Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a bad game with good moments. It's a very short segment of the AC story spread out over a long game. And the overly-excessive parkour parts kill the few interesting moments. This game will probably appease hardcore AC fanatics and experts, but I would NOT recommend this game to the casual gamer.
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This game is so much different from the first and second one. I don't like it at all
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156 of 249 people found the following review helpful
I think the biggest mistake that reviewers can make is to review a game too early. ACII Brotherhood is probably the most amazing example of this, as, had I reviewed it a day before yesterday, I would have been raving about the most amazing game of the year and showering it with praise.

Sadly it's not that and there's specific reasons for this which I will get to.

Before I do though, I guarantee that my review will get lots of '0 out 100 people find this useful' type votes from folks who simply disagree with my thoughts, or have yet to experience the last two sequences. And well I'm prepared to take it as I feel this game could and should have a been a five star game across the board but it isn't and I think information is key so let me get to it...

I reviewed both AC1 and AC2 sometime back and loved them both; AC1 for what a new franchise that brought a lot to the table and AC2 for taking the budding seeds of the first and building a majestic tree out of it. With Brotherhood things start off so well with Ezio continuing where AC2 left off in Rome and yet the game manages to cram a whole bunch of new stuff to find and do. And boy is there a lot of terrain to explore and things to collect - an area many times bigger than the biggest of AC2. Plus, since you can now purchase and upgrade buildings you're literally changing the face of your environment. This is especially true when you begin to repair the aqueducts which in turn will allow you to get to areas that are physically unreachable even though they're in your current 'memory sequence'. There's more though - you have a horse at your disposal which you can call at anytime and, most impressively, you have a crew of trainable assassins ready to aid you in your quests. The upgrade system for both yourself and your cohorts works beautifully; when they're out on missions they're unavailable but when they return they're stronger and more powerful thanks to distribution points you can spend on them. Not only that you can select them to go any missions which will specifically reward you with items which can be traded for treasure maps and so on. But there's even more, shops can but upgraded and fast travel points can be opened, and you can even buy landmarks all of which will increase your income allowing for even heftier purchases. It's all so smooth and simple yet so addictive. If you loved all the stuff you could do in AC2 then you'll be in heaven with AC2:BH.

So, I was gutted when I reached sequence 8.

I'm not going to spoil the plot for you but I will spoil the game. Once you reach Sequence 8 all logic is thrown out of the window. Everything you have done up to this point was... pointless. For the most part, your only weapon is a silly sci-fi piece of nonsense totally out of keeping with what has happened up to that point and it actually takes away your health to use it. This makes it kind of tricky to do the missions where you can't lose health, by the way. Oh and your health now magically recharges even though it hasn't before in Brotherhood. It gets worse, much worse. Your Assassins, which you may have spent hours getting to Level 10 cannot help you at all for no apparent reason, you cannot use ANY of your weapons or your health vials, your poison, your skills or indeed be able to free roam.

I'm not kidding.

And then the killer - Sequence 8's missions dictatorially flow from one to the next. There's no option not to take the next mission, just hit (A) to accept. And it goes on and on and on. When playing these sequences I desperately wanted to just be thrown back into Rome so I could complete some of the earlier quests but you don't get that option until you complete the game in what is now a linear frustrating pile of junk. Gone are the wonders of Rome and its amazing free expansive experience, only to be replaced with silly cutscenes and very limited time missions which were very unpleasant to play. It feels rushed, like the devs had run out of time and that's exactly what happened. But you continue to the end just so you can go back and do the missions and collect the items that you missed. But what's the point of doing that when you know it ultimately boils down to the last two god-awful sequences?

To add salt into the wound, since you can no longer leave the animus once the game is complete you will miss a vital collection quest in the current time which is not returnable to. So unless you do that optional quest before entering the final phase of the game, you actually would have to start a new game just to get 100% completion and reap the achievement.

So with AC2:BH you need to think of it much like the tastiest pie you've eaten, but unfortunately about 80% into it you suddenly realise it was full of bugs and was rushed to bake in a dirty oven. When that happens you don't remember how good the pie was up until then... you think 'urgh that pie was awful and I wouldn't eat it again'.

I don't give out 1 stars lightly, especially on a deservedly lauded franchise like AC. Clearly massive amounts of time was spent making the world of AC2:BH amazing to romp around in and enjoy.

But I cannot forgive the ending sequences and I doubt you will be able to either.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
There is nothing bad about the game in terms of storyline but for my assassins creed collection this game ruined it. When i got the game every word in english was also in some other one. If that isnt enough i stack my games side ways so it looks cool and instead of the side title being in the traditional font its just in a basic Times New Roman Font. Do not buy this copy
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2011
My main criticism to this game is that it simply poses no challenge. To those with less video game experience, ACB will be a friendly experience. However, I found it quite disappointing.

Combat: Here's a simple guide on how to be good at fighting in brotherhood. Hold right trigger, wait for someone to attack you, and press x. You will automatically kill him. From there, just mash x and you will 1 shot anyone hear you. It's so easy it's like you're watching a movie of your character killing everyone. Speaking of which, enemies attack strictly one at a time, with a long pause between attacks during which they just stand around you.

Platforming: Remember the mario platformers back in the day? Imagine how dumb it would be if mario automatically jumped when you needed him to. All you have to do is press forward. That's basically how it is here. On most platforming levels, there will be a path rigged to be climbable / jumpable. All you have to do is hold right trigger and forward, your character will do all the hard work.

Stealth: Guards can see you for a couple of seconds before you're detected. That's plenty of time for you to pull out your crossbow and shoot him in the face. By the way, aiming is automated and you always hit.

So, take this review with a grain of salt. But if you're a hardcore gamer looking for a challenge, I don't recommend this game.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
This game didn't even work. It had a whole bunch of scratches on it even through it was supposed to be new.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
Horrible. You do the same missions repeatedly. Platforming games are a dime a dozen any more, and most are better than this. EVER mission will be trying to do something when the moron Ezio decides to jump off in some random direction. Every time.

The missions are not varied and all are the same.

Game-a-year series like this should be better. Gamers should be better and not rewarding lazy studios from putting out tripe like this.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
The game didn't work, could not play it as there was a scratch on the disc that made it impossible. Complete waste of money.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
all u is die climbing a stupid tower. I would not pay this if i was u because u will hate it
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
I am in love with the Assassins Creed Series. Brotherhood is my favorite game of all time.... But this specific download. OH MY GOD. I have been awake for 10 hours now. I've downloaded the game over 12 times. I've been counting. It wont work. No matter what. I have a macbook pro. Brand new. Tons and tons and tons of space. I've also uninstalled the game over 12 times. The game says I haven't. Horrible Horrible product.
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