Roam the city
That system sees the renovation of the Moteriggioni villa amplified to the renovation of Rome itself. But this time there's a slight twist. Under the Borgia, Rome is divided into twelve districts, each controlled from a garrison tower. To renovate districts, Borgia influence must first be expunged by assassinating respective district Captains and burning their towers. Once destroyed, districts open for business, and you can begin to renovate blacksmiths, banks, tailors and more to increase revenues and unlock new items and weapons.
The first half-dozen of these Borgia tower missions prove the game's greatest challenge. Their mix of stealth, parkour pursuit and out-and-out combat provide a stringent test of your nascent skills. But their challenge – and indeed that of all Brotherhood's remaining missions – diminishes rapidly as you reclaim more of Ezio's abilities.
The addition of Execution Streaks when fighting not only cheapens combat, but entirely obviates weapon upgrades. Similar to Batman: Arkham Asylum's CQB mechanics, these one-button instakills allow you to dart between enemies, stringing together dozens of executions with minimal effort, regardless of weapon choice. Initially thrilling, Execution Streaks ultimately prove too deadly and too easy to pull off, rendering combat repetitious and more powerful weapons superfluous.
Axes of evil
Infiltration missions also become too easy. Once purchased, the crossbow removes any need for stealthy circumvention and surreptitious take downs. Where ACII demanded patience and keen observation of enemy patrol patterns to avoid detection, Brotherhood's long-range, silent killer simply requires you to pull the trigger from afar.
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A call to arms!
Why can't someone write one of these sandbox games that just allow you to live in it, rather than kill everything in sight.
Surely there is room for one game in the marketplace that satisfies this need?
I love sandbox games, but sometimes I'd just like to have a little more to do in them that doesn't involve blowing their heads off.
One word: Minecraft.
Visit minecraft.net, admittedly it's still in *alpha* but it's still immensely playable, immensely fun, doesn't require a mega horse power computer and is only €9.95 for the time being.
Dan 'Guff MacGuffin' Brown
That was my point. But it was made with my head hovering over a bucket of boiling eucalyptus, so apologies if it snot quite intelligible.
"Indeed, if the writers hope to salvage the desultory threads of ancient super civilisations, secret societies and doomsday prophecies, and weave them into an intelligible denouement for Assassin's Creed III, they'd better pick up the phone and call Dan Brown."
But Dan Brown only writes guff?
And yes Minecraft isn't the answer. From the videos I've seen Rome is beautifully rendered in the game and I'd love to experience it first hand but I have zero interest in stabbing people in the neck. Now, I'm not asking for a renaissance version of bus simulator but this is a game with Leonardo in it - I don't recall Captain Janeway stabbing anyone when she met him on the holodeck.