Game of the Month: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

You could say that I’m a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of video games. I’ve played the first two parts and even some of the downloadable extensions. I only decided to skip Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood because I thought that it is only a multiplayer online game which isn’t really my cup of tea. But after I learned that Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood also features an extensive single player campaign I was looking forward to playing this game.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is very similar to Assassin’s Creed II. You move your character Ezio Auditore through three dimensional historic scenery. At any time you can either play one of the many missions or just roam through Rome during the Renaissance. Some new aspects make the game even more interesting:

  1. You can rebuild Rome after freeing a district from Borgia influence. You can reopen shops, fix broken aqueducts or renovate famous landmarks like the Pantheon.
  2. Ezio can recruit citizens of Rome for the guild of the Assassins. These assassins can either assist him in a battle or undertake missions to earn money and acquire trading goods. Each mission contributes to an assassin’s experience and over time they can reach new levels and learn new skills.
  3. New weapons like a crossbow or a battle axe make Ezio an even more formidable fighter than before.
Overall Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood  is a worthy sequel to Assassin’s Creed II. If you liked its predecessor you will enjoy this game as well. There are more evil Templars, more spectacular graphics of historic sites and an exciting plot waiting for you.

A trip to Delhi

During the past week I visited Delhi on a business trip. It was my first journey to India and only my second visit to Asia. As the schedule included even a tour of the Taj Mahal in Agra I was hoping to see a bit of the country. Unfortunately I had to give that trip a miss due to health problems. 🙁

But I was at least able to visit New Delhi in the afternoon as I felt a lot better by then. Here are a couple of photos I’ve taken of the India Gate monument:

There wasn’t enough time for me to really experience India. But I’ve nevertheless learned that it is a country with friendly people, chaotic traffic, delicious food and extreme contrasts.

Holiday in the Lake District

After living in England for more than six years Silke and I finally made it to the Lake District, one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. We spend the first week of September in Far Sawrey near Lake Windermere. The beauty of the landscape was breath taking as you can see:

In the following week we moved on to a dairy farm near Carlisle. From there we went on several excursions of Hadrian’s Wall’s.

Our dog Vader loved these adventure walks. He was almost flying up the hills.

If only his humans wouldn’t ask him to stand still for a photograph all the time.

Taking comfort in the Unfairness of the Universe