5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great games, great price,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed I & II (DVD-ROM)
Update: I didn't realize this at the time I wrote the review, but this copy of Assassin's Creed 2 also includes two chapters that were originally downloadable content. I believe the original cost of them was $5 each. So that only adds to how great a deal this is.
I originally purchased AC1 when it was on sale for $5 about 2 years ago. I never got around to playing more than a couple hours, but I recently became interested in playing Assassin's Creed 3, so I decided to start playing through the series working up to that.
Assassins Creed 1 is an OK game. It looks gorgeous , and the gameplay is pretty unique. The game's story is REALLY GOOD, particularly towards the end. Unfortunately the gameplay is extremely repetitive. In each segment you are tasked with killing 3 people, one in each of three cities. You go to each city, perform some "investigations"(simple side missions), and then kill your target. Sadly, there are only a few types of investigations.. eavesdropping(sit on a bench and listen to a cutscene),pickpocket(sneak up behind someone without being seen), or Interrogation(fist fight a public speaker). The PC version has a few other investigation types that are more action focused and more interesting, but ultimately still repetitive. By far the best part of the gameplay are the actual assassination scenes, which are all unique and a breathe of fresh air after all the repetitive tasks. Sadly, the amount of information you gather during your investigation doesn't change how these scenes play out, and that seems like a big failure here since making the scenes more dynamic would have added a great aspect to the gameplay.
After finishing AC1, I immediately wanted to jump into the second one, and remembered seeing this double pack at my local Target. I drove over there and found the last copy sitting on the shelf looking pretty ragged with a torn sleeve. Got it home and installed AC2 with no problem at all(no missing files like others are reporting). Upon launching the game I was asked to link it to my uPlay account, and then the game updated to the latest version and I was up and running.
Assassins Creed 2 is better than Assassins Creed 1 in every conceivable way. Instead of the repetitive investigation based gameplay, the game is now structured like a Grand Theft Auto type game(although without the option to choose from multiple story missions at any given time). Each mission is very unique, feels purposeful, and has great pacing. Every time I sat down to play, 3 or 4 hours would flash by in an instant.. it never got boring and I always wanted to see what would happen next. The story picks up just a short time after AC1(in the modern timeline). In the past timeline, we are a few hundred years later, in Italy. By the end of the game you will end up with dozens of weapons and new ways to kill. Altair was good at climbing, but Ezio is exponentially more acrobatic, his movements feel more fluid and free than Altair's ever did.
I could make this review a lot longer, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. The bottom line is that these are two great games, and for $10 it is a must play.
One final note.. I highly recommend playing these games with an Xbox 360 controller. They were both designed from the ground up for consoles, so there is no benefit in using a keyboard and mouse.. the controls are just tuned extremely well for that controller.. with one caveat. Unlike newer PC games, the game doesnt refer to the 360 controller buttons by their labels. AC1 is particularly bad, referring to them by the numbers windows assigns to each button(and who keeps track of that?). AC2 is a little better.. it still doesn't refer to the button letters, but rather uses recognizable icons for each button, which are also colored to match the Xbox 360 face buttons.