Sunday, 21 November 2010
08:33:13 PM (GMT)
Okay so I managed to write this review after about two hours writing it..
I have always been a fan of Assassin’s Creed, so I was very much looking forward to
this and let me tell you, I have not been disappointed! Everything feels so perfect.
The story. The gameplay. The graphics. The sound. The multiplayer.
I’ll try and keep it spoiler free but there may be some.
So with out further ado, I’ll commence with the review..
The story carries on immediately where Assassin’s Creed II finished. Ezio has just
witnessed the message left for Desmond and is a bit puzzled about it. Once the
message ends Ezio leaves and then you take control of him.
It starts off a at the end of the game and then continues to go back to the
beginning. You arrive back home at your villa and tell everyone about what happened
in Rome. Then a series of events befall you and you’re back to assassination work,
this time in Rome.
Once you arrive in Rome you need to get to work liberating it from the Borgia, that
have it under lock and key. To do this you get the aid of the Courtesans, Thieves and
Mercenaries, which are led by their respective leaders. Your mother and sister lead
and organise the Courtesans, La Volpe the thieves and Bartolomeo the mercenaries.
Once you’ve got the aid of these, you set to work on restoring the Assassin’s.
You can recruit upto twelve Assassin’s by helping them in fights with guards and
then talking to them. You can call these into battle at anytime or you can use them
to assassinate guards outside of combat. Also at Pigeon Coops you can send them out
on Contracts, which lead to them increasing in rank, which makes them more efficient
Ezio’s target is Cesare Borgia, the Captain Commander of the Borgia. Everything
Ezio does is to cause the downfall of Cesare and the Borgia. Once you take back Rome,
you then proceed to go after Cesare.
The A.I. are completely different. You now can get attacked by more than one at a
time. Unlike in previous Assassin’s Creed games, were it would be one at a time.
One of the things that annoyed me was when one of them would grab me and his friend
would hit me before I could counter his grab but that’s just me being picky.
Another new addition to this is the execution streak. This is were, say you counter
an enemy and kill them, if while this is happening you hold your left thumb stick
toward another enemy and press X, you will one hit kill them in a spectacular
fashion. But just because you can do this, it doesn’t mean that they will let you.
They will still attack you but you can counter kill them and continue your streak.
You only lose your streak once you get hit. This is a nice edition in my opinion, it
makes Ezio seem more Assassin-y and the kills look great.
Some new weapons in Brotherhood include, the Crossbow and Poison Darts.
The Crossbow is brilliant. It works just like your hidden Gun but is silent and
doesn’t arouse suspicion from using it, unless someone sees you shoot it.
The Poison Darts are great if you like causing a distraction or killing off guards
via poison. But now you don’t have to get close to do it! These also work like the
Hidden Gun and Crossbow.
Another feature I liked was being able to throw heavy weapons at the enemy. Say for
example, your spear. You can now throw this like a javelin and impale the enemy,
killing them instantly. Or if you’re in combat and everyone is close use the sweep
attack and you’ll slash everyone’s throat. You can also throw heavy swords and
The Graphics are amazing. Every little detail looks great. The way the light reflects
off things, the way the ground looks. How Rome’s brick work and buildings look. The
people that walk the streets, mingling all look real. The weather and clouds look
great. The graphics have gotten better since Assassin’s Creed II and you can notice
Every little step you take you can hear as your foot lands. Every little pigeon hoot,
you can hear in amazing realism. Horses neighing and their hooves on the soft grassy
ground or the concrete paving of Rome’s streets, sound like you can actually hear a
horse nearby. Even the people talking is so real and the sounds of fights when you
weapons clash and clang against one another, just sound awesome.
So this being the first Assassin’s Creed game to have multiplayer, I know you all
want to know what it is like. Well I can tell you it’s amazing! You have a variety
of characters to choose from. You don’t need to worry about sticking out like a
giant amongst a load of midgets, as all the NPC’s are various characters you could
have selected, hence meaning it’s harder for your hunter to know which one is you.
You have perks, abilities and streaks available to you, in the customize section, as
well as other gear and colours for your characters. Abilities are things like, the
Hidden Gun or Smoke Bombs which aid you in escaping or killing your mark or hunter.
Perks are passive abilities that help in certain circumstances. Streaks are if you
kill three marks or lose three marks in a row, you get something special to help you.
For kills it’s bonus XP/Points, for Deaths/Losses it’s something that will help
you find your mark or a reset to your ability cool downs.
There are a couple of game modes, Wanted, Manhunt, Alliance and Advanced Wanted.
In Wanted you are hunting someone, while being hunted. It’s a free for all and
however gets the most points wins. Manhunt is team based. You take it in turns on
hunting each other. Team one will hunt Team two then after a pre-determined time,
they will switch roles. Whoever has the most points wins. By escaping, hiding,
blending etc, the Team being hunted can earn points. Alliance is a cooperative game
mode. You get a partner and work together to evade a team of two trying to kill you,
while trying to kill a team of two. So Team one will be hunting Team two while being
hunted by Team three. Team three will be hunted by Team two. Think of a triangle and
everyone hunts the team to their right.
The multiplayer is great. I thoroughly enjoy it and find it addicting. It can be
annoying when people don’t play it properly and just run around ruining the stealth
and blending in. But other than that and the sometimes long waiting for games to
start times, it’s amazing.
I recommend this game to anyone who has played the other Assassin’s Creed games,
only because they won’t have a clue what’s going on otherwise. It’s a great
game and is enhancing the Assassin’s Creed franchise greatly. It’s a brilliant