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Assassins Creed 2 is a superb game. It is the follow up to the 2007 game Assassins Creed. Ubisoft really made a masterpiece in Assassins Creed 2. Throughout the review I will use AC to represent Assassins Creed.
In AC2 you play as Ezio Auditore, a young man who becomes an assassin after the betrayal of his family. He tries to hunt down the people who betrayed his family. Ezio is a great character and you will love him. Throughout the story you will visit different locations in renaissance Italy. You will meet memorable characters like Leonardo Da Vinci. The story is very well written and I liked it a lot. The ending though was a bit confusing and wasn't the best.
The graphics are amazing. The graphics in AC1 were one of the best I'd ever seen and I expected AC2 graphics to be even better and of course they were. AC2 is big, I mean very big but that didn't stop Ubisoft from making all the environments jaw dropping. I honestly had my mouth open as I was playing, seeing all these beautiful environments. When you go for an assassination you will be extremely pleased by how Ezio moves. So all in all, the graphics are superb.
In AC1, I felt that the gameplay was a bit too repetitive, but in AC 2 all that has been fixed. There are a variety of weapons and they each have many unique ways to kill. The best gadget that you have is the signature hidden blades. They are terrific and you will love them. I loved how you could kill in so many ways with the hidden blades. You could go behind an enemy and kill him; you could jump from a building and so on. I also loved dual assassinations. Those are when you kill 2 enemies with one attack. Something I disliked was the parts you play as Desmond, the descendant of Ezio. His parts are quite boring but thankfully they are short.
The sound in the game is good. The voice acting is great. Ezio being the protagonist plays his part perfectly. The music is great and gives a renaissance feel. All the weapons also sound how they would in real life.
In AC2 you feel like an assassin, you feel like you are in the renaissance period. It is absolutely great. I loved it. It is one of my favourite games of all time and I'm sure you will love it.
Following on from the first Assassins Creed game released in 2007, Assassins Creed 2 is bigger, better and more than a worthy sequel.
This time round, the game is set in the 15th century and you play as the very likeable Ezio Auditore da Firenzem an Italian who tends to get into a lot of random fights and chase a lot of women. The difference between this and the first game is that you start the game with very few skills and throughout the game need to build them up and develop them. What it also means is that throughout the game you see Ezio's transition from a bit of a nobody who looks after his family to someone who begins to see the world around him more and becomes aware of things like Templar's and Assassins.
Ezio's story starts after his brothers and father are arrested. You then are required to rescue them by climbing upto the tower and freeing them. They then find safety but a series of events unfold which lead you to your uncle Mario's city. Here you learn how to perform certain moves which are used as the basis for the game - things like free running and fighting. From then on the story unfolds and you learn about the war that's been going on between the Templar's and Assassins for centuries. I wont give any ore of the plot away but the rest of the game focus' on this war.
While the story itself is very captivating, it is the gameplay that provides the most entertainment. One of the major parts of Assassins Creed 2 is Ezio's ability to free jump. This basically means climbing buildings with ease and jumping from rooftop to rooftop in order to either get away from the guards or to reach your destination quicker than running through the streets. The free running is also used in the main and side missions. For example, sometimes you are required to find a way into a building without using the front door or in order to find all the viewpoints you need to scale the tallest buildings in the city which can be a challenge at times.
Mission wise, the game is quite varying. Sometimes you are required to assassinate people, other times you just need to follow people, and you may be required to race against people as well as a few other types. The good thing is that each of these missions are different. Sometimes you may need to kill people without being seen or with a particular weapon or are required to follow someone using the rooftops only. These little variations help add a good deal of variety to the game. In the original game they had certain missions where all you had to do was to sit on a bench and eves-drop while a couple of people spoke about rubbish that you don't care about but fortunately these are now gone.
There are loads of side missions that need to be done aswell. These are things like escort missions, rescue missions, and artifact collection objectives. The biggest side mission though is the city renovation side mission which is constant through the game. Basically, you need to invest your money you have earned from missions into the local economy which in turn increases your income from the city and, in the long term, will provide you with more money which can be used on weapons, art or armour. Whatever you buy is stored at your villa so it's kind of like you are setting up a tourist attraction and this is where the money comes from. This is deposited every 20 minutes but to collect it you have to go back to the villa and pick it up which is annoying if you're no where near home.
