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Assassin's Creed II

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
86
4.2
PlayStation 3
91
3.7
Xbox 360
86
3.9

User Reviews

Renaissance GTA! Windows Oleg Roschin (164803)
Assassin's Creed II gracefully swoops down and does what it set out to do - kill all the competition. PlayStation 3 Kadath Bird (619)
Talk about learning from mistakes. Windows dreamstealer (146)
Become a Master Assassin! PlayStation 3 Big John WV (25291)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 2 2.5
PlayStation 3 21 3.7
Windows 34 4.2
Xbox 360 21 3.9
Combined MobyScore 78 3.9


The Press Says

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Xbox 360GameSpy
Although screenshots and other media might fool you into thinking AC2 is largely similar to the first game, the reality is that this sequel takes the original's concept and brings it to fruition. While I was playing, I couldn't help but wonder if this was the game the developers wanted to make all along, yet couldn't because of budgetary or deadline restrictions. A lot of games capitalize on a franchise name just to milk money out of hopeful gamers who took a risk the first time around. This time, though, we get a chance to support a team that's taken an awesome idea and turned it into a landmark game that makes me long for the coming sequel. Bravo, Ubisoft. Bravo.
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Xbox 360Trigames.net
Ezio's sly ruthlessness is doubled when you earn a second hidden blade. Planting palmfuls of shank into the faces of two unsuspecting guards at once provides a sick, twisted sense of satisfaction.
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Xbox 3601UP
AC2 is everything a sequel ought to be: An improvement on the original in nearly every way. Perhaps more impressively, it actually has me interested to see where the series goes from here -- something I wouldn't have expected after I slogged my way through the original. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will definitely like AC2, but the real accomplishment is that people who didn't enjoy it will likely have a good time, too.
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PlayStation 3Dagens Nyheter
Det är enastående skickligt gjort: spelet i sig blir en metafor för spelandet, där det egentligen är spelaren med sin kontroll som utgör ramhandlingen. På så vis blir ”Assassin’s creed 2” en akademisk narratologisk juvel – förutom att vara ett sjujävla bra och engagerande spel alla teoretiska implikationer förutan.
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PlayStation 3Games2c
Assassin‘s Creed II is a modern day masterpiece that should be enjoyed by all who care about what makes games great; setting a new standard for stealth action titles whilst delivering a story worthy of a Hollywood adaptation. Who knew history could be so cool?
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PlayStation 3BlogCritics Magazine
With the promise of a minimum of two different DLC packs coming in the new year, hours upon hours of open-world fun in the main game, beautiful graphics, and a mostly compelling story, Assassin's Creed II represents the best videogaming has to offer.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Age
And despite my complaints about the game, nothing really took away from my overall enjoyment of it. It's a fantastic follow-up, probably one of the best sequels you'll ever play, one that actually takes the complaints of the first game and improves upon them tenfold. If you weren't a fan of the first, then you still need to give this one a shot, chances are you'll be surprised by how much you enjoy it. I know I certainly was, and while it's easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding another AAA sequel release during the holiday season, I'd say it's actually well deserved when it comes to this particular game. Here's hoping the inevitable follow-up manages to expand upon the improvements made here, it certainly has some large shoes to fill the third time around.
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PlayStation 3Cynamite
Im Grunde ist Assassin’s Creed 2 ein GTA IV im 15. Jahrhundert. Statt New York sind die italienischen Städte Florenz, Venedig und Rom unsere herrlich anzuschauende Spielwiese. Auf dicke Ami-Schlitten müssen wir natürlich verzichten, dafür stehen weiße Schimmel zum Transfer zwischen den Metropolen bereit – oder eine Schnellreise-Kutsche. Letztlich warten in Assassin‘s Creed 2 ähnlich viele spannende Aufgaben auf uns, wie in Rockstars populärem Open-World-Spiel.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
Few games so deftly balance the contrasting qualities achieved here. It's at once both epic and intimate, earnest and lighthearted. The scale of it is truly magnificent, but often its largest and most moving moments come from the smallest and most carefully composed scenes.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
ACII so satisfyingly delivers upon every aspect first laid out in its prequel, as well as many new gameplay elements and non-gameplay additions that transcend the medium, that it is difficult to offer anything but praise for this superb title.
100
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.fr
Certes, nous pouvons toujours mettre en avant les quelques petits défauts rencontrés, mais ces derniers sont très vite oubliés après quelques minutes passées en compagnie d'Ezio. Une fois de plus, le plaisir est au rendez-vous et les nombreuses améliorations apportées contribuent à faire de ce jeu une vraie suite. La variété des missions proposées, la réalisation d'ensemble de très bonne qualité, la copieuse durée de vie, ou encore la parfaite intégration historique font de cet Assassin's Creed II l'un des titres qu'il faut se procurer en cette fin d'année (finalement très riche en excellents jeux). Une fois de plus, c'est notre porte-monnaie qui va en subir les conséquences.
