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.
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.
Conclusion: Although the ending might be a little anti-climatic and leave many more questions unanswered, Assassin’s Creed 2 fully delivers on anything you could ask for from a sequel and much more. The Italian countryside was a perfect fit in both design and gameplay and many of the new features should keep fans entertained for quite a while.
Summary: Go anywhere. Do anything. Run like the wind. Become the assassin.
Pros: Deep, educational, epic and well researched story; stellar voice acting; free running engine is phenomenal; brilliantly realised unique environments and setting; overwhelming number of things to do, see, and collect in a massive reconstruction of renaissance Italy; combat has been refined over the original; the game never insults the player's intelligence.
Cons: Too easy to make loads of money; camera can occasionally be a minor nuisance.
Excerpt: Everyone has heard the many complaints of how the first Assassin’s Creed was repetitive, and to be honest we are bored with hearing it. Yes, we can agree that it was repetitive, but that didn’t stop it from being a technical marvel and an enjoyable experience to boot. I was one of those that loved every moment of the first game, aside from collecting all those flags that is.
Excerpt: Eind vorig jaar werd november gevuld met een geweldige titel voor de Xbox 360 en PlayStation 3. Ik spreek natuurlijk over Assassin’s Creed II die op de markt kwam en insloeg als een bom. Het spel komt ongeveer ’n half jaar later ook naar de PC, en moet het ook op dit platform zien waar te maken. Heeft de topper ook op dit platform de zaakjes in orde?
Summary: Симулятор средневекового убийцы, Assassin’s Creed 2 , вышел грамотной работой над ошибками первой части. Красивый, умный и интересный, он наверняка заинтересует и поклонников оригинала, и тех, кому он не совсем понравился. Надеемся, что третья часть будет безупречной.