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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (ACB) is the third chapter in a series of spectacular computer games. The heart and soul of these games is acrobatic missions through beautifully rendered, historical cities. These are threaded together by story arcs, one for each game, and one that ties the games together. This includes a modern period metastory about Desmond, a descendant of assassins, who is recalling his ancestors' experiences through a machine called the Animus. Each game is about one of those ancestors. The first took place in Palestine and Syria during the period of the crusades. The second game and ACB follow a renaissance Italian assassin called Ezio.

ACB takes place almost entirely in Rome during 1500-03. Ezio is engaged in a quest to recover an artifact held by the corrupt Borgia clan. As Ezio, you assinate and sneak your way through various missions on the road to the goal. You also have several side missions, including training other assassins. All the while, you periodically wake up from the Animus to do things as Desmond in the contemporary world.

Pros:
Amazing environments that put you in renaissance Rome, walking the streets, climbing buildings, visiting the famous sites, breathing it in. This is what really makes the game.

In most scenarios (missions), the controls to Ezio/Desmond's movements are intuitive and follow a simple scheme using the keyboard and mouse.

Interesting story, even if at this point (game 3) it is time to get some resolution.

Cons:
The metastory is very slow moving -- only a few days pass in a game. This means that it may take many, many more games before we really understand what Desmond's story is all about. Yes, this is about sales, and it is a bit too blatantly commercial. Is there, in fact, a full story? Or is this like the tv-show Lost?

Some scenarios are clearly designed by different designers from the main game. This means the camera is suddenly fixed in place and the layout to Ezio's movements suddenly change. So the gameplay is interupted by silly mistakes due to changes in what keys move Ezio forward, backward, up, down, etc. and without warning.

No saves. This means that if you leave a mission half-way through, you have to replay the whole thing.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
Love this game! This is as much fun as Thief 3! The exception is of course story line and graphics. You can climb just about any building,sometimes you have to go around the building finding hand holds, but getting down is fun, you do a leap of faith, jump off the building into a hay wagon or water. The graphics are soooooo good your stomach will do a flip flop as you jump off the building. Once you get parachutes, you can jump from any building or cliff and deploy your chute. In this episode, you get the crossbow, which is helpful to eliminate the guards. You can follow the story line or diverge a bit which is fun. There are endless opportunities for income, guard killings AND you get your own team of assassins to assist you during hard kills. If a mission is too hard, eliminate the Borgia tower before beginning and the mission is easier.

I've completed the game, but keep going back to explore different possibilities and the extensive maps of early Italy. My only complaint is the language, which is totally not necessary, but this series is one of the best and you will not be disappointed. There are surprises all over that will keep the story line engaging, can't wait for the next game in this series.

BUY this game, you will LOVE IT!!!

10/28/11

I recently purchased the game guide book. While it's mainly focused toward xbox and ps3, I play on the computer, it is still very helpful. What is most helpful is subject 16's puzzles. Some of the picture wheels don't match up and you have to toy a bit with them, but very useful.
Also in the walkthrough is a map listing the location of Borgia flags, treasures and the lairs of Romulus. The Borgia cape allows
you to be invisible to guards all the time, however, you must get ALL of the flags to get the cape and that includes the flags in the
lairs of Romulus. Another cape does the same thing only you must rebuild Rome 100% to get that cape. There are other helpful hints as well. I've only played the single player game, but find new things to do each time. I highly recommend this game, it is great. Another bonus is that you can actually THROW the spears and hit the guards, just make sure a citizen is not in your way. Need something else to do? Look at the Acheivements and try to get all of them....AWESOME GAME!!!!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
This is the third title in this series I own, and love playing them all. This one, like the previous do suffer from one problem... lazy programmers. They obviously wrote this game for the consoles, and then ported it to the PC. To make matters worse, their Q/A department missed something (don't they always?). Several of the "timed" obstacles you must get by have the point of view locked in place.... as opposed to the rest of the game, where your point of view is controlled by movements of the mouse. Well, apparently that feature doesn't exist on the consoles, because once that POV gets locked, you must mimic the console "keystrokes" to get through. This is a Q/A issue, because obviously they did not play test these sections on a PC.... Furthermore, the game controls are somewhat limited (which is weird considering you have an entire keyboard, plus, at least, a two button mouse) - yet you only have 4 hot keys for your weapons? Again, lazy programmers - you only have 4 buttons on most consoles to assign to. Games like this irritate me, because they could have been EPIC, but, they took shortcuts.

