Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood continues Ezio’s story of revenge, but this time we get to follow his adventures in Rome. Here is our Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Review.
The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft, it was released on November 16, 2010, for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It also got released alongside Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations in the Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection on November 15, 2016, this is also the version of the game we used to review it.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s story starts off after the events of AC 2, Ezio is back in his home ready to settle and chill out a bit after taking down the Templars, but then a new danger arises. The son of the villain of the 2nd game comes to Ezio’s city and levels it to the ground, taking out Ezio’s uncle Mario in the process. Ezio is wounded and gets brought to Rome to heal and rebuild the Assassin’s Brotherhood within Rome.
Some of the best people from AC 2 return, La Volpe, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Bartolomeo with a brand new wife. These characters serve more of an assistant this time instead of mentors, you help them, and they are a big help to you. The templars also are kind of back, but it’s more just Ceasar Borgia who is after the apple, not much of a network like in AC 2. Nonetheless, you still take out some of his helpers to get closer to him and to screw him over as much as possible. The story is amazing, but it does feel a bit smaller than AC 2 in some ways.
All the gameplay from AC 2 is also back but better than ever. Everything that I loved is even better, like the counter system, you can now chain a bunch of kills in 1 and it just feels so satisfying when you kill like 7 people in 1 sweep. With its gameplay, the game surely is a masterpiece that stood the test of time and is still the master of open-world games. The only thing I would have liked more streamlined was the free-running, this still can be a bit frustrating at times.
There are also new things, you have some epic missions where you use and take down Leonardo’s inventions, a whole assassin network that you can build up and train, and a system where you need to take down a leader and burn a tower to “earn” that area. All these things just make the game so much better and make the game feel refreshing and fun even 10+ years after it came out. They also improved on the build system and now let you buy stores all over Rome after taking down the tower making money management more important than ever.
I played the Ezio Collection on Series X for this review, and the visual upgrades make the game look so much better. In AC 2, the textures just looked terrible for some reason with the updates, but here in Brotherhood, it was perfect, even the faces looked so much nicer and the areas felt like an actual PS4-gen game instead of an old 2010 game. The areas look gorgeous and Rome is a fun place to run around in, but it does feel smaller than AC 2 due to being limited to only Rome instead of multiple cities.
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