Dualshock Nexus Presents: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review

Apr - 10 2011 | By

Hello and welcome to a review by Dualshock Nexus. I’m WillGuitarGuy, and today I will be reviewing Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the third game in the Assassin’s Creed Series developed by Ubisoft.

Story: 10/10

So the story starts right off when Assassin’s Creed II ends. Desmond Miles along with Shaun, Lucy, and Rebecca head to monteriggioni to continue with their work finding the apple of eden and to avoid abstergo industries from finding them and the apple first. Now as the story develops with Ezio, Ezio and the Assassin brotherhood now have a new enemy, The borgia. The apple of eden is hidden, and Ezio must find the apple before the borgia do. As the Assassins plan to keep anyone from using the apple, the borgia plan to use the apple to their evil advantage, to try to take Rome for themselves.

Well how does this story compare to Assassin’s creed II? Well It tops the second game in the series actually. The story is more in depth. In Assassins Creed II there were side missions that didn’t do much at all when it came to giving the player more story that sunk well into the main story.There are more side missions that help discover more secrets, and events that happened In Ezio’s life that were not seen in Assassin’s Creed II. You can tell right away from the first cutscenes that this game was going to top its predecessor. The story in this game is polished and executed nicely.

Gameplay: 9/10

Now the gameplay in this game is fun and better than before, but it is not perfect. The occasional frame drops in the first half of the game, looser controls compared to Assassin’s Creed II, and constant mission bugs and glitches, are annoying and can really slow the pace. With time put into the game, they slowly begin to be put aside so the player can then enjoy the experience smoother. Fast travel in this is the best executed so far. Overtime, the player can explore more and more of Rome to help renovate Rome by buying and fixing Blacksmiths, Doctor booths, banks and so forth. With these renovations you can collect more money depending on how much you’ve renovated. There’s architecture you can buy, Aqueducts you can fix, and even Borgia towers to destroy. Speaking of Borgia towers, each time one is destroyed, Ezio can recruit a new citizen to join the assassin brotherhood.

You can send these assassins on Contracts, to level them up and give them some skill. You can call your assassins at any time as long as the ability is available. So overall the gameplay isn’t perfect, but it feels way better than it did in the last game. Multiplayer on the other hand is decent at best. Nothing that wow’d me to give it that high replay value that should be given. Plus you get a crossbow, poison darts, a parachute, and you can go on jaw dropping missions destroying Leonardo Da Vinci’s War machines that he built for the Borgia.

Visuals: 8.5/10

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood has by far the cleanest graphics for the series. With the occasional hiccups when rendering and seeing random people pop up in front of your character as you run, it kills the pace a bit. Cinematic cameras, cutscenes, and the overall look are excellent. Though not a lot on gameplay visuals look that different, besides extra work on buildings and structures. No building or background looks like a picture was added behind a green sceen. Extra lighting effects, smoke, dirt, and other particles feel better, this time around. No particles feel too animated, but well done.

Sound: 9/10

With the soundtrack and ambiance that we all know and love, Ubisoft’s team do it again with cinematic, gameplay, and sound syncing. Nothing too new here though, but a couple new sounding tracks in Platforming Puzzle areas, and some boss battles, which give the game a bit more emphasis on battle. Overall, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is another great installment in the series with slight problems that don’t ruin the experience at all.

Dualshock Nexus Rating: 9.0 Out Of 10

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