One of the most anticipated games of 2010, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has Ubisoft once again letting us step into the shoes of Desmond and Ezio, continuing their epic story directly where Assassin's Creed II left off.
Brotherhood could be considered a branch off of the main trunk of the Assassin's Creed franchise, an Assassin's Creed 2.5, if you will. It features all of the same characters as ACII and no break in the story, which sees Ezio looking to rebuild medieval Rome after it's suffered under the powerful Templar Order.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft has promised that Assassin's Creed III will not feature either Altair, the main character from the first game, or Ezio, ensuring a new time line.
If you've played either of the first two games, you'll be right at home in Brotherhood. Developer Ubisoft Montreal has once again created an extremely rich, deep and interesting story. The entire game is worth playing through just to flesh out the story. The more you play and uncover clues, the more you come to realize that you simply have no choice but to finish.
New additions to the gameplay in campaign mode include the ability to recruit certain factions such as Thieves, and to call on Assassin recruits to aid Ezio in battle. Even with those added features, the gameplay is almost exactly the same. There is only one major change to the battle system, allowing instantaneous linked assassinations of targets.
There is, however, one aspect of this game that is new: multiplayer. Ubisoft Montreal contracted this part of the game to a different studio, Ubisoft Annecy. The latter is the company's French development arm, which also did the multiplayer for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
The multiplayer is very fresh and a wonderful new take on action games. The basic goal is to assassinate the other players while attempting to evade assassination yourself. There are a few different play modes, and while at first they are a very welcome feature, they quickly grew frustrating for me because of defensive issues and their repetitiveness.
But if you are a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise and love a fascinating and deep story, this is the game for you.