Assassin's Creed II Review

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Jan 26, 2010

Assassin's Creed II Review by Leo Cantus at 5:25 PM (1,347 Views / 0 Likes) 9 replies

  1. Leo Cantus
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    This is my second review, feedback is welcome.
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    Despite having gotten mixed reviews, the original AC had good sales. But there were issues such as repetetiveness in the missions that flawed the game. Not only does AC2 fix these issues, but adds a lot of new content and builds on the good aspects of the game to delvier a fantastic experience.

    The game starts off where AC1 ends. To fully enjoy the story, you will need to have played AC1, but you can still understand it without playing the prequel. At the beggining you play as Desmond, hired by a group to go into the animus. Your objecitve is to stop the templars (bad guys) from destroying the world in the futre. Thats just the basic outline. The animus is a machine that Desmond goes into to become or turn in to Ezio (the assassin), since Desmond is a descendent of Ezio. When you become Ezio d'Auditorie, you are taken back to the renessiance period of the late 15th century. Ezio's father and brother are corruptly scammed and are hanged, you are out to get revenge.

    Ubisoft did a great in nailing the feel of reneissance Italy. The atmosphere is perfect and while you are running around it really feels like how it would be a that time. Lots of busy people, herolds, guards and whores. The presentation is slick and simple. The graphics are very good. When you climb really tall buildings you get viewpoints and get a great view of the city/area your in. However, some characters faces looks a little weird and unatural.

    The controls are easy to learn and very responsive. A major aspect of the game is free running and climbing various buidlings. The controls are easy and simple to learn. After a couple of mins I gripped it easily. What is also really cool is that there is a steady flow of rewards. What I mean by this is the game just doesnt give you a millions way to assassinate and attack people at the beggining. Gradually the game rewards you with new moves and tricks to pull off that will keep you coming back for more. There are lots of ways to kill enemies, whack em with weapons - sword etc, perform a stylish air assassination or perhaps you could use a throwing knife or a smoke grenade. Or why not hire some thieves or prostitutes to distract the guards. Its really fun using all sorts of methods.

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    Missions are now not repetetive, there are assassinations, beating up guys, or riding a cart escorting people. And flying! This game is nice and beefy. Your looking at 18hours, but more like 20+ if you want to do side quests, collect Altairs special armour, and collect feathers. Oh, and did I tell you about customising your own town?

    In the beggining since you have to move city you go to a very small town where you have a villa. In the beggining the town is lifeless and dull. But you can customize it, like Sims City or whatever. With the money you get you can use some to update your town. Add banks, brothels, churches. You feel like your responsible of the lil town and you want to look after it. Whenever you need a break from the main quest, you can do this. It adds a whole new dimension to the game.

    The story does get a bit slow - paced in the middle of the game. But towards the end there are lots of twists and things get confusing. Since your an assassin, you can pickpocket people. Good right? It is. But there are a few problems. I can just walk into a group of people hold down X and walk away with 100 coins before they call the guards. And, since you hold down X to walk at a fast pace. Sometimes I was walking around and without noticing nicking money! Then the guards were onto me and I was like [​IMG] wtf?
    Another annoying bit is you have a reputation in each town out of 100%, the highest being the worse. So naturally you'll want to lower this so you can go around with guards coming after you. So you'll spend about 10mins taking down wanted posters, bribing heralds. Then if you do a main story mission, you will need to do some naughty stuff, like assassinate a guy. After the mission BOOM. Your reputation is upto 100 again after all of your work.

    Despite these little issues its hard to critisise AC2. The AI of the guards is impressive, they will follow you, remember you and hunt you down. There are also many different types - agressive, fast, etc.



    OVERALL:

    Assassins Creed 2 not only fixes issues of the preivious game, but delivers an experience you wont forget. Its everything the original should have been and more. Its a good, long adventure.

    - 20+ hours playing time
    - Side quests and missions
    - So many cool ways to defeat enemies

    - Story can get confusing
    - Other little issues.


    90%
     
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    Not a very in-deph review, but a review none the less.
    I'm really liking it so far, only thing i'm not liking is sometimes it can be a bit boring travelling ages to get to a point, other than that, great, just unlocked Altair's armour and completed DNA sequence 8
     
  3. Leo Cantus
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    i should have mentioned about the travelling, it does take a long time soemtimes and does get boring like you said
     
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    Mhmmm..............not a very in-depth review, but somehow it managed to convince me to get this game ( it's gonna be my 426th game on my high priority list of games to play !, never mind the rest of my collection [​IMG] )

    Incidentally, does anybody know which version is worth getting ?
    I already tried the DS game, I'm looking for the PC version as my rig should be enough to play this beauty at a higher resolution and smoother framerate of the xbox360, oh and I don't own a PS3 by the way..................
     
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    Nice review. I didn't particularly like the first one. I intend to give the 2nd one a chance, well as soon as it gets a pc release anyway. [​IMG]
     
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    At the last part of the review you talk about taking out wanted posters and bribing people to lower repetation.
    Dont you mean reputation?

    Other than that, good review.
    Been wanting to try this but my poor old PC cant run this at a good FPS.
    Need to get a new Graphics card.
     
  7. Leo Cantus
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    thanks for pointing that out, ill edit it now
     
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    This game was very disappointing. It's fun, but there's just too much BAD about it.
    The voice-acting, the character animations, the combat, the controls, the AI, the pacing...
    And worst of all: THE STORY. It's nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is.

    Personally, I would give the game a 7/10, mostly out of the polish and attention to detail of Renaissance-era Italy.
     
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    i had no problem with the voice acting, seemed okay to me. combat isnt the best I know, but its not that bad and the controls for free running and climbing I thought were very good.
    The story, however I do agree with you. Its not that great
     
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    The problem with the voice-acting was that it all was just hard to believe. This may be partly because the animations sucked.
    I don't know, but I had a hard time even CARING for the characters. When Ezio's sister began to weep over the news of her father's death, I was in tears... of LAUGHTER. It was so hilariously bad, and forced.

    The combat was just lame. Hold the block button, and wait for someone to attack you to counter. Repeat 10 more times.
    What would be even worse was when you can't counter an enemy, then they keep blocking, and you're forced to mash the attack button repeatedly until they die (the worst part was when you had to fight the final "boss"). LAMEST. FINAL. BATTLE. EVER.

    Maybe I'm a bit too hard on the controls. But the only times I would ever die in this game was when the game failed to understand what I was trying to do.
    For example, I would be trying to climb up a building, and Ezio suddenly jumps away from the building and dies. Or I would be free-running, being chased from guards, and Ezio sticks to a random wall like a dumbass. OR, he would jump the wrong way.
     

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