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September 28 2010
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
18/11/2010UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Montreal
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Grabbing an enemy off the rooftop.
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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood on PS3...

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Riding a horse into the city.
SPECIAL INVITE & COMP:One piece of good news for PS3 owners is that Ubisoft will be running a Beta trial for the game which will begin in early October 2010. If you're an Australian we're glad to report that we have 10 Beta Access codes to give away so click here to enter.

So how important is the Assassin's Creed franchise to Ubisoft? It's probably near the top of their list of franchises to keep going strong primarily due to sales of almost 10 million units of the first two games on PS3 and XBox 360. With such an emphasis on the success of this franchise this latest game not only sees Ubisoft Montreal as the lead development team, but is also getting assistance from Ubisoft's other development teams in Annecy, Singapore, Bucharest and Québec City. This game is a direct sequel to Assassin's Creed 2 so what's it all about then?

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Time for some evasion on the rooftops.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood continues the journey's of Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. He must journey into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

While a lot has been made of the multiplayer mode in Brotherhood (something which we will get to soon) Ubisoft has been keen to stress that the game includes an in-depth single player mode which will be just as long as previous titles - so around 15 hours if not a bit more.

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Jumping from horse to horse in Brotherhood.
The main campaign mode sees you playing Ezio again however in a new twist you can now recruit and train new assassins to deploy across the city or call them in to assist you with a mission. Of course being an assassin you'll need a wide range of weapons and items to aide you and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood includes poison darts, parachutes, double hidden blades, hidden guns, and an advanced flying machine at your disposal. Throughout the game you will encounter real-world people including Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Caterina Sforza while you can use cash to revitalize the crumbling capital city, get citizens to side with you an unlock new factions and missions.

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A female assassin gets the kill, but look out behind!
New to this series however is a multiplayer mode which allows up to 8 players to enter the game world for some assassination fun. Each player will be able to select from multiple character classes, each with their own signature weapons and killing moves While we're not completely sure of how many game modes will be included we do know of at least two - Wanted and Alliance. Wanted challenges players to get the higher score by killing their assigned targets and escaping their hunters in clever ways while Alliance allows players to compete cooperatively in teams of two, fulfill contracts and confuse enemies in tandem.

Visually the Assassin's Creed franchise has always impressed, and this latest title looks set to keep the tradition going with some brilliantly replicated city locations and intricate details. Animation has always been a strong point of the series, in particular with the characters, both playable, and NPC able to climb buildings with silky smooth animations.

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Someone is about to get the chop!
Sound design has always been an impressive aspect to this franchise, and we expect no less this time either. Good news for fans of the franchise is that composer Jesper Kyd has returned to score the music in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

The Assassin's Creed franchise has been a big winner for Ubisoft and this third game in the series looks set to take it to a whole new level with the inclusion of multi-player, or at least we hope it will. With a strong single player experience, and added longevity through multiplayer, all the cards seem to be falling in place to make this the best game in the franchise to date.