Assassins Creed Brotherhood: The Da Vinci Disappearance

Assassins Creed Brotherhood: The Da Vinci Disappearance
Format: Xbox 360 DLC
Players: 1
Price: 800 ms points
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 8th March 2011
Ubisoft

Ezio is on a hunt for fine art this time round, as his buddy Leonardo Da Vinci has been captured! Each painting hold clues to the whereabouts of a secret catacomb and only Ezio has the skills to sneak in and reclaim all the paintings.

The download content contains eight new missions which revolve around obtaining the paintings. Roma is still the place you explore and you can do these missions during the main game, it isn’t kept separate. Missions follow the standard format of trailing, sneaking and killing, but with a tight story and some beautiful new locations, it is a joy to be back in the 16th century.

All the missions are entertaining and well paced, it feels the team have really mastered how to deliver a well-rounded experience and the overall length makes the price worthwhile. As does the stunning final temple you explore and a bright green garden in an earlier mission. No new moves have been added, so the missions don’t offer anything fresh and side content is a little flat. A dice mini game and a hunt for some thirsty harlequins to smack down don’t offer any rewards to make them worth the effort. Unless you like achievements.

Other problems come from the game mechanics already in place. Sometimes the A.I is truly stupid as you attempt to avoid being caught, and the smooth controls still fudge up at inconvenient moments. To have Ezio jump over to a pillar but then decide to charge into a wall and fall is still as irritating as ever. Three games in you’d think this stuff would have stopped happening.

Eight fun missions, decent cinematics and beautiful new environments makes The Da Vinci Disappearance a must. There are new multiplayer maps too, but that side of the game is as dead as the victims who have crossed Ezio’s path.

8/10

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