Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, with Assassin's Creed: Unity making headlines for many an unfortunate reason, we take a look back at the adventures of Arno's predecessor -- Ezio Auditore -- and his exploits in Rome. We gave Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood full marks back in 2010 for building on the outstanding strengths of ACII, and even today it's difficult not to climb to the top of the Colosseum, hit the Synchronise button and not have the game take your breath away.
How about you, dear reader? What's been your favourite Assassin's Creed game?
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Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (Reviewed)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed II was one of the best games of last year. Lavishly presented, gloriously rendered, vast in scope and epic draw distance, it was period parkour pièce de résistance that trumped the original game in virtually every capacity and set Ubisoft’s Templar-bashing series up as true triple-A material.
To consider Assassin’s Creed II’s pedigree is to be somewhat surprised that Brotherhood has emerged so quickly, a mere year later. I sidelined the game to the apathetic corners of my mind, the various preview events rather more intent on showing off a quirky new multiplayer mode (something I’d never been sure the series needed...more on that later) than progressing the singleplayer freedom of Desmond and his ancestors. I assumed that Brotherhood – much like ODST had been for the Halo series (which, ironically, I loved) – would simply be a stopgap in between ‘proper’ games.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Brotherhood picks up right where Assassin’s Creed II left off – lots of patting of backs, a joyous family reunion, Ezio charming random townspeople, and everyone swooning over the shiny old MacGuffin that is the Apple of Eden. Of course, it’s not long before the Borgia family come knocking at Ezio’s door, clearly ticked off at the young Florentine’s actions in the last game, trashing his town and nicking all of his stuff.Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is the best game of the series, hands-down. It's got nefarious villains, manages to build upon the winning formula laid out in its predecessors and, crucially, doesn't go overboard. Revelations' multiplayer may have refined the template laid out here, but this is the best package of the lot and, at £8.99, Choices UK have the cheapest online price by a quid. Nice one gooner.
The release schedule is about to explode and shower us all in a tidal wave of games of which we'll probably only have the time and money to play through a fraction. However, to mark this special month, we're going to be throwing not one, not two, not even three...but four Twitter parties to mark this occasion.
Each one we've thrown has received a huge load of support and we haven't really held a big fat giveaway evening in a little while so we're going to be having four over the next couple of weeks starting this Friday. That's right...Four competitions, twenty-four rounds, seventy two games to be won.
Make sure you are following us on Twitter to stay abreast of immediate updates.
We'll be posting up individual announcements for each competition, but it's worth putting these dates in your calendar right now. The competitions will run a couple of days before the games on offer are due to be released in the hopes that winners will be able to feast upon their virtual rewards on launch day.
Upcoming Competitions (6pm start):
Friday 4th: Modern Warfare 3
Tuesday 8th: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Friday 11th: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Tuesday 15th: Zelda: Skyward Sword
As usual, for the Twitter parties, there'll be a question each hour, on the hour, relating to subject game. Each round will last an hour, with three prizes per round, and all you'll have to do is tweet the correct answers back to us to be in with a shot. Once again we'll be sharing the responsibilities with HUKD and, as previously stated, we'll have specific announcements for each competition to explain things step-by-step. The first one will go live tonight at 8pm.
There'll be a few other little site-based comps to get stuck into as well, keep an eye on the site and the streams for more in the coming days.
You can finally pick Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood up for a tenner. There...that should be all of the incentive you need. You'll be saving yourself a couple of quid on the likes of The Hut and Bee and getting arguably the best instalment in the series to date. In spite of releasing a mere year after Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood not only built upon the excellent additions to the murderous parkour-em-up, but added in a unique take on multiplayer gaming. You can purchase this one with confidence, even if the story becomes incomprehensible gibberish towards the end once Desmond reappears. Thanks pjc83.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is really good fun and seems to have a lot more variety than the previous games in the series at first, unfortunately it still suffers from their biggest pitfall of becoming far to repetitive after a few prolonged periods of play. I wasn't exactly bowled over by the multiplayer either, but then again at least it's a little bit different. You can grab a copy of the game on the PC from either Game or Gamestation for £12.99, which'll save you £6 on the next best offers.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is very, very good. While it isn't the meteoric jump from the original to Assassin's Creed 2, the new recruitment dynamics and subtle tweaks to the formula add up to one of the best games to have released last year. Personally I thought there was far too much insta-fail stealth for a sandbox game and that the story was a tad schizophrenic even for an AC title, but hey, I still couldn't stop playing it. And neither will you.