100
PlayStation 3GameSpy
A lot of games capitalize on a franchise name just to milk money out of hopeful gamers who took a risk the first time around. This time, though, we get a chance to support a team that's taken an awesome idea and turned it into a landmark game that makes me long for the coming sequel. Bravo, Ubisoft. Bravo.
98
PlayStation 3Blast Magazine
All these small improvements improve the sequel. The increase in the physical world of the game, and in the variety of the gameplay add to the diverse refinements. The presentation is still stunning, the voice acting is much more authentic, and there’s just a lot more to the game. As great a game as the first Assassin’s Creed was, this sequel is better in every way. It’s easily recommendable and absolutely one of the best games of the year.
98
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Assassin’s Creed II is a worthy successor of one the most intriguing new franchises, we have seen in a long time. In its highly anticipated sequel Ubisoft Montreal took their own leap-of-faith and listened to the critics and fans by addressing the flaws that plagued the first game. Assassin’s Creed II will please all the fans of the original and likely seduce a whole new audience who couldn’t get into the repetitive nature of the first game.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Assassin’s Creed II is one of those few games that manage to be both intimate and epic. Both poignant and light hearted. It’s even fun and educational at the same time. Most importantly, ACII is a game that doesn’t insult the gamers’ intelligence. This is a game that assumes you have an interest in one of the most interesting eras of human history, and a willingness to learn more about it. If not, I hear there are many budget first person shooters to play that won’t stimulate the senses even remotely as well as this masterpiece does.
96
Windows3D Juegos
Assassin’s Creed II consigue mejorar sensiblemente al videojuego original cuando la mayoría apostaban por una fórmula continuista. Se dota de profundidad al título incorporando la economía, la variedad de las misiones, el trabajado binomio contexto-guión y el francamente interesante sistema de notoriedad; logrando, en definitiva, un conjunto más redondo. Ubisoft logra con la aventura de Ezio una experiencia épica, una lección de historia en imágenes y uno de los grandes lanzamientos del 2009. Una Obra Maestra, con mayúsculas.
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Xbox 360XboxLiveAddicts
Assassin's Creed II has become one of the most addictive games I have played for a long time, not only the great storyline, but the extensive database of history this game provides, plus the breath-taking views over Italy. It is very difficult for me to fault this game, if anything the control system can be a little difficult whilst jumping, but over all, this is a game which is very much worth your money. I have spent well over thirty hours with this game and still have a lot to complete.
96
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Assassin's Creed II consigue mejorar sensiblemente al videojuego original cuando la mayoría apostaban por una fórmula continuista. Se dota de profundidad al título incorporando la economía, la variedad de las misiones, el trabajado binomio contexto-guión y el francamente interesante sistema de notoriedad; logrando, en definitiva, un conjunto más redondo. Ubisoft logra con la aventura de Ezio una experiencia épica, una lección de historia en imágenes y uno de los grandes lanzamientos del 2009. Una Obra Maestra, con mayúsculas.
96
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
Assassin’s Creed 2 fully delivers on anything you could ask for from a sequel and much more. The Italian countryside was a perfect fit in both design and gameplay and many of the new features should keep fans entertained for quite a while. You simply could not have asked for a better addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise and everyone should give this game a try as it is clearly one of the best titles of 2009.
96
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Assassin's Creed 2 is the epitome of how to make a sequel to a game. Take everything that worked, fix everything that was broken, and listen to what the fans want. I admit the first 30 minutes of the game feel really slow and disappointing, but once you move past that it easily becomes one of the best games I have played this year. With so many impressive titles already on the roster for 2009 it will certainly make picking the best that much harder. Regardless if you even remotely liked the first game or love action/adventure games in general AC2 is a must own.
95
WindowsGamesCollection
Assassin's Creed II è un ottimo titolo, senza dubbio migliore sotto ogni aspetto rispetto al precedente episodio, e che aumenta ancora di più l'aspettattiva per l'inevitabile e a questo punto importantissimo terzo (e ultimo?) atto della trilogia. La trama, la grafica e la colonna sonora sono tecnicamente ben fatte ed evocative al punto giusto, i personaggi ben caratterizzati e il gameplay immersivo e appagante fanno di Assassin's Creed II un gioco da avere e da vivere, sperando di non uscire troppo presto dall'Animus.
95
PlayStation 3GamesCollection
Assassin's Creed II è un ottimo titolo, senza dubbio migliore sotto ogni aspetto rispetto al precedente episodio, e che aumenta ancora di più l'aspettattiva per l'inevitabile e a questo punto importantissimo terzo (e ultimo?) atto della trilogia. La trama, la grafica e la colonna sonora sono tecnicamente ben fatte ed evocative al punto giusto, i personaggi ben caratterizzati e il gameplay immersivo e appagante fanno di Assassin's Creed II un gioco da avere e da vivere, sperando di non uscire troppo presto dall'Animus.
95
Xbox 360GamesCollection
Assassin's Creed II è un ottimo titolo, senza dubbio migliore sotto ogni aspetto rispetto al precedente episodio, e che aumenta ancora di più l'aspettattiva per l'inevitabile e a questo punto importantissimo terzo (e ultimo?) atto della trilogia. La trama, la grafica e la colonna sonora sono tecnicamente ben fatte ed evocative al punto giusto, i personaggi ben caratterizzati e il gameplay immersivo e appagante fanno di Assassin's Creed II un gioco da avere e da vivere, sperando di non uscire troppo presto dall'Animus.
95
PlayStation 3Strategy Informer
Assassin’s Creed II is everything we could have ever wished for and so much more. Forget Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II is without a doubt this year’s biggest and best.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Stepping back from the many disparate elements of the game, the picture that emerges is impressive. Assassin’s Creed II is a complex, mature, and engaging journey from beginning to end. It stands as a benchmark for design that combines innovative ideas with tried-and-true techniques to create one of the great games of this generation.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Ubisoft Montreal have proved the naysayers and doubters wrong and delivered an organic and truly immersive story, a vibrant world full of colour and personality, and a ton of fun. Once you pick up the pad, you won’t be able to put it down... which is quite worrying for a game that boasts around 20 hours of story. You’ll be seeing this one in the running for Game of the Year, that’s for sure.
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PlayStation 3GamersGlobal
Ein Spiel, das von der ersten Minute an Spaß macht und erstaunlich wenig Minuten ohne Spaß hat. Eine fast perfekte Mischung aus sehr storylastigen Missionen und einer starken Haupthandlung auf der einen Seite, und freiem Welterkunden (oder besser: Stadterkunden) auf der anderen. Prächtig anzuschauen, komfortabel zu steuern, abwechslungsreich, spannend -- so muss ein Computerspiel aussehen!
95
Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Ein Spiel, das von der ersten Minute an Spaß macht und erstaunlich wenig Minuten ohne Spaß hat. Eine fast perfekte Mischung aus sehr storylastigen Missionen und einer starken Haupthandlung auf der einen Seite, und freiem Welterkunden (oder besser: Stadterkunden) auf der anderen. Prächtig anzuschauen, komfortabel zu steuern, abwechslungsreich, spannend -- so muss ein Computerspiel aussehen!
95
PlayStation 3Wonderwallweb.com
Assassins Creed II is a much more solid title that offers plenty of the same from the original plus loads of improvements (shows that game companies do listen) that make it a better game to enjoy, fans of the original will love it and naysayers will have to eat their words.
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Xbox 360The Gamesmen
In summation, the latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is improved in voluminous manner. Aside from a few extremely limited detractions, ACII markedly ups the ante and shows that the series has been prepared to ascend to the realm of AAA titles. A large part of this is thanks no doubt to the growth as well of the soundtrack’s composer, Jesper Kyd. The series can now be considered among the greatest of the industry. The Assassin’s Creed is simple: “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.” Apparently, Ubisoft took those words to to heart.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
Despite the original Assassin's Creed's less than well hidden inadequacies, we were bowled over by the sheer ambition of the title, the daring of the setting, plot and characterisation. That this sequel goes along way to addressing many of the previous gameplay concerns, while expanding on what made the first release such a wonderful slice of escapism, leaves us convinced that Ubisoft really are building a truly vital franchise that this sequel is a pivotal part of.
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WindowsYouGamers
Still, the whole is such a solid and playable game that all the issues are easily forgiven. Even if you couldn't stomach to finish the first Assassin's Creed (or never played it), you should definitely not miss Assassin's Creed II. It is effectively a "quadruple-A" title, pushing the envelope in detail, polish and production values. And no, the DRM is not a big deal - unless you are a pirate and were hoping to play this for free.
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PlayStation 3Vandal Online
Con una historia más completa, una jugabilidad mucho más variada y las mismas virtudes de la primera parte, las aventuras de Ezio en el Renacimiento conquistarán esta vez a todos.
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PlayStation 3PSM3 (Playstation 3 Magazine) UK
It may not have the immediate, explosive impact of Uncharted 2, the beautifully manicured cut-scenes of MGS4, or the insane depth of Fallout 3, but in terms of the way it hooks you in and delivers its epic story of conspiracy, betrayal and love, Assassin's Creed 2 is unmatched - not even by GTA IV.
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PlayStation 3Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Assassin’s Creed 2 is the perfect sequel that delivers a gameplay experience that far surpasses its predecessor.
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PlayStation 3GameFocus
They’ve reinvented the wheel here, if that wheel is environmental exploration stealth games, and they’ve set the bar for any game that claims to include anything resembling this set of qualities. It’s got the scope of a GTA, some of my favourite stealth ever in a video game and two memorable protagonists wrapped up in an epic plot. It’s got me starving for the next entry and they haven’t even announced that formally yet. Assassin’s Creed 2 is an early Christmas gift I won’t soon forget.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Obviously, ACII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are entirely different experiences but in terms of single-player, I will say there are very few titles available that can rival Ubisoft’s gem. If this sounds like everything you wanted out of a sequel, you owe it to yourself to start playing…like, really soon.
