|Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Deluxe Edition|
April 18, 2011 | Jon Carr
Ezio then finds his family and escapes through some underground tunnels, fighting groups of guards as he goes. Finally all are safe, though Ezio is rather beat up at this point, with a gunshot wound and numerous cuts. He gets on a horse and makes his way to Rome to exact revenge upon the Borgia. However, in his weakened condition he eventually falls off his horse onto the road, and the game then fades to black and changes to the present with Desmond in the animus.
I ended my singleplayer preview there, but it was exciting. The first hour really grabs you and makes you excited to push forward with the story and see where Ezio goes on his mission to take down the Borgia. I didn't get to Rome, so did not try out the "Brotherhood" mechanic, where Ezio can command groups of assassins to help him on his missions.
Desmond of course continues his modern day training and fighting against the Templar. The dual story mechanic works well, and blends seamlessly together, with lots of snappy dialogue between Desmond and his friends, especially Sara.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood also introduces a new Multiplayer component. The idea is simple enough, unleash 6-8 assassins in a town or city, and have them all try to kill each other by contracts. Deception and stealth play a large role here, as numerous look a-likes of your own character are around in the crowded streets. A compass does guide you towards your target, but it's possible to evade detection by acting like the AI around you. You get more points for stealthier kills, but anything goes once someone is truly spotted. It's very much a cat and mouse game, sometimes with 3-4 assassins all trying to kill each other at once. It's hectic fun and a great change from the singleplayer, but still utilizing the same excellent mechanics.
There is quite a few maps and game modes, and numerous different assassin characters to choose from. Everything from courtesans, barbers, nobles and executioners are available to pick as your avatar of death.
There's also an upgrade system in place, with more characters, gear and colors unlocking as you advance in points and experience. I'm not clear if it gives you any advantage yet, or is merely cosmetic, but I suspect the more upgraded gear will give you extra weapons or items to use in fighting or escaping. I only tried it briefly, so never did upgrade anything.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a lot of fun. You will want to at least have played AC2 first to truly understand and enjoy it, and while it may not be AC3, it brings a lot more Assassin's Creed to the table and that's never a bad thing. There's enough new gameplay elements and story to keep fans going, and the Multiplayer mode is just icing on the cake in what is already an amazing game series and world. Get AC: Brotherhood this April 28th - You won't be disappointed.