A review of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, a game that turns 10 this year and has stood the test of time as one of the highest-ranking games in the AC franchise.

The logo for the game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
The logo for the game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
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We meet Ezio Auditore in the game Assassin’s Creed II. The game starts with Ezio on a mission to avenge his family. This turns into Ezio uncovering a deeper conspiracy between the Assassins and the Templars. These two groups fight for humanity – the Assassins to save it and the Templars to control it.

Brotherhood gameplay starts after the finale of Assassin’s Creed II. The player must rebuild Rome during the game and earn an income, like in ACII with Monteriggioni. Rather than gameplay including traveling to unique parts of Italy, the game is stationary in Rome. The in-game landscape is rich with explorable city and countryside areas.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the hero of the game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the hero of the game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
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The timeline of the game is an interesting change of pace from AC II. I was expecting a game that took place over a lengthy period. Instead, AC: Brotherhood gameplay spans over a few short years. I suppose that’s what happens when the game focuses on one primary target instead of a hit list.

My biggest disappointment with AC: Brotherhood as a game is the revival of full vs. partial synchronization. This mechanic from the original Assassin’s Creed game was best left forgotten. I understand wanting an additional game challenge besides the quest at hand. I just wish that portion of game play was optional. I don’t care if I get it done in 8 minutes or which weapon I use! I doubt the game cares either.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
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The customization aspect of this game was a surprise. I enjoyed being able to dye Ezio’s robes separately from his cape! The colors I had to choose from each region of Rome were beautiful. My favorite was the onyx color found at the tailors in the city.

There is a reason AC: Brotherhood has one of the best reputations in the game franchise. It introduced multi-player gameplay – something I do not use but appreciate. The weapons in the game get an upgrade with a crossbow for distance kills. New in-game combat allows for the use of the sword and gun at the same time. This made the fights in the game more dynamic, seamless, and enjoyable.

The Assassin’s Creed game franchise is a household name for gamers. ACII put the series on the map and allowed for the growth we’ve seen in the game sequels. Ezio is the most iconic and recognizable character of all the AC games! Ubisoft took an incredible game and added just enough to make Brotherhood more memorable than the last.

An aged Ezio from the game cover of Assassin's Creed: Revelations
An aged Ezio from the game cover of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
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Yes, I am 10 years late to the game. I still adore the Assassin’s Creed game franchise! For now, I’m playing catch up on Ezio’s story with the game The Ezio Collection. This game conveniently bundled ACII, AC: Brotherhood, and AC: Revelations and allowed me to play all of them on my PlayStation 4. Maybe I’ll be up to speed when the newest game, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, its shelves later this year.

The next game is AC: Revelations and I hope it’ll be the sendoff Ezio deserves. I’m not ready to say goodbye. Ezio Auditore will always be one of my most beloved video game characters. Until then, remember the Assassin motto: nothing is true, everything is permitted.