Assassin's Creed II
Review by darkdragon30544
"A new Creed, a new Hero, and a new country."
Assassins Creed 2 is the long awaited sequel to the original Assassins Creed. The creators promised the players a lot of new features that they promised us. They kept most of their promises, but some of them were never really fulfilled.
Game Play: 8/10
The game play is almost the same as the first Assassins Creed. The controls are almost exactly the same as the first game. The new additions to the controls allow the player to steal enemy weapons, pick up weapons that you find on the ground, steal from dead bodies, pick up dead bodies, interact with your surroundings, and buy goods (weapons, armor, throwing knives, e.t.c.) and services(thieves, mercenaries, e.t.c). They have added some new features like the ability to swim, kill two people with the hidden blades, drive a boat, change the color of your clothes, and some new ways to assassinate people. They have tossed in two new enemies the brute and the seeker. Brutes are tough enemies who can knock your weapon out of your hands. The seeker are guards who use spears to have enough range to stab you and never let you counter. They have added new weapons along with the original weapons. You get a poison blade, hammer, mace, and some other tools that I don't want to spoil. They have thrown in a money system for you to buy extra help, new weapons, armor, and other useless stuff. The camera will really anger you. At some points in the game the camera enters a fixed position, making it impossible to see any ledges for you to jump to. The day/night cycle is also a problem. In both day and night, you can see perfectly fine, but during twilight, you can't see a thing. They have thrown in some new mission types. A couple of them have you stay out of sight, and if you get caught, then it is game over. This can be a pain when you have to trail some one and the guards get in your way.
The story takes place right after the first Assassins Creed left off with Desmin looking at the wall of wonder above his bead. He escapes the lab where he was being held captive with Lucy along with data from the Animus. They meet up with two fellow assassins who tells him that he must go into the Animus 2.0 and gain experience through a bleeding effect that the Animus can do. Instead of going back to Altear in his training days, we get a new hero Enzio. The world is set in Italy around the late 1400s. Enzio's family is framed and his father and two brothers are but to death. Bent on revenge Enzio seeks revenge on the man who ruined his life and killed most of his family. He befriends Leonardo de Vinci, who deciphers codex pages, and builds tools for Enzio's needs.
The graphics are amazing. They are flawless. The sound is amazing. They have different songs during different situations, like if you running from the law, killing a target, or if you are in a place where you shouldn't be.
With just the story mode I would give it a 24 hour play time. When you add all the side quests, I give it a 36 hour play time. This games raplayability depends on if you do the side quests during the story or after. Really there is no replay value. If you get a powerful weapon/armor, good for you, you can't go back to fight previous bosses, so you have to start a new game and try to get it before you do that mission.
If you played the first Assassins Creed then you will want to buy this game. If you are just starting out in the series, then play the first game and join in on the fun of Assassins Creed 2.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 11/23/09
Game Release: Assassin's Creed II (US, 11/17/09)
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