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. You simply could not have asked for a better addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise and everyone should give this game a try as it is...
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.