Every game, no matter how polished or original will have some flaws. If the good outweighs the bad, a franchise can be launched in which the errors can hopefully be righted with future installments. Assassin's Creed 2 is one game that stands out for achieving far more financial and critical success than its predecessor, Assassin's Creed. If the details coming out of Ubisoft are anything to go by, both titles may eventually be outdone by the upcoming third entry, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
While much of the fan fervor over Brotherhood surrounds the addition of a multiplayer component, the series has been built around its single player campaign. The developers have made it clear that they've put thought into AC:B, and have clearly been crafting a story for the game that seems to exceed even the historical aspirations of the previous game. Placing a game in Renaissance Italy provides a colorful backdrop, but with Brotherhood the team is looking to truly place the game's protagonist Ezio as a shaping force in pivotal moments of history.
Continuing where AC2 left off, Brotherhood follows Ezio in his crusade against the Borgia family, leading him across Europe, from Italy to Spain. Story trailers and developer diaries are useful for giving context and tone to a game, but the gameplay itself has the last word.
With that in mind, take a look at Ubisoft's video walkthrough of one of the single player missions, and how the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci will shape the game as a whole:
What's been shown of the online multiplayer looks promising, but fans of the series can now breathe a sigh of relief that the new additions will enhance, not detract from the single player campaign that the series has become known for. The video clearly shows that although the traversal, stealth, and execution systems have been tweaked, the game still appears to retain the look and feel of the previous titles.
It's nice to see the addition of a tank to any videogame franchise, but the extra attention given to da Vinci's inventions is a pleasant surprise. The use of da Vinci's flying machine was extremely limited in AC2, but it seems the vehicle missions will play a much more significant role in Brotherhood. It will be interesting to see how they fit into the overall game.
The title continues to show more and more promise as bits and pieces of the game are revealed, with Ubisoft's cinematic trailer setting the tone for what looks to be a brand new and memorable experience. The only question remaining is which console to play it on, but the recent announcement of exclusive DLC might make the choice a bit easier. For those fans who just can't get enough of AC, remember to sharpen your blades with Ubisoft's Facebook game.
The wait is almost over for your chance to shape history, with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood hitting store shelves on November 16th, 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.