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Assassin-2012
11-09-2010, 07:06 PM
Excellent short mini pre-review from 360magazine.co.uk from about 15 days ago for anyone who missed it.

Itís Friday Ė in the diary sense, in reality itís Monday, but letís not quibble over temporal juxtaposition.
Friday 25th October it is, and Iím facing a weekend with nothing to fill it. As is often the way, the post arrives. In it is a debug copy of Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood for review.

A lot has been said about this game in the lead-up and Iíd be lying if I didnít say that the general perception has been one which leaned towards a relatively short game with not a great deal added since the seriesí last outing. Itís a natural assumption (look, it doesnít have a 3 in it, okay?) and not one weíd consider ourselves wholly responsible for. How many times have we seen a sequel crop up a year early using the same assets and propounding identical gameplay, but thrown together with very little of the flair for which we loved its predecessor? A lot.

Left 4 Dead 2 (although some would disagree with that assessment), Crackdown 2, any number of yearly sports titles, Ubisoftís own somewhat lackluster Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, any number of alternately crap/okay/great Need For Speeds.

Brotherhood then has to be, for me, the biggest surprise of this year Ė bigger maybe than any shock Iíve received in the last two or three, bigger even than when I awoke at a party covered in soggy Doritos and all my hair was missing.

All of my assumptions have been quashed. How big is it? Much bigger than AC2. Howís the gameplay? Much better than AC2. Visually? Superior to AC2. Aurally? Warmer and heartier than AC2. Narratively? Far more engrossing than AC2. Atmospherically? Perhaps one of the finest examples of consistent atmosphere Iíve ever experienced in a videogame. Iíve been sucked in.

Not in the sense that I start writing like Iím feigning some kind of confusion between the game and reality. I hate guys who do that; you know, the ĎI was down at Tescos just this morning and stabbed a pensioner in the neck then stashed their body in a flip-top freezer with the frozen peas and Sara Lee Chocolate Embolisms, then thought to myself, Ďoh, ****, I forgot that Iím not Ezio, how the hell did I manage thatí, and oh, how I laughed on my way to the remand centre.í Especially since most people who write that kind of ******** have just spent a week on a couch with a near-infinite supply of Walkers Sensations and their phone switched off. Itís okay, no one called.

But, I have to say, I awoke today with the odd sense that I had just spent two and then some days somewhere else. Call it a post-holiday warmth.

This isnít a review Ė Iím nowhere near finishing all that it has to offer after 35+ hours deliberately side-questing the hell out of it. What this is, this little write-up, is a mid-way gush-point. A place for me to vent off my case to help convert the faithless. I needed an outlet to relieve the pressure so that all this man-love doesnít somehow find itself spattered all over my review.

Assassinís Creed 2.5 is what many are expecting, but Brotherhood is far more than that, far more than we have any right to expect from a full-blown sequel, in actual fact. Iíve come away from it Ė briefly; Iíll be whoring it to death again tonight Ė wondering whether or not Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood is more than just merely a great game. Asking myself whether it could more adequately be described as a masterpiece? Then I immediately began wondering whether I had I finally disappeared up my own ********. Iíd say I probably have, but Iím not ashamed. Thereís only so many times something can bowl you over in so many unexpected and glorious ways before you have to start preaching about it.

The case is made, and if youíre wondering why Iím not riddling this little gusher with gameplay detail, itís because I canít Ė thereís an embargo Iím afraid. Suffice to say that to me, the game could well be the finest open-world creation I have ever seen, and yes, that includes you Messrs Bellic and Marston.

Right, with that off my chest, when I get around to writing the review, I should be able to sound a little less like a nine year old with a Big Trak.

Source: http://www.360magazine.co.uk/3...orld-game-ever-made/ (http://www.360magazine.co.uk/360-editors-blog/assassin%E2%80%99s-creed-brotherhood-%E2%80%93-the-best-open-world-game-ever-made/)

RandomRansom
11-09-2010, 07:20 PM
Wow. Now I'm even more excited about the game. I hope this reviewer and I have similar tastes. I hope my experience with the game is as good as his or hers sounds.

KaizerSoze3
11-09-2010, 07:56 PM
I love this writer.... I love this game even more.

lilbacchant
11-09-2010, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by Assassin-2012:
Excellent short mini pre-review from 360magazine.co.uk from about 15 days ago for anyone who missed it.

[....]
This isnít a review Ė Iím nowhere near finishing all that it has to offer after 35+ hours deliberately side-questing the hell out of it. What this is, this little write-up, is a mid-way gush-point. A place for me to vent off my case to help convert the faithless. I needed an outlet to relieve the pressure so that all this man-love doesnít somehow find itself spattered all over my review.
[....]


LOL! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

If his reviews are even 1/2 as accurate as his skills at expressing himself via the written (err, typed) word, I think we'll all be happy campers come late next week.

Assassin-2012
11-10-2010, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by Assassin-2012:
Excellent short mini pre-review from 360magazine.co.uk from about 15 days ago for anyone who missed it.

