Firenze (during the 15th century portions of the game) and Desmond Miles (in the modern-day). In a departure from the other games in the series, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood features a multi-player mode, the chance to level up and unlock valuable new abilities that are highly useful in battles, and a fantastic new management system that allows Ezio to recruit and train new assassins into his own Brotherhood. This brings out a whole different strategic side for fans to explore and develop as they destroy the strongholds that the nasty Borgia family has created with a tight fist around the once-thriving city.
The graphics are quite spectacular as well, featuring a beautifully rendered Rome lined with colorful streets and throngs of elaborately costumed crowds. There is a depth to the very images that lends itself exquisitely to the richness of the historical setting and storyline. The voice acting is perfection as well, feeling organic and alive.
The best aspect of this game is the open-world exploration. Like other sandbox-style video games, players can realistically spend hours upon hours completing missions and other side tasks before getting back on track to the main objectives. Since Rome is much larger than the principal city of Florence in Assassin’s Creed II, there are even more shops to explore and hidden objects to discover. Players who enjoy side missions similar in scope to games like Grand Theft Auto will certainly appreciate the open-ended feel of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
There is one limitation to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood that is worth mentioning. Some missions which require Ezio to be super stealthy can lead to a player trying over and over again to desperately beat a task because of some minor tic in the game. This issue can be overlooked though when considering the entire picture and grand storyline.
The current price for a new copy of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will run you anywhere from $59.99 at GameStop to $57.54 at Walmart. You might also be able to find a used copy at a slightly cheaper cost, but since the game just hit the market, it could be difficult to find a pre-played version at this time.
This game is ideal for fans of the series, but even casual gamers, who may find it difficult to catch up to the main plot, will still likely enjoy the stunning graphics, fascinating storyline, and compelling characters. All of the drawbacks to the previous game (slightly repetitive missions, issues with the controls) have been mostly remedied in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, making gameplay a highly satisfying experience. Dedicated players will be left breathless, anxiously awaiting the next installment in this excellent series.