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Xbox 360SOS Gamers
El primer Assassin’s Creed no estaba nada mal, pero UbiSoft ha bordado la secuela, implementando cambios, mejoras y novedades que convierten ésta segunda entrega en un título indispensable. Los amantes de la acción, la aventura y el sigilo tienen ante sí una aventura exquisita, con muchas horas de juego, una historia llena de sorpresas, y un estilo artístico que encantará a todos los públicos. En definitiva, un título adictivo y ameno que da gusto jugar no sólo por la diversión que ofrece, sino por lo que impresiona en lo visual.
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PlayStation 3Stick Skills
I loved the original Assassin’s Creed in spite of all of its flaws, and received some flak for it among my friends. I had to justify why I liked it. After they and I have played through Assassin’s Creed 2, there’s no need for explanation or justification; it’s simply among the best titles to be released on any system throughout 2009.
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PlayStation 3Gamervision
Just about every issue from the first game has not only been addressed, but almost entirely eliminated. Assassin’s Creed II isn’t just a step forward for the series, it’s a leap. The improvements are immediately obvious, and it isn’t a stretch to say that Assassin’s Creed II feels like a game two or three sequels away instead of one that was just two years from the original. When it’s all over, it’s one of the best gaming experiences of 2009, and while there’s still plenty of room between it and perfection, the gap has been lessened quite a bit.
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PlayStation 3AusGamers
At the time of writing this review, I haven't finished the game which is both a case of having Modern Warfare 2 interrupting play sessions, but also its length and longevity. If you're a completionist like me, you're going to be playing for a long while because there is just so much on offer, and while there are a few niggling points, Assassin's Creed II is a fine example of thoughtful structure, and of developers listening to their audience. The sales pitch here really is that there's so much more to this game than there was in the first and anyone who thought of it as repetitive, will be more than surprised with the variety and its structure. One of the year's best.
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WindowsMultiplayer.it
Assassin's Creed II non è solo uno graditissimo tributo all'Italia, ma anche il risultato di tanti piccoli miglioramenti che Ubisoft ha apportato al titolo originale, con grossa soddisfazione di chi già nel primo episodio vedeva del buono, mitigato però da diverse criticità di troppo. Oltre a far respirare l'aria di città splendide quali Firenze e Venezia, la cui riproduzione lascia a bocca aperta per dettaglio, profondità visiva e illuminazione, il gioco dispone di una struttura chiaramente meglio bilanciata, che riesce a mascherare per gran parte del tempo la ripetitività di fondo ed è supportata da un impianto narrativo affascinante e con diversi colpi di scena. Alcune missioni secondarie sono davvero ottime per realizzazione, l'idea di gestire la propria villa interessante, la longevità ben sopra la media per un titolo del genere.
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Xbox 360IGN
Assassin's Creed II transforms a middling action game into an intriguing and consistently entertaining open-world adventure. Based on this game, Ubisoft Montreal should run a clinic on how to iterate a franchise and if the series continues in this vein, the next installment will take aim at Rockstar's best efforts. The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
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PlayStation 3GameTrailers
Assassin’s Creed II has plenty of fixes and additions, but the story can drag, and the sense of awe that the parkour provided two years ago is muted. Yet new mission types, freedom from a linear quest, added depth, and a stronger historical bent fortify the overall experience. There’s still no other game quite like it, and whether you dismissed the first game or absolutely loved it, this is one creed worth taking.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
This time around Ubisoft really hit their target (no pun intended) as they've done what most companies don't do anymore; they improved upon almost all elements of the gameplay for their sequel. Assassin's Creed II is what people thought it would be and definitely what the developers at E3 were advertising. Better controls, bigger environments and what could only be considered a very fun experience make Assassin's Creed II worth your attention and time.
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PlayStation 3IGN
The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
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PlayStation 3Spazio Games
Rimangono alcuni difetti a livello di bilanciamento generale per quanto riguarda la difficoltà ed il sistema economico, che non vanno tuttavia ad intaccare più di tanto la godibilità del giocato, né tantomeno la longevità, che si attesta su livelli davvero ottimi, ma piuttosto a delineare l’esperienza come più incentrata sulla narrazione e l’esplorazione piuttosto che sul combattimento, comunque sufficientemente rivisto. Nel complesso il lavoro svolto dagli sviluppatori è ottimo, e dimostra una grande attenzione alle richieste della community; a due anni di distanza dal predecessore Assassin’s Creed II sfrutta appieno tutte le potenzialità tecniche e concettuali del brand, e si propone come un’esperienza completa ed assolutamente godibile. Il consiglio d’acquisto si estende a questo punto ben al di là dei semplici sostenitori del primo titolo, e va a rivolgersi a chiunque sia interessato a vivere un’intensa esperienza accompagnata da una storia avvincente.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Assassin's Creed was easily one of my favorite games of the last decade, and I love the sequel even more. It has managed to improve on almost every aspect of the game, despite missing a couple of obvious and unfortunate mistakes. This side trip to Italy is a truly fantastic vacation and worth every dollar, euro, or gold Florin.
