The Scoop: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
For: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Instead of Assassin's Creed III, we got Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--not quite a sequel but much more than a mission pack. It's also an intrepid rethink of Ubisoft's action-stealth franchise. As before, you'll be climbing practically everything in sight--in this case, the buildings of gorgeous Renaissance Rome--but this time you'll have to recruit and train assassins, infiltrate and burn down fortified towers, and ultimately rebuild the whole city, one shop at a time. As if that weren't enough, a clever new multiplayer angle lets you round-robin assassinate fellow players (you're stalking and stalked simultaneously), using up to 12 unique abilities.