It's one of the very best games of the year and if you're fully immersed in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood , you'll want to know about the free add-on.
Now, the PlayStation 3 version shipped with exclusive content, but the first cross-platform multiplayer downloadable content will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on December 14. Known as The Animus Project Update 1.0 , it'll be free and come with an all-new game mode and multiplayer map. The new map's setting is Mont Saint-Michel, "a rocky, tidal landscape with narrow streets, multilevel architecture, and a bell tower." The mode is called Advanced Alliance – an expansion on the standard Alliance mode – and it will make target identification and engagement tougher; enemy positions will be "less specific." This is all in addition to a lengthy single-player campaign that will indeed take upwards of 30 hours if you intend to complete most of what the game has to offer. The multiplayer is a refreshing change from the standard run 'n gun found in other titles, too.
And who doesn't enjoy free DLC? Activision isn't exactly well known for that type of thing, but Ubisoft, EA and other publishers have handed out a bunch of free stuff this year.