The one big thing that let the first game down was the gameplay. As I previously said, free running is one of the best things about the game. This is helped massively by the fact that it is so easy to do. All you do is hold down the right trigger and the direction and Ezio will do the rest on his own whether it by climbing, jumping from building to building or hopping over boxes. The other let down in the first game was that each mission was on its own. By this I mean that at the start of the mission you would be told what the problem is and at the end the problem was solved. In Assassins Creed 2, storylines go on for longer than one mission which provides much more depth to each storyline and plot twist. Fortunately, the creators of the game have also got rid of the stupidly long (and unskippable) cut scenes which you are forced to sit though and replaced them with shorter scenes which keep you more involved in the story and stop you getting bored. I'm also glad to see that the main character has finally learnt to swim! In the first game, if you fell in the water, you would die straight away but now swimming has become integral in some of the missions.
The combat system has also been slightly modified from the original. The same basic controls are there but they have made counter attacking less of an art so you are much more able to deal damage to deal without coming within an inch of your own life because the timing wasn't quite right.
Graphically the game looks astounding. The best time to really appreciate this is when you are at the top of one of the viewpoints and are looking over the city. Its also just as pretty when you are walking the street as you see Ezio's cape blowing in the wind or the water the sun shimmers from the water.
One of the things that really helps in the story is the music. Often you don't even realise that there is much but that is the beauty of it. The music is very dynamic and keeps up with what you're doing. Whether it's quick music because you are running over rooftops or a subtle angelic choir as you scale the tall buildings, it all adds to the atmosphere.
In terms of length, I think I probably spent over 25 hours playing the game and while I completed the main storyline, I probably only did about 50% of the other side missions. The problem I often found though is that the game has a way of keeping you hooked, whether it's just doing one more mission or just finding one last viewpoint. Because the game is set mainly in Venice and Florence (with a few smaller towns in between) there is plenty of variety in your surrounding and each locations has its own missions and collectibles. What this means is that you loose track of time so quickly and before you know it, its well past your bedtime!
Negatives? I cant really think of any major ones to be honest The controls can be a bit frustrating at times when you are jumping rooftops and because you don't have the directional stick in exactly the right place, you end up jumping of the top of a building onto the floor but this happens quite infrequently. The only real other annoyance I found was that the different weapons didn't seem to make that much of a difference in combat. I could use the cheapest weapon or the most expensive weapon and not really notice a difference which begs the question, why bother upgrading?
As I'm sure you've probably realised by now, I'm a massive fan of this game and the sequel, Assassins Creed Brotherhood (to follow very soon), is even better than this one. To sum up, graphics are great, story is great, sound is great. Overall, the game is great!
Assassins Creed 2 is a gripping venture through the corruption and violence of Renaissance Italy. I found the game to be a big improvement on the first Assassins Creed which I felt was slightly repetitive. The story line in the sequel is much more dynamic and is filled with more interesting characters, relationships and amusing dialogues. I particularly liked the references and presence of real historical people and events which I felt gave the game a more believable and engaging edge.
I would say however that the ending lets the game down somewhat and comes across as a bit farfetched; it seems to discredit the otherwise enjoyable game play.
I think that the most impressive aspect of the game is the graphics and the brilliant settings of Renaissance cities such as Florence and Venice. It is hard not to appreciate the amazing scenery and accurate landmarks throughout the game. Overall I would say that this game is a brilliant buy and would highly recommend it, especially to people who have any interest in the culture and history of Renaissance Italy.
This really is a game that some gamers will love and some who will hate, when brought up in conversation this has also been the case, with some people loving the free running effects and visual effects and some people falling in to the category which find it very repetative.
I fall into a category within the two, i cannot deny the game of its stunning visual graphics, including some great shading and very nice details on all the people in each city, with all have very detailed effects. The physics of the game are also very nice and run really smoothly which is a great benefit for the free running side of the game such as escaping from guards which seems to happed throughout most of the game.
But i am also sad to say that there is an element in the game which seems to be repeated throughout, which involves climbing towers to viewpoints which are all very similar and to complete assassinations and beatings which all carry the same traits. So basically all im saying is that the game can be very repetative, and the game revolves around the free running capabilities. I felt that this was a problem in the first game of the series and it hasnt really changed too much to shake off this point.
