It has been a while since I have posted on this blog, indeed, and in that span of time I might have developed an anxiety disorder and apparently the shrink my doctor recommended me to can’t give me the time of day.
I’ve been stressed and in no mood to draw anything or write much of anything; my mother is very concerned that I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown and that my obsession with schoolwork and grades is starting to affect my health, both mental and physical.
However, last week I obtained my copy of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and I have to say, it’s amazing! It took my mind off of things and helped me relax to the point where I wasn’t about to go crazy from stress. Between college and a douchebag roommate from whom I might have passively caught mononucleosis, I got run the hell over by the emotional roller coaster.
Anyway, I will give a review of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
1. Gameplay. The gameplay has remained relatively unchanged since Assassin’s Creed II; we still have the same controls for movement, fighting, and interaction with the environment. Though I do not suggest that new players to the Assassin’s Creed series start with this installment in the series, the entire control setup can seem awkward at first, but is easily adapted to by green players.
2. Storyline. The storyline of Brotherhood follows the same lines of the other two games: a series of assassinations building up into the main slice of the pie, the top dog who you have to take down. The Apple of Eden remains the integral part of the continuing fight between the Assassins and the Templars. The game picks up right where the second one left off, with Ezio having seized the Apple from Rodrigo Borgia, who is still living but thrown off his high horse. He returns home to Monteriggioni, and his world is seemingly at peace. However, Rodrigo’s son, Cesare Borgia, attacks the town, killing Mario Auditore and taking possession of the Apple. Heavily injured while helping the townsfolk escape, Ezio flees the burning Monteriggioni for Rome to meet Niccolo Machiavelli, a fellow Assassin. Borgia influence keeps the people cowering, and it is Ezio’s job to take back the city, weaken Cesare’s despotic influence, and prepare to take back the Apple. Still riddled with conundrums, betrayal, and mystery; not at all boring, the game reels you in and keeps you guessing.
3. Environments. Unlike Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood takes place in mainly one location: Rome. However, Rome is an enormous city, with a variety of scenery, such as from the main city districts out into the field/farming districts; you’ll come across beautiful architecture and ancient ruins, reminiscent of the glory days of the Roman Empire. The layout of the city is such that it is never dull to just wander around the city and take in the scenery—-if you’re one of those gamers who really appreciates it.
Because Rome is such a huge city, Ubisoft has added a feature previously unavailable in the other two games: you can ride a horse into the city whereas you could not even get one in beforehand. This feature is incredibly helpful for getting around relatively fast. There are a system of tunnels and tunnel entrances to be used for quick travel, but until you earn enough florins to start repairing the entrances, good horsemanship is your best bet. However, I doubt that anyone would get bored exploring the city when they felt like it.
4. Extras. There are scavenger hunt items you can find/unlock when you explore modern-day Monteriggioni as Desmond, giving players some incentive to leave the Animus, however briefly. In the Animus as Ezio, though, the player will find side missions aplenty to busy themselves with if they want something other to do than strictly storyline stuff. The thieves’ guild, the courtesans’ guild, and the Assassins’ guild all have their own lists of assignments and little challenges to be completed, earning the player unlockable items or more side missions.
So, what do I think of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood? Ubisoft has presented us with an immersive game with over 40 hours of storyline gameplay, with beautiful environments and tons of extras to distract ourselves with. Though I will say that this series is not for everyone, I do encourage other players out there to give the series a try. Since Ubisoft seems to be improving the games as they go on, it is sure to only get better.
I give this video game a fun 9.5/10. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!