Conclusion: A huge improvement over the first game, Assassin’s Creed II offers up an enormous, beautiful open world that’s easy to get lost in, an epic storyline and all the fun that comes from creatively killing villains and tearing across 15th-century rooftops at ridiculous speeds.
Pros: Huge, brilliantly realized world, Lots of new ways to kill horrible people, Buildings are beautifully rendered, fully climbable
Cons: Scanlines and pop-in mar the visuals, Faces look kind of dated (think GTA IV), Accents can get a leetel-a seelly
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.
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.
Excerpt: The first Assassin’s Creed was a very interesting game: historical setting, third-person parkour action, and a plot that couldn’t have been sillier if it had been written by Dan Brown. I really liked it, despite …
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.
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.
The PC version of last year's beautiful action adventure is lots of fun, but you'll have to overcome its online-only copy protection and high price point.
8 March 2010
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...
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