Obviously the game has been considerably improved since the eldest in the series with the introduction of new characters and the ability to improve and practically buy your own hillside villa town with its own shops etc which all carry discounts and benefits to the player, i also think the new skills for fighting in the game are also nice addons and the fact you have to earn them also makes the game more enjoyable.
Another feature im particuarly fond of is the fact that the storyline is very in depth and with some great cutscenes and film sequences which are easy to follow give the game alot of character. Which allow you to move into cities such as venice and on one part of the storyline even explore the waterways of venice on a gondola and protecting other characters from the enemies armed with bow and arrow. The game is also repeated by switching bag and forth from present time to previous memories, which involve more play in the modern era than ever before which was a nice feature to have added and i particuarly liked this.
But in all i think the game really needs to add more depth to its gameplay and try to move away from the amount of running/climbing walls that has to be done which can be tedious and to focus more on combat and staying stealthed, but this may just be the nature of the game i hate.
I wouldn't be put off by buying another assasins creed game and in fact another has just been released but do find the gameplay rather limited as its stands as i was able to complete assassins creed 2 main storyline in the space of a few hours.
Assassin's Creed 2 was released 20th November 2009 with a rating of 15. The first Assassin's Creed was released in 2007 and amazed people with its ground breaking game play and very interesting storyline but it had a lot of flaws. Assassin's Creed 2 irons out these flaws to create a stunning experience and possibly one of the best games I've played. The story continues on from Assassin's Creed 1 with Desmond Miles making a daring escape from his captors Abstergo Industries which is a nice change compared to Desmond's boring role in the first game. Once he has escaped he gets into the Animus 2.0 and like the first game goes back to the memories of his ancestors. This time you take the role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze the son of a renaissance banker who becomes an assassin. Game play wise Assassins Creed 2 is very similar with Assassins Creed 1 but with all of the bugs and poor game design from the first game ironed out. First of all the missions you have to do before you can assassinate someone are a lot less of a chore than in the first game. While in the first game you had to pickpocket someone every time you had to assassinate someone you now play more story driven missions that are very varied and are a lot more fun than the first game. Speaking of the story it is very strong like the first game. It kept me interested all the way to the end and the final scene was very interesting and had me wanting more. Also like the first game there is a huge collecting mission you have to do. This time you have to collect 100 feathers and also 20 videos from Subject 16. For the Subject 16 videos you have to find 20 glyphs that are scattered around the game world. Once you have found the glyphs you have to solve the puzzle that the game throws at you. The puzzles are a nice challenge but not so hard you will be stuck on them for hours. Another new feature is the Monteriggioni villa. You get the villa fairly early in the game and it is a nice new feature. You upgrade the villa completing story missions, buying paintings for it, buying weapons and armour, upgrading shops in the town and collecting the feathers. The more you upgrade your villa the more money you get from it to continue buying things to upgrade it. It is a nice feature that I really got into because there is a good reason for it and it rewards you. Assassin's Creed 2 is not just about the story and collecting things there are also side missions for you to complete to.They range from assassination contracts to courier missions. While these can be a bit repetitive and are not as fun as the main missions they are a nice distraction and are still fun. The controls are solid and I didn't have any problems with them once I got used to them. The horse riding sections are a tad loose at the controls but are bearable. The graphics are incredible and look very crisp.
Overall I enjoyed Assassin's Creed 2 and for me it is a must buy for anyone.
I personally loved the first assassins creed, and i was expecting a lot from the second game and i have to say, i definitely wasn't disappointed.
The main story takes place right after the first game left off, with you playing the part of Desmond miles. You again use the Animus to gain access to memories of your ancestors, but this time you travel to the 15th century during the Renaissance in Italy.
The cities that you play in are absolutely beautiful, everyone knows that during the renaissance the architecture was brilliant but they've managed to capture it wonderfully in Assassins creed 2.
You play through cities such as Florence, Tuscany and even Venice. The way they are all designed is absolutely brilliant, i didn't notice any glitches in the buildings or surroundings of the game, and considering how good the graphics are, that's quite an achievement.
The game-play is more or less the same as in the first Assassins creed game, however, i think they actually listened to the pleas of the fans for once, making it a lot faster to climb buildings and also making it a lot faster to deal with enemies which makes an all round better playing experience.
