Excerpt: Assassin's Creed a marqué les esprits lors de sa sortie. Pour autant, si le jeu a séduit, les défauts étaient pourtant aussi de la partie. Répétitif, très linéaire, manquant terriblement de contenu pour diversifier l'aventure principale, le premier volet a connu quelques ratés. Aussi, attendons-nous mieux de ce deuxième volet, qui devrait, si tout va bien, avoir appris de ces erreurs passées.
Excerpt: I know that invasive DRM may be a sign of the apocalypse and that it has eaten many of your children. That said, I am checking discussion of Assassin Creed’s II extremely draconian DRM at the door of this review. I don’t like the fact that to play it I have to be connected to the internet and thus UbiSoft’s servers at all times, but I didn’t have any technical issues with it either. It never failed me and I never lost any games as early buyers did upon release.
Summary: Once again PC gamers have been left in the wake of their console playing friends with a long held back port. This time it’s Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2, and while the original may have put you off, this is arguably worth the wait. The more monotonous recon missions are a thing of the past and the game drives itself along at a more enjoyable pace than its predecessor without ever becoming overwhelming.
Excerpt: I hated Assassin’s Creed . With a passion. I know others seemed to have loved it, but Ubisoft’s 2006 title sticks out as one of my least favorite games of all time. The controls were awkward, the story made no sense and the game was just flat out boring. More than anything else though, I think I hated Assassin’s Creed because of how poorly they failed to execute a great concept. My hatred as it seemed was born through sheer disappointment.
A sequel that triumphs over the original in every possible way.
12 March 2010
Conclusion: Assassin's Creed II transforms a middling action game into an intriguing and consistently entertaining open-world adventure. Based on this game, Ubisoft Montreal should run a clinic on how to iterate a franchise and if the series continues in this vein, the next installment will take aim at Rockstar's best efforts. The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail.