10 things we’d like to see in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

4. The ability to conquer and control Rome

Among the things the copy on the back of the box promises is the ability to conquer Rome, although it’s impossible to tell whether it’s meant in a literal or figurative sense. If it is literal, though, then we’d really like to see a gang-war-style campaign for the city, with Ezio and his Assassins quietly wresting control of one district after another from the Templars. Ideally, it would then be possible to lord over them, much like Ezio does with his own fortress at Monteriggioni in ACII. Landmarks and businesses could be restored and improved, opening up new items and avenues for exploration.

Above: Like this, but more of it, and with Rome

If nothing else, though, city administration was a surprisingly fun part of ACII, and we’d be a little disappointed if it didn’t return in some form.

5. Co-op assassinations

Multiplayer is obviously going to be a big part of Brotherhood, but we’re not entirely sure what that will entail. (Although we can probably get at least a rudimentary idea by looking at the competitive assassinations in the Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer game for iPhone.)

Above: It’s going to be, uh… big and confusing!

What we really want to see, however, is Splinter Cell-style co-op enter the equation. Obviously Assassins don’t need to help each other over walls, but it’d be handy to have someone else along to revive you if things get too nasty. We’d also be very interested to see what kinds of two-, three- or four-man executions the minds behind Assassin’s Creed can devise; bringing down big targets with the help of co-conspirators, if handled well, could be a lot of fun.

Above: This looks just a little bit fun, doesn't it?

6. More events

What was the single most memorable thing that happened during the time Ezio spent in Venice? That’s right: Carnival (and even if it wasn’t, humor us for a second). Everyone in costume, revelers crowding the streets and nobody keeping an eye out for a strangely dressed murderer in a hooded tunic.

It made for an interesting change of pace from the normal dynamic of the city, it made the place feel more alive and it was interesting to explore. More events like that, whether they be festivals or religious processions, could make an especially engaging backdrop for Ezio’s usual skullduggery.

7. More devious ways to kill people

Know what would improve the experience of being Ezio? Explosives that could be timed or triggered from a distance. More and better poisons. Environmental kills. Quietly stabbing guys with the Hidden Blades is always fun, but so is having a lot of different ways to dispose of your enemies, and ramping up your options for pulling off interesting executions could make something that's already fun even better.

Above: Like this, but not with smoke

8. The death of Rodrigo Borgia

This is a big one: at the end of ACII, Ezio – after murdering his way through most of Italy’s power brokers – suddenly decided not to kill Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI), the game’s central villain and the man who had Ezio’s father and brothers killed. The real reason for this was that in real life, Borgia had a separate, famous demise, and it didn’t happen at the end of an assassin’s knife.

Above: "Ha ha, no violent comeuppance for me!"

Known to history as one of the most corrupt popes of all time, the real Borgia allegedly treated the Church as a personal piggy bank, using its treasury to finance his own deviant excesses and attempting to bequeath its properties to his children (oh, and he’s also known for sleeping with his daughter, Lucrezia).

Above: Kind of a dick, really

When Borgia was 72, according to Wikipedia, he and his son Cesare came down with a fever shortly after dining with a cardinal. Cesare recovered, but Borgia didn’t, and his stomach “became swollen and turned to liquid, while his face became wine-coloured and his skin began to peel off. Finally his stomach and bowels bled profusely.” More than a week later, Borgia died in agony, leaving behind a corpse that decomposed so rapidly and so grotesquely that one witness described it as “the ugliest, most monstrous and horrible dead body that was ever seen, without any form or likeness of humanity."

Above: Sort of like this, only more Pope-shaped

Given that both Borgia and his son came down with the same “fever” shortly after dinner, it’s not difficult to see a slow-acting poison as a possible cause. And given Leonardo’s knack for death-dealing creations, it’s easy to imagine him concocting some particularly horrible poison for Ezio to slip into their food. It wouldn’t make for a very dramatic final confrontation, but at least it’d resolve one of the biggest hanging threads from ACII.

9. Better visuals

The architecture and clothing in ACII might have been breathtaking, but the characters’ faces? Not so much.

Above: Meh, we've seen better

Still, graphics are getting better all the time, and we’ll be very surprised if Brotherhood doesn’t show a marked visual improvement over ACII when it ships later this year.

10. No Desmond

So far, Ezio’s descendant Desmond hasn’t appeared in any of the other spinoffs, and frankly we’d be fine with him just staying out of sight until Assassin’s Creed III. As much as he improved as a character in ACII, and as much as we like Nolan North and Kristen Bell, we’ll be happy to focus on Ezio and company for the time being, thanks.

Above: "Is it time for me to break the sense of immersion yet?"

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  • aberkromby - December 6, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    I swear, Ubi must have read this article....
  • nadrewod999 - October 18, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    Looks like Desmond is coming back for Brotherhood, except this time he has almost the exact same abilities as Ezio. With any luck, he will be the most anticipated part of AC3.
  • pakk99 - June 7, 2010 midnight

    Let me add one thing I could do with out: jumping puzzles in small rooms (i.e Lorenzo Medici's mansion ... ugh).
  • realybored666 - May 15, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    awesome list. the thing with desmond is that i'd be fine playin him if something big happens in his story. if its just him walking around and talking to the other guys, then fuck desmond.
  • philipshaw - May 8, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    I hope it doesn't focus too much on mutliplayer because the single player will lose something because of this. Just look at Skate 3 reviews that say the single player feels disjointed because on the focus on online play
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 7, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    @oryandymackie - Every little thing was improved. That's not bad. :D OT - I'd love to get this, but I don't have a PSP and I'm not inclined to get one either...
  • Skykid - May 7, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    OMIGAWD! One of them's a chick, and she's hawt. But women can be the best of assassins, especially if they're attractive. Oh, and GR, never trust Wikipedia.
  • Skykid - May 7, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Note the comment Borgia gives you: "Ahh, always the fighter. Just like your father. Well-rejoice, my child-for you will see him again SOON!" That's the kind of guy you'd LOVE to see stabbed in the back, but can't do so. What a jacka**.
  • BUFFshagwell - May 7, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    4 man circle jerk best multiplayer mode
  • BUFFshagwell - May 7, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    4 man circle jerk best multiplayer mode
  • ItsFlamesAreRed - May 7, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    My friend and I totally want to see a multiplayer for the AC franchise. It would be fun to work with your friends to assassinate targets.
  • Cleanser247 - May 7, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    I hope they don't mess up this series because the first two games were fairly well done. Bloodlines could turn out decent if it's done right.
  • blairjacobs - May 7, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    assassins creed 2 best game ive played on 360, more blood and assassinations plz!
  • sterlins16 - May 7, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    if the multi player isnt good dont play it
  • shadyMrPatch - May 7, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    "We want to collude with and/or be instrumental in the deaths of a few notable politicians" Cameron would be a start eh?
  • awinnerisjew - May 7, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Coop would be fun, as long as the person you're playng with understands the idea of cooperatively playing and doesn't just run ahead like an idiot,that shit ruined splinter cell convictions coop. 1 on 1 deathmatch would be interesting/hard in AC. "LETS SEE YOU CAMP NOW BITCHES!"
  • draco1400 - May 7, 2010 7:29 a.m.

    you know, everyone was worried bout bioshock 2 multiplayer and it turned out to be a gem, if it turns out to be shit, i just won't use it, problem solved....
  • Teazey - May 7, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    @ oryandymackie That is a good thing. AC1 WAS okay. AC2 is awesome.
  • oryandymackie - May 7, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    I didn't bother playing ACII. People said that it was completely different from the first.
  • Silverstone - May 7, 2010 5:19 a.m.

    The problem with Multiplayer this generation is that everyone expects it to be a main factor of gameplay, not just a 'oh look, that's nice' addition. Well, it seems that every game that isnt your standard FPS is adding online to their roster and everyone starts freaking out. I don't recall you guys making a fuss about Metal Gear Online? What about the online for MGS3 just a few years back? But the current-gen seems to rag on Online modes for games that aren't Call of Duty or Halo. and that is a lil sad, as we can no longer find the joy of playing through games time and again but we need that connection to other players whom we can t0tally pwn to have true vidya game enjoyment.

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