Review: Assassin’s Creed 2

It may have came out last year, but it’s never too late for a review, right? Time to take a look at Assassin’s Creed 2. (Warning mild Spoilers present)

Story:

The story picks up at the end of the first Assassin’s Creed, but not with Altair. You start off the game as Desmond escaping from Abstergo with Lucy. Turns out she is actually an Assassin and she’s here to help. After taking a very quick trip into Abstergo’s animus to get some files about your new Assassin and the mysterious Subject 16, before you no it your out of Abstergo and in the Assassin’s hideout. Here you meet 2 more present day Assassins who are going to help you through this next part of the Assassin’s Creed Storyline. Entering the new Animus 2.0, the Assassin’s better version of Abstergo’s Animus, You become Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. Your new Assassin.

Gameplay:

Assassin’s Creed 2 improves on the controls of it’s predecessor in almost every right. The Free-running has improved greatly, now more often actually doing what you want it to, which is a problem I found with the first game. Now and then you will find that Ezio may jump towards the wrong ledge, which is too far away, and fall to your death, but in comparison to the first game I’d say this is roughly 1/100th of the time. Oh also did I mention you can now swim! Yes no more drowning like a little kid when you fall into water. Particularly helpful in Venice. The Weapons that Ezio has available to him are vastly improved also. He has a Sword, Short Blade and Throwing Knives just like Altair did in the first game. The knew double hidden blades are great and as you advance in the game you will soon learn that there are lots of ways to assassinate your targets. People who played to the first game will remember that you didn’t die too often because the health bar regenerated over time. I’m happy to say that Ubisoft made the game harder this time round by adding a medicine mechanic. You will have to buy medicine with your hard earned Florins to heal yourself as it will not regenerate this time. Meaning no more endless fights, well unless your just that good that you dont get hit. Also you won’t be doing the same things over and over again, those annoying side missions you had to do to unlock the main assassination. They’re now none compulsory. Main assassinations are now unlocked by playing through the story. Unfortunately Ubisoft did decide to take out some of the later sequences to release as DLC.

Graphics and Sound:

The Graphics on Assassin’s Creed 2 are great and so is the Voice acting. They really pull you into the experience and really make you feel as if you are in Renaissance Italy. The voice acting in particular really makes you believe the characters and really keeps you interested in the story.

Conclusion:

A very strong sequel to the somewhat disappointing beginning to the franchise. It’s greatly improved and far less repetitive to the first one and a much greater game to its predecessor.

Pros:

  • Vastly improved gameplay
  • Great Storyline that keeps you gripped to the experience
  • Great Graphics

Cons:

  • Controls still do what you don’t want them to sometimes
  • Part of the story was removed to be used as DLC
  • There are a couple boring missions

Verdict: Buy!

Considering the game can be gotten from places like GAME for £10 preowned, it’s definitely a game that you should buy if you haven’t already.

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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