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NELLY
From Page 5A
with a sing-a-long hook. Though
his fans will yearn for the rap-
per of yore, the soaring track has
chart-topping potential.
Of course, Nelly's status as
an emerging pop star requires a
little star power. Unfortunately,
the irrelevant Puff Daddy (or is
it P-Diddy these days?) steps up
and remains a fixture through-
out 5.0. On the aptly named "1000
Stacks," Diddy raps about expen-
sive champagne (or Lamborghinis
or something) and making money
while Notorious B.I.G. adds some
credibility from beyond the grave
to back up Nelly and Diddy's tag-
team. But it's doubtful Biggie
would want his sample attached
to such a boring track. Nelly
screams his verses at listeners
on this desperate attempt at club
fare, but nothing he's yelling is
all that innovative or worth the
stress of traumatizing your ear
drums.
The album closes with an awk-

ward piano ballad that has Nelly
attempting to pass off his whin-
ing as singing. "Nothing Without
Her" sounds like a parody, com-
plete with Nelly practically sob-
bing his lyrics like "When I look
deep in her eyes /I see there's love
inside." And though he spends
most of the album worshiping
money, Nelly disingenuously
claims, "See all the money in this
world don't mean / Nothing with-
out her," as a sentimental guitar
strains in the background. Now,
generally Auto-Tune shouldn't be
advocated, but Nelly's voice might
have benefited from some tweak-
ing on this track.
Nelly's latest is populated by
filler and marred by the rapper's
disappointing delivery of subpar
rhymes. Fans will pine for the
man of "Country Grammar" fame
who once rapped, "Forget the
fame and the glamour." Now all
Nelly raps about is fame and glam-
our. Though his last album Brass
Knuckles failed to sell as many
copies as his previous work, Nelly
has said he doesn't consider 5.0
to be a comeback. Which is good,
because it definitely isn't.

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take the fight to the enemy. player, y
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the fact that "Brotherhood" more the Assa
By ALEX RUSS or less covers the same story as to huntv
Daily Arts Writer "Assassin's Creed II." Sure, there own in a
are always new twists, but one characte
eady for another go-around major plus that separated "Assas- player to
Animus as the "Assassin's sin's Creed" from "Assassin's Creed almost p
series returns with its II" was that the sequel covered world at
install- different stories and protagonists, blends it
Assassin's *** and also let your character wield to kill h
Brother- different weapons. Some may look become1
While AssaSsin'S on "Brotherhood" as an expansion Anoth
ne offers r , to an already-great story, but it can create yc
efreshing also be seen as, once again, more of With his
tures like Brotherhood the same. must reb
yer mode In terms of visuals, watching
he abil- Xbox 360 Ezio elegantly cut through his
command enemies is nothing short of spec-
vn league Ubisoft tacular. However, the problems
assassins, with combat from the previous
rhood" is often just more of games have carried over to "Broth-
e. erhood": it's simply too easy. Hold-
herhood" picks up where ing down the "guard" button and
n's Creed II" left off, with pressing the "counter-attack" but-
tagonist Ezio returning to ton any time someone lunges at you
ggioni, believing his jour- is an immediate kill. You can take
be over. He's thrown right down a horde of 25 soldiers while
othe heatofbattle whenthe barely lifting a finger. You'd think
Order, recurring antago- by now these enemies would get
'oughout the series, discov- smart enough to all lunge at Ezio at
nd his order's whereabouts the same time.
tch an assault on Monterig- Still, there are two major new "Oh hay!

s put into this game. First
ultiplayer, something com-
new to the series. In multi-
'ou play on the side of the
rs attempting to take down
assins. You're given a target
while being hunted on your
world full of non-playable
ers (NPCs). Soon, multi-
urns into a game of intense,
aranoid observation of the
round you as your assassin
n with the crowd and tries
is target. The hunter has
the hunted.
her big plus is the ability to
our own order of assassins.
S first order destroyed, Ezio
build it from the around un.

recruiting men from around Rome
to join him in his quest to rid Rome
of the Templar influence. Once
they become trained, Ezio can send
his assassins to eliminate targets
throughout Europe. Their ultimate
success depends on how well you
have trained and upgraded them.
"Brotherhood" isn't a mediocre
game in the slightest. What will
keep it from joining the elite sta-
tus of its predecessors is that it just
doesn't feel completely original or
refreshing. Still, it's hard to be too
critical of the game given these
two standout new features, along
with a beautifully detailed 16th-
century Rome to play around in.
Hack away. Ezio.

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