Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a perfect game for me. It allows me to do a bajillion things at once…or nothing at all. And along the way, I’m rewarded profusely, no matter which path I take. Progression is always building, and this progression is never lost as the game auto-saves like a nervous cokehead stuck fortuitously inside police headquarters. I love it. I can play it in quick chunks of 15 minutes or for hours at length.
Just like in The Saboteur, the overworld map is key to getting things done. Instead of just being bloated with countless white dots, Ezio has to stare at…countless icons. All of them different, all of them something to see, to do, to stab. Here’s just a small taste of everything I can do at this point in the game (DNA sequence 3):
- Kill Borgia captains
- Burn Borgia towers to the ground
- Collect Borgia flags
- Recruit assassins to the brotherhood
- Train assassins by sending them on missions across Europe or having them take out Borgia soldiers
- Buy famous locations
- Do mini quests for arts merchants, tailors, and weapons dealers to unlock special items
- Collect feathers
- Remove posters to lower one’s notoriety
- Take on assassin contracts
- Do sidequest missions for locals
- Start memory sequences to continue Ezio/Desmond’s story
- Read emails
- Replay memories for fuller synchronizations
- Purchase stores to upgrade Rome
- Buy paintings to fill out Ezio’s hideout
- Hire prostitutes, thieves, or mercanaries to help with missions
- Find and search the numerous hidden tombs of Romulus
- Solve Subject 16’s puzzles
- Collect from numerous treasure chests hidden throughout
- Destroy Leonardo’s creations
- Climb buildings and complete viewpoint synchs
- Train and earn medals via virtual reality sessions
Honestly, I’m sure that’s not everything. And I’ve excluded online multiplayer from the list. Seriously…this game gives you a run for your money, especially considering that I got it on sale for $39.99. And as I mentioned before, you can do all the above, a few things, or none at all. Sometimes I just like to climb buildings and look out at the city; other times, I enjoy riding horseback through the countryside. On occasion, I will simply sit and people-watch. Everyone everywhere is fascinating. The game can be, all at once, the most peaceful and violent experience presented, and I can’t wait to chip away it more and more.
Damn. Now I want to play both of those games.
They’re both on my list anyway, but now I’m super in the mood for them.
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