'Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood' Review Roundup
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Reviews Are In
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the third game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, is hitting shelves. Picking up just where Assassin's Creed 2 left off, Enzio Auditore de Firenze is now pitted against Cesare Borgia to bring freedom back to Rome, and he'll need the entire underworld to help him.
But is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood any good? With only a year in development, a common theme among reviews is that it feels more like an expansion pack than a full-fledged sequel.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Reviews Overwhelmingly Positive
Chris Plante at MTV enjoyed Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
"Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood" isn’t the step forward for the franchise that some might want it to be. At the same time, the package provides much more than an expansion pack. If you enjoyed "Assassin's Creed 2", you will enjoy Brotherhood -- mostly because it so resembles its predecessor.
Griffin McElroy at Joystiq enjoyed the game immensely, but said that the gameplay was not as deep as AC2, and the narrative not as strong. However, your character is more hands-on in managing the various guilds that lurk thoughout ancient Rome. (Gives new meaning to Ice Cube's lyric, "Hardcore administratin', gang-bang affiliatin'")
Andrew Hayward at GamePro gave Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood five out of five stars, singling out the online multiplayer option for special praise, though lamented the storytelling turn at some points:
While the story's hit-or-miss, the number of sidequests available to Ezio are just mind-boggling. There's the usual object hunt for flags, treasures, feathers, viewpoints and secret messages from the still-cabalistic Subject 16. There are platforming-centric "Lairs of Romulus," basically the Assassin's Tombs from AC2. There are Borgia towers to find and destroy, allowing you to renovate businesses and tunnel entrances around Roma and giving you quicker access to important parts of the city.
It's my only significant gripe with an otherwise excellent campaign, but it's starting to feel like watching LOST during the dregs of the fourth or fifth season; I'm constantly wondering, "Do they even know where this is going anymore?" With luck, we'll find out in the next properly numbered sequel.