£14.99 is a cracking deal that shouldn't be missed... unless you're holding out for the complete edition.
Greetings one and all to the first ever Deals Roundup, taking over from the News Roundup now that we have started bringing you the latest bulletins from the industry as and when we find them. Each day we will take three stand-out deals and highlight them for you here for all to see.
So without any further ado, let’s jump right in. Click the links to take you directly to the deals!
Play unleashed a barrage of £5 deals today, and this one was certainly one of the better choices on offer, especially if you missed Steam’s deal for the Game of the Year Edition last week. If you’re a PC gamer who has yet to try this game and have passed on this deal, you deserve to be locked up in Arkham.
Or, at the very least, run over with the Batmobile.
Let’s ignore the recent news that the music game genre may be in decline, and instead look at another of Play’s £5 offers. It’s a great price to expand your Rock Band discography with some classic Beatles tracks, which includes some of their greatest hits.
Our final deal highlight is another PC offering that takes advantage of Direct2Drive’s current ‘VATFREE’ voucher code offer which knocks 20% off the price of anything you buy. When you consider the copious amounts of extras you get with this in addition to it being a mighty fine game, it makes for a good Pre-Order offer. Be sure to check it out!
PC owners who have been waiting to get into the assassination groove should pay attention to this pre-order deal, bringing you Ezio Auditore’s latest roof-leaping adventure with a bundle of extra goodies, and for only £5 more than the standard edition (but only as long as you use the code ‘VATFREE’ in your shopping basket!) Along with the game you will get two extra missions and extra multiplayer characters when you take the slaughter online, as well digital copies of Altair’s Codex, a map of Rome, the AC: Lineage movie, and the soundtrack of the game, amongst other items. While you’ll have to wait a few more weeks to get it, for the price it’s definitely a good deal.
I have to admit, Brotherhood is kind of amazing. It's beautiful, it's engrossing, it has fantastic controls and wonderfully refined combat. I love the sprawling, open missions where you have to infiltrate a heavily guarded castle or fortress, assailing unassailable walls, whipping out the crossbow and dropping fools like Clint Eastwood and Robin Hood's lovechild. It's £19.85 at Simply Games. Get in!
With Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood releasing to rave reviews - our esteemed editor awarded it a 10 just last year for building upon the brilliance of ACII - I think it's safe to assume Ubisoft is hard at work on a third entry in the epoch-hopping franchise. And before we're all privy to concrete details, it's fun to speculate and wonder on just what shape Assassins Creed 3 might take. Whose memories will Desmond plunge into next? And, more specifically, what era will we be free-running and slaughtering in?
Let the speculation begin!
Victorian-era London is a setting I've hoped for since AC2 released and our attention subsequently turned to a sequel. Imagine leaping from thatch roof to thatch roof above gas lamp-lit cobblestones, diving into the Thames to escape guards and infiltrating Buckingham Palace to plunder the crown jewels. It would be enough just to hear the cockney villager soundbites and Oliver Twist-style vagabonds pinching wallets and robbing wealthy gentleman down shady back-alleys.
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Proving a game doesn’t have to have number in the title to be an improvement and/or awesome, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a great game from start to finish, especially for fans of the second entry in the series. Continuing the roof-leaping shenanigans of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, the action moves to Rome, providing the biggest single area for the series to date. Along with the usual procedure of assassinations, you get to liberate Rome, renovate the city, and rebuild the Brotherhood of Assassins with which to do your bidding. With tweaks and improvements all over the shop (even the sections with Desmond aren’t as tedious as before!) it’s a must-play for fans of the series, especially at this price point. Thanks to travy27 @ HUKD!
