I have taken it upon myself to play all the Assassin’s Creed games in order leading up to ACIII. While each game improved tremendously in terms of story progression and gameplay I felt a bit let down with Brotherhood. Playing this game I felt like I was playing DLC for part 2 which while not necessarily a bad thing it made the game feel like a placeholder before Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.. As usual the gameplay mechanics and story telling are excellent but they never really pushed the boundaries of the system
- Expanded free roaming play area.
- Buying businesses to generate revenue. One of my favorite features since it removed the need to constantly pick pocket.
- More diverse ways to cross large areas. Horses and tunnels helped break up the constant running
- Very polished and different take on multiplayer
- Excellent storytelling that expanded a players understanding of Ezio’s importance in Desmond Miles story.
- Combat mechanics continue to see a bit slow.
- Cheap deaths/synchronization
- Romulus Missions: While these are optional they felt like the Altair armor missions from AC2
- The Ending: I understand wanting to keep gamers engaged in the franchise but it really was a WTF! moment that frustrated me.