Excerpt: Assassin’s Creed has become quite a popular franchise. With four games released in the main series, three spin-offs, and another one on the way just within the last 5 years, no one can accuse Ubisoft of not releasing enough games. However, one could accuse them of some pretty mediocre portable titles. Although titles on home consoles have been solid, the games on portable systems have been sub-par to say the least. That changes with this game.
Excerpt: It's hard to imagine how the freestyle climbing and satisfying stealth kills of the Assassin's Creed series could be successfully translated into a 2D platformer, yet developer Griptonite has done exactly that. Fantastic animations and fast-paced running and leaping make Discovery both fun to watch and fun to play, and familiar visual and audio touches will make franchise fans feel right at home.
Pros: Fantastic animations, Good translation of series mechanics into 2D, Fun mix of stealth, combat, and platforming
Cons: Final levels are tedious, Minimap isn't very helpful, The campaign is short, and the ending fizzles
Conclusion: To be fair though, Assassins Creed II: Discovery is a polished title, with full voice acting and fantastic graphics throughout, befitting of a premier franchise. If its main strength is acknowledging its weaknesses and discarding them, it can yet also be said it is still guilty for instead becoming one-dimensional in not trying to bring something else instead to the table.
Excerpt: Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles on DS was the feeble little brother to Assassin's Creed's good looking next-gen bully, and the little brother promptly found itself the victim of a massive wedgie in the middle of the schoolyard. Still sulking, and wearing tighter trousers, Assassin's Creed II: Discovery has learnt its lesson. It's pinched the plot from its bigger brother, but that's about it.