Review: Assassins Creed 2 (Xbox 360)
By The Ellster 11-13-2010 12:43 PM
Oh Assassins Creed how I love you so. A game that you can either love or hate and personally I love it. Having played the first one intently, I like many others contemplated whether there would be a squeal or not and when it was announced I could barely believe it. I ignored everything people said about the first games repetitive gameplay and rather easy fighting mechanic because I got sucked into to the story so much.
Assassins Creed 2 still focuses on Desmond Miles as he is still being probed for information about the Apple of Eden. In this game he is still put into the Animus but has a lot more freedom himself now as he learns to become an Assassin. As important as he is the real star of the show is Ezio Auditore De Frenzie ( sorry is misspelt) as he finds he way around more open landscapes then Altair. The game is set in the Renaissance era this time around and what a difference it makes. The colours are more vibrant and the sounds are more varied as well as having a host of new weapons and techniques. For those who thought the first game was repetitive and needed more variety this game brings it. I wont tell any of the story because it is the main draw of these sorts of games so i will go into gameplay.
Ezio has more options then Altair. He has new weapons and accessory which can be brought through using money this time around. You can change his armour and buy items for his uncles villa. Sure its not full customization but this isn't Saints Row and you will mainly focus on moving forward in the story anyway. You will also learn new techniques to help you in fights and they vary the gameplay quite nicely. Okay the fighting and the overall difficulty of the game isn't much increased from Assassins Creed 1 but it is intentional to make you feel like a powerful Assassin and other games lack in that aspect. Ezio can also swim which is important when in places like Venice but doesn't really add too much but it is always noticeable when you can't swim in others games such as Red Dead Redemption. I never just want to drown without a hope of being saved.
The Graphics are just fantastic which is to be expected however there are some glitches but none are game breakers. The facial expressions are okay if not also emotionally convincing at times. There are also new mind bending puzzles to extend the length of the game. The puzzles are very clever and relate to the time period exceptionally well like practically every aspect of the game.They are optional but if you chose to do them your reward is quite satisfying. The voice work is also just fantastic and i suggest you keep the subtitles on if you can't speak Italian because you wouldn't want to miss some things the characters say trust me. There is also more humours dialogue in this game to break the quite solid tension. I also found the Cities to be fantastically modelled next to real life and you get some interesting facts at certain landmarks which are worth reading. Its also interesting like in the first game the people you are out to Assassinate have at least gone missing in history at some point or another which makes the game more relevant to true to life.
In short if you want a game which is historically accurate, fun and rewarding (as its quite easy to get 1000 Gamescore points if you put the time in) then look no further. Find out why this was many peoples game of last year, you owe it to yourself. 10/10
P.S Thanks to those that left comments on my last review. Much Appreciated
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|mike.m - 11-13-2010, 06:48 PM|
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