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This review is from: Assassin's Creed II - Greatest Hits edition - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Fans of the previous game will be very impressed with Assassin's Creed II. I must say that the previous game was quite disappointing. I felt it had a lot of potential as a game but the repetitive gameplay and frame-rate issues made it a big let down. This time though things have changed drastically for the good. I have yet to complete the game but have played enough to formulate a review.
The first thing you'll notice is that the game has a very cinematic feel. The cutscenes are a bit lengthy and drive the story very well. The voice acting is pretty good and the lip syncing is almost spot on. Graphically the game is stunnning. The first Assassians creed looked very pretty but this one seems a notch above it. There is no denying the beauty of it all.
The gameplay has a very GTA style feel to it. You go from place to place to do a variety of different things. Unlike the last game where the gameplay was very reptitive where each section of the game required you to gather information in order to assassinate your victim (which only consisted of 3 or 4 different ways). Ubisoft have completely revamped that flawed style into a more enjoyable experience. Basically, think GTA but in the 15th century.
The freestyle movement is well done and easy to use. Although sometimes I had difficulty jumping up walls, Pressing the X button sometimes makes Ezio jump outwards rather than up. Having said that, its still an enjoyable experience, very much like the last game. Its also quite easy to navigate around your map.
The combat system hasn't changed that much. There are a few minor modifications. Ezio can do a few different things this time round like snatch enemy weopons while fighting and thrusting them down there body. The combat is a lot of fun and quite easy to learn. Also Ubisoft have added a currency system in the game. You can steal money from passing citizens or search enemies for money or earn money by doing errands and missions. The money can be spent on buying weopons and armor or upgrading current items. It makes the game much more enjoyable and interactive.
One thing of note is that this game is not for kids. There is a lot of sexuality in this game. Ezio can hire whores to distract gaurds and there is a bit of dirty talk. Its fun but some might feel it to be offensive. The ESRB does rate it at 17+, young children should stay away from this game.
There are a few minor glitches in the game but nothing major. I had a problem picking up boxes in the beginning of the game but nothing major so far. Hopefully these issues will be fixed with a patch.
Overall this game is a lot of fun. Its way better than the previous game. Anyone who enjoyed Assassins Creed should pick this one up. They will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2009 6:31:57 AM PST
Christopher Deweese says:
Is the four stars mainly because of control issues, or was there something else you didn't like. Overall, this was a very positive review, but only four stars.
Posted on Nov 17, 2009 7:49:18 AM PST
B. Ruggiero says:
Not trying to be a crab, but 4 stars is a good review. Five should be reserved for flawless games that totally blow you out of the water.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 10:03:28 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
You're confusing, first you said you didnt like the first game(it was a major disappointment) and this is a major improvement. Then you said things in the second game really didnt change that much from the first, and that you had an "enjoyable experience" as with the first game. Which is it?
Posted on Nov 17, 2009 11:38:11 AM PST
And what if you, like me, absolutely hate hate hated the first game and thought it was one of the most repetitive and tedious disappointments in gaming history? Has it changed its basic approach enough to convert people like me?
Posted on Nov 17, 2009 12:37:54 PM PST
P. Damon says:
Nice review. Thinking about getting this now.
Posted on Nov 17, 2009 12:40:40 PM PST
Rob Privette says:
Thanks for the review. Looking forward to playing it. I loved the first one and this one promises to be even better.
Posted on Nov 17, 2009 12:59:00 PM PST
Oh Leo says:
The first one was so boring I couldn't even finish it. I'm thinking about getting this but I
m not sure if I can atch on to the story sense I hear it is a continuation. << Any truth to this?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 1:17:02 PM PST
I give 5 stars only for a near perfect game. This one has a few flaws, which I did not mention, like the enemy AI isn't really that great. Also, the camera can be a little annoying at times especially during combat.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 1:19:25 PM PST
I think there is a misunderstanding. If you read my review carefully I mentioned that the previous game was very repetitive which made it very boring. The combat system in the previous game was actually quite good. This game is quite similar in that respect.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 1:22:12 PM PST
Yes I think the basic approach has changed enough to convert people. The first one seemed like a work in progress. This one is what it was meant to be all along. I highly recommend it.