Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is proof positive that rapid fire sequels needn’t be a bad thing. Brotherhood’s setting is the most compelling of the series so far, with every corner revealing a new landmark, and every mission weaving another historical figure or event into the Assassin’s Creed mythology. The fluid, parkour-inspired movement mechanics, and incredible breadth and depth of things to do make this game as brilliant to play as it is to behold. In short, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a masterpiece.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See for details on our other award winners