My Year of Gaming: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
I purchased a Playstation 4 at the beginning of 2017 and it is the first time I have had a console since Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out on the Wii. Naturally, I have a lot of catching up to do and my backlog is incredibly massive. During the course of a year, I played my way through 23 games, and I figured I would take the time to share a little bit about each game. Perhaps you’ve played them and want to hear another opinion, or maybe you’ve been holding off on investing in a particular game. Either way, it’s never a bad time to spread your love of gaming.
A direct sequel to the critically-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010) features Ezio Auditore as he tries to stop the Templars from rising again and taking control of all of Rome. The Assassin’s are crippled in the opening moments of the game and this forces Ezio to rebuild and become the leader that he was always meant to be.
Just as Assassin’s Creed II did an incredibly job at bringing Italy to life, Brotherhood does an astounding job of bringing the player to 1499 Rome. Unlike its predecessor, this is the only location in the game, but it is a massive one (there are a couple of short missions outside of the city, but you can’t just come and go as you please like in II). Florence and Venice were big cities to explore, but Rome is about both of them combined and then some. You have the bustling streets of downtown as well as the open countryside. Needless to say, it’s easy to get lost, but that’s not a bad thing because you can let yourself just enjoy the scenery. The game does introduce a series of tunnels beneath the city that you can restore and use for quick travel.
The Borgia’s act as the game’s main antagonistic force and there are side missions that involve toppling the watchtowers they’ve placed all over the city. There are certain tasks you must complete in order to bring the Borgia’s reign down at each location, some harder than others. But once you do so, you can start revitalizing the city and earn more income. It brings a new challenge to the game and was really fun, but could sometimes get frustrating if you missed an opportunity to kill a captain and they flee to the safety of the barracks.
Brotherhood introduces some cool new concepts to the franchise including the ability to recruit the citizens of Rome to join the Assassins. You can send these recruits out on missions around Europe to help weaken the Templars, or you can keep them at your disposal, calling on them in times of need. Multiplayer has also become an option, but I don’t have access to that, so can’t comment on its capabilities.
If you ask a lot of people which Assassin’s Creed game is their favorite, a lot of people will say Brotherhood and it is definitely worth the praise. The story is great and Rome is an amazing location. There’s so much to do, but again, that can be a little bit daunting. Ezio is my favorite protagonist in the series and I was really happy that there was more to his story.
You can pick up a three-game pack called the Ezio Collection which includes Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. It is definitely worth the buy as all three games are a whole lot of fun.