Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood continues the story of Ezio from Assassin’s Creed 2. The Templars have created a stronghold in the city of Rome. Ezio is looking for revenge for the destruction of his beautiful home.
Players will start out during the attack on Ezio’s home. This pulse pounding sequence has you doing everything you can to make sure everyone gets out alive. However, there are some people you just can’t save. Your uncle Mario is one casualty in this horrendous assault directed by the Templars.
Not willing to drift off in obscurity, Ezio is willing to seek his revenge in the heart of the Templars’ stronghold in Rome .
Rome is a monstrous city spanning several enormous maps. Helping you navigate the streets of this metropolis is a horse. Added to the horse riding is a combat system which was almost entirely absent in previous entries in the series.
Aiding you in your quest for revenge is your inventor friend Leonardo and a whole host of assassins. This Brotherhood of assassins plays a crucial role in how the game is played. By completing missions you can recruit these individuals. Use them on missions or send them out to level them up. Shape this shadowy organization into a ruthless killing machine.
In addition to running this organization, you can also change the city itself. Missions will give you the option to improve sections of the city thereby reducing the influence the Templars have in an area. These changes will also impact how the city looks like. This is done much like how Assassin’s Creed 2 let you customize your home.
When you’ve had your fill of single player action, you can now go multi-player. Unfortunately, this is not a co-op mode that lets you complete missions. Instead it’s a way to put your assassin’s skills against others online. Many of the modes lend themselves to the style of the game. In one mode up to eight players can be placed in a city with a target. Their objective is to use their skills to kill their target without being noticed. The one who scores the most points wins.
This is a remarkable entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. However, given the story, it’s probably only worth it if you have picked up the previous entries in the series. There is an overall story that does get told throughout the series. Missing one of these elements will probably be detrimental to your enjoyment. Since this is the first entry that has a multi-player feature, this will not be the major draw to the game. Considering it runs around $60 on either Xbox 360 or PC, you’re going to want to be up to date with all the games before picking this one up.