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PlayStation 31UP
AC2 is everything a sequel ought to be: An improvement on the original in nearly every way. Perhaps more impressively, it actually has me interested to see where the series goes from here -- something I wouldn't have expected after I slogged my way through the original. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will definitely like AC2, but the real accomplishment is that people who didn't enjoy it will likely have a good time, too.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.fr
...vous jeter sur le titre d'Ubisoft sans aucune hésitation ! Certes, nous pouvons toujours mettre en avant les quelques petits défauts rencontrés, mais ces derniers sont très vite oubliés après quelques minutes passées en compagnie d’Ezio. Une fois de plus, le plaisir est au rendez-vous et les nombreuses améliorations apportées contribuent à faire de ce jeu une vraie suite. La variété des missions proposées, la réalisation d’ensemble de très bonne qualité, la copieuse durée de vie, ou encore la parfaite intégration historique font de cet Assassin's Creed II l’un des titres qu’il faut se procurer en cette fin d’année (finalement très riche en excellents jeux). Une fois de plus, c’est notre porte-monnaie qui va en subir les conséquences.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.fr
...vous jeter sur le titre d'Ubisoft sans aucune hésitation ! Certes, nous pouvons toujours mettre en avant les quelques petits défauts rencontrés, mais ces derniers sont très vite oubliés après quelques minutes passées en compagnie d’Ezio. Une fois de plus, le plaisir est au rendez-vous et les nombreuses améliorations apportées contribuent à faire de ce jeu une vraie suite. La variété des missions proposées, la réalisation d’ensemble de très bonne qualité, la copieuse durée de vie, ou encore la parfaite intégration historique font de cet Assassin's Creed II l’un des titres qu’il faut se procurer en cette fin d’année (finalement très riche en excellents jeux). Une fois de plus, c’est notre porte-monnaie qui va en subir les conséquences.
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MacintoshMacworld
While the screen resolution for Assassin’s Creed II isn’t what it should be, the game is on the whole every bit as immersive, rewarding, and free as the console version. Assassin’s Creed II is one of those rare sandbox games that actually has a sandbox that you want to explore and play in. When you’re not assassinating enemies (fun) or further revealing details on the complex conspiracy (also fun), just standing on one of the perches overlooking one of the breathtaking Italian cities is a truly unique and captivating moment in gameplay.
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PlayStation 3GamingEvolution
Assassins Creed II is a definite upgrade to its predecessor. Everything has been improved upon in this game. The visuals accompanied by the subtle sound design that doesn’t overpower the moments and the game are a nice added touch. A story set on revenge as you play as Ezio and learn of his past in order to help Desmond's future and present. A battle between the Templar and the Assassins in Renaissance Italy is the same battle that’s going on in the present with Desmond and his group. The story isn’t completed in this but the end of Assassin Creed 2 gets you hyped up and ready for Assassins Creed Brotherhood. So get rich, kill a bunch of people and settle the score with the Templar who killed Ezio’s family. Assassins Creed II is the best so far in the series definitely looking forward to the next one. If you haven’t played this game yet what are you waiting for this adventure just got interesting.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Fidèle au premier volet, Assassin's Creed 2 change légèrement de cap. Plus punchy, malgré un démarrage franchement longuet, plus rempli, il s'efforce de garder le joueur sur les rails de sa campagne principale variée, qui ne se limite plus à une série d'enquêtes et un assassinat, tout en lui laissant la liberté de s'adonner à des missions secondaires plus variées. Sur le fond, le jeu reste le même mais les ajouts sont loin d'être négligeables et font de ce second opus un des titres majeurs du moment.
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Windows9lives
Assassin's Creed 2 behoudt het karakter van de eerste telg, maar maakt gelukkig komaf met het repetitieve karakter en brengt een sfeervoller verhaal naar voren. Het verhaal weet van begin af aan te boeien, de vlotte gameplay en het leuke free running doorheen de stad is echt genietbaar en geeft je een enorm vrij gevoel. De missies zijn gebouwd op de sterke pijlers van de eerste game, maar worden met meer variatie gebracht en dat kunnen we natuurlijk alleen maar toejuichen.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
At first, Assassin's Creed II might seem as if it has added more than its foundation was meant to handle, but once all the new features are completely introduced, it develops that magic that so few games can cast. This is the rare sequel that offers fans of the original the basics they would expect, while adding and changing so many other aspects that even those who didn't appreciate the first should take the plunge, without hesitation. A few more contrivances notwithstanding, Assassin's Creed II is a better game than its forebear and is a beautiful and memorable experience on its own terms. But it's more than just a game--it's an escape to a place and a time that feel so welcoming, you'll be making return trips even after your initial adventure is over.
