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Review: Assassin's Creed: The Da Vinci Disappearance

Gone fishin'.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a fantastic game, proven by both its success with critics and consumers alike, grabbing numerous runner-up spots in TSA’s 2010 Game of the Year awards. Several months after release, players have received a number of content updates, in the form of multiplayer maps and even several new modes, including Advanced Wanted and the ever so fun Chest Capture.

Though only minor updates, each has been completely free, some even being unlocked as collective community events held by Ubisoft.

Info:
  • Selling at £7.99/800MSP
  • Will be included in the PC version for free
  • Requires Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
The Da Vinci Disappearance is the first lot of paid content for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, offering a new chain of missions and hideouts as well as a new multiplayer map, two intuitive modes, and several new character skins. For £7.99 it’s an absolute steal.

Set just before the final network of assignments in Brotherhood, Ezio pays a visit to his old friend, Leonardo Da Vinci, who send him to find his apprentice and supposed lover, Salai. After finding the young rogue gambling in the local tavern with a collective of shadowy figures, Ezio and the boy make their way back to Leonardo’s workshop only to find it ransacked with no sign of the legendary artisan.

It doesn’t take Ezio and his new acquaintance long to realise an underground cult known as the Hermeticists are responsible for the kidnapping, Leonardo leaving them a number of clues concealed in his many artistic works which are now scattered throughout Roma.

Played well, The Da Vinci Disappearance will easily last around two hours, even more if you insist on searching the new Templar hideouts and reaching 100% synchronisation on each mission. Unlike the downloadable content which was made available for Assassin’s Creed II, Disappearance doesn’t feel as though it has been cut from the original game. Each mission is incredibly well designed, combining both stealth and platforming, making the player feel as though they are an ultimate assassin as opposed to a heavy handed madman.

intense and intuitive

The first of the two new modes in Brotherhood’s multiplayer is dubbed Escort and is played with two teams. Scattered across the map are a number of VIP targets and checkpoints, upon reaching these whilst still alive, the VIP will reward the defending team with points which build higher and higher the longer they can keep the target alive. The other team’s objective is to identify and kill VIPs, whilst trying to avoid their protectors, an incredibly tough task and one that requires cunning and teamwork. Once a VIP has been slaughtered, another will spawn, keeping the action flowing until the timer runs dry and the two teams swap sides.

Assassinate is the second new gameplay mode, and is by far the most intense and intuitive, a free for fall clash of blades and bravado which will have players on their feet for the entire duration. Unlike Wanted there are no pre-set targets, using the centre-screen radar, players have to tail, lock, and assassinate other players whilst watching their own backs; the more subtle and skillful your kills are, the more points you chain together.

You will find yourself acting a good 90% of the time, trying to blend in with by-passers, at the same time keeping an eye out for any suspicious movements within big crowds. Stunning one player, poisoning another, and knifing one more in the back, all within a scale of ten seconds, was the most satisfying moment I have had in the series, only possible in this new mode.

Aside from the two game-types, there is a new map called Alhambra, a tight network of corridors and bazaars, definitely one of Brotherhood’s most diverse and perilous multiplayer locales. Four new characters, as well as the Officer and Harlequin will be unlocked too. The Dama Rossa, Knight, Marquis and Pariah each have their own unique weapons and animations, as opposed to the cosmetic-only character packs we see in so many other online games.

The only problem with the online content is that enabling it via the in-game menus will restrict your matchmaking options. Even if you just wanted to played regular Wanted using one of the new characters, you have to enable Animus Update 3.00. With that said, there has been no shortage of players dipping in and out of the new modes.

Pros:

  • Brilliant new missions which don’t feel tacked on, some set in new locations
  • New database entries, trophies/achievement
  • Assassinate is one of the most tactical online modes in multiplayer history
  • The brilliant voicework, soundtrack, and visuals all carry over from Brotherhood

Cons:

  • Those only wanting to play the singleplayer missions may feel out of pocket

For those who only want to extend their singleplayer experience, at £7.99, The Da Vinci Disappearance is a hard sell, despite how brilliantly crafted the new missions are.. However, for those who also enjoy the online multiplayer, it’s an absolute no-brainer, adding hours of additional replay value.

Score: 9/10

15 Comments
  1. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Awesomesauce!

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:01.
  2. DrNate86
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Bought this last night. Can’t wait to get home and try it out! I love the idea of the free for all, where you genuinely have to be stealthy, as opposed to the sprint matches the other can devolve into.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:17.
  3. Bodachi
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Sounds good,I’ll make sure I pick it up.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:36.
  4. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Sounds great. I’ll be picking this up as soon as I have finished Assassins Creed 2.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:43.
  5. Aquastyle
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Though not fantastic, I really enjoyed this DLC, well worth the money. Still pissed though, about you beating me despite the fact that I had 13 kills and you only 6! Only goes to show that a stealthy and cunning playstyle beats my more bloodthirsty maniac ways, which is how it’s supposed to be I reckon…

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:59.
    • Jim H [Teabags]
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I think you were more pissed about there being one second to go when you bumped into me. I was about 800 points behind, but when I killed you, it earned me a kill streak and well, yeh, I won :0)

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 17:02.
  6. SpikeyMikey23
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Was tempted by this but i have so many games to finish that I’ve decided against buying any DLC for a while. My next 2 games will be MK and ME2 but that wont be until next month. Only finished AC:B the other day and have hardly touched multiplayer (I did finally finish red dead yesterday though ;) )

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:07.
  7. jayjay119
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    This (along with AC2 GOTY edition) will be the first game I buy as soon as I buy a new PS3, Which won’t be until August, so I’m hoping by then some sort of GOTY edition will have made the rounds.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:59.
    • Rabid-Coot
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      There’s one with this dlc bundled in out on the 25th.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 11:33.
  8. chall5
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    After taking about 25 hours to get to level 50 in the multi-player I bought this a few nights ago thinking since my skills are honed I’ll do well in the new multi-player however I have since been sucked in to the world of ME2 so haven’t got round to really trying it yet

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 12:32.
  9. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Think I’ll give this a go. Been away from AC:B for a while now.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 16:08.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    It’s still downloading for me, being cued up after some other stuff.
    Looking forward to playing it though!

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 16:45.

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