Review by Zenet11

Reviewed: 02/08/11

All the power is in your hands...have fun!

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is an extremely fun to play game that allows you to do things you can only imagine doing in real life. The story behind this game is very well made, fitting in many tiny ties with actual history while adding its own flare of supernatural content. Game play itself is fun to experience, but it is a little unrealistic. Your ability to cleanly slice through waves of guards with strike after strike is satisfying and amazing; however it’s doubtful that that skill in combat with unlimited countering ability was actually possible. But this is a video game, not real life! Who cares what is possible and what is not!

Now, an aspect of the game that should be looked at is control. The control in the Assassin’s Creed series will never be perfect, however its imperfection is what gives this game the freedom that so many people know it for. Sure, you may accidentally nudge the controller and jump off a 5-story building to your death…but that is just a single moment of frustration that can be easily dealt with. All the other amazing acrobatic feats that are performed in this game make it a visual masterpiece and a thrill to experience.

When played in HD, the game shows perfection that is astounding to behold. However, there are a few imperfections other than control. One is the ragdoll physics of the corpses. Every time someone dies, especially if they fall off a roof can limber up and become distorted (that does make for some funny game play though). I’ve also experienced some graphical glitches with blood becoming distorted as well (but the blood in general is nicely animated).

The full synchronization challenges also help add depth to the game. Sure, some may be annoying to complete, but they help give the player something extra to do instead of just plowing through the mission with no guidelines. Commanding a brotherhood of assassins is also a fun experience. With a single button press (and a wave of Ezio’s hand) your enemies disappear and die instantly. The only downside to the assassin guild is that you can only get up to three signals that take time to recharge and can be annoying to wait for. To further this nuisance, your signals don’t recharge if you restart or get desynchronized from a mission. Those downsides aren’t too difficult to cope with.

AC Brotherhood also contains a forgotten concept, cheats! For every story mode sequence you complete, you get a cheat to use in replay mode. You can even complete guild challenges in the story to unlock weapons to use in battle. Ubisoft also brought back six new areas to search, except instead of Assassin Tombs, they are lairs of Romulus. The concept and play through is exactly the same as AC2.

Overall, this is a great game that provides hours of fun game play. The music is great, visuals are amazing, and the action is epic. Despite its few flaws, this game still deserves a 10 out of 10 for being one of the greatest and well-designed next-gen games I’ve played.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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

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