The storyline of the game definitely delivered just as its Predecessor did, and they've even made the cut scenes more bearable by having them be interactive and shortening them, which may not sound too good but the first game did get quite tedious during long cut-scenes.
You also gain new weapons in this game, in the form of smoke bombs, poison blades, and probably the most notable, a gun attached to your wrist.
I think its good they added so many new weapons to the game, it makes combat a lot less repetitive and also makes escaping annoying guards a lot easier.
One of the best things about this game, is that you have the ability to rebuild a city, when you arrive at your uncles mansion most of the shops are closed and everywhere is run down, but as you progress in the game you can deposit your funds to make the city a better place to live by re-opening shops, rebuilding certain places and paying for upgrades to the mansion and shops.
This gives the player a huge feel of power basically being in charge of an entire city, which is a great addition to the game.
The game can be picked up for around £20 new or £14 pre-owned, which is quite good value to be honest, considering there is around 8+ hours of game play in the main story mode, and if you choose to find all the collectibles in the game, your looking at over 30+ hours.
One thing that i can say is a bad thing, if you by a pre owned version, there is a chance you may pick up a copy of one that hasn't had the infinite guards bug fixed. What this basically means is that on one of the roofs in the game, there is a guard that will keep spawning if you touch him, and it doesn't stop, and if you don't get away in time it will crash your game. Not that much of a problem if your smart enough to get away though.
Id definitely recommend this to anyone who has played the first game, I cant really think of anything bad to say about it, and keeps you entertained for hours.
The first Assassin's Creed was a good game but had it's flaws. With Assassin's Creed 2 these flaws have been ironed out and the new Assassin's Creed 2 has fully lived up to the expectations of the first game. The series famous free running mechanics have returned and have been tightened up and feel much better than they did in the first game. The graphics have been improved slightly now that the game takes place in Renaissance Italy the game world feels like it has more life and colour to it compared to the Holy Land of 1191 in Assassin's Creed 1 which feels bland compared to it's sequel. Storywise, the game picks up where the first left off with Desmond trapped in the same building from the first game, trapped by the modern day Templars. Desmond escapes early on with Lucy, who is working against the Templars with the modern day assassins. You are then thrust into the Animus 2.0 where you will play out the life of Enzo, a descendant of Desmond's like Altair. I leave it here as I don't want to spoil the story. Overall the gameplay and graphics feel much improved from the first game. It will be interesting to see what the addition of multiplayer will do to the series when Assassin's Creed brotherhood will be released.
When released in 2007, Assassin's Creed was a shock to the world of gaming, bringing the fresh gameplay element of free-running to the forefront of its core design to great effect. Sadly, the game left me dumbfounded on many fronts, with a bizarre mix of poor voice acting, confusing story and repetitive missions making the game a pain to play all too often. As I have reviewed the first AC on Dooyoo, this review will imply you've played the first iteration already.
So, with a game whose core was sound but whose gameplay lacked polish, would Ubisoft be able to unlock the series' potential with honed improvements?
With a story infinitely more attractive and compelling than its predecessor, the game gets off to a flying start. Although the confusing Animus back-story continues, it is surprisingly well furthered in this iteration. Desmond Miles, fresh from reliving memories of the Assassin Altair, is on the run from Abstergo after the lab assistant Lucy breaks him out of there. Together with her and two other new characters, Desmond is thrust into the new Animus 2.0 to relive the memories of a much more interesting Ancestor in order to train himself as an Assassin in the real world and to retrieve the other pieces of Eden to thwart the Templars' plans.
You now assume the role of Ezio Auditore, a young Florentine who operates during Renaissance-era Italy. To put it simply, Ubisoft absolutely nailed the era of choice, with the Renaissance unlocking so much more colour, charm and possibilities into the franchise. Though the environments were varied in AC, the different cities you visit in this sequel ooze charm and feel like living, breathing organisms. I can't underestimate what a breath of fresh air this was after the largely sterile environments of the first iteration, and the story progression is second to none. You never feel lost as you did before, and the compelling script and wonderful score composed by the 'Hitman' genius Jesper Kyd perfectly capture the beauty and tension of the plot. There are over four different cities to visit, including Florence and Venice, all beautifully recreated, and the history of each of their landmark buildings is brilliantly relayed to the gamer if they tap the 'Back' button. The ending of the game is compelling, as is the main body, and despite being lengthy, it never feels tiresome.