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PlayStation 3Boomtown
Forgetting the silly sci-fi story and instead focussing on the good stuff what we have here in Assassin's Creed 2 is a thrilling action adventure, with plenty of varied tasks, more variable combat, engaging characters and it all taking place in some of the most beautiful locations ever recreated in a videogame. What's not to like.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
Part of me wants to call it a masterpiece – it’s ambitious, beautiful, engaging, addictive, full of variety and for the most part a joy to play. The other, more cynical part of me is dwelling on the short comings – the screen-tear, the moments when Ezio clambers up a nearby column rather than leaping over the wall you wanted him to, the occasions where the AI goes awry or the phsyics cause a body to flip into the air like a world class break-dancer… Fortunately, the latter are not memories that will linger – those will be of leaping off buildings, gliding over Venice in a flying machine, balancing atop of San Gimignano’s tallest tower and cruising through crowds of people, mingling with courtesans, minstrels and street performers, picking pockets left right and centre. This time my cynical side will have to take second place – lets just hope next time, it doesn’t even get a look in. So Assassin’s Creed II – it’s a flawed work of art, but a work of art nonetheless.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
It took us a while to find much interest in learning how to properly run across rooftops, or fight pathetic guards. It’s not that it’s overly difficult (although, both of these can be extremely frustrating), it’s just the first couple of hours are downright slow. Once the game picks up, it’s hard to put it down. The noticeable advancements compared to the first game are well needed, but above all, the game is so beautiful and massive that we found ourselves distracted by the Italian cities and countryside, and the long list of side missions and non-story tasks. The story is one of the most complex in all of recent gaming, and the characters are some of the most developed we’ve encountered. Still, hopefully Ubisoft will see fit to tidy up a few of the game’s shortcomings – specifically the combat – for the inevitable third entry. Until then, there is so much to do and see in Assassin’s Creed II, that you won’t spend much time noticing its flaws.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
Rounded up with a memorable soundtrack from Jesper Kyd, Assassin’s Creed 2 has not only lived up to expectations but has also raised the bar to how much quality and quantity of content makes a huge difference. You can easily put over 20 hours into Assassin’s Creed 2, the story is intriguing and starting to evolve and gameplay feels solid. You can see Ubisoft Montreal have really understood what they wanted from the series and are innovating in every way. If you are looking for an action adventure title this year, look no further than Assassin’s Creed 2.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
Ubisoft Montreal has never been afraid to try new things, but after a few missteps with games like last year's Prince of Persia, perhaps the bravest thing it could have done with Assassin's Creed II was simply to make a classic open-world adventure, filled to the brim with things you want to do and the narrative motivation to continue doing them. The fact it's done so suggests we really should trust the studio when it says it's taken its lesson, and fills me with hope for the third game in the trilogy. In the meantime, we not only have the Assassin's Creed game we'd hoped for in the first place to play with, but one of the best open-world games of the year.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.it
Assassin's Creed 2, quindi, riesce a riscattare il nome del proprio antenato, rivelandosi un'esperienza estremamente piacevole da giocare. Dopo le prime ore mai troppo incisive, il gioco si apre rivelando un'anima ricca e sorprendente, capace di reggere tranquillamente il confronto con le aspettative montate da mesi di hype incontrollato.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Ezio is de evolutie op Altaïr en dit is erg goed te merken. De hele game straalt verbetering uit en je blijft geboeid doordat de game veel meer afwisseling biedt. De graphics zijn hoogstaand en ook met het geluid is niets mis. Deze game mag gewoonweg niet in je collectie ontbreken!
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Assassin's Creed II é como uma pessoa, que com o passar do tempo se tornou mais maduro. Soube aproveitar o que de bom já possuía e acrescentou muitas melhorias e muitas inovações. As lutas sensacionais, uma história com muita trama que nos mantém agarrados ao jogo, as habilidades de Ezio, o enorme ambiente por explorar, com os tempos de loading super rápidos, a opção de poder fazer o que queremos, a diversidade de missões, a possibilidade de comprar armas, armaduras e melhoramentos. Só posso dizer que a Ubisoft fez um excelente trabalho. São poucos os jogos que nos conseguem fazer sentir que entramos verdadeiramente na história e que queremos resolver esta trama o mais rapidamente possível. Assassin's Creed II é um jogo que chegou para matar.
