Assassins Creed: Brotherhood picks up right where Assassins Creed: II dropped us off at. We rejoin the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Desmond Miles and the journey to stop the Templars. How does it stack up though? Does it feel like an add-on? Does the multiplayer feel tacked on? Find out below.
There are plenty of things different about Assassins Creed: Brotherhood. Most notably is the addition of multiplayer since every previous game in the series has been single player only. Don’t let this make you think that the single player campaign has gone unchanged or untouched, because it has a few welcome additions as well.
All of the core gameplay is still there. The fluid controls that like to work with you half the time. Leaping from tall buildings and sticking your hidden blade into a guards neck. There is one massive addition to the single player game is the assassin brotherhood itself. This allows you to recruit citizens in trouble to become assassins and do missions for you. New additions like this that work are always welcome to a game.
The game runs the same graphics engine as Assassins Creed: II, so; this means that graphics will be on par with the previous game. Textures are a bit higher resolution and vistas are more expansive.
Ezio Auditore ‘s story continues in 1499 as he exits the vault, still confused by what he saw inside at the end of Assassins Creed: II. He escapes Rome with his uncle and family and arrives at Monteriggioni. As a Master Assassin, Ezio will have to reestablish Assassin brotherhood in Rome and destroy the Templars. A good story of vengeance, uprising and bloodshed, and all of which is given a great setting and voice acting.
The multiplayer takes the perspective of the Templars. There are four game modes and different maps. The gameplay in multiplayer mode is similar to the core gameplay. In which players are to use their assassination and stealth skills. Players gain XP by completing each assassination without being detected and escaping after each kill. Breaking cover makes the player visible to other gamers and makes them easier to assassinate. Although, it does not seem like to many people will to be sticking with this game. I can see balancing issues down the road as new players enter and try to go against veteran players and level up. The multiplayer doesn’t seem like it’s too well-balanced.
This kind of feels like assassins creed 2.5 and I’m not saying it could have been an add-on. It just seems like a cheap attempt to get some money out of the fans to me and the multiplayer doesn’t seem balanced to me. The single player makes this a good enough rent to me. I could not recommend buying this game at full price though. If you can get this on sale or for Christmas pick it up.