Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood gameplay

Seen as I’ve been playing quite a lot of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood recently, I thought it would be the perfect game to show my latest addition to the blog: videos!

The following video has something for everyone: avid online gamers can watch my epic fails as I (admittedly) struggle through a couple of multiplayer games of ‘Wanted’, those wanting some action can watch as I lay waste to a large number of guards in the city of Rome, and my fan club can wince as my dulcet tones are compressed through a sub-standard microphone.  Enjoy!

Edit 18/04/11: The video no longer exists thanks to Vimeo (boo, hiss), and so I’m now  working on alternative videos for YouTube (yay).

I’ll post some in-depth details about the video on Sleight of Hand soon, but put briefly- I’m learning and yes, there’s a lot wrong with the video itself.  It runs for about 40 mins which is way too long but I wanted to push the HD  content, the running time, and the file size to the limit.

What do you think?

Update 30/03/11: For reference the post, ‘How I record gameplay from my PS3‘ is now up on Sleight of Hand.

The Da Vinci Disappearance

I previously covered Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on the blog way back in December 2010.  Towards the end of my review I said:

As for whether Brotherhood is significantly shorter than it’s predecessor, well, it’s definitely shorter, but not by much.  I have completed the main story mode with a smattering of side missions in about 16 hours.  100% completion in AC II totalled a good 30 hours.  To achieve the same in Brotherhood I’m estimating around 20 hours as a ballpark figure.  So that gives you a game 2/3 the size as its predecessor.

When in Rome: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood single player

It turns out that I underestimated the sheer amount of content the developers packed in to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.  In fact, I’ve notched up 37 hours of gameplay within the historic walls of Rome.  And that’s still just the single player.

So, what does this have to do with The Da Vinci Disappearance?  Well, we’re talking about DLC that adds more gameplay to a game already fit-to-burst with content.  The DLC itself isn’t anything particularly remarkable.  If you’ve played through a good chunk of Assassin’s Creed II and/or Brotherhood, then there’s nothing new to see here.

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When in Rome: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood single player

When initial reviews started flooding in, all doubt was removed from my mind.  This game was big.  Previously I wasn’t so sure exactly where Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood fitted within the series as in all honesty after Assassin’s Creed II, I had come to expect the next instalment to be ‘Assassin’s Creed III’.

Well, all as you need to know is that Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the next full featured instalment in the thrilling saga, with no half measures.  Brotherhood continues Ezio’s story, rather than jumping to another ancestor and time period like you would expect with a number ‘III’.

This much is made clear with the story you’re immediately thrust into, taking place shortly after Assassin’s Creed II.  I’m not really a big fan of giving away spoilers, so I won’t; your best bet for juicy plot details is probably Wikipedia.  For the most part, the plot was totally engrossing but I can’t really say that I understand the rather rushed ending, and I await the real Assassin’s Creed III to fill me in on what on earth’s going on.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood review

Joystiq reviews Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and likes it.  A lot.  Assassin’s Creed diehards like myself won’t need a review to pull the trigger on this purchase but it’s alright to take a sneaky peek, right?  In the meantime, I’m just going to have to work out how I’m going to fit Brotherhood into my Black Ops schedule…