Assassin’s Creed: All’s good in the brotherhood

By DARCY ARIZMENDI

aztecpress@pima.edu

 

“Assassin’s Creed 2” was considered one of last year’s best games. This was mostly due to the highly improved gameplay mechanics, including more variety than the original game. Does “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” continue to kill its audiences?

 

As much as I want to set up the story for anyone new to the series, I can’t due to its complex nature and my word limit. Let’s just say the story literally leaves off right where AC2 ended.

The two main characters are still Ezio and Desmond. Players as Ezio roam the streets of Rome in the year 1500, and explore its ruins as Desmond in the year 2012.

The new thing here is that players can now access Desmond on demand by being able to leave the Animus from the pause menu.  

 

Gameplay has not changed much since AC2. Most improvements are small tweaks to aspects such as combat, money gathering and missions.

As great as this sounds, ACB was so similar to the last game that nothing really surprised me. It really felt at times like I was playing an expansion pack that could have been released for 20 bucks.

That said, it is still one of the best single-player games out there. Fans will thoroughly enjoy what it has to offer.

 

The main new feature that Ubisoft touts is multiplayer, which lets you select different classes of assassins. For example, you can be an assassin who looks like a priest or a jester. Whichever you decide on, someone will get shanked.

The backdrop to this mode is that players assume roles as Templars (the bad guys) in training. Once you select your character, you go into a level and are assigned a target you must kill.

Every other player is assigned a target as well, so it’s basically a deadly version of cat and mouse.

The mode was fun for awhile but then players ruined the experience by running around like loons and stabbing everything in sight. Play this mode with people you trust, if possible.

Overall, ACB is a highly polished product that lost some focus by trying to nudge in multiplayer. My greatest fear after playing this game is that the series will get “Call of Duty” syndrome and push out a game every year.

In a way I am glad the game was not called “Assassin’s Creed 3.” Still, I would prefer to wait for a sequel instead of getting more of the same.

Grade: B


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