Still - the storyline is very good. Good enough that you might play it through more than once. I know I have, even with it's shortcomings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2013
The whole Assassin's Creed series is probably one of the best series if not the best in the gaming world. I would heartily recommend this product. I also bought the Assassin's Creed I & II Ultimate Collection for PC and love them/it too.
Oh by the way I'm 67 years old so you old farts should give video gaming a try you might just like it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
My 14 yo son likes it. Make sure your PC is up to date, I tried to download it twice on different PCs and it was very slaggish, but finally it worked well on my newest laptop. It did not perform even on a PC where Call of Duty is intalled, just shows how demanding this game is. Do not go just by minimum requirements for this game.
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VINE VOICEon March 23, 2013
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (ACB) picks up where you left off in Assassin's Creed 2 (AC2). But this time you spent almost the whole game in Rome and its suburbs. Graphics are beautiful. It is awesome to run around the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Castle D'Angelo. The building models for these had an authentic feel and many little details that I remember from my trips to Rome. The designers did a good job trying to put us into Renaissance Rome. There are descriptions of the major sites which talk about how they would look at the time versus what we see now.

The storyline is entertaining. I found it even better than the ones before. Challenging game play, but not impossible. Sections have tiered victory condition which allows you to continue even if don't make all the conditions. You can't save wherever you want, but the frequency of the saves seemed adequate. ACB had s similar system as the villa Monteriggioni where you invest in the city to make money. There are new weapons in ACB. The Crossbow is lots of fun. Basically, a long range stealth weapon. I call it the sniper rifle. The addition of the Assassin's Guild where you recruit and get experience with your own assassins is really neat. You can send them on missions in and out of the city in addition to just calling them to help you. This adds a whole new dimension. Your options are practically limitless with all the side missions and achievements possible. My only complaint is I noticed that the sound and cut scenes are slightly out of synch. This might just be my computer. Regardless the cut scenes are well done.

The multiplayer is fun too. There are different methods (everyone for themselves and co-op). You can't just kill anyone you have to find your selected target to get points. You also get points escaping your pursuers and a multitude of other challenges. The points you gain allow you to advance rank and gain other abilities. Multiplayer uses UBISoft's network and maintains your stats and progression. Matchmaking is pretty easy, but not extremely quick. There are still players out there at the time of this review. I feel multiplayer is an overdue addition to an already great game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2015
I found this game on Amazon for $11.99 and have played it through to the point where I feel I got my money"s worth. The story and gameplay are solid and kept me interested. Three Stars.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon February 26, 2015
This continues the theme of Assassin's Creed II and adds significantly to both the gameplay and the overall story.

Gameplay - you can now dual wield ranged weapons along with your sword or knife, so combat is made that much more interesting. Also, ala Arkham, you can string together combos and perform multiple takedowns. Plus, there's the crossbow...oh, I love the crossbow. And in terms of controls, you can customize the assignment of weapons to the D pad, which is a nice improvement.

Then there are the little things, like riding your horse through towns. Fighting while on horseback is also improved.

Animation and such are even more gorgeous than the predecessor. Really.

The story is, well, the story. Kind of farfetched and a lot of suspension of disbelief is required, but in reality the story is just there to provide context for the game. It's a worthy sequel although some developments (Caterina Sforza...) seem out of character to me. However, it does serve as a worthy sequel to Assassin's Creed II and continues thematically with the previous game.

It's worth a play, definitely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2015
Purchased this game new, however, the game is unusable due to the key already being in use! Contacted Ubisoft , but responses are slow & unhelpful!
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on June 4, 2015
Worst purchase I've ever made.

It took ages to download, like we're talking more than a day, and even after that I had to download uplay. I have no desire to play the game online, whatsoever, but still am required to have an online account. Well as you can guess you have to update this online account(that you don't want in the first place) and it crashes quite frequently. So you can't play a game that you've purchased because it's linked to a uplay which never works.

All in all I've spent about 3-4 hours playing the game(which btw, isn't really appropriate or well-designed for a PC in the first place), 25+ hours downloading and installing it, and several more hours fuming about not being able to log in to my uplay account. Just a generally astounding level of incompetence from Ubisoft. Amazon should also be ashamed of themselves for selling such a dreadful product on their website.
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