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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
First, I love the Assassins Creed series. When AC2 came out though, I could not play it because of the DRM (I only have dial-up). However, years later Ubisoft/UPlay no longer requires a constant internet connection, just the initial sign in the first time (yay!).

On to the game, I loved it. It is much longer (or seemed so to me) than the first, still had an engaging story and threw in some new twists to the series as a whole. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil anything. My main complaint was that some of the small tutorials or hints would come after I needed them and had to look up how to progress. Also, the controls seemed looser/less predictable so my Assassin would jump off a building or ledge that I did not intend. As a whole the game seemed more difficult which I appreciated (though frustratingly the controls often added to this). The graphics were decent, though by now are a little dated.

I would definitely recommend this game. Especially now that you can pick it up for very little $$.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
I've played this game on both the XBOX 360 and the PC, and here's what I can tell you. It's a great game on both systems. On PC, it looks better and runs more smoothly, but not by a large margin. PC gamers usually expect more optimization for their platform, and that's understandable. This game looks pretty on PC, but is not a game to showcase your video card, by any means. That aside, it runs at a rock sold frame rate, and I've yet to encounter any glitches whatsoever. I know a lot of other reviewers have had issues, but maybe Ubisoft has patched the game since? The DRM would be annoying, if I were to lose my internet connectivity, but since that happens rarely, if ever, I'm only knocking the game down to 4 stars. After all, I'm here to review the game, not the business practices of Ubisoft. The download from Amazon went smoothly, as did the install. I've really had zero problems with this game, and couldn't be happier with the purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
If you like games that require thought then this is a good one. You can leap and climb all over the games richly detailed environment, which reminds me of Tomb Raider. There are many secrets to be found and upgrades for your assassin...from weapons to dying your clothing. You can even pour money into the villa you stay at for renovations. Many of the challenges have to deal with navigating the games environment and coming up with ways to eliminate a target. The VO seems to be pretty well done so far and the story is also pretty good. Combat is not overly difficult and relies mostly on timing counter attacks. You might have some difficulty figuring out the controls at first, but have patience and take your time learning it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon February 12, 2015
There are some competing tensions with this game. On the merits, it's very well done, but Ubisoft has saddled it with horrible DRM.

Undoubtedly this is where the AC franchise really started hitting its stride. Animation is outstanding, characters have depth and even show expression during cut scenes (as contrasted to the wooden faces of AC1), and the story is nicely layered. There's a lot here, whether you're just playing for the story or if you're a grinder who wants to find every last secret.

A nice change from AC1 is the way the missions are set up. AC1 was very repetitive in its missions...go to city, investigate, pick pockets, beat up people, etc., go to bureau, kill target. The storyline in AC2 is much more nuanced and certainly not as formulaic.

Did I mention the animation? From the fear in Giovanni's eyes to Cristina's subtle eye roll as Ezio stops by for his visit, the motions here are very human and greatly immerse you in the story. Voice acting is fantastic, again contrasted from the unevenness of the previous game.

So why not five stars? Because of Ubisofts extraordinarily clumsy DRM scheme. Look, I understand the concern over piracy and wanting to safeguard IP and such. But the way Ubisoft is doing it is just turning off real customers, especially if you bought this game upon release at a >$50 price point. There must be a better way. As it is, you really can't play this game without an internet connection.

So if you can look past the clumsy publisher safeguards and if you've never played an AC game before, this one really is worth your time I think. It adds many dimensions to the original game, new combat moves that really SHOULD have been in the original (like a ledge takedown...), MUCH better blending, and a greatly improved interface. Hardware capable of playing this in full-res glory is now approachably priced to the mainstream as well.

It's a good game.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
It all started with a team of top-notch developers who have built a great game.

Then a manager at UbiSoft said "but we need something like Steam on top, and it must look cool, and it must be social, and it must be in the could, and it must be viral, and it must have a dancing baby, ...".

So instead of just starting your game, you have to start Uplay which is totally useless except that in lets you start your game (two screens later) and it re-appears to tell you when you have left the game.
Luckily, they did not have time to finish the dancing baby.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
While I can understand why Ubisoft thinks they have to do the "always on" authentication, the people who are going to pirate it will find a way. They always do. This is a great game and I have it on the Xbox360. I would've bought two copies (XBox and PC), but with the DRM it would too big of a hassle to play this way. So, I won't be buying this PC version.

Secondly, I also am a MAC owner and wish UBISOFT would put their games out on the Mac. But since it'd be "always on", I suppose it's moot.

I am not a software thief and I wish UBI wouldn't treat me like one.'

About the game -- A+! UBI deserves all the praise they get on the game -- I am playing AC1 right now (played them in backward order) and both are the crown jewels of video games!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
You have to use Amazon's super slow downloader. Should come with Steam keys for convenience and to keep the games organized. Otherwise there should be a disclaimer that it's not redeemable on Steam before you buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
No where on the store page is this specified. But it does come with a Uplay code. Now you know :p
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on June 18, 2013
Assassin's Creed II is the best Assassin's Creed game in my opinion. It's a tremendously fun game, that gives you 10+ hours of storyline, and around 20 hours if you go for 100% completion. Be warned, you can only achieve 100% synchronization if you buy the deluxe edition. I bought the normal version off of eBay for cheap, and on once I completed everything, I only had 97% sync. So I decided to buy this, as it's only $6. All I had to do was put the game key into the Extra Content menu, and the 3 missions were unlocked! They add a good half hour of fun gameplay to this already giant game. Fun game, at a price that can't be beaten.
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on February 25, 2015
Once you actually get it running, the game play is pretty good. It took me 2+ hours to figure out why Uplay from Ubisoft wouldn't allow the game to load. Ubisoft themselves were no help. Ultimately I had to delete all of the files within my computer relating to ubisoft, then reinstall the DRM-tastic Uplay from their website. THEN, I had to change the game's .exe file to run as an administrator before it would actually open.

And game companies wonder why consumers don't like DRM products that prohibit them from playing games they legally bought.

Edit (3/6/15) The game has reverted back to not working = 1 Star. Save your money. I'm using a newly built computer (Windows 8, Nvidia graphics card) that has had zero issues playing any other game, but this Uplay garbage has made it so I won't be buying another game from Ubisoft if it uses their DRM software. Congrats on locking down your game to such an extent buyers can't actually play it.
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