Brotherhood Matures Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (image:ubisoft)Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (image:ubisoft)

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (image:ubisoft)

I’ve always enjoyed the way Assassin’s Creed games looked, but haven’t been overly impressed with the gameplay. It’s justa personal quirk (and the slight lack of game time) that makes me want something a little more engaging and startegic.

I’ve just been looking at the details around Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and I hadn’t realized until now just how much difference to the gameplay its move to multiplayer makes.

Brotherhood starts to create a world where you need to think about more than just who your next target is. The intriguing new multiplayer tasks him with leading teams, managing resources and engaging in city politics. Of course, all this is shot through with beautiful free running escapades and showboating.Brotherhood picks up again with Ezio our Master Assassin, but this time it’s leadership as well as dexterity and strength he will need. Ezio now commands a Brotherhood who will rally to his side. They need to be coordinated to work together to save the day.

This takes Assassin’s Creed and plunges it into a multiplayer mode. You choose a range of characters, each with signature weapons and techniques and then go toe-to-toe against other players from around the world.

Tactics are also more key here. To progress you need to recruit and train young Assassins to then deploy them across the city, or call upon them to aid you in your quests.

This is extended by the ability to collaborate with real historical characters and win The Heart Of A City. You need to use currency to invest in the crumbling fabric and rally citizens to your cause.

New weapons have also been added to give the online play a bit more spice. Poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine are all at your disposal.

I wasn’t expecting it to, but all this has actually got me really excited about Brotherhood. But I wonder if there are other players who will miss the singular pursuit of ideological justice that epitomized the first two games.

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