Excerpt: ]Assassins Creed 2 took everything that made Assassins Creed fun and entertaining, and improved it ten fold, and all the repetition issues from the first game are non existent. Assassins Creed 2 is a visual masterpiece. The details in the architecture are stunning you could tell the environment artist put their heart and souls into bringing the streets and buildings of renaissance Italy to life.
Conclusion: Assassins Creed II is a definite upgrade to its predecessor. Everything has been improved upon in this game. The visuals accompanied by the subtle sound design that doesn’t overpower the moments and the game are a nice added touch. A story set on revenge as you play as Ezio and learn of his past in order to help Desmond's future and present.
Excerpt: Assassin's Creed was a massive commercial success, yet it received the most mixed reviews of any high profile release in recent memory. Under the circumstances, developer Ubisoft must have questioned what really needed changing for this sequel. For every critic there was someone willing to shoot down the naysayer. For everyone who claimed the free-running was awkward, there was an angry fan keen to get their point across.
Summary: To anyone with mixed feelings on the original, I’ll say this: They fixed Assassin’s Creed. With clinical precision, Ubisoft Montreal has addressed the list of issues that interfered with the first outing. The repetitive missions are gone, the heavy-handed exposition is cut short, and the formulaic structure has given way to a natural narrative flow.
Conclusion: Assassin’s Creed II is something altogether unique in its uninhibited size and wealth of ambition, few games managing to measure up in terms of depth and detail. The development team at Ubisoft Montreal has gone far beyond what we’d normally anticipate from a sequel too, delivering not only an unreservedly brilliant and compelling follow-up, but one of the finest games we’ve ever played.
Excerpt: Yesterday, Ezio's missing memories came to a searing finale with the Bonfire of the Vanities DLC pack. It's a smooth transition from the closing events of The Battle of Forli , continuing the developments that lead to Ezio's recovery of the piece of Eden from Girolamo Savonarola (The bad guy in black). So is Ezio's less-than-ideal homecoming a blazing triumph or a grease fire? I had my reservations about this DLC pack after having played through Forli 's crass sequence.
Excerpt: Picking up where Battle of Forli abruptly left off, Bonfire of the Vanities takes Ezio back to Florence to overthrow a corrupt new ruler. Burning piles of books and art line the streets, and Machiavelli returns to direct Ezio's quest. However, players who've skipped Forli will be thrown into the plot midstream, and there's no good reason for the two chapters to be separated.
Excerpt: One of last year's most memorable games kicks off 2010 with a whimper of a downloadable expansion. Battle of Forli picks up where Assassin's Creed II's story leaves off, but its tale ends up feeling half-told, and is abruptly over before you know it. Remember Caterina Sforza, the tough broad Ezio ferried through the wetlands of Romanga halfway through the game?