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4.0 out of 5 stars Assassin's Creed 2: Assassinate Harder, December 29, 2009
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed II: Platinum Hits Edition (Video Game)
Let's keep it brief. I paid $50 for this game. I am happy with the price I paid for the game I got. Seeing it for $40 does make me wish I'd waited. If you're reading this in the future when the game is at $60 again, don't buy it (assuming Skynet hasn't become self-aware and set about launching our nukes to end humanity in global nuclear war--in that case this review is meaningless and you are the resistance). It's not worth $60. It is definitely worth $40. BUY, BUY, BUY!!

The controls take some getting used to and the camera will randomly shift and won't move (usually during platforming sections inside tombs--it is intentional, not a glitch); awkward and unexpected camera angles and shifts also cause the direction you were currently moving to be the opposite, so your character turns around like a retard right in the middle of something important. This isn't often, but it's annoying. Controls get 3.5 hops in the wrong direction... out of 5.

Graphically, the game is pretty impressive. Italy looks great, especially the cities, though it is a shame that you can't interact with more stuff (why does the Ezio disarm a guard, kill him with the weapon, then force you to drop the weapon??). The real landmarks look polished, but the cities often seem very similar. The countryside environments just outside the cities look generally bland with little to explore and nothing interesting going on. Pop-up is annoying at times, too. The majority of the time you will be moving slowly enough, or skipping along rooftops where there is isn't a ton of detail, thus no need for pop-up. It's moving along the ground when you'll notice this the most. The game just looks really good... good enough for me to give the visuals 4 randomly appearing shrubs... out of 5.

As for the voice-overs and sound effects, they're good. There's really not much to say about them, because honestly, unless they're just plain terrible or annoying, who really cares. My copy of the game skips some parts of the audio during cut-scenes--maybe it's just my copy, maybe it isn't. For this reason, I give the audio 3 inaudible lips... out of 5.

The game's story is fairly convoluted. Everyone having some Italian name that you'll forget 5 minutes after hearing it, and couldn't pronounce when reading the character info, will make an already convoluted story even harder to follow. Still, the conspiracy stuff is entertaining... and you feel like maybe you'll understand it by the time you unlock your character's final memories. But here's all you really need to know: You're an assassin and you kill people.

There are a lot of things to collect in this game, models, statues, seals, feathers, weapon upgrades, etc. All this stuff will either keep you busy for several extra hours or will just be something you ignore. Some of the stuff is seemingly useless, like spending your in-game cash on paintings, but it's required to complete your villa... and several achievements award collecting. If you decide to run through the game, you'll probably finish it in 18-20 hours; if you decide to collect everything, play through side missions, hunt for treasure and explore--AKA playing the game (if you're just going to run through it, why buy it? that's what GameFly is for)--you'll easily double that. Spend $40, play 40 hours... do the math... that's a dollar per hour, Not bad. Overall, I give this game 4 satisfying air assassinations... out of 5... but DON'T pay $60 for it. Get it on SALE and on SALE ONLY.

OK, this wasn't so brief. Whatever.
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