Excerpt: At the completion of Assassin’s Creed Revelations, when all has been revealed, you find that the only real thing to keep your assassin needs fulfilled is the multiplayer. Soon though you will have that lingering feeling that you need more. Anticipating this craving, Ubisoft has released a downloadable content map pack to satiate that need.
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.
Excerpt: Assassin’s Creed II, like its predecessor, is an ambitious third-person action adventure game with a clever conceit: You’re a modern-day bartender reliving your assassin ancestors’ adventures. But where the first game fell short—in repetitive, sometimes-monotonous gameplay—the sequel soars. It’s not revolutionary by any means, but it’s one hell of a fun ride. This time around, you primarily play as goofy-charmer-turned-hooded-murder-machine Ezio Auditore.
Pros: Tons of things to collect; gigantic, lovingly crafted cities to explore.
Cons: Ubisoft's infamous DRM--while not quite as awful as feared--is still a pain in the neck.
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.
Summary: Assassin's Creed II is a gorgeous and impressive piece of work, unfortunately undercut by a few notable issues that intrude on the fun. Developer Ubisoft Montreal has addressed many of the original's flaws by filling its follow-up with fresh and enjoyable mission types while still retaining the joy of movement and atmospheric wonder that characterized the original.
Pros: Huge, beautifully realized world to explore, Ezio is a terrific new character, Tombs put a spotlight on the excellent and enjoyable platforming, A good variety of weapons, missions, and stealth techniques, Incredible production values
Cons: Frequently broken copy protection scheme requires constant Internet access, High price point, Some additions are a little contrived