Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Common Sense Media says

Violent action game with mature themes is for adults only.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

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

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 16, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written byMr. Brooks (teacher) June 2, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

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 isssue is blood which can be turned of at the in game menu. Although due to the moral of the story this game is not suitble for ages UNDER 13 I am also a parent with two kids 14 and 10 years old and am a full time highschool teacher an i let my 14 year old play when he was 13 and that is the only MA+15 that he is aloud to play because there no guns and because of the educational value. The PC version has also had many graphic scenes removed
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written byHeyYall November 27, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

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 hear none of this. "Cazzo" was used(Im not going to tell you what that means) as was "fortity" and "merda" just turn off translations... and POOF! you have a "T" rated game! Sex is also maybe an issue, in the game there are several prostitutes, but there is not interaction between you and them. Also, the protagonist sleeps with a lady early on in the game, but there is no nudity, although actions are implied. Short of that, I find this game fine for a mature 13 year old. Besides, they are learning all about the sexual issues in this game in 6th grade!(at least, mine did, and I live in Maryland)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Educational value
Adult Written byBMU November 24, 2010
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Premeditated assassinations are not 'OK' for younger kids

I'm a little surprised at the "on" rating for age 13+ from 'parents and educators.' Unlike, say, Halo 3, which imo really was fine for younger kids despite its M rating, this one is fully deserving of its M badge. The assassinations are premeditated, up close and personal and accompanied by a detailed short cutscene showing a knife piercing out through the person's chest, followed by a quick spurt of blood, the victim's body realistically slumping with accompanying expression of pain and surprise - again and again. This is not "OK" for kids younger than 16.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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