ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD (MA)
PS3, Xbox 360, $109.95
★★★★ SET in Rome at the turn of the 16th century, Brotherhood follows directly from the events of Assassin’s Creed II.
Players again assume the role of the deadly assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who faces his greatest threat yet: Cesare Borgia, a power-hungry killer with an iron grip on Rome.
To conquer the Borgia, Ezio will liberate the 12 districts of Rome, travel further afield to destroy war machines and assassinate anyone who stands in his way. Cooler still, he’ll also recruit apprentice assassins who can be called upon to eliminate targets.
Controlling Ezio is great fun. Players are able to execute incredibly acrobatic moves, whether running across the city’s rooftops or leaping on an enemy from on high for a brutal kill. New to the series is
is out now. the ability to ride horses anywhere in the city and to leap from the back of a horse into an assassination. Combat is as visceral as ever, while Ezio’s crossbow is handy for eliminating distant threats. Rome is an appealing playground for the action. Massive and sprawling, it has dense urban areas, imposing citadels and grassy ruins.
Climbing signature landmarks such as the Colosseum or the Parthenon is a thrill. There’s a huge amount to do, too, with collectables and side-missions galore, though fans of Assassin’s Creed II may find the gameplay uncomfortably familiar at times.
Perhaps the most refreshing component of Brotherhood is its multiplayer mode. In this game of cat and mouse, players hunt a target while simultaneously being hunted, and those who are patient and stealthy are rewarded.
In this game, you never want your target to see you coming.
Kill or be killed: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood