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A fantastic follow up to AC2...,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Video Game)
First off, I loved the feel of Assassin's Creed, but hated the game play. Assassin's Creed 2 completely sucked me in and made me absolutely love the game. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood brought a big smile to my face that completely satisfied every impulse, knee jerk reaction to what I wanted from the second one.
It starts with a combination of two events. 1) Right after you defeat the Borgia pope you return to your Villa. This, of course, is where you are lead to your training sequences for the new maneuvers of the game (which incidentally is much easier to use. instead of going to your Villa to train you can simply hit Start and choose training). 2) You are taking part of the 2012 world of Desmond and your exploration of the Italy of that time, with its typical 21st century erosion on the old world. Both are fantastic. I couldn't help but love returning to the world of Ezio and exploring around. Even more so was the absolutely huge world of Rome, noticed straight away as you pan around to the distances. This is an absolutely different and way more majestic world than the world of Assassin's Creed 2. You know that although you will not travel to as many cities you will certainly explore more just by the huge size of Rome.
The graphics are amazing, touched up and refined from the last one. The controls are almost identical, allowing you to jump in to the game with ease. The added addition of the Brotherhood adds a lot despite the tendency to overuse your assassins and leave yourself vulnerable, when you would certainly want to use them. Regardless, the overall game play has improved, despite the fighting mechanisms still feeling a bit droll and not to unique.
Finally, after trying for awhile with little success I was able to get in and log on to the multiplayer server. This seems like a problem straight away because it shouldn't take 5-10 minutes to log in to a server, and then the next time you log in a matter of seconds. I found that after I waited for 5 minutes I had to cancel out and go back in in order to play. The play itself is a joy. You play anywhere from 6-10 people mixed in amidst a ton of "civilians" for about 10 minutes, stalking and hunting your prey or just straight up chasing them. This multiplayer has a much different feel than the typical slugfest and bullet ridden multiplayers of other games, simply because you literally have to get up close and personal before you can make your kill.
The campaign play is long and worth it, definitely not feeling like an add on and more so like a real stand alone game with its own merits. The multiplayer is well worth it as well, although not sure if the replay ability will get old or die down, something of which only time will tell. Add the two together and you have an absolute winner in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. A definite recommend.
Update: A direct comparison would show the following. AC2 has considerably more collectibles than ACB, but ACB's collectibles are much easier to find since maps are made available for any and all of them. That being said, there are a lot more side quests/missions that you can go on in ACB. When all is said and done I spent about 32 hours in AC2 and it took about 24 hours for ACB, athough there are still a lot of side quests to be completed (and clusters) and so it will take a bit more time. With game complete and all feathers, flags and treasures found, I am only at 51% sync, which shows that there are a good amount of hours left to be played. That being said I still haven't found all the feathers in AC2, and thus could still spend a lot more time there, so it is a wash. AC2 had 5 cities, plus a visit to the Vatican at the very end. ACB has just one large city, although you visit several other places on your missions.
I found that there was only one aspect that I wish were done differently which would have made the game that much better. You visit several villas when completing the quests to destroy DaVinci's war machines, as well as Firenze (sp?) and Viana Castle. It would have been so simple to make these places that you could visit and explore after you completed your mission. Viana Castle and its surrounding countryside, for example, would have been fantastic to explore and just run around. Instead you only visit it briefly and you are running and fighting the whole time you don't get to see it. Additionally, you don't get to climb up or explore around San Pietro. You see it always in the distance, then at the end you get to go up to its gates and then nothing. There is the Lair of Romulus that puts you in San Pietro but you are chasing a Cardinal at such a frantic pace you barely get to notice the huge and majestic building that would have been absolutely fantastic to just stop and hop from ledge to ledge. A simple touch to allow us to explore it after the game is compelte would have made this game that much better.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2010 12:46:02 PM PST
Thanks for giving a better review than the first 3... Picking it up today on my way home from work!
Posted on Nov 18, 2010 11:24:24 AM PST
Let me ask you about the places you can see in Rome... I mean, can you look at the history of the places you ran into? (like in AC2)... what about the colosseum? can you see it there? How does it look like?... Man! I can't wait to get the game this weekend
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2010 4:11:20 PM PST
It all looks amazing, just like AC2. When I found out AC2 wouldn't go to Rome, I was disappointed. So I was ecstatic to find that Brotherhood took place in Rome. One of my favorite parts of this game revolves arount the Colosseum as you get to literally walk in and around, climb you name it. I've never been to Rome, so I can't speak to how close it looks, but from what I've seen in pictures it is pretty amazing. Another great touch is the underground temples of pagan gods that you explore. These are worlds in and of themselves. I think this may very well be my favorite game of 2010.
Posted on Nov 25, 2010 11:20:00 AM PST
Ben Rowland says:
Your review is spot on! I have played through the game and beaten it, and outside of a few hitches with the free-running control, I absolutely love this game.
You see plenty of historical landmarks in Rome, including the Colosseum, The Pantheon and The Vatican. All of which are very impressive, and you can even purchase them in order to up your income.
Posted on Nov 26, 2010 8:14:22 AM PST
Thanks for such a thorough and descriptive review. Have you or anyone else started the Brotherhood with a player profile that has not played AC II? I beat AC II on my brother's console and don't have the time to put in to get the skills, equipment and to beat the game on mine, but at the same time I don't want to miss out on these in the Brotherhood?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2010 9:56:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2010 9:58:20 PM PST
The profile from AC2 doesn't transfer over to Brotherhood. All the skills you had in the AC2 are there, with the exception of a few which you achieve throughout the game. For example, the super jump (can't remember what it's called), where you can jump even higher to grab a ledge, can't be done until later in the game when you meet Leonardo and begin to buy back your equipment that you seem to have lost. For the jump it is a special glove. Also you "lost" your double blades and have to pay for Leonardo to build you a new one from scratch. So everything carries over, but Ubisoft found a way to integrate the advanced moves learned in AC2 into Brotherhood without starting the player with too much power, so to speak. You still have to work your way up to where you left off before. A little at least.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 7:32:04 AM PST
J. Moreno says:
Hi Brian, You mention Desmond once. Is there a lot of story on Desmond? I don't want to play as Ezio the whole time! Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 8:25:40 AM PST
B. Scott says:
There's Desmond stuff, but not a TON so far (i'm at sequence 6 of 9). However there may be more near the end, not sure.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 8:36:19 AM PST
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J. Moreno says:
Thanks B.! I got tired of Ezio, but I loved the way ACII ended!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 5:32:27 PM PST
B. is correct. You can jump out of the Animus at any time and run around Monteregioni (sp?) in the present day. There is an extended section in the present day at the very beginning, and then again another extended section as Desmond at the very end of the game. So while I would have liked more, what little I did get of present day Desmond was satisfying enough.