The first Assassin's Creed Brotherhood review scores are in and it looks like the third game in Ubisoft's stylish stab-em-up might be the best. Here's your review round-up.
As ever, CVG kicks us off with a 92% review, praising Brotherhood's brilliant sandbox but marking it down for a somewhat simple plot.
"If you didn't play the last game, you'll have absolutely no idea what's going on during the single-player campaign," reads Joystiq's 4.5/5 review, which claims the multiplayer component "absolutely needs to be played by anyone with a current-gen console". High praise.
Kotaku says Brotherhood was "woefully misunderstood prior to release" and is arguably the best Assassin's Creed yet.
Destructoid dishes out a massive 95% score, saying of the game: "It not only lives up to the hype, but it manages to completely outclass its predecessor. Brotherhood is a game that Assassin's Creed fans simply cannot afford to miss."
GamesRadar calls Brotherhood "more than an update, expansion or sequel", noting that it "feels like the missing second half of ACII".
The Guardian has awarded Brotherhood 4/5, saying the "single player campaign - filled with stunning cut-scenes, music and voice acting" is the most compelling reason to play it.
Joystiq's 4.5/5 review says the new multiplayer mode "absolutely needs to be played by anyone with a current-gen console and a high-speed internet connection."
1UP was also impressed with Ezio's third outing, with its reviewer awarding it an A- and concluding by saying, "I'm comfortable saying that another Assassin's Creed game will make my list of favorite games of the year."
GameInformer's review says although it is a "thrilling follow-up for series faithful," it suggests "new recruits should start with the earlier games". It awarded the game 9.25/10.
For more AC goodness, read our full interview with lead designer Patrick Plourde.