So my sister and I both realised that we have loads of games we’ve played half through but never finished. We both have PS3s and share our games so we get to have twice as many. We have similar taste, favouring games like Tomb Raider and Lego, puzzlers and RPGs. We’ve both made the mistake of buying games at expensive prices, then seeing them for much cheaper before we’ve even had a chance to play them.
To get the most out of our gaming, we’ve joined forces – selling off our old games into a collective pot of money that we then use to buy old games on Amazon Marketplace and the like. We have a list of games, old and new, that we want to buy, but have promised that we will play through our older games before buying them. This gives us extra motivation to finish enjoying the games we have, and the added bonus of ensuring that when we do buy the next game, we’ll be able to get it for bargain prices.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Price: About £8
One of the first games we bought out of the pot of money was Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. We both enjoyed the first instalment, and though Taylor is yet to play the second, she’s very eager, and I think it’s one of the next on her list after Tomb Raider Underworld.
Brotherhood takes all the ingredients that made AC1 and 2 so popular – mysterious mix of present day and past action, climbing up big towers, stealthy assassinations – and throws in a bunch of new ingredients. Instead of countryside hopping around the Middle East or Italy, you spend almost the entirety of the game based in Rome – a Rome run by the Borgia family.
Where previously to clear the map, you had to climb to the top of a big tower, synchronise, and perform the ever satisfying leap of faith into a conveniently placed hay cart, now you have to clear out a Borgia Leader first. Occasionally easy, occasionally not. Sometimes it’s just a case of run in and kill everyone, other times you have to rely on stealth, as the Borgia leader will run away if he realises you’re hunting him.
Removing the Borgias opened up shops to be bought, landmarks to rebuild etc, each of these things increasing your money flow, deposited every twenty minutes in the bank. As is the nature with this sort of thing, you’re desperately poor for ages, but then suddenly you have more money than things available to buy.
The main quest is supplemented by side quests for various guilds, challenges, assassination contracts, and the new management of your ‘Brotherhood’ of assassins, which first involves rescuing them from guards, then sending them off on missions around Europe. These missions aren’t played, they just run in the background, the chance of success depending on the level of your assassins and the number you send. Which, all added together, gives you plenty of extra game hours, though the ‘100% Synchronisation’ requirements for some of them were so hard, I just gave up bothering.
And then there’s the ‘collect the flags and feathers’ stuff, which, though they do at least give you maps now, does anyone actually bother with?? I only collected them because I knew you had to complete to at least 75% to unlock a memory, and a couple of flags tipped me over that percentage.
Basically, if you liked Assassin’s Creed, you’ll like Brotherhood. I don’t think the new features particularly add much to the tried and tested formula, and I worry that if they go much more down the management of resources route it will start to feel like a completely different game, but for climby, jumpy action with a peppering of sneak assassinations (sneaking and climbing are like my favourite things to do on games) then this is a great game that doesn’t feel at all ‘old’ despite the fact that it has two younger siblings now.
In about a year’s time, I’ll probably get round to AC3!
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