Review by Black_Liliana

Reviewed: 02/04/11

Truly one of the best games I've ever played.

From parachuting off of churches to scaling skyscrapers, this game has nearly everything. You start as Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Assassin from the Italian Renaissance whose goal is to rebuild the Assassin Brotherhood while destroying the Templar influence in Roma and securing the Pieces of Eden. Throughout the game you gain powerful allies and recruit various new Assassins to help you on your quest.

There are two sides of the story: Ezio's and Desmond's. Desmond is an Assassin from 2012, laying in the Animus (a machine that lets you revisit memories of your ancestors) trying to find out the locations of the Pieces of Eden Ezio was in contact with, so the Assassins may save the world from the seemingly inevitable tragedy. As you leave the Animus, you may check your emails and the emails of your fellow Assassins, and uncover artifacts from the Italian Renaissance. To progress through Ezio's memories, you must Synchronize with Ezio's earlier ones.

While playing as Ezio, you have the task to rebuild Roma, the 'root of all evil', one step at a time. You may build shops, create horse stables, buy landmarks, and rebuild aqueducts. To reduce Borgia influence, you must assassinate the Borgia captains and burn down their respective towers. As you progress through the story, there are many sidequests such as Leonardo's Machines, Romulus Lairs, Christina missions, Faction missions, and Assassination contracts.

One of the main attractions in this game is the multiplayer, with four different modes to choose from: Alliance, Chest Capture, Manhunt, and Wanted. With fifty levels to gain and five profile sets, there's ample customization. You gain points by assassinating your targets and stunning your pursuers, with twelve abilities and eight perks at your disposal. The quality and quantity of your kills determines your score. By completing challenges, you earn new abilities and experience.

As well as abilities, there are seventeen different personas, ten basic, one gained by spending uplay points, four gained by leveling, and two pre-ordered bonuses, each with four sets of gear (which change your clothes and accessories) and four colors(which change the colors of your clothing) to choose from. Aswell as different appearances, each character has their own special weapon and kill animations.

Overall, this is a wonderful game that I would recommend to anyone interested in history, stealthy Assassins, or just games in general. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has few flaws and many good points, and is well worth the buy.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Product Release: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (US, 11/16/10)

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