The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.
Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We've got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.
Today, we focus on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Da Vinci Disappearance DLC.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Region(s) available: North America, Europe
Ubisoft created a commercial juggernaut with its highly lauded Assassin’s Creed franchise, and fortunately, its post-release support for the series has been more or less up to standard. The Da Vinci Disappearance is easily among the best of the bunch however, offering eight fresh single-player missions and two extra locations, as well as new multiplayer maps and game modes. As you might have twigged, the story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Leonardo Da Vinci – fancy that?
New faces this time around include Salai, Da Vinci’s personal assistant and beloved, though stealthy hero Ezio will also converse with the man himself, as well as the overtly sexual Lucrezia Borgia. Naturally, the story and dialogue remain a highlight of the action as with the core game, with this bite-sized adventure offering a compelling tale and memorable banter. Getting down to the nitty gritty of the proceedings, and Da Vinci Disappearance is very much your bread-and-butter Assassin’s Creed romp. Missions are varied beasts, and Ezio will find himself having to perform a variety of tasks from swinging about on rafters, surreptitiously avoiding guard patrols, beating up some poor sod and his gang of flunkies to crossing rooftops with Salai in tow.
Some missions are time-based, such as those involving Ezio barrelling after a foe in an effort to tackle him to the ground. As series tradition would dictate, these are the easiest missions to fluff, and are the most frustrating as a result. Elsewhere, there’s also plenty of multiplayer highlights, including two new modes: Assassinate and Escort. The former is a free-for-all affair, with the game offering players only a rough estimate as to where the nearest opposition lies in the crowd.
The latter, meanwhile, tasks one team with keeping an eye on an AI-controlled character as they stroll from one checkpoint to the next, while the other group must assassinate said AI players. The game switches up defensive and offensive positions, giving all participants a stab (no pun intended) at trying out each task. Winning is simple: the team that accumulates the most points after each bout is crowned the vitor.
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