Proving a game doesn’t have to have number in the title to be an improvement and/or awesome, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a great game from start to finish, especially for fans of the second entry in the series. Continuing the roof-leaping shenanigans of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, the action moves to Rome, providing the biggest single area for the series to date. Along with the usual procedure of assassinations, you get to liberate Rome, renovate the city, and rebuild the Brotherhood of Assassins with which to do your bidding. With tweaks and improvements all over the shop (even the sections with Desmond aren’t as tedious as before!) it’s a must-play for fans of the series, especially at this price point.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood received a solid 10 in our review and was a strong contender for Game Of The Year. We’re so glad that Ubisoft stuck to their guns and didn’t cancel the series after the original Assassin’s Creed launched to lukewarm acclaim. The series has improved in leaps and bounds- culmanating in one of the best games of 2010. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood delivers more of everything we could possibly want. More ways to kill people? Done. More missions? Yep. More… assassins?! Definitely.
Only yesterday, Carl covered ShopTo's cut-price offer for AC Brotherhood on PS3. So it's no surprise to see Play respond with a further reduction in price to perhaps the best AC adventure yet, besting ShopTo with a price of £23.99. Not to mention Play boast exclusive PS3 content, which is sure to please the Sony Fans. Brotherhood relocates to sprawling Rome in an effort to end Ezio's quest of vengeance. It's the perfect distillation of the AC's unique strengths, and the multiplayer is fantastic fun and genuinely original.
Proving a game doesn’t have to have number in the title to be an improvement and/or awesome, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a great game from start to finish, especially for fans of the second entry in the series. Continuing the roof-leaping shenanigans of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, the action moves to Rome, providing the biggest single area for the series to date. Along with the usual procedure of assassinations, you get to liberate Rome, renovate the city, and rebuild the Brotherhood of Assassins with which to do your bidding. With tweaks and improvements all over the shop (even the sections with Desmond aren’t as boring as before!) it’s a must-play for fans of the series, especially at this price point.
We're so glad that Ubisoft stuck to their guns and didn't cancel the series after the original Assassin's Creed launched to lukewarm acclaim. The series has improved in leaps and bounds- culmanating in one of the best games of 2010. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood delivers more of everything we could possibly want. More ways to kill people? Done. More missions? Yep. More... assassins?! Definitely.
Cracking deal here courtesy of Game, who are offering a Special Edition version of AC Brotherhood for just £27.98. It's the same price for the 360 version, although sadly it's OOS on Microsoft's platform. So Sony fans rejoice! But what makes this so-called Special Edition so special, eh? Well, not so much to be honest. An exclusive multiplayer avatar and map, the Officer and Trajan Market, respectively, not to mention some snazzy packaging. Not quite worth the premium cost, then. Brotherhood, however, is fantastic. Easily the best AC yet. Bring on the Victorian London-set sequel!
This was a close one. To be honest any of the games below could have taken the award and we would have been pretty happy. As it was it came down to a single vote. We've been blessed in the past twelve months to have seen a marked rise in the calibre of the games released, something that we're yet to fully adjust to as critics. we've delighted in a swathe of technically brilliant games, executed impeccably and delivered with thunderclaps of publicity and huge amounts of polish as you can see below. Perhaps looking forward into 2011 we should take that as a benchmark standard and aspire to higher heights of inventiveness and innovation, the blockbusters of 2010 have certainly made that an exciting possibility.
In the meantime, though, let's look back on some of the brightest stars of 2010.
Get your vote on below...and if there's a game you loved that didn't make it here, LET US KNOW ABOUT IT!
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Even if it hasn't necessarily been a groundbreaking, goalpost-moving year for video gaming, the list below is enough to make any joystick fiend quiver and salivate with delight. I'm drooling as I type. The past twelve months have seen some truly phenomenal releases. There've been some happy returns returns, from Ezio to Kratos, and some new faces too such as the grizzled John Marston and the flamboyant Bayonetta. We've seen some outstanding open, expansive worlds and locales, and also been treated to taut and focused action. Again, a tough assortment to choose from, and one that was hotly contested and debated.
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Let's be clear. we don't necessarily mean dedicated multiplayer games here, but rather the game that offered the best multiplayer experience this year. Unsurprisingly, a good number of nominees came from the FPS side of the room, though it should be noted that Red Dead Redemption and Kane and Lynch 2 came close to making the shortlist. Business as usual for Bungie and Activision, though Ubisoft threw us a curve ball by introducing multiplayer into Assassin's Creed....and making it awesome. Vote for your favourite below...
Click here to see our own shortlist and best multiplayer game of 2010...