Currently Playing: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (PS3)

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This has been a long time coming. It’s been like 4 years or more since I last played Assassin’s Creed 2. I really enjoyed the previous game so I thought it would be a breeze for me to start immediately with Brotherhood. But for some reason, it took me a while to get back into it. When I held the controller again for a long time, playing Brotherhood felt like being with an old friend.

The story picks up immediately right after AC2, literally. You control Ezio Auditore da Firenze and you are slightly introduced to the ending of previous game, and start your tutorial mode from there. You have all your skills and equipment, but you realize that your main enemy from the last game has escaped. You do your best to get moving. Soon you’ll be in your home town which your character rebuilt in AC2. You’ll be able to do some minor quests just to get familiar with the system. But as soon as everything seems a little cozy, an attack from Borgia comes, this is a result of them trying to get the Apple of Eden. Your character in turn was forced to leave his home town in ruins and go to Rome to defeat the Borgia.

The story also picks up from Desmond Miles, who is accessing the memories of his ancestor, Ezio. In AC2 they were trying to escape since their base of operations was being discovered. They had to move to a new location, here they move to the home town of Ezio, modernized version.

The game is very similar to the AC2. Controls aren’t much different. If you have played the previous games, it’s not much of a change here. But if you are new, it does take a while to get used to the game but fortunately, most basic controls are always shown on the upper right and the bottom left of the screen. Major character moves changes when you press R1, which can be slightly disorienting at first, but it becomes natural when you realize that R1 is basically for running or parkour moves and releasing the button is for a more natural stance. Once you get your head around it, it’s not as difficult as it seems.

The new major change from previous games is actually getting your own assassins which they are immediately on call with just a press of a button. They are only activated once you reach a storyline where you can recruit a civilian by rescuing them from attacks by the Borgia soldiers. You can level them up by making them do contracts. There is a maximum number of assassins you can hire, but it’s also interesting that once they level up to 10, they turn to full assassins in which they wear the assassins full basic uniform, just like you. In general you don’t need them, except for some missions that specifically require them. But it’s nice to have them around since it makes your missions easier.

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In AC2 you travel around to different cities, while you upgrade your own home town. While in this game, there is only one large city which is Rome, and you buy stores, establishments and major locations. Once you buy them, it’s yours. No more different upgrade levels like in AC2.

The game is really big, it took me an estimate of 2 whole days to get through it. My only issue with the game itself that it feels a little like an expansion, since it reminds me too much of the previous game. Even the music is very similar to the previous game. But there so much things in the game including a multiplayer mode that makes it hard to ignore that this should be a full game in itself. It is a natural continuation, the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze is so large that they can’t fit it into one game. It also continues the story of Desmond Miles which is the one who is accessing the memories of his ancestors like Ezio.

I really enjoyed the game. So much so, that I had hard time putting down the controller once I got back into it. The game ended with a cliffhanger. It’s like watching a season ender of a TV series where you have more questions than answers. Now… Since I don’t have the next game, I wonder when I’ll be able to play Revelations and AC3.

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