Monday, June 24, 2013

Game Tour #1 - The Rome of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - The Game vs Real Photos - Part 1

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - The Game vs Real Photos - Part 2

In two days I will be traveling to Rome to spend some time wandering around the city with my son. One of the things we are going to do there is seek out the places featured in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a 2010 action-adventure stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the third major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, a direct sequel to 2009's Assassin's Creed II, and the second chapter in the 'Ezio trilogy'. The game was released worldwide for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, beginning in North America on November 16, 2010. It was later released for Microsoft Windows in March 2011, followed by an OS X version in May 2011.

The story is set in a fictional history of real world events set in two time periods, the 16th and 21st centuries. The main portion of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood takes place immediately after the plot of Assassin's Creed II, featuring 16th-century Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Italy and his quest to restore the Assassin order, and destroy his enemies: the Borgia family. Intersecting with these historical events are the modern day activities of series protagonist Desmond Miles, who relives his ancestor Ezio's memories to find a way to fight against the Assassins' enemies, the Templars, and to prevent the 2012 apocalypse.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is set in an open world and presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on using Desmond and Ezio's combat and stealth abilities to eliminate targets and explore the environment. Ezio is able to freely explore 16th-century Rome to complete side missions away from the primary storyline. The game introduced a multiplayer component to the series, portrayed as a Templar training program.
Locations in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood include the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Passetto di Borgo, the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Cappella Sistina.

Tempio di Saturno – the Temple of Saturn, which is present in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 

Outside of the Colosseum in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

The Catacombs
Ezio in the Catacombe di Roma

The Pantheon in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

The original pantheon was built to honour the ancient Roman gods. Literally, it means 'temple of all the gods'. It was, however, destroyed by a huge fire and a new one built in its place approximately 50 years later. It is unknown exactly what the new building was used for, but it was converted to a Christian church in medieval times. This probably accounts for why it is so well preserved. Unlike other buildings from this time, the Pantheon was kept up by the church. It has since been used as a tomb, and many famous people were buried there such as Raphael. It continues to be used as a church to this day, with masses still held regularly.

A Follower of Romulus from Assassin's Creed and the Tempio di Romolo (the Temple of Romulus)

The Piazza del Popolo in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Piazza del Popolo

"Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted"

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