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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood has been released on PS3 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 360 relocates Ezio to Rome for the series' best instalment to date..."
- Story Gamer (Mon, 27 Jun 2011)
"Assassin's Creed Brotherhood finally delivers the world promised by the first game. Variety, imaginative design and tangential gameplay make this my most fascinating stay in the Animus..."
- Returning Gamer (Sun, 13 Mar 2011)
"Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is still a game I play when the kids are in bed, but unlike the previous games I found it to have an intriguing - and strangely undulating - pace that kept me playing to the end..."
- Family Gamer (Sun, 02 Jan 2011)
Brotherhood asks Ezio to grow up. The intriguing new multiplayer world tasks him with leading a teams, managing resources and engaging in city politics. Of course, all this is shot through with beautiful free running escapades and showboating.
Brotherhood picks up again with Ezio our Master Assassin, but this time it's leadership as well as dexterity and strength he will need. Ezio now commands a Brotherhood who will rally to his side. They need to be coordinated to work together to save the day.
This takes Assassin's Creed and plunges it into a multiplayer mode. You choose a range of characters, each with signature weapons and techniques and then go toe-to-toe against other players from around the world.
Tactics are also more key here. To progress you need to recruit and train young Assassins to then deploy them across the city, or call upon them to aid you in your quests.
This is extended by the ability to collaborate with real historical characters and Win The Heart Of A City. You need to use currency to invest in the crumbling fabric and rally citizens to your cause.
New weapons have also been added to give the online play a bit more spice. Poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine are all at your disposal.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is released for 360, PS3 and PC on 19th November.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: