7 sickest ways to kill in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood isn’t just about Machiavellian scheming, shadowy stealth and balletic platforming – it’s also about gory murderising, oodles of it. Tragically, many AC players never really look beyond their staple weapons, but there’s a wonderful world of glorious takedowns just willing to be unleashed if you equip the right gear. So without further ado, we’ve compiled some of the sickest, most flat-out spectacular takedowns Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has to offer. Enjoy.


With nought but bare hams equipped, Ezio sidles up behind this unwary guard and snaps his neck like a chicken. It’s all very WWE but, er... real. His mates don’t seem massively impressed, so get ready for a fight.

Above: Ooh, snap! Nope, it wasn't supposed to bend that way, but it's too late now

The stampee’s another weapons-free takedown, Ezio hurling his opponent to the canvas before jumping on his neck, Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon-style. Shame he doesn’t make the accompanying high pitched noises or pull a funny face.

Above: If there's one way to impress the ladies in ancient Rome, it's stamping on a Roman guard


Possibly the most down ‘n dirty finishers in Brotherhood come courtesy of knives – or, rather, this rather cruel-looking Butcher’s blade (available for not too many florins from a Blacksmith near you.) They mostly involve the slitting of gizzards, leaving guards to choke to death in their own blood.

Above: All the other guards will stand off and let you finish adding ventilation to their mate's neck


This one’s all about the dual wrist blades. Casual as you like, wander up between two guards and pretend you’re an extra from The Village People – skewing one through the back of the neck, and one through the front.

Above: A cheeky little move, if ever we saw one. Two guards + one Ezio = much death

Ah, an old favourite – the ‘stab them both in the back at the same time with your hidden blades’ execution. For best effect, perform this one from a dizzying height – you can almost hear the crunch.

Above: Jump on his back! He won't like that at all. Much less the 7 inches of steel severing his spine


Ezio’s a whirling dervish of Errol Flynn-like legend with his sword in hand; some of his counters have to be seen to be believed. Yet, for sheer impudent twattishness, nothing quite beats meandering up behind an unsuspecting soldier and running him through with your sabre. Touché!

Above: The most cowardly of moves - this poor fella had no idea you were about to stab him in the back


The crossbow, pistol and stilettos are the tools for longer-range assassinations. The crossbow is handy for taking out mounted guards, since they’re often a right pain to unhorse. Take that, Mr Ed.

Above: Shooting folk from their horses is just as much fun here as it was in Red Dead Redemption

...but not half as sweet as this sword takedown, which culminates in Ezio – after spearing the poor schmoe – blasting his ailing victim full in the mug with a blam-load of gunpowder.

Above: Nasty one, this. If you look closely, you can see his last thoughts flying through the air

Heavy weapons

Heavy weapons, like the mace, hammer and axe – though the hardest to wield and a ‘mare to counter with – also dish out massive damage and even the odd inst-o-kill. Watch Ezio bash some poor SOB’s brains in with his medieval mallet...

Above: Ha! You think your knees hurt? Wait until your head feels this...

Weapon’s often have a sneaky ‘special’ attack too, which Ezio’ll unleash if you hold down x/square. Our fave features this axe... Ezio lobs it, and it sticks straight in the back of this guard’s bonce and sends him flying. ROTFLMAO etc.

Above: Hey, guys - watch my bird impression. Aww, you're not looking!

Assassin pals

Finally, if you simply can’t be arsed killing anyone else, why not whistle for your lackeys to come do it instead? That’s what the L1/ L Bumper was invented for... They’ll ride in on horsies, leap out of haystacks and appear in a puff of smoke to rein death down upon your adversaries, before disappearing into the mist. Ezio, ciggie in hand, watches on.

Above: This dude leaps straight from his horse and kills your foe in one move. Nice dismount, sir!

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is out for PC, PS3 and 360 next week. 

November 10, 2010


  • w34p0nx - June 16, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    This is an old post but I still want to add that your heavy weapon 'special' hold-down attack is way more fun if you threw your axe/spear/hammer from a distance.
  • HghFlyr - November 16, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    I am sooooo excited about picking up my pre ordered copy but I can't decide on whether to chose Codex or Collectors edition as I have both reserved oh decisions decisions!!!! only 3 days to go yip yip
  • Crypto140 - November 14, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    I would have gottent the special edtion, but there were so many to chose from, so I didn't get any. Got the Spcial Dead Space 2 insted.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 11, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Seen most of it before... Though I must say, where's the double neck slice with the hidden blades? Attacking someone during combat when they're not ready sometimes slashed open their throat in AC2. That looked totally badass. And where's the turning the fatarse axe on its owner and pushing him over with it lodged in his helmet?
  • Jamahl - November 11, 2010 5:02 a.m.

    Well we've known for a long time that ti's very similar because it's not a full sequel. However, so many gameplay mechanics have been changed or improved that the fact that the graphics engine and animations have only been slightly tweaked and added to is fair. Better than fallout, anyway, they used the same engine for games THREE years apart!
  • AntistaChris - November 11, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    yeh, way too similar to ACII. gunna hav to go down the wishlist.
  • y2kpikachu12 - November 11, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Agh, this looks so similar to ACII, not that I didn't freaking love that game, I did but it looks so similar, especially noticeable were the heavy weapons ones looking almost exactly the same. I'll be getting it i'm sure but idk it looks kinda dissapoint.
  • philipshaw - November 10, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Some of them moves were pretty brutal, excited to get this game but I will wait to I have finished Fallout: New Vegas before picking it up
  • SideOfBeef - November 10, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    Um... 90% of those moves where in Assassins Creed 2, and most were in Assassins Creed 1.... They're great and all, but come on show something new.
  • kyle94 - November 10, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    I always liked the knives/short swords. They were fast, killed quickly and brutally, and looked cool. The only bad things were you couldn't really block with them that easily and they didn't have much reach. But it was really satisfying just to attack guards with a knife and kill them one by one. One gets stabbed in the back, one gets their throat cut, and one gets his chest cavity stabbed like I was Norman Bates. I have fond memories of the first game doing just that. Bloody hell I am sick.
  • Odis - November 10, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    This is gonna be awesome. Like... Sorta... Well, I know for sure that things there are gonna be on like Donkey Kong (yes, I just read the article). And as a by the by, does anyone know the official release date for the PC version?
  • BrianDowns - November 10, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    I'm super cerial looking forward to this. Gonna trade in the miserable Fable 3 for it. Ass Creed (:D) and it's sequel were fantastic games and this one looks to keep the tradition. It's clearly Ubi's biggest game. Splinter Cell has taken a turn for the turd and Rainbow Six Vegas was only good when it had assasination mode. Playing as a sausage handed guy with a glock and beating heavily armoured terrorists was always a joy. Until it was removed. -Spoiler- ''Yay i'm king! Oh wait, I have to be a twat otherwise everyone will die. Why? Because the kingdom has suddenly come under threat from a nutsack with arms and legs? Oh right. Thanks for preparing me for that game. Thanks for the tacked on plot twist.''
  • Sharkbot - November 10, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    3/4s of those finishes look extremely painful and awesome. Especially the face stomp and the mallet at the end. Jesus that made me wince.
  • DanteofFlorence - November 10, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    im excited for this game, but im not liking how much armor ezio seems to be wearing. he looks.....fat
  • garnsr - November 10, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    Not quite as cool looking here as doing it yourself. Can't wait for the game to come next week.
  • chobb14 - November 10, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    getting the codex edition
  • sniperscope - November 10, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    Can't wait! ReCAPTCHA: Amneris strupecu?
  • BK-201 - November 10, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    Pre-ordered and waiting for this.
  • Redeater - November 10, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    I am so freakin excited for this game...

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