Itís Friday Ė in the diary sense, in reality itís Monday, but letís not quibble over temporal juxtaposition.
Friday 25th October it is, and Iím facing a weekend with nothing to fill it. As is often the way, the post arrives. In it is a debug copy of Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood for review.

A lot has been said about this game in the lead-up and Iíd be lying if I didnít say that the general perception has been one which leaned towards a relatively short game with not a great deal added since the seriesí last outing. Itís a natural assumption (look, it doesnít have a 3 in it, okay?) and not one weíd consider ourselves wholly responsible for. How many times have we seen a sequel crop up a year early using the same assets and propounding identical gameplay, but thrown together with very little of the flair for which we loved its predecessor? A lot.

Left 4 Dead 2 (although some would disagree with that assessment), Crackdown 2, any number of yearly sports titles, Ubisoftís own somewhat lackluster Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, any number of alternately crap/okay/great Need For Speeds.

Brotherhood then has to be, for me, the biggest surprise of this year Ė bigger maybe than any shock Iíve received in the last two or three, bigger even than when I awoke at a party covered in soggy Doritos and all my hair was missing.

All of my assumptions have been quashed. How big is it? Much bigger than AC2. Howís the gameplay? Much better than AC2. Visually? Superior to AC2. Aurally? Warmer and heartier than AC2. Narratively? Far more engrossing than AC2. Atmospherically? Perhaps one of the finest examples of consistent atmosphere Iíve ever experienced in a videogame. Iíve been sucked in.

Not in the sense that I start writing like Iím feigning some kind of confusion between the game and reality. I hate guys who do that; you know, the ĎI was down at Tescos just this morning and stabbed a pensioner in the neck then stashed their body in a flip-top freezer with the frozen peas and Sara Lee Chocolate Embolisms, then thought to myself, Ďoh, ****, I forgot that Iím not Ezio, how the hell did I manage thatí, and oh, how I laughed on my way to the remand centre.í Especially since most people who write that kind of ******** have just spent a week on a couch with a near-infinite supply of Walkers Sensations and their phone switched off. Itís okay, no one called.

But, I have to say, I awoke today with the odd sense that I had just spent two and then some days somewhere else. Call it a post-holiday warmth.

This isnít a review Ė Iím nowhere near finishing all that it has to offer after 35+ hours deliberately side-questing the hell out of it. What this is, this little write-up, is a mid-way gush-point. A place for me to vent off my case to help convert the faithless. I needed an outlet to relieve the pressure so that all this man-love doesnít somehow find itself spattered all over my review.

Assassinís Creed 2.5 is what many are expecting, but Brotherhood is far more than that, far more than we have any right to expect from a full-blown sequel, in actual fact. Iíve come away from it Ė briefly; Iíll be whoring it to death again tonight Ė wondering whether or not Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood is more than just merely a great game. Asking myself whether it could more adequately be described as a masterpiece? Then I immediately began wondering whether I had I finally disappeared up my own ********. Iíd say I probably have, but Iím not ashamed. Thereís only so many times something can bowl you over in so many unexpected and glorious ways before you have to start preaching about it.

The case is made, and if youíre wondering why Iím not riddling this little gusher with gameplay detail, itís because I canít Ė thereís an embargo Iím afraid. Suffice to say that to me, the game could well be the finest open-world creation I have ever seen, and yes, that includes you Messrs Bellic and Marston.

Right, with that off my chest, when I get around to writing the review, I should be able to sound a little less like a nine year old with a Big Trak.

Source: http://www.360magazine.co.uk/3...orld-game-ever-made/ (http://www.360magazine.co.uk/360-editors-blog/assassin%E2%80%99s-creed-brotherhood-%E2%80%93-the-best-open-world-game-ever-made/)

Yep I'm more excited for thin now than ever http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

realgangsta213
11-10-2010, 10:23 AM
read this preview 2 weeks ago but glad you showed it to this forum. I just couldn't believe that he challenged gta iv and red dead redemption, the 2 best rated open world games. I CANNOT WAIT WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!

Assassin-2012
11-10-2010, 11:21 AM
Originally posted by realgangsta213:
read this preview 2 weeks ago but glad you showed it to this forum. I just couldn't believe that he challenged gta iv and red dead redemption, the 2 best rated open world games. I CANNOT WAIT WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!

When I read that I was like WOW. I can't wait for his full review http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

SiCofReality
11-10-2010, 12:33 PM
awesome. I even cancelled my Starwars Force unleashed 2 and switched the pre-order money to AC Brotherhood. Skipping CoD and Skipped MoH.

AC got my full attention....still got my fable though...cant skip fable. But after fable AC has my full attention. And now that i'm almost 100% done with fable Ac will really have my full attention

Mr_Shade
11-10-2010, 02:01 PM
I did post this a few weeks back http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Glad you posted again though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Assassin-2012
11-10-2010, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by Mr_Shade:
I did post this a few weeks back http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Glad you posted again though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Thanks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif