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Synopsis: AC 2 picks up where AC1 left off (well for Desmond Miles the protaganist in todays world it has).You are broken out of the the templers modern day prison where you were left at the end of the first and the 'assassins' take him in as they need him to work for them to find the second piece of eden.
As you work within their better version of the animus you are transported back in time to another in the long line of assassins. This time you play Ezio de firenze, the son of powerful banker and a good man. His father is also one of the few who stand up to the Borgia clan and their co-conspirators of Italian templers. This time the game is set within renaissance Italy and takes place in Venice, Florence and Tuscany amongst some other places. Basically Ezios father and brothers are murdered by the Borgia and Ezio gradually learns the skills and takes up the mantle of the Assassin. Over 10 years you fight, sneak and plot your way through the co conspriators, mostly members of the famous Borgia and Pazzi families, all linked to the pope and the higher echolons of the vatican /catholisism - templer order. Along the way you are helped by your uncle Mario and you find that your family reside within a huge town and villa, you are also helped by a clan of thieves, prostitutes and the famous Leonardo di Vinci acts as your Italian 'Q' creating contraptions and inventions to make your life that little bit easier.
This is a long game around 75 main missions, 6 sub missions to collect assassins seals whch when placed together will give you Altairs old armour, the best in the game. There are also around 20 side killing contracts amongst numerous tasks to collect feathers, statues, paintings, weapons and armour as well as the renovations of your uncles town. This game is one for completionists and will take quite a while for anyone to complete. You have to even mind the expenses in the town. Although by the time you get past mission 50 or so you really do start to lose interest in the side tasks and I found myself concentrating on the main missions to get the storyline unravelled.
Its easy to pick up the techniques required to kill so effeciently, the free running, jumping, the pick pocketing and stalking, dissapearing into a crowd etc. Indeed the first 10 missions are dedicated to teaching you this which can be a bit boring for those of us who mastered this in the first game. But generally the ability to carry out more moves, the harder fighting techniques(the enemies are better at reacting, some can run faster then you, brutes are stronger and you have to disarm them first and you cant just counter attack anymore- you have to think about things more). You can also now lock onto targets and kill them from jumping from high points.
Where the game is slightly easier is that you have a greater arsenal at your disposal and some of the weapons make killing guards very simple.
The graphics and the soundtrack are better then the first, especially on HDMI and a big TV
My opinions: buy the first AC, if you like that (and its shorter) then you have to buy this AC, its better in almost every way.
Assassin's Creed II is probably one of my most favorite games that I own for my Xbox 360. There are lots of words to describe this game, but if I had to pick just one that sums everything up, it would be "epic". Everything about this game is simply amazing. It has crisp, realistic graphics that are much better than the first game in the series (unlike AC1, this game has beautiful environments rather than boring sand everywhere).
Assassin's Creed II also features one of the most unique and captivating storyline you will ever get from a video game. The characters are all unique and unpredictable, you never know what's going to happen in each cut scene. The gameplay is, of course, fantastic. Seriously, find me another game that lets me drop down on my target from 20 feet in the air and stab him.. I'd like to see it.
The only downside to this game is the length. To be honest, this isn't a particularly challenging game, I myself finished it in about 2 weeks, and it's not like I'm the greatest video gamer that you'll ever see or anything like that. It's just that once you pick up the basics to this, it really isn't all that challenging. Fall off a building? Use a potion to heal yourself. Getting beat up? Run away.. losing guards is just too easy. I think had they made the game longer and more challenging it would be perfect, even now though it still deserves something like a 9.6/10.. it truly is amazing.
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent"
As Donne famously put it, to truly understand the world in which we live, we must unite and this appears to be the tact Ubisoft have taken with their 2010 effort, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood. It is the first game in the series to exploit the multiplayer market and sees the franchise explore the online community in what could be seen as a make or break decision for its inclusion in the future games of the series. There have been debates as to whether this game is a spinoff, or a sequel, or merely just a money making scheme to tide the developers by until the inevitable 'Assassins Creed III', but all that really matters is: is it worth your hard earned buck?
When Ezio and co take the leap of faith, will they land safely in a conveniently placed hay bail, or just crash and burn?
As in ACII, you play Ezio Auditore, with the events of this game continuing chronologically from its predecessor. The complex story, set within the mind of Desmond Miles in the present day, takes the gamer back to the world of Renaissance Italy. Without ruining any part of the plot for those who haven't yet played it the game, the opening cutscene is truly magnificent and events kick off with a significant bang both visually and in terms of the narrative. The game truly is eager to push the boundaries of the narrative and dismisses claims prior to its release that the story would just tick along so as to build intrigue for the addition to the series.
Now this is where Assassin's Creed really shines, literally. The graphics are simply phenomenal. The cutscenes and in-game stylistics are both frighteningly good, making this the best looking game of 2010/2011 so far. In particular, the water effects are especially inspired, as is the level of detail present throughout. Simply put: this game is vast, and every single pixel of it is rendered to perfection. From the way Ezio bustles through crowded streets to the way garments fold and flap according to movement and contact makes Assassins Creed Brotherhood a pleasure to play from start to finish.
Now, this is, of course the make or break point of any game released today. There have been hundreds of games with excellent graphics but that show little/no prowess in actually making the experience fun and rewarding. Here, Ubisoft get it 100% right and improve on ACII in nearly every way possible considering such a swift release. You'll be pleased to hear that the most integrally enjoyable part of the game experience is still present: the free roaming parkour mechanic. And it's even better than ever. This time, you can perform such movements as riding on horseback, dismounting and running along a ledge or two, then landing safely back on your horse which has obediently continued its gallop. It is the little details such as this that really do warrant this being a standalone game, and not just an expansion. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Ubisoft have addressed our pleas and now horses are fully usable within the boundaries of a town/city, making them useful as more than just a transportation tool. After all, the horse riding dynamic was one of the best aspects of the previous game, not least because of its similarly to riding Epona in Ocarina of Time; an eternal gaming moment that needs no explanation. As for gadgets, there are some new additions which I won't spoil, though Leonardo has quite a number of new tricks up his... sleeve (pun fully intended). The combat mechanic has also been tweaked, making Ezio flow far better when combating several enemies at once and the upgrade system returns to satisfy all those with RPG cravings such as myself. Another new innovation present in Brotherhood is the use of Assassin guilds which Ezio can access via the nine Borgia towers scattered around Rome. Resultantly, they become Ezio's troop, giving the player free reign to dispatch them as he/she desires. They are vital for earning Ezio experience to trade for armour/weapons and can also perform utilities such as covering fire on a particularly dangerous mission. Overall, if you liked the single player of Assassins Creed I and II, then you'll be happy to hear that this game is all of that, and more.
The moment everyone's been waiting for, Assassins Creed online.
And I'm glad to inform you all that the wait was worth it.
The basic gameplay revolves around groups of Templars who acquire the agility and know-how of Ezio/Altair style assassins, as is congruent to the narrative. Essentially, the players must assassinate set targers and eachother in a 'hunter and hunted' type scenario which proves to be very good fun and makes use of the rich movement options available in the main single player game. Most importantly, the multiplayer mode utilises a levelling system, popularised by Call of Duty 4, that makes it infinitely replayable and highly addictive as each assassin gains experience, upgrades and gains all important bragging rights. However, the multiplayer functionality is not overwhelming and I believe this is by no means the finished article. Expect a wealth of related DLC in the near future to add to the playability of this mode, and then looking toward the future, a perfection of it come ACIII.
That said, this mode gives the game far more longevity and makes it compatible with friends, which, in the modern day, is vital in order for a game to have continued success. Whilst not topping the single player experience, the online addition is certainly a welcome one this time around.
Pricing and release
The game is available now, and still costs near enough £40 (but expect this to drop to around the £25 mark in a few months) It has been released in both standard and collectors editions; the latter having a wealth of Assassin based memorabilia for anyone interested in delving further into the franchise than simply the game itself. Brotherhood has been met with superb critical reception from most sources, having received 9/10- Gametrailers, 5/5- GamePro, and 8.5/10- GameSpot.
For those of you that own an Xbox 360, there is no need to explain how much time you've likely spent trying to get every scrap of gamerpoint from each game you play. Assassins Creed is a definite triumph in this department, with its 1,000 gamerpoints being challenging, but not frustrating to earn. Around 600-700 points can be earned by playing casually through the main story, giving a good level of 'bleep bloop' satisfaction to the player merely for indulging in the experience of the story mode. The other 300 points are harder to earn, but merely aim to help the gamer get the most out of the game. Many of the challenges are fun and require a good knowledge of the game to acquire, making these achievements a fine excuse to revisit Italy once the initial playthrough is completed and get at every little detail.
In all, AC Brotherhood is a resounding success. It is a marvellous standalone game and one that not only rivals but betters the rest of the series in nearly every way. Both single and multiplayer modes are immensely fun and contain plenty of re playability to help you get the most out of your money. Although this game is superb, and possibly one of the best I have played on the 360, £40 is a tall order, and so my recommendation would be to wait until the price has dropped a little.
Brotherhood really does unite all the elements that make an exceptional open world game.
Single Player 9.5/10
Learning Curve 3/10
NB; I have also submitted this review on Ciao under the same domain name.
At first, Assassins Creed 2 might sound like an awesome game. That's because it is one.
You get to play as Ezio Auditore, a character from renaissance Italy, who seems to live an exquisite lifestyle. However, after numerous events he eventually turns into an assassin, with you as the player, and seeks for revenge for the acts which have been committed using his hidden blades and other weapons to dispatch of his enemy's in any way or form.
The story behind the game is deeply intriguing and thought out, and even I was surprised at the strange twist at the end... I'll let you find out what it was...
The gameplay consists of main missions, which advance the story, but also there are a range of side missions and minigames, such as rooftop races or multiple assassination contracts. The world is quite open, but you need to unlock certain areas before you can advance forward. There are also 'hiddden tombs' located throughout the world which test your freerunning capabilities in a sort of prince of persia way. May not sound it, but its an extremely great way to entertain the players, as some of the levels require a great deal of thought...
This brings me to the combat. At times it may be slow, but highly rewarding when you finish a fight by hacking at the neck of your enemy with an axe. Oh yeah, its bloody at times, since you're a assassin and all. You have an arsenal of weapons, which you acquire throughout the game and which are available to be upgraded, which include a sword...and even a hidden gun. Woah.
AC2 is one of my favourite games. It has a great graphics and even better playability. I would strongly recommend this to people who are into action and adventure games...but also to everyone else. Nowadays its quite cheap to buy as well, so you should definitely pick this up. Hope I kept the review simple, but useful.
a game that can only be described as fantastic. The premise of this came is that you are a distant relative an assassin named Ezio, and that because of your ancestor in the previous game you have been kidnapped in order to access your genetic memories of this person. in this game you escape the facility and make it back to a hiding place, where it is revealed that you are at war with the templars, who are searching for "pieces of eden". The rest of the storyline, you can find out for yourself.
Gameplay in this game is outstanding, with almost any area in the game being explorable, through the "free running" system, where you are able to climb up buildings using windows and features as foot and handholds. This is brilliant for getting around, however climbing and going on the roofs does attract the guards attention. This system also lets the game put collectables and secrets almost anywhere, providing a very challenging activity to do between the missions, or after the game is finished. another interesting thing about this game is the bloody guards. the guards seem to find that whatever you do, be it walking or running, climbing or swimming, to be an offence, chasing you down and attacking you, following you onto the roof and just generally being a uicence. this is tolerable at the beginning of the game, but later, whenever the guards are getting more skilled, it actually becomes difficult to stay alive inbetween missions, collecting. escaping the guards, however, is almost too simple. instead f fighting, you can choose to run away and hide, with hiding places almost every five feet in this game. If you choose to fight the guards, however, the fighting system is very intuitive. the enemys seem to have a set way of fighting, where only one or two will attack you at a time, enabeling you to bounce about between enemys dealing small amounts of damage, or to easily attempt a counter-kill.
The story in this game is brilliant, not only because it is interesting, but because it lasts a rediculously long time compared to most other games on the market. there is also diffrent areas unlocked throughout the game, which means that you unlock new areas, therefore new collectables and explorable areas. another good thing about this game , is that the collectables are not just collectables, but they actually unlock gameplay bonuses, such as a game related movie or a new weapon.
all in all, this game is a killer. good in all the areas, although mabye it deserves a bit more than a 15 rating, due to the amount of violence, and some slight sexual suggestivemess.
I have never played a game with such good graphics and a deep and historically interesting storyline. It is also very educational and teaches quite a lot about medieval ages and Italy. As it is very deep with lots going on (fighting, economy, missions, deep story line) it takes a while to get used to playing it. It is 100% gripping and fun and the missions are all very different. The map is huge and the graphics of the horses of which you ride over it are stunning. It is also a very humorous game and fun for others to watch yet alone play. The only thing I thought could have been improved was the controlling the character when running so that he doesn't climb a wall, but there is an easy way to overcome this once you get more experience. The only down side is that Microsoft charge you a bit extra to download the extra missions but the game is so long anyway so you might not want to do these.
Assassins creed 2 is the sequel to widely acclaimed game assassins creed which follows directly where the first one left off. The plot itself follows modern day bartender desmond captured my a mysterious company and forced to use a device called an animus to observe and play through the memories of his assassin ancestor Altair during the crusades. The reason being that the memories of the ancestors are stored in the DNA of everyone in the bloodline. The company is looking to find a device known as the apple of eden, a mystical device with untold power to use it to destroy/take over the world
Assassins creed 2 steps in with Desmond being helped escape from the facility with modern day assassin descendants. This time Desmond will relive the memories of a nearer ancestor in the 15th century during the renaissance period names Ezio Auditore de Firenze. Although the game often has you playing as both Ezio and Desmond the primary assassination and gameplay elements is done as Ezio.
The player has host to explore many authentic locations of 15th century with familiar historical and momumental buildings given tribute. The levels are designed with abundance in detail and truly wonderful to observe the game equivalent of the ancient cities and buildings.
As Ezio the assassins you are tasked with various key assassinations with the help of your fellow assassins, thieves ,mercenaries, courtesans and your friend Leonardo da vinci. Ezio is highly acrobatic and can scale building, rooftops and pretty much anything that he could get himself latched on to. This along with a wide variety of stealth weapons truly makes for a quick assassination and a speedy getaway. The pleasure of killing someone with a hidden blade and racing away on the rooftops is one that would clearly get your adrenaline running.
Apart from the main missions, there are numerous side missions from collecting feathers, upgrading a city, side assassinations and climbing tall structures. Rest assured between the wonderful main quest, side quest and story it would be very difficult to stop playing.
The music is very well done with some authentic score which fits very well with the period. The sound effects of different weapons clashing, the sheathing of the hidden blade and the horse galloping is truly done to perfection.
The fullbacks of the previous game has mostly been addressed particularly the repeatability of side quests and more refined controls for climbing. Possibly the only downside of the sequel is the models of the characters themselves. While the environment and weapons are done well the character models look badly botched up and don't fit with a game for 2009.
Apart from that the game has a good variety and will keep you on your feet as you find a way for the perfect assassination.
Assassins Creed 2 Is a great game there is lots to do there is not split screen and no Xbox Live during the levels this game is very complicated to understand. This game is set in a town all around Italy but he does not speak Italian. There are some challenges to do throughout the levels such as finding treasure to get you extra coins and secret feathers all around the towns there is one - hundred to collect this game contains some cool features like 'Eagle Visions' which gives you the power to see enemies and avoid them there is also a wide range of weapons such a daggers and swords and poison which you can buy and earn throughout the levels! There is nothing wrong with this game and no faults This game is highly recommended for anyone who likes fun games I would give this game a 9/10 Must Buy!