Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My ten best games of 2010

3. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood(XB360, PS3)

2009's Assassin's Creed 2 was a MAJOR step up from the first entry. So how do you top the second entry? You add multi-player and more gameplay elements to an already solid experience. AC:B picks up immediately after the second game following Desmond Miles to Monteriggioni continuing the story of Ezio Auditore. This time around the Templars now have the apple of eden guarded by the sinister borgia's. Ezio must overcome new obstacles, thankfully not by himself. As part of the new gameplay elements you must recruit new assassin's to help in the battle against the Templars. Aside from the usual platforming/free-running fare, players have the option of taking down Borgia "towers" guarded by the family's soldiers. Afterwards, you can re-build the surrounding area gaining you money and new shops. For those worried that Brotherhood was an expansion have nothing to fear, AC:B is just as long as the second game providing even more collectibles, weapons, and areas to explore. When it comes to multi-player AC:B works surprisingly well. Everyone who participates gets a quick run through of the modes letting players know that they are part of an 'experiment' being conducted by Abstergo. Every player gets a target to hunt down while also being targeted by another player. Different game modes like TAlliance, Wanted, and Manhunt mix the art of killing up a bit. Hiding in bushes, using gates to block opponents, and using disguises to trick hunters make multi-player just as fun as Halo or even Call of Duty. I will be surprised to see if Ubisoft can create an even better experience with AC:3.

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