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Exactly what a sequel should be. 0

Currently, the video game industry is driven by sequels; rather than risk a lot of money on a new series, game companies would rather stick to a franchise that has previously proven itself. Unfortunately, developers do not show any signs of relenting any time soon, so if they are going to maintain an entire medium mostly through sequels, they should at least know how to do it. Assassin’s Creed II is a prime example of how to make a sequel. The first way it proves this is by detaching its...

24 out of 24 found this review helpful.

Gaming's second most popular Italian. 0

  Assassin’s Creed 1 starred a preachy, philosophical, emotionless, characterless unibomber-lookalike named Altair. Killing was his business, but business was not good. First he had to pickpocket, eavesdrop and stalk random targets to obtain “information”, or rather grind missions to extend play, time about his victims-to-be. He would then proceed to attempt an assassination on said targets, one that would involve stealth and cunning…on paper. In practice, they usually ended in extended fight s...

29 out of 30 found this review helpful.

Twice the hidden blades, twice the fun? 0

   Twice the hidden blades, twice the fun?  The first Assassin's Creed game was quite polarizing. There were plenty of good things to be said about the free running, the graphics, and the quality of the settings. The chief drawbacks that were stated were the repetitive, gamey aspect of the side quests that were required in between assassinations. Assassin's Creed 2 has completely fixed that aspect. With that being said, does that make it an instantly better game than the first? Yes... And no.Th...

21 out of 23 found this review helpful.

A Franchise Renaissance 0

  Imagine a hidden-blade wielding assassin chasing his target at full speed on top of a roof in Renaissance Italy. Now imagine he leaps from one building to another, over a canal in Venice. Then, he grabs a pole, swings off that pole, and is now gracefully falling through the air. Now imagine as he lands, he skillfully thrusts his blade through the neck of his target. Now imagine this scenario is typical gameplay in a game with beautiful graphics, tight and easy to grasp controls, a dri...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II - Perfecting the Formula 0

The crux of my review is going to be this: the developers have done the thing which earns them the deepest respect of the gaming community, they took what they had which was good, figured out what more was needed by listening to US, and then put those two things together into one stunning masterpiece.  The first title had a lot going for it. It's root, Prince of Persia, had always been horribly linear when you take into account that it's movement system is FREE-running, so producing Assassin's C...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

They Nailed Their Target 0

 The prior Assassin's Creed was probably the most hyped up series debut not named Little Big Planet. It sold extremely well and provided a storyline ripe with easy retelling as the idea of a man whose family consists of hired killers throughout history gives a game near infinite numbers of sequels to churn through. The second game in most series tends to be the best of the bunch and we'll see if Assassin's Creed continues that tradition.The first AC was a beautiful, but horribly flawed, t...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Everyone Loves A Good Sequel / Rewrite 0

In 2007 Ubisoft Montreal released the original Assassin's Creed to critical 'meh'-ing; it wasn't a bad or broken game as such, but it didn't live up to people's expectations and instead became a somewhat boring game experience. The missions were tedious, the fighting was average and apparently you were wearing horns and carrying a devil's fork since everyone was instantly suspicious of you. But you could go monotonously climb to the top of buildings and forcibly stare at the pretty view so it wa...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

When developers listen to fans, you get the perfect sequel 0

Ever rarely does it seem that a sequel to a loved, albeit flawed, sales hit ever deliver on it's promises of fixing every problem and adding on more than what was ever to be expected. Assassin's Creed II not only manages to fulfill it's duties as a sequel by addressing the most notable issues encountered in the first game, it also does so much more to improve itself that it amounts to an incredibly satisfying and fulfilling experience.  People can never be pleased on the internet, it seems. Whi...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Excellent adventure game with a buggy PS3 release 0

So. First off, I loved the original Assassin's Creed, and while the original was bogged down by a slightly confusing story and some gameplay issues, Ubisoft Montreal seems to have studied the feedback from players worldwide. The resulting sequel is a game improved on nearly every level possible, and highly entertaining overall. The Good  Desmond and Lucy seem to have a thing going on, but it is so painfully understated that you start to wonder why it's even there.I won't get into too much exp...

18 out of 26 found this review helpful.

