Video Game Review – ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD (ps3)

If Ubisoft had titled this game as Assassin’s Creed 2.5, no one would have mind. For Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is certainly an extension of the story of the brilliant Assassin’s Creed II, delivering more of the same and some further refining to the game mechanics and a couple additional ideas.

We continue the events of both Desmond (in future/modern day) and his avatar Ezio (in 1500AD Rome), moments after the conclusion of the previous game. Admittedly, the early hours of the story were both depressing and frustrating, taking some to find its way, and possibly overlooking some key plot elements of continuity, in an effort to delivery something worthwhile.

The game offers everything we have come to love, with just a few small tweaks to enhance combat and movement of the player. Once the player begins to build their own team of assassin’s, the game takes on another level of interest and strategy.

The biggest surprise from AC:B is the long game length. I think many were expecting only an 8 hour add-on, but the entire story takes AT LEAST 20 hours to complete. Maybe that’s why Ubisoft didn’t title if 2.5, because the game is really AC2 part Two!

The final half of the game is truly exhilarating and the finale providing a big enough carrot to make everyone look forward to the next Assassin’s Creed game.

The online multiplayer modes are a nice change of pace, but this will only occupy 1% of the gamer’s interest.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood can easily be recommended to fans of the series and any newcomers looking for a big open-world of fun.

score: 8.5 out of 10.

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