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Xbox 360Blend Games
Assassin's Creed 2 does everything you want a sequel to do: it maintains the core experience of the predecessor but offers something bigger, better, and more fun. It seems much closer to what Ubisoft (and gamers) envisioned when the first Assassin's Creed was announced years ago. There's still room for improvement but the series took a large step in the right direction with this game.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Minor annoyances aside though, Assassin’s Creed II is a superb game. Ubisoft have clearly listened to the reaction to the first game and have gone out of their way to remedy its problems. Assassin’s Creed II has the same exhilarating gameplay, but with a much improved story, greater depth and more variety. This is undoubtedly one of the finest action games of this decade and there’s still nothing quite like it.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Fidèle au premier volet, Assassin's Creed 2 change légèrement de cap. Plus punchy, malgré un démarrage franchement longuet, plus rempli, il s'efforce de garder le joueur sur les rails de sa campagne principale variée, qui ne se limite plus à une série d'enquêtes et un assassinat, tout en lui laissant la liberté de s'adonner à des missions secondaires plus variées. Sur le fond, le jeu reste le même mais les ajouts sont loin d'être négligeables et font de ce second opus un des titres majeurs du moment.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
This game has clearly been the result of a tremendously talented development team listening to feedback and giving gamers what they wanted - namely more variety and more depth. The excellent gameplay of the first game has made the transition, and now it has the brains to go with its impeccable looks and presentation. It has been a busy year for third-person action adventures, but ACII can comfortably sit at the front of the pack with the likes of Uncharted 2 and Batman. An exemplary sequel.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
Assassin's Creed II is more than a great sequel because it does things the first game couldn't even hope to accomplish. There are tons of surprises in store, so if you enjoyed the original – or even if you only kind of liked it – this is one of those sequels that absolutely must be played.
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PlayStation 3Futuregamez.net
Assassin's Creed II is a step up from the original on so many levels. The missions are more varied, the storyline is a little more detailed and the main character has a much larger range of moves. The only disappointment is the visuals which while brilliant artistically has reduced textures and screen tearing on the PS3 (as we mentioned earlier, if you have a XBox 360 we would recommend you get that version instead). Still, even with the issues, this is a superb title worth adding to your collection.
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PlayStation 3Lawrence
AC 2 is a living and breathing world that comes to life in an enjoyable and flexible experience. The story keeps you pressing forward while side quests and various historical sites entice you to explore each city top to bottom like a sightseeing tourist. Couple that with an impressive graphics and sound department and AC 2 is an experience that is recommended for gamers of all types. There may still be room for improvement but overall Assassin’s Creed 2 is a great game and builds confidence that the franchise will continue to grow and mature well into its sequels.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
2009's winner for most improved game franchise easily goes to Assassin's Creed II. After the first game turned out to not be as good as expected, the interest in a sequel waned, but AC2 did a great job of redeeming itself and with any luck those who were turned off by the original will at least give the sequel a try, because it truly is a greatly improved game. It's not a revelation or anything, but it takes what worked and kept it, and fixed what needed to be repaired.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
With the original game coming up short in a few key areas, any slips by Ubisoft would have been flagged up for all to see. Almost all of these causes for concern have been addressed, either reworked or replaced by something better. The storyline is intricate, there's depth beyond the main quest, the presentation is wonderful, and the action is incredible at times. We've had some stunning single-player experiences this year, and Ubisoft has given us another gem to add to the list.
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PlayStation 3JeuxVideoPC.com
Impressionnant, Assassin’s Creed 2 améliore tous les aspects de son illustre prédécesseur. Plus long, plus beau, plus profond, plus varié, Ezio a tout pour plaire. Le scénario gagne en intérêt et promet des aventures encore longues et surprenantes pour Desmond Miles et ses ancêtres. Si vous cherchez un jeu à mettre sous le sapin pour plaire à un vrai gamer, c’est celui-là qu’il vous faut.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Fidèle au premier volet, Assassin's Creed 2 change légèrement de cap. Plus punchy, malgré un démarrage franchement longuet, plus rempli, il s'efforce de garder le joueur sur les rails de sa campagne principale variée, qui ne se limite plus à une série d'enquêtes et un assassinat, tout en lui laissant la liberté de s'adonner à des missions secondaires plus variées. Sur le fond, le jeu reste le même mais les ajouts sont loin d'être négligeables et font de ce second opus un des titres majeurs du moment.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
This is the rare sequel that offers fans of the original the basics they would expect, while adding and changing so many other aspects that even those who didn't appreciate the first should take the plunge, without hesitation. A few more contrivances notwithstanding, Assassin's Creed II is a better game than its forebear and is a beautiful and memorable experience on its own terms. But it's more than just a game--it's an escape to a place and a time that feel so welcoming, you'll be making return trips even after your initial adventure is over.
