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Assassin's Creed 2

Released on 05 March 2010

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (17 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Truth is Written in Blood...

"I will seek vengeance upon those who have betrayed my family, and uncover a conspiracy bigger than I could have imagined. I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. I am an Assassin."

The highly anticipated follow-up to Assassin's Creed features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble, and a new era, the Renaissance. Assassin's Creed 2 retains the core gameplay experience that made the first opus a resounding success and features new experiences that will surprise and challenge players. Assassin's Creed 2 is an epic story of family, vengeance and conspiracy set in the pristine, yet brutal, backdrop of a Renaissance Italy. Ezio befriends Leonardo da Vinci, takes on Florence's most powerful families and ventures throughout the canals of Venice where he learns to become a master assassin.

  • Please Note: Permanent broadband Internet connection and creation of a Ubisoft account required to play
  • Explore the beginning of modern history in an epic story of power, revenge, and conspiracy
  • Master the art of the assassin with over 20 new weapons and inventions created by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Experience open world gameplay with over 16 types of mission

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 Average rating (17 reviews)


| | See all MadSwede72's reviews (1)

When this came out I was whooping with joy. Then I read a lot of reviews by disgruntled buyers who claim the DRM is ruining the gameplay by loading in the middle of a chase, randomly disconnecting, not being able to connect at all etc.

So I got upset about the whole thing. I'd been watiing for so long to get this game and now people were saying you can't play it?

In the end I figured that you can't rely on the reviews of a few disgruntled punters, you have to make your own mind up.

I bought it, installed it, signed up for the UbiSoft account and crossed my fingers.

To my great surprise the game works flawlessly. Not once has it been loading in the middle of a chase, or disconnected me pre-maturely. I've had it for a week now and play it for about 3 hours every day. I love it! They've taken the great Assassin's Creed I and made it even better!

Now it's not all straight forward though! The game tutorial tells you to press the red button with a hand symbol on it or the green button with a foot... Err... what key?

Ok, so they've ported it from console and on console everything is colour coded and ergo the buttons that show up are also colour coded.

In the begining I was pressing every button trying to figure out what was what until I realised I can go to the Settings menu and look at the controls. Hey presto there's a full list of what button (and colour) is what on your keyboard. Problem solved. Not only that, there's a reference in the manual as well... but hey, who reads manuals!

The game runs very well on my aging computer (I still have an AGP card and XP 32bit!). I set the settings to medium though but it runs so nicely and looks very slick that I don't mind it one bit.

The game itself is set in italy and they do occassionally talk in italian but it's no big deal. I play with the subtitles on and you get an english translation, so hey, you can even pick up a bit of italian playing the game (provided of course you have use for phrases like 'retractable blades' and 'hidden knives').

There are new assassination techniques added in the game such as being able to lay in the trusty old haystack and pull enemies into it and kill them, or pull an unsuspecting enemy off a ledge.

You also find upgrades for your weapons as you go along and you end up with dual blades and the ability to kill two enemies at once (very useful when you need to get through a guarded door without raising the alarm).

In this game you also become responsible for upgrading a town with weapon smiths, art dealers etc. and you're the head of a household where you have to collect things like fine art, statues, weapons etc. to increase your income.

This can then be spent in various shops to buy upgraded weapons, armour, art and that oh so important medkit bag.

As in AC1, the conspiracies are thicker than a room full of politicans and the story twists and turns with every mission. I often find myself saying "I'll just play one mission..." and all of a sudden it's 2am in the morning.

I honestly wish I didn't have to get up at 5 in the morning to go to work! Then I could stay home and play all day long. Sad but true!

So ladies and gentlemen, I hope you find my review somewhat useful but as I've mentioned before, don't take my word for how brilliant this game is, buy it and find out for yourself. :)

One thing I would recommend though is that you play AC1 first if you haven't or you will miss a lot!

MadSwede Out!

 Excellent game (minus the DRM)

| | See all Itchac's reviews (1)

This is truly an excellent game. The environments are beautifully crafted and inspiring; the storyline is clever and involving; and game play is varied and dynamic (which is a definite improvement from the first Assassin's Creed). It has all the ingredients that make a game which is simply brilliant. If you enjoyed the first Assassin's Creed, I have no doubts that you will enjoy this game too.

The only thing I can fault with the game, which I'm sure is giving many other players of the PC game a headache, is the DRM (and this is the only reason why I have given the game four stars instead of five). If you don't have a reliable internet connection, which in Britain is not uncommon, the game can be difficult or maybe even impossible to play. Fortunately there is now a way around the DRM which can remove the restriction of requiring a permanant internet connection to play the game (NOT available from Ubisoft - they've yet to develop any common sense and realise that DRM does nothing more than serve as a nuisance to legitimate customers such as myself). If you can find the way around it, then I would certainly reccomend you buy the PC version of the game. Otherwise, I'd suggest getting it for the PS3 or 360.

 Great game, shame about the DRM

| | See all Exiousa's reviews (1)

Game itself is very good. Graphics are pleasant on the eye and the control system is fluid, intuitive and easy to adjust to.

On the PC version you can at least re-map all the controls to your liking and it works well enough with joypads.

Plenty to do from it's previous outing, with little secrets to hunt out if you desire 100% completion rating.

Save system is non-existent, rather it uses check point style saves, every time you either complete a sub-quest or task or part way through the various story mission scenarios, so it is very forgiving for those who are not avid gamers.

Combat system is nice and once you get the hang of timing none of the fights should prove difficult at all, considering the AI doesn't attack you all at once from every direction.

My only gripe is the persistent internet connection required. If you are in an area that loses internet frequently or as we have had in the past where UBisoft's servers are not quite coping then do expect being kicked out now and again. Unfortunately England still has areas where the internet and broadband are not stable for the demands of this DRM.

The benefit of Ubi's DRM is that your save game data is with them, so if you had to install the game on a new PC then you can at least pick up where you left off.

My advice, especially if you want to game at friends for a long weekend is to pick up the PS3 or XBox version.

Until they implement an offline mode for their DRM I would not recommend this, unless you are adamant your net connection is stable, UBI lost a lot of customers with this so I want to pre-warn anyone looking to purchase this on the PC.

The game is good though so don't get the wrong idea about it :)

 Tremendously good game!!

| | See all Gib007's reviews (10)

I had never played the original Assassin's Creed, despite my friends' recommendations. Assassin's Creed 2 was recently recommended to me as well, mostly for its violent nature. For 19.99, there was nothing to lose, so I bought it.

The game is nothing short of amazing. The graphics are really good and the sound is very good too (good surround with a good sound card and headset / speakers). The gameplay is just endless fun - nothing else can describe it. The ability to free roam and pretty much do whatever you like throughout different cities (as the game unfolds), makes it have infinite replay value.

The storyline itself is very intriguing from the very beginning and just goes deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, unfolding a whole mess of fictional (maybe there's some truth to it!?) history of the Knights Templar, the rival assassins, the world leaders, the concept of Eden, religion, etc. Nothing short of inspiring..

Aside from the free roaming and the main quest, there are a lot of RPG elements to the game, with character progression in the way of abilities, weapons, armour, renovating your uncle's city to make profit for yourself, etc. There's also side quests you can do for money, like assassinations and courier missions. A very nice touch is that there are mini-games when you discover hidden symbols around cities. Solving them unlocks tiny pieces of footage which follow each other but are unlocked randomly. These pieces of footage are titled "The Truth". Having not got all of them yet, I'm very intrigued to see what it all means!
There are also scrolls you recover that Leonardo Davinci decodes. These also unravel an interesting piece of history.

All in all, very intriguing, very interesting, and continually surprising. Best of all is the seamless combination of storyline with interaction and free roaming. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the very best game I have ever played. Highly recommended!!

 excellent, even with the DRM :-)

| | See all DonPepe's reviews (1)

I have played the game for a few days now and I haven't witnessed any problems with the Ubisoft Servers so far. Whenever I wanted to play I could and I could as long as I wanted.

By the way: the game itself is awesome... I loved part I and couldn't wait for the sequel... it is even more addictive than the first one...

So... whoever has a capable PC and an internet connection (when you're reading this I guess you have... how else would you be able to shop here) should buy this game!!!

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Rating15+ (BBFC)