Requiescat in pace 0

I had a high appreciation for what Ubisoft sought to accomplish with the original Assassin's Creed, but was one of the many that felt like its gameplay never lived up to its ambition. It was ultimately a shallow, repetitive experience, and I was hopeful that the sequel would make strides to better realize the original concept. The result is double-edged, as the narrative aspects bring a much better flow to proceedings, but that coating does little to hide the lack of evolution in gameplay. Assas...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A Creed Indeed 0

Assassins Creed was a title that quickly became one of my favorites. At times its gameplay was repetitious, but for a majority of the game it swept me away into a world I hadn't thought could exist in videogames. The graphics, the fighting and the movement of Altair, the game's protagonist, was a spectacle that came together nicely in a time period rarely explored by a game.  However, AC1 had its fair share of negatives, and while sales soared, there was much to be improved.  Enter Assassins Cre...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Still waiting for the first AC to be fixed. 0

Assassin's Creed 2 was extremely hyped for fixing everything that was wrong with the first game, and glorious review after glorious review told me that it didn't matter that the I thought the first one was underwhelming, because this one was "everything the first one should have been".  I can totally see where people are coming from saying that it is a more fleshed out experience in terms of characters and storytelling, because those aspects are definitely improved from the first Assassin's Cre...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Wicked Game Review 0

  Assassins Creed is a great IP. An open sandbox world that's rich, detailed, highly populated, and full ofpotential. With its go anywhere climb / anything mentality, Assassins Creed was one of the best IP'sthat have come out in the last several years. Unfortunately it was plagued with some spottyplatforming, repetitive missions, boring combat, and a very dry main character. On the flip side theassassinations were fantastic, the story was very engaging and was intriguing till the very end, and t...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

As Ezio, You will Kill by The Creed in ACII 0

     Assassin's Creed II is a much more enjoyable game than ACI and improves on many of the faults that were found in the original game. Those very repetitive tasks required for an assassination are gone, and the game instead has a focused mission-based structure this time around. It almost feels like GTA in a way because of the focus of the main character and the many great cutscenes found in the game that progress the storyline and sets up elements that will no doubt be another sequel to the f...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Me, my blades and Ezio - Venice Painted in Blood 0

 Assassin's Creed 1.5?    Altaïr's blade was never cold for longer times In short, no, but let's face it, the game's core is nothing new from the previous, it's everything around it that has changed. Assassin's Creed had an appealing story and the somewhat interesting character Altaïr but it the lack of content around it made it incredibly tedious and bland to play through. Don't get me wrong I plowed through that sucker with a gleeful smile to my lips as I...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Not a fan of the first? You'll enjoy AC2! 0

  Ubisoft fires up the Animus once again in Assassin’s Creed II this time dropping players into to Renaissance Italy. ACII promises to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor while smoothing out its many rough edges. Does this tale of parallel narratives manage to climb to new heights or does it trip over its own ambitions? Assassin’s Creed II tells the tale of two characters: Desmond Miles, an uninteresting man who is the direct descendant of a long line of assassin’s who have been at war wi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

One Bloody Renaissance. 0

Even two years after the release of the first Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft Montreal remains undisputed in their mastery of traversing through and scaling buildings. More than any other game I can think of, Assassin's Creed II makes climbing ledge-riddled towers, shimmying across rooftops, and skipping from one wooden platform to the other truly feel like second nature. You're not mashing the A button to jump up to the next ledge; simply by holding down the trigger and holding the stick in a directi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II 0

 Assassin's Creed 2 Review  Ezio StabbyMcDoubleBladedJazzHands has just left the building.    The Good: Occasional moments of brilliance/awesome, free roaming, graphics  The Bad: Accuracy, the parts where you aren't killing someone, glitches   Oh, Desmond. You really drew the sort end of the Karma stick, didn't you? That must of been some horrible deal you pulled with the universe. "Yeah, hey, you get to be a bartender for, say, ten or so years, and then we strap you into a giant chair, jam a vi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II 0

 A lot of people had issues with the first game, though I liked it quite a lot. Still, it had its flaws. Running around, climbing up buildings, and sticking dudes with your hidden blade was a lot of fun. But the amount of variety in the missions was extremely limited - none of the tasks were by themselves terribly boring, but when there's only a handful that repeat constantly, it can become a drag. This is where the sequel sees its biggest improvement - the main progression through the game is m...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

VENI, VIDI, VICI 0

 Love and hate are two of the strongest emotions one can feel. One can’t exist without the other. I absolutely loved Assassin’s Creed II, but at some moments, I hated it. Without spoiling anything, Assassin’s Creed II takes place in the near future. Your character, Desmond, enters into the “Animus” (think Holodeck from Star Trek), where he gets to relive the memories of  a famed Italian assassin, Ezio Auditore. The bulk of the game takes place across popular Italian cities in the 1400s. As Ezio...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Working towards something great ... I hope 0

First off let me start by saying this game is better than the first one by far.  If you enjoyed the first one but thought it was lacking in content then don't worry this game is much more enjoyable than the first and seems like much less of a chore to get to the meat of the game, the assassinations.  However, the game still has some significant shortcomings that I feel stop this game from being a 5 star game.    Improvements                 The best improvement of this game is without a doubt th...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A Solid Sequel 0

  ProsVery good looking game.More interesting side quests and other assorted diversions than the first game.Solid game play.Good at handing out achivement points, if that's your kind of thing.  ConsSide quests are arguably more fun than the main storyline.Game sometimes misinterprets which direction you intended on jumping. That's bad.Iffy looking facial animation. Assassins Creed 2 is a very good sequel.It takes the foundations of the first game and builds upon them nicely.You play as Desmond M...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

La Grande Avventura 0

I started Assassin's Creed II hoping for a better time than I had with the its predecessor, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. The game gripped me with its whirlwind opening and barring a few technical issues, this exquisite Renaissance piece kept me entertained all the way to its amazing finale.  Jacking into the AnimusAfter a short recap, Assassin's Creed II hits the ground running with Desmond aiming to become a modern day assassin. For his training, he must access the memories of his an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Trees are Crooked but the Forrest is Breathtaking 0

                First of all, I absolutly LOVE Assassin’s Creed 2. In fact I would venture to say that it is the most interesting video game franchise out today. It takes you to exotic new locations and times, introduces you to some of the most influential historical figures of all time from Richard the Lionhearted to Leonardo Divinci. I love this series.                 That being said, this is one of most infuriating games I’ve ever played. The original Assassin’s Creed still tops my list o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better then the First...thank god 0

                   Assassin's Creed 2 is a large improvement to its eponymous predecessor in that it removed the need to do a minimum of side quests to continue to the main assassination missions and you can now SWIM!!! The side missions are still there and collection of items has expanded and instead of flags to collect there is feathers that have significance to some characters in game. Other then that the in-game mechanics are basically the same with the addition of more tools and weap...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Simply a Fantastic Game. 0

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7 out of 19 found this review helpful.

A much improved sequel 0

        The sequel to one of my favorite Xbox 360 games finally here. Does this make up for all funky parts of gameplay or does it create more bad parts.               Positive: Extraordinary visuals Improved gameplayStunning and emotional storylineMore assassination techniquesEconomy systemGreat Voice ActingInteresting puzzlesFun challengesA variety of side missionsCustomization of armor and weaponsExhilarating rivalries and assassinations         Negative: Some sloppy jumping at times         ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ubisoft gets it right this time around! 0

 Ubisoft gets it right, here's for my review of one of my favorite crack addictive games of the year. Available for the Xbox360, PS3, and sometime next spring for the PC. I give this game a well deserved 9/10. The Good - So Ubisoft took what was a solid engine built to be the first title and made a real game out of it. What ever do I mean? Well, part 1 had a fairly nice graphics engine, cool premise, huge open world, and probably one of the best climbing mechanics I've seen in a game. Problem? T...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Cowardly Game 0

Assassin's Creed II is the John Wilkes Booth of assassin video games. Sure you've murdered your target, but you've also clumsily leapt off a banister (possibly cracking your leg in two) and you have half the goddamn country chasing you from Ford's Theatre. At its simple core, that is Assassin's Creed II's gameplay. To an onlooker, your actions make you look like a stumbling, blundering idiot. Is that what you signed up for when you decided to play a game called Assassin's Creed? Probably not, bu...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Haiku Review: Assassins Creed II. 0

 This is the Haiku Review, where I fully review a game in seventeen syllables, in a 5-7-5 format, letting you know everything to expect from beginning to end for this game.  Batman: Arkham Asylum Haiku Review by TurboMan : Tailing my target. Assface Bard gets in my way. No one will miss him.       Now meditate on the haiku to really get a sense of if it's worth checking out.       ...

1 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A must-play; Assassin's Creed 2 sucesfully improves the 1st game! 0

Assassin's Creed 2 is of course the sequel to Assassin's Creed 2. It mainly plays the same as the first game but it is just so much more than the first game. The sequel will take you roughly 12-15 hours to complete just the main story and to be frank its kind of easy, but the story will really just blow you away. I also like how Ezio is more social and kind of fits into the time period more than Altair does because that was a minor problem in the first game. I also liked how you could use differ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Better story, better gameplay 0

In Assassin's Creed II, players will once again delve into the memory of Desmond Miles, AC1's main but not-so-main character. You will play as the genetic memory of Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, a noble from Florence during Italy's Renaissance period. Ezio is a much more likable character than Altair, he has personality, a decent background and a good sense of humor. I liked him from the beginning, unlike AC1 where my first thought of Altair was "Man, this guy's a dick", even after he redeemed himse...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Fantastic Story Hampered By Frustrating Controls 0

Assassin's Creed 2  has such a polarizing a effect on me for several different reasons. The first game in the series was impressive for several reasons. It established a wonderful universe with some really interesting characters and a wonderful conspiracy theory look on some classic history. On the same token though it suffered from some significant game play problems such as repetition, wonky controls and aggressive AI. The second game in this series pretty much plods along the same path as its...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II is a wonderfully inspired and mostly well-made experience 0

Released in 2009 and developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed II is a unique and compelling adventure through renaissance Italy, placing the protagonist at the front lines of history in a way that no game has ever done prior. It expands on the foundation laid down by its predecessor, improving on many different mechanics while remaining faithful to the formula. In this way, Assassin’s Creed II signifies what makes a true sequel, and does it exceptionally well. It certainly has...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed 2 - The tale of the murdering Italian 0

Do you remember Assassin's Creed? If you do, you are likely to remember the god-awful lack of variety that game had. Still, a few of us also remember a bit more than that. The sun-drenched cities of Jerusalem, Acre and Damaskus, the feeling when you leaped of  a building the first time, the sensational thrill the first time you stabbed a guy in the throat with your hidden blade...The list goes on, but you get the picture. It was fun the first time you did it, but after a while it just got tediou...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II Video Review 0

    Assassin's Creed II is a step in the right direction as most of the issues which had dragged the first experience down have been ironed out leaving a much more enjoyable experience. If anything is a theme with this year's AAA titles is that most are sequels and it’s Ubisoft’s next attempt with Desmond's story in Assassin's Creed II. Many changes that have been made in this next instalment focus on correcting the issues with the first such as the repetitive structure, but some cl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II 0

Assassin's Creed II is a game that improves upon it's predecessor is almost every conceivable way. The first game was fairly renowned for it's sheer level of repetitiveness, the majority of the game being the same few quests over and over and over again. II's missions however, are much, much more varied, making this game an open world game you would actually want to continue playing. Along with general gameplay improvements and a more engaging storyline and characters, Assassin's Creed II is a m...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II: game of the year 0

  Assassin’s Creed II is a truly incredible game.   The gameplay is one of the most fluid, and fantastic experiences in any game.   The dialogue is hilarious as well as just great dialogue because it has such an amazing story to tell, which is tells perfectly.   Oh, and then there’s the story, o man… where to start…. I’ll just tell you that it’s awesome for now. Gameplay.   There are a few different sections to look into when you’re looking at the gameplay.   The combat, economy sys...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Assassin's Creed II has come so far, except also not-so-far... 0

For those that didn't play the first Assassin's Creed, here's a summary of what you did in the game: running, riding horse, sneaking into city, beating people up, EAGLE DIVE, racing, 'ooooh, flag!', assassination, running home. Rinse and repeat some nine times, and finish with the most Epically Subtle Genre Shift I've ever come across.Looking back on the first game, it's clear to see that Assassin's Creed II has...not actually come all that far. When you get to the second major city, you quickly...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

So much better than the first... 0

I wanted to like the first Assassin's Creed, but found the mission structure too inflexible. It was a nice looking game, and I enjoyed the running around on rooftops, but the actual game content wasn't what I'd hoped.  Assassin's Creed 2 fixes those problems. While the mission structures are often similar (you eavesdrop, track, and murder, followed by an escape), individual mission feel so much more open and free that it's almost an entirely different sort of game. While the first game's mission...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Sometimes it's the simple things in life 0

Having scratched my head about how the first Assassin's Creed sold so well after hearing the numerous criticisms, I approached this game with a healthy dose of skepticism.  Having finished the lengthy quest after picking up and putting down the game over the course of several months, I can say that there is a lot to love here, although I'm not sure the things I loved were the things the developers wanted me to love.  Loved -Reaching the viewpoints - while it seems crazy that my favorite part of ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Deep Fast Brutal Repetitive Penetration w/ Love Story 0

 Assassin’s Creed 2 is a MUST BUY for anyone that doesn’t mind murdering people in a video game in creative and fun ways. The End. It has 20-30+ hours of gameplay featuring amazing character animation, tits graphics, OCD detail, accurate history, and huge environments. The game features accurately recreated Renaissance era cities of Florence, Venice, Romagna, and the Vatican. You also get to own, operate, and upgrade your own castle villa! Assassin’s Creed 2 is a definitive game of the year cont...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Agree with Giant Bomb's Score 0

Assassin's Creed II is one of the games I've been meaning to buy and play for a year or three. As such, there are many descriptive reviews already written. My review will be very basic.I originally played the first Assassin’s Creed on Xbox 360 when I trialed Gamefly years ago. I beat the game in a week and returned it. It was really fun and not too long. I knew I’d want to play the sequel.I played Assassin's Creed II on my PC using an Xbox 360 controller. It's one of those games that should be p...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Masterpiece -- the huge step forward that you want from a sequel 0

The first Assassins' Creed was one of the most ambitious games ever made. The combination of unique settings, open-world exploration, cutting edge technology, and stealth/action gameplay made for an experience that was mind-blowing, at times. At the same time, the game was so rife with copy-and-paste design that, at times, it felt like a glorified tech demo with some elements tacked on so that it could be called a "game". The game received glowing reviews at release, but it is not viewed as favo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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