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Although a lot of people weren't too keen on the first Assassins Creed due to its repetitive game play, I loved the game and ranked it in my top ten games. As you can probably guess with the second game, I couldn't wait to get stuck in again and due to all the tweaks made, enjoyed it even more.
You play as Ezio Auditore da Firenze and after witnessing most of his family murdered, he sets out on a quest of vengeance by taking out one enemy after another. Not much more can be said about the plot without giving too much away but compared to the first, there have been some huge improvements in depth with you learning more about locations, friends and foes and a lot of them are quite well known too. You seem to have more a reason to do something this time round compared to the last and everything just flows so much better story wise.
You play through 14 sequences with each requiring different objectives to be completed (quite like the optional side missions) related to the overall story and like with the first, each sequence ends with a target to assassinate. Not only do you have the main plot to complete but there are also plenty of side missions (which include races, fighting and mini assassination missions), puzzles involving glyphs dotted around Italy, upgrading your family manor, armour and weapons, collecting items dotted around Italy and plenty of secret locations to discover. Although you don't have to do any of this other then the main plot, the option is there and I must admit it adds quite a lot to the game.
If you're unsure the difference between the standard edition and this complete edition, basically you get access to two extra sequences (12 and 13) and three extra secret locations. Definitely worth getting this edition as it adds a couple more hours onto the game.
The graphics are amazing and the locations/buildings have been recreated beautifully. Sometimes certain parts don't look quite as good as others for example fire and facial animation but you hardly notice any of this and it only really shows how high the quality is of the rest of it.
The controls are fairly simple to get to grips with but then I played the first game on the PC with keyboard and mouse so I guess anything would. To put it simply though, the arrow buttons are for weapons selection and the shape buttons for combat with the shoulder buttons to add to each of these. Takes a few minutes to learn but once you've learnt it, you'll find the controls are set out quite well.
I ended up completing just under 90% achievement wise without really trying and this took me around the 37 hour mark which considering the genre of game Assassins Creed is, I found to be a very good length. Obviously depending on how much of a perfectionist you are though, you could be adding a few hours on for 100% or knocking a good amount of if you only want to play through the main mission.
Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, Assassins Creed 2 takes everything people felt as wrong with the first game and comes back bigger and better. The game is so huge there has to be something for everyone to enjoy no matter what you're in to. I can only look forward to loading up Brotherhood and seeing if Ubisoft have managed to create yet another masterpiece.
Fantastic story line, brilliant characters and really superb gameplay - Assassins Creed II is an all-time favourite of mine. Really well written in terms of story and executed perfectly, whether you played the original or not it's still a gripping story and likely to keep you hooked all the way until the finale. Some of the best parts are the selection of weapons and outfits you can buy, my favourites would have to be the throwing knives and the smoke bombs - fast and effective against multiple guard factions. The total immersion through sight and sound in the game is phenomenal, you really feel as if you are in seventeenth century venice, florence or rome - the music mirrors the tone on screen so accurately that you might sometimes forget you're living in the twenty-first century!
Voice-acting and dialogue is natural and accurate, at times the cut scenes can become a little tiresome and in some instances it seems as if the cut scenes don't really develop the story but are just an excuse for you to do more running around afterwards. The fighting element still leaves a bit to be desired, having all 8 guards fight you one at a time instead of bundling you isn't very realistic or very fun and would need to be improved.
Really worth a buy if you enjoy platform games, sandbox style exploration or just silent assassination!
Outstanding- the graphics are amazing, the storyline is fantastic and really gets the player involved. There are plenty of moves to master which makes the game challenging. The story basically centres around the knights templar quest for world domination through a young assassin who they use to go back in time and search out hidden artifacts from ancient times.
The game is a platform where you use your character to engage in with the knights templar and to search out hidden areas on a vast map. To find hidden areas you climb to the top of large city structures in order to gain a better view point and discover more areas of the ancient world.
There is also an element of stealth involved in hiding from enemies and sneaking in order to assasinate targets.
I would definately recommend this game. It is comparable to grand theft auto in the fact that is is quite violent.
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The Assassins Creed series including this game is made by Ubisoft, the creators of other great games like Prince of Persia. The game starts of with our protagonist of the game, Ezio, being born. this is where the game shows you the basic control types, triangle for any head action like eagle vision later on, square for any arm actions and X for leg movement.
after a while the game skips to when Ezio is in his late teens this is your first fight scenario and straight after is your first free running scenario. soon after you get the assassins robe and weapons. this is where the story starts to unfold. The Story takes some unexpected turns and there is some humour which keeps the feel of the game quite up beat. The story does make you want to play right until the end along with the awesome gameplay which I will get to later.
All of the characters in this game are well designed and surprisingly well voiced although not the best voiced game I have played. Some of the characters you will care for and remember, most you will not. The ones you will remember are the main ones like Ezio, Giovanni, Mario and a few others, but i found that I didn't remember any of my assassination targets at all.
The gameplay mechanics, along with the story, are absolutely amazing in this game. One of the most accomplished parts of the gameplay has to be the free running (like you didn't guess). For the most part the free running is smooth and seamless.
The second part of the gameplay, of course, is the combat system. The combat is enjoyable for most of the game and all of the abilities and weapons are all enjoyable to use and all have a purpose. In my opinion the combat system did get a bit stale by the end but the rest of the game made me push on till the gob-smacking ending. One of the main flaws of the combat system that most people agree on is that when you get into a fight only one gaurd attacks yo at a time and the easiest and I'm pretty sure the only way to take them out is to counter when they attack, this encourages defensive play which I myself got a bit bored of.
The mission structure was greatly improved upon from the first game. The missions do vary a lot, the most common mission type is assassinate target but there are also others like where you have to drive a horse drawn cart with one of Da Vinci's creations in while being attacked. With a few exceptions the missions are all enjoyable and fun to play through, and most contribute somewhat to the story.
the graphics in this game are stunning, not always by how good quality they are but instead the attention to detail and the amazing vistas. The graphics in this game are good but, they aren't the best I have seen either.
There was not any recognisable or memorable soundtrack to the game and I can not recall any music to help towards the gameplay, but in regards to the sounds of everything from the swords to the dying guards the sounds are decent.
I very much enjoyed all of these missions, my favourite was the boat building place then second was medici's palace but all three are good. but if you are looking to get these they can now be gotten on psn and xbl.
I received this game last Christmas to much excitement! having played the first game and thoroughly enjoyed it I couldn't wait to carry on the story in the second. It is a truly exceptional game. The story is so well written! my jaw was literally almost on the floor at the ending! It has gotten to the point now where video games can have better story lines than your top blockbuster movies and television series and this is definitely the case here! I cannot wait for the third installment!
Now to talk about the game play. If you have played the first one it is really not that much different from that, however there are added things like you can now swim, and you get new weapons that weren't in the first.
The only bad thing about this game is that once you have completed it there isn't much else you can do except play through it again. One feature that i cannot believe Ubisoft left out is the ability to not go back and play through past missions once you have finished the game. This greatly shortens the replay value because it greatly annoying to have to play through the whole game again just to re-live your favourite moments.
For the one play through though i would definitely recommend this game! As the game play and storyline is marvelous.
Although the first game was slightly disappointing, I decided to get this for christmas. My first impression wasn't the best as I waited for what seemed like an infinitely long cutscene to play of my present alter ego aside from Ezio Auditore De Firenze which is a name you best get used to if you're interested in this game. After what felt like hours I proceeded into the "Animus" to take on the role of the deadly assassin himself, only to be greeted by the slightly amusing job of moving Ezio's hands and legs as a baby while he sits neatly in the arms of his father. Although this seems completely barmy I'd say it adds great atmosphere to the game. After gaining the controls of childhood its off into the real game world where things become a little more serious.
You grow up with Ezio till around the age of 18, fighting your way through the fights that every teen goes through, petty arguments to do with silly things. Aswell as these fights you are introduced to Ezio's secret girlfriend constantly through the teen years.
After a harsh time towards the end of his teenage years, Ezio takes on the role of a full on assassin using his fathers outfit and weapon, but due to unnecessary spoilers, I'll stop there. Later on in the game things really hot up in terms of life as an assassin, eventually you will be given the Auditore Mansion and town, of which everything is fully customisable in the way of shops and town features. Each upgrade in your town will cost Ezio hard earned cash but definitely pays off via a cash pot in the mansions office which according to how many upgrades you've purchased fills up with money gradually.
Most missions come in the form of eliminating targets set for you by either the Assassins Brotherhood/guild or in the way of strangers asking you to beat their husband up as a favour due to him cheating or flirting with random girls, often ontop of empty roofs of buildings which makes for a strange change to the mission qualities.
Aswell as lots of missions the game contains the task of finding flags, of which there are 100 or so hidden amongst hard to reach places or just generally on rooftops. There are also a number of "glyphs" in the game, which will be explained in gameplay. These small diagrams found on walls need decoding, usually by solving puzzles or locating hidden messages in paintings. The result of finding all of the glyphs put together is well, somewhat shocking to put it fairly. If you're not a side mission type of person, try taking a trip down to your good friend Leonardo Da Vinci, who is based in Rome and will often help you out in the form of inventing exciting gadgets and gizmos for you to enjoy during gameplay, some of which may slightly shock you.
Overall the game is simply a masterpiece. I couldn't possibly pick up on anything negative in the game although one or two people dislike it. In my opinion it is a must have in your game collection as nothing will fill the place for an action packed game quite like this one.
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