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WindowsIGN
Assassin's Creed II transforms a middling action game into an intriguing and consistently entertaining open-world adventure. Based on this game, Ubisoft Montreal should run a clinic on how to iterate a franchise and if the series continues in this vein, the next installment will take aim at Rockstar's best efforts. The experience is layered, unique, and shows an incredible attention to detail. This is one case where the sequel has triumphed over the original by catching the gameplay up to the already excellent visuals. No matter what your preconceptions are about Assassin's Creed II, the game is well worth your time and money.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Ich freu mich! Assassin’s Creed 2 ist viel besser als der erste Teil! Endlich nutzen die Entwickler ihre starke Technik für ein Action-Abenteuer, das mich mit ordentlich Abwechslung und einer guten Story bei der Stange hält. Schöne Ideen wie die erweiterbare Villa, die Assassinengräber oder die kurzen Knobel-Aufgaben halten den Spielablauf frisch, außerdem gefallen mir auch die Charaktere und das Renaissance-Setting ausgesprochen gut. Zur Wertung jenseits der 90 müsste die Story aber noch etwas epischer, der Anspruch der Kämpfe höher, der Tiefgang der Charakterentwicklung größer sein. Doch das kann Ubisoft ja gerne im dritten Teil nachlegen! Wer den Online-Zwang des Kopierschutzes nicht scheut, sollte auch auf dem PC unbedingt zugreifen!
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Assassin’s Creed 2 ist eine Fortsetzung, die ihren Namen redlich verdient. Ubisofts zweite Meuchelmörder-Mär ist nicht nur abwechslungsreicher als der Vorgänger, sie erzählt auch eine bessere Geschichte und lässt mich mit Ezio einen derart sympathischen, charmanten und witzigen, kurz: lebendigen Helden spielen, dass dessen wortkarger Urahn Altaïr dagegen buchstäblich ganz ganz alt aussieht. Ich könnte zwar über die nach wie vor oft zu simplen Kämpfe und das seichte Finale meckern. Dem grandiosen Gesamteindruck können solche Macken jedoch nichts anhaben. Dafür hatte ich mit der fantastischen Spielwelt, den launigen Aufgaben und Klettereien und vor allem Ezio selbst viel zu viel Spaß.
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PlayStation 3IGN Australia
Viewed in light of the total offering, however, Assassin's Creed II can't help but impress. Improving on the original game in most respects, Assassin's Creed II is, out of the gate, a vastly superior experience. Entertaining and well structured, the Italian renaissance creates a backbone for Ezio's story that feels far more interesting to participate in. It is not, however, a flawless experience by any means – and we think the series' finest hour is still coming – but for fans of the original, it's the step forward we were rooting for and just tempting enough for new players to savour.
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PlayStation 3IGN UK
It takes itself far less seriously, it's identified what was fun and thrown out what wasn't, and it's built upon a core free-running structure that's forever spectacular and thrilling. A little sadly, its fundamental concept and structure has been seriously overshadowed by the slicker likes of Mirror's Edge (in some ways) and Arkham Asylum (in a whole lot of ways). Its controls feel a little awkward and rusty compared to those, allowing too much room for frustration and broken flow as Ezio misreads your intent as hurling himself off the side of a building or flailing at thin air. It doesn't quite respond as you'd like it to, and in that it feels almost old-fashioned. It's a great old time, but it doesn't feel entirely fresh, most especially compared to Batman. But it's fantastic to see a once-vilified series so thoroughly back on track, and so much more aware of how to entertain people. It's what AC1 should have been, and it's a game you should absolutely play.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De doortocht van Ezio zal langer in ons geheugen gegrift staan dan die van Altaïr. Op alle gebieden gaat dit spel erop vooruit!
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
Assassin’s Creed 2 is one of those rare sequels which managed to correct a large part of the gameplay flaws from its predecessor, but which, ironically, is brought down by the technological aspects. And it’s annoying, as a “critic”, to know that the designers were this «---» close to creating something trylu memorable. Even so, after being a part of Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s life for 23 years and reading the Assassin Codex written by Altaïr himself, which will tell you what happened to him after the end of Assassin’s Creed and other interesting things, I’m certain that the Ubisoft Montreal designers will end the trilogy properly. Especially since they know better than anyone that nothing is true. Everything is permitted.
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PlayStation 3GamingXP
Der Rest des Spiels hätte aber durchaus mehr Überarbeitung gebrauchen können. Das ist nicht falsch zu verstehen, aber die spielerischen Elemente haben sich im Vergleich zum Vorgänger nicht weltbewegend verändert. Das Klettern nutzt sich mit der Zeit einfach ab. Ubisoft hat aber definitiv einen Schritt in die richtige Richtung gemacht. Die Tatsache, dass ich mit Geld Kurtisanen oder auch Söldner anheuern kann, die mir dann den Weg frei machen, ist richtig gut gelungen. Aber die Sache mit der Umwelt, die auf den Protagonisten reagiert, geht einfach besser. Ezio hätte ruhig auch ein wenig verletzlicher sein können. Er ist zwar so etwas wie ein Superheld, aber auch Batman muss manchmal ordentlich was einstecken. Für mehr Abwechslung als im Vorgänger ist aber durch die Nebenaufträge und das aufmöbeln der eigenen Stadt gesorgt. Alles in allem ist „Assassin's Creed 2“ ein solides und gutes Action-Spiel mit mitreißender Handlung, aber leider doch wieder nicht der erhoffte Überