Finally, after a long time of playing, I got to complete the third game in the Assassin's Creed Series. :) Assassin's Creed to say in simple words is simply an Awesome Adventure/Action game that can make your bones chill. Awesome like its successor, Assassin's Creed II, it has improvised Assassination techniques, a new feature called combo kill and also, you can take your horse inside the city too.
The story is the continuation from the last game. Desmond and team arrive at Monteriggioni and continues their Animus-work to find the Apple. After defeating Borgia, Ezio is back at Monteriggioni to spend his victory but surprisingly, he faces another threat - Cesare who destroys the place and captures the apple from Mario by killing him. With Monteriggioni destroyed, Ezio travels to Rome where Machiavelli helps him out to find Cesare and the Apple. Its a long story then forward.
Roma is a vast place, bigger than Florence it seems with widely placed monuments. Colosseum is one among this and there are several other Arcs, and Bank like buildings that resemble the Ancient Roman culture. The only drawback I felt was Ezio could only free-roam in Rome only. There are no other places like that of in Assassin's Creed II. Gaining income is done here by renovating old buildings, buying places and turning the building to a hideout for a faction - thieves, mercenaries or courtesans. Some money can also be earned by looting guards, thieves and bandits. Looting can also earn you several other things that can be sold for a price or to get a particular Item from shops by completing the shop quests. Buildings are the same in that of AC2, except in Brotherhood, Banks are also open.
Take the horse inside Roma...
While looking at the combat, I saw several improvements and new techniques in the fight. Hidden Gun is also now used while using sword to Assassinate. In AC2, you could only shoot at the guards but here, several Assassination techniques are associated with the Hidden Gun. Blades seems the same. When in Roma, you will only get a single blade since the other was broken in the fight in Monteriggioni (I think it broke like that :P) and later in the game, you will meet Leonardo who will eventually fix the previous attachments and some new ones. Poison darts is one among the new attachment which shoots poison darts at your enemy that helps in distracting them and kill them slowly. Combo kill is one of the best features of the game. Once you kill an enemy, you can chain the kills by directly pointing to the other and pressing the attack button. This allows easy kill when there are a large number of enemies (It was my favourite :D). Also, killing with the Hidden blade is now improved. (The previous one was a bit choppy. I couldn't counter attack with the blade in AC2 :) ) Virtual Training is another cool option where you can try out your skills and get some rewards for it. Various types of levels are here which tests your ability in combat.
Now that's a Head-Shot :D
You can carry two handed weapons now with a Larger weapon pouch that can be obtained from the Tailor. You can also throw the weapon at an enemy. Crossbow is a new weapon that allows you to shoot arrows silently at the enemy and kill them from a distance. Horse assassinations can also be carried out in this new game and horses can also be used to jump to a taller building (I tried it out :) ).
10, 12, 13......Bring it On! :)
And the coolest thing in the game is the access to form a group of Assasins. After a particular mission, you can explore the map to find out certain people who fight against the Borgia. They can be recruited to your hideout and can be assigned to several contracts to increase their level and to gain some money. Not only that, they are really useful in battles. When the number if enemies is too large, you can call them and they'll come for your aid. If you have more of them (about 6 I guess which will fill 3 blocks on the meter), you can call for an arrow storm which kills all the enemies of the region. This is a great option that can be used to evade the enemy quickly. But after a use, you need to wait for some time to fill the meter to call them again. Leo's parachute is another super technique that can save you from falling from tall buildings and to avoid guards and get to the safe grounds.
Looking at the Game, the graphics is awesome just like the previous one with greatly detailed terrain and buildings. Burning Borgia towers can reduce the territories held by Borgia. (I liked it, simply too much :D) Characters are also greatly designed. Ezio's new costume was pretty good but I guess the previous one was a bit better. You can unlock the previous costumes I guess with Ubi coins or tokens or something:|. Just like the Altair's armor mission, there is a Romulus Armor mission that unlocks the Armor of Romulus.(Nasty, I hate it :( ). Renovating tunnels allows quick access to places across Rome.
Hell Yeah! That was Awesome!! :D
Looking at the drawbacks, the Horse riding is quite terrible. In most places, the Horse cannot jump across small building roofs or some elevated terrains. Controlling of the Horse was a bit bad too. Story also was a bit weaker than the other one but the ending was awesome. Roaming in Rome only makes it boring. Later in the game, the map will look crowded. The thing I hated the most was the destruction of Leo's weapons. I expected the Flying cannon to be spared for Ezio but he destroys that too evil:. Then, I was so angry when Desmond killed Lucy at the end. Why did he? And the game ends right there too. While showing the credits, I heard some sounds and it sounds like Desmond is back again at Abstergo :|. Next sad thing was that Cristina was finally leaving Ezio :(. That too, I never liked much. Then who is he gonna marry :P? I hope I get these answers on the next installment, Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
So, to conclude it, Brotherhood never failed its predecessors and still is one of the best Action/Adventure Games. Believe me, you're gonna like every part of it!
- Combo Kill, Yeah.
- Carry two handed weapons and throw them at the enemy.
- Take your horse inside the city and call them using the head button.
- Train Assassins at the hideout and use them to kill the enemies, time saving.
- Parachute when falling to save your health.
- Poison darts allows you to shoot poison containing darts to slowly kill the enemy causing a distraction, Crossbow to take out the enemy from a long distance.
- Exit Animus during some sequences and Explore Monteriggioni with Desmond (I forgot to say this :P)
- Improved Hidden blade counter kill and Hand Gun kill.
- Virtual Training is really a cool option that you can try out when the game gets to a boring stage. :P
- Horse cannot jump from most small terrain elevations and rooftops.
- Story is a bit weak from the middle.
- You can only roam in Rome.
- Map will be crowded during the middle of the game, making navigation a little hard.
- Romulus' Armor is not that much great like that of Altair's.
So, for the coolest game, I give it a 9.8/10! :D (P.S. In the reviews, I can't give 9.8 and thus, 10/10! :D)