Of course, design alone won't make a classic, so I'm happy to say that the story direction was also tweaked perfectly. Gone are the 20 minute cut-scenes which were as exciting as watching paint dry and in come well-detailed, informative, plot furthering scenes which make you feel like you're part of a movie script. Not only are the lines well delivered, but each character you meet is discernible to the last, offering a sense of clear direction and self-awareness in the title.
Likewise, the developers took a long hard look at the mission types themselves. Gone are the incredibly tiresome 'wait-on-bench-and-eavesdrop' style missions and in their place come a plethora of different mission types. Assassination Contracts, Beat-up missions, Deliveries and other missions are all here as side quests and all are impressive to play - but crucially, they take a back-seat to story missions, and give the game infinite replayability.
So, the wrongs of the last game have been addressed - but what about innovation? Well, Ubisoft nailed that too. Introducing one of my favourite aspects of the game: currency. Finish missions and you earn money, or you can pickpocket, raid banks or obtain treasure maps to locate secret bounties across the open world. You can then use this currency to improve Ezio's abilities: you can visit the blacksmith to buy new weapons and armour, or the tailor to tint your attire with colours suiting your taste, or, in an addition I'll come onto soon, the gallery to purchase art.
What's art got to do with anything you cry? Well, the currency idea was taken even further by the developers. Early on, you arrive at the Auditore safehouse in the small town of Monteriggioni, and in a lovely addition to the game, you are charged with improving the villa's profitability. If you buy art, armour, weapons and find statues and feathers across the various cities, they'll all come back to the villa, creating an attraction for the locals and bringing in an income to the villa. Buy more and you earn more, with the coffers filling up every twenty minutes. With more money, you'll be able to buy more and make Ezio almost unbeatable. What's more, you can peruse the villa like a museum, gazing at Renaissance paintings - each with an informative description - or simply looking at the items you've amassed.
Two other key elements link back to the villa. The quest for Assassin seals is one of the best side quests I've ever seen in a game, charging you with infiltrating secret buildings and finding the seals of six famous assassins. Find them all and you can obtain Altair's armour, which is by far the best in the game. Its success is borne out of its Prince of Persia style puzzles, which offer a refreshing change from the free-running of the main game and give the title yet another dimension. Moreover, you can track down codex pages across the cities and take them to none other than Leonardo da Vinci. As he decodes them, you obtain new weapons, greater health bars and unlock the game's very latest missions through a final puzzle.
Not content with offering two of the most innovative additions yet to a game already crammed with things to do, Ubisoft went even further still with 'The Truth'. This strange - and lengthy - side-quest has you looking for 'glyphs' on buildings left by Subject 16, the person who preceded Desmond in the Animus. Dedicated to helping others crack the Templars' plans, 16 left 20 marks on 20 buildings across the game world: locate them and you can crack puzzles to unveil video clips - unlock them all and you will learn 'The Truth'. The beauty of the quest is the wide variety of puzzles. Code cracking, picture shifting and logic puzzles intertwine to offer a delightfully tough and compelling challenge. It really is a smart addition which works wonderfully with the core story, furthering it while giving you a break from the main game's mechanics.
And all of these quests are made a joy to play by the refined combat system which was already great in the first iteration. The close combat sequences remain, but each weapon now reacts differently to the situation with scenes gorier than ever before. Assassination techniques have been added, as have improvements to Ezio's scaling techniques, with more believable movements when scaling buildings and the ability to perform air kills, poison foes and throw them from ledges. Oh, and you gain access to two very cool contraptions near the end of the game which I won't spoil here...
I played this game for hours and hours and then even more and simply saw a flawless game. Ubisoft miraculously managed to right every wrong of the last game and then add three times the quests present in the first iteration. Not only was the move to the Renaissance brilliant, offering the series the charm it so badly lacked in AC1, but it was an expert transition which succeeds due to a rich, well-furthered story of vengeance and betrayal. The side quests are positively brilliant, as is the ingenious currency system which feels in no way anachronous. I have not even managed to cover every aspect of this game, like the new ability to swim, or ride gondolas, or chase down couriers in real time or hire prostitutes and thieves to distract guards. The game's not just comprehensive but gripping and fun too. Well done to Ubisoft for honing the series and bringing it back on track.
Bring on 'Brotherhood'.
This is an awesome game, which I really enjoyed playing. I didn't play the first game in this series, but that didn't seem to matter. The variety of way's in which to "assassinate" people is a lot of fun. I heard the first game was a bit repetitive; however I did not find that with this game. It was well worth the money I paid for it. Graphics are pretty impressive. Game play is great with a story that really drag's you in. The controls are easy to grasp. The weapons are really cool, as is the way that you collect them. There is also lot's of side missions to keep you busy throughout the game. I would recommend this to anyone whom likes playing first person shoot em ups. It is certainly different from any other I have played. Can't wait for the third one to come out now. Top game for the xbox 360!
Assassin's Creed II is the follow up to the 2007 hit created and published by Ubisoft. The story continues for the hero of the first game Desmond Miles. He has escaped the Abstergo corporation with the help of Lucy. However, he is forced once again to use the Animus to access the genetic memories of another of his ancestors. This time he is a fifteenth century Italian by the name of Ezio Auditore de Firenze. It is the time of the Renaissance and Ezio finds himself forced into the role of assassin after a terrible betrayal.
The game follows a non-linear open game world allowing, as in the first, to explore at will and complete missions as you please. Those missions take on any number of forms from races accross rooftops, to stealing to rescuing captives and of course assassinations. Of course all of these missions allow you to reveal memories and allow you to know the character and his history and what effect this has on the future. This particular little point can be quite educational, espescially to casual observers of history. The major difference to this game is the addition of vehicles which allow the character to move across land, sea and in some cases air. There is of course still the availability of horses to ride but there are now horse drawn carriages, gondolas and an early flying machine made famous by Leonardo DaVinci
There are also new methods of hiding in this game such as diving into water as well as blending into any type of people. Also the new notoriety system will enable you to become less conspicuous by removing posters, bribing officials or if needs be just kill him. In addition there are number of new weapons including a wrist mounted gun.
Additional missions can be downloaded on the xBox live facility, but the amount of levels should keep you busy for long enough. The control method is a little complicated but as with it's predecessor there is an inbuilt training programme for each new weapon or move which allows the player to practise before continuing with the story.
The game has been a success in terms of critics ratings where it consistently scored over 90% and in terms of sales which as of February 2010 have sold over 8 million copies. If there was one complaint I have it is that perhaps iit lacks a little variety in terms of both settings and missions and become dull after a while. But this will not stop you from wanting to complete it.
There is due to be a third to complete the trilogy in the future, but for now I suggest you immerse yourself in the magnificent sight, sounds and gameplay of this classic.
First, i would just like to say that ubisoft have really outdone themselves on this one and if all their games are going to be as good as this then i will happily buy the factory. This is the perfect sequel carrying on the amazing game that is Assassins creed. The weapons, movement, attacks, fighting, maps, storyline and general game play have all improved massively. The weapons now being so many there is different categories for them. The movement and control of the character is improved, now being able to perform such things as swimming and hanging off ropes and stuff. The only problem is that when you have completed the storyline, the game pretty much stops there for you. There are other small minor things to do but nothing as thrilling as the storyline. This can be annoying but for how good the storyline is its worth buying and then selling when you have finished the game.
Asassins creed 2 is a action/adventure game, also its the sequel to asassins creed, i havent played the first one and still understand the storyline fully, after an hour you pick it up. Its got an age rating of 15 so you have been warned you may need ID when purchasing this game.
You play as a character called Ezio Auditore, you start of as a trooublesome teenager and as the story progresses, truths are unfolded and secrets are revealed and by teh end of the game you are a skilled/ruthless asassin you make the decision by what you do on the game, for example kill a civillian become a little darker and bad, kill a guard become a little more stealthy, the game is more fun bening skillful and stealthy i find. In the game you have the main storyline and lots of side missions which help you obtain; armour, weapons and money ect.
The graphics are probably one of the best graphical games i have played, to be quite honest they are excellent. The storyline is very very good untill the ending i found that rubbish as its really obvious there will be another one, so the endings bad but the whole other time the game is good. Even though the ending is crap i would still buy the game cause of the immense storyline and graphics.
Having never before played the first Assassin's Creed I somewhat reluctantly handed over the cash for a copy of it's sequel on the recommendation of a friend. My response after just 1 hour playing, WOW.
I was somewhat pessimistic when I saw the opening video - although that it most likely down to the fact I hadn't played the first - but my pessimism was short lived, within minutes of jumping into the world of Ezio I was immersed into the renaissance period of Italy and interacting with none other than Leonardo da Vinci.
After convincing myself I needed sleep, I couldn't wait to wake up in the morning and jump back into the world of the Assassin, the storyline keeps you interested in the game and so do tasks that are perhaps 'on the side' the idea of renovating the mansion was something i particularly enjoyed to do.
The gameplay itself is excellent, the ability to free run almost anywhere you like and the new ways of assassination introduced did a lot to develop the game further. The creators spoke of the focus on making sure Ezio used his environment more to his advantage and boy did they deliver, the interaction with other characters and with the surroundings offers a delightful twist to an already brilliant game.
Playing as Ezio Auditore you start out as a ruthless nineteen year old and learn your assasin skills such as free running across buildings appose to in the first one where your automatically an assasin. Though the character you play is not actually an assasin, you have to enter a machine called the animus that takes you back to your ancestors. And where would a game be without colectibles? There are several collectibles to keep your eyes peeled for like Eagle feathers, Codex pages and Statues. Whilst playing as the assasin (Ezio) you complete a variety of different missions and storylines in Italy's major cities such as Florence and Venice. And whilst doing all this you complete very hard tasks to gain plates from your ancestors thus unlocking your ancestors ultimate armour (Altair) who you play as in the first one. In this game you will have to master a variety of techniques and weapons ranging from swords to spears and a very interesting array of killing moves but i won't go into details I'll let you find out for your self. Also the graphics are very realistic and capture your imagination, the only bad point that may people will have said is whilst free running it is very easy to fall and hurt yourself which can be annoying.
I just finished this game and, what can I say, WOW! I was a big fan of the first game which, though it took some time to get going, was innovative and beautifully made. Its sequel, however, betters it in almost every way.
First of all, the setting in which you operate as the protagonist, Ezio Auditore, is VERY authentic. I have been to Florence and Rome, and a lot of the locations are reminiscent, obviously having been meticulously designed. Vast rural/urban lanscapes, soaring cathedrals and grotty side-streets, all a pleasure to behold. It is absorbing to simply wander the streets and look around - these are the games which really peak my interest. The viewing experience is just as important to me as the gamer interaction - hence my love of Bioshock. This game is a success in every respect of aesthetic design, I don't know what more to say - it is gorgeous (even on my measly 720p TV!).
One aspect in which games can easily fail is story. This one is intriguing, involving and excellently concluded (well, I say concluded...). Love, betrayal, friendship, morality, immorality, good and evil. It has the lot. It builds like a book and keeps you gripped RIGHT to the end.
The combat system is excellent, the assassination techniques are just outstanding! I am no sadist, but there is a strange pleasure in shoving two computer-generated knives in the face of an unsuspecting victim. Call me sick, but the entire premise of this game - killing - is wonderfully varied and cinematically fantastic. The range of weapons has also been extended, each with its own unique attack and assassination range. Combat is no longer so restricted and repetitive, I used to get bored of countering guard-after-guard in the first game, but in this one you only look forward to combat situations!
One important thing to me in gaming is the casting. Voice acting and character representation is seemingly authentic, or at least believable. Voice-actors seem well suited to their characters and emotion is very well portrayed. Not only that, but orchestral soundtracking is sublime and perfectly complements the settings and situations.
The element of choice and customisation is much more varied in the sequel. Not only weapons choice, but armour, side-weapons and mission-selection is highly expanded, meaning that no subsequent playthrough will be the same as before. Also the advent of money and property is a welcome feature, which I hope they will expand further in the next game to make the gamer further involved in the comings and goings of the protagonist.
I could go on forever about this game, it is simply fantastic. It got a lot of gaming time out of me and I was always looking forward to the next time I switched on the xbox. There is plenty to do and see and the story, characters and settings really suck you in. To any fan of this style of game, or just anyone who enjoys beautifully made games... BUY IT!