Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Game Poster Image
Violent action game with mature themes is for adults only.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 52 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 98 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The narrative concerns a group of assassins who are fighting what they clearly believe to be an evil force in the form of the Templars. Based on the wrongs done to their side and the way their enemies treat citizens, they clearly have motive for vengeance. This leads to plenty of sensationalized violence, which will prove the primary draw for most players.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game’s protagonist in the present and the ancestor he remembers are both meant to come across as good men, even if the latter does rely on violence as his primary method of resolving issues. However, players have the freedom to make the ancestor do some pretty nasty things, such as kill civilians.

Ease of Play

Like its predecessors, this game features a movement and combat system that is unlike that of any other game. Fans familiar with the franchise should be able to get into the swing of things fairly quickly, but it will take rookies a while to figure out and become comfortable with the controls.

Violence

Players can use daggers, swords, hammers, hidden guns, cannons, and many other weapons to kill human enemies, not all of whom are necessarily “bad.” The animations depicting this combat are very realistic, with blades plunging through torsos and bodies spinning from the inertia of a sword cutting across them. Blood appears frequently, soaking through clothes and staining characters’ skin or the ground. One scene depicts a woman held captive on a boat having her throat slit.

Sex

Strong sexual themes permeate this game. Busty courtesans sporting deep cleavage wander the city’s streets, and players can construct brothels for them to inhabit. One scene depicts the player’s character making love to a woman dressed in lace underwear, though it stops short of nudity.

Language

The game’s spoken dialogue is flecked with English and Italian profanity, including “f--k" and “s--t.”

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a violent action game with explicit language and sexual themes. Missions typically involve brutal, knife-based killings depicted with authentic character animations. The complex narrative tells of a struggle against injustice and evil oppressors, but players have freedom to carry out some pretty evil acts of their own, such as killing civilians. It is a game clearly intended for adult audiences. They can also work with thieves, murderers, and prostitutes to achieve their objectives. Note, too, that the game supports open online voice communication, so that players may hear cussing from others and could be solicited for personal information.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written byHeyYall November 27, 2010

13+!!!

LOVE IT!!! Great game for 13s or 14s! The only problem is the cursing, the characters curse in Italian, but if translations are turned off, then your child will... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr. Brooks (teacher) June 2, 2011

From a teachers view

this game is just like assassins creed 2 where language is not a prolem persuades a few words such as ba-trd,h-ll and d-m which are spoken in italian. The only... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe_Kid_Who_Cares November 22, 2010
I think the game is fine for kids 13 and up because there are so many games out there (eg. CoD, Halo, etc.) that involve killing some one so how is this game an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamereviewer101 June 4, 2011

OK for Mature Kids

I Think that this game is on for mature 12 years old but i think that kids should talk with their parents about what they want to play. The sexual content isn... Continue reading

What's it about?

ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD continues the tale of modern day protagonist Desmond Miles as he uses a device called the Animus to remember the life of Ezio, an Italian assassin who lived in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Desmond and his friends are members of an ancient fraternity of assassins that wage war against another centuries-old sect known as the Templars that wants to exercise control over humanity. Like previous games in the series, players spend most of the time in the past, exploring an open world -- Rome, in this case -- by running through streets, up walls, and over rooftops. Players are free to engage in missions that further the game’s narrative -- many of which involve assassinating key targets -- or take on optional side quests, such as renovating Rome, exploring underground mazes, and reclaiming areas of the city by defeating prominent military officers. New features include the ability to call on fellow assassins for aid and a multiplayer mode that has players hunting specific enemies while being hunted themselves. This game is intended for adults.

Is it any good?

The Assassin’s Creed narrative has grown so complex that players new to the franchise will likely be at a bit of a loss as to what’s going on. Brotherhood provides a quick overview, but the only way to fully appreciate the story is to play the series through from its first game. Assuming you’ve done that, you’ll likely find this second glimpse into the life of Renaissance-era assassin Ezio fascinating as he toils to free Templar-oppressed Rome while modern-day Desmond explores some of the very same locations 500 years later.

Combat has been improved to allow players to go on the offensive rather than simply defend and counter, and the ability to work with allies creates a sense of fraternity and strength that previous games lacked. It sometimes feels a little like a glorified expansion to Assassin’s Creed II (you’ll note that this is a sequel to a sequel rather than the third numbered entry in the franchise), but the narrative twists, tweaked fighting, and new multiplayer element combine to make it worthwhile.

Online interaction: This game supports online multiplayer with open voice chat. Players could be exposed to inappropriate language and topics of conversation as well as solicitations for personal information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about open world games that offer players the freedom to act as they choose. Are these games more immersive?

  • Families can also discuss the sort of things can be learned from this game. Did you take the time to read the historical notes about famous locations and people scattered throughout the environment? Do you think they are accurate and educational?

  • Do you think the option to kill random civilians -- even if not exercised – makes a game world feel more realistic? What is the role of violence in this game?

Game details

For kids who love fast action in their games

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate