Assassin’s Creed II

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9.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 10/10
Sounds: 9/10
Controls: 10/10

Improves on the original (which was already good)

Some repetitive fighting

Game Info

Game Name: Assassin’s Creed 2

Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher(s): Ubisoft

Platform(s): PS3, XBox 360, PC

Genre(s): Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): November 17, 2009 (PS3, XBox 360)/March 9, 2010 (PC)

ESRB Rating: M


I keep losing friends this way

Desmond Miles is once against forced into the Animus, this time to stop Abstergo Industries, by reaching into the memories of his ancestor Enzio Auditore da Firenze.  As the mystery deepens, Desmond Miles finds himself merging more and more with his ancestor as the truth is revealed.

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed was a giant step in open world gaming and Ubisoft followed it in 2010 with Assassin’s Creed II.  The game was well received and continued the story of the first series.  Like the original game, Assassin’s Creed II was praised for the good controls and lush scenery.

Assassin’s Creed II is one of my favorite recent games. The good things about the first Assassin’s Creed were incorporated into the gameplay and improved upon in a story that makes changes make sense. The already smooth gameplay of Assassin’s Creed gets better. There still is some repetition with the attacks and blocking and countering still is very simple. If you get in a fight, you can pretty much set up your “block” move and if you take your time, it will all work out. The AI characters always attack in the same way. Fortunately, some of the fighting was spiced up by the addition of a few new weapons (including guns and poisoned blades).It you want to have some fun on a kill, poisoning someone and then allowing them to go crazy.

assassins creed 2 gameplay

Fighting in Assassin’s Creed 2 is just like in the first but with some tweaks and upgrades.

Near the beginning of the game, there is a period where you are “learning the controls” (literally from the birth of your character Enzio) and it might scare people away. Stick with it however, and there is much, much more for the player to do than in the first Assassin’s Creed. From pickpocketing, special assassinations, art collecting, weapon collecting, exploring hidden tombs, and trying to find ways to improve your property. It also has the typical hidden treasures found in the first story, and even changes up building climbing by making you think before you climb (you can’t always just run up the side).

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You know when I get out of this water I’m killing somebody.

The Renaissance setting allows not only lush Italian scenery, but more unique buildings and amazing structures. The art and style of the Renaissance comes to life when they start incorporating Leonard da Vinci into the story (as a friend of Enzio). The art also is included in the story as Enzio tries to unwrap the mystery surrounding codexes throughout the game and hidden symbols.

The story of Assassin’s Creed is actually compelling and interesting with the parallel stories of Desmond, Altair (who does make an appearance), and Enzio. When you finish the game, it kind of leaves you in a “what the hell just happened?” moment and gets you excited for the next game.  Assassin’s Creed II is followed by Assassin’s Creed:  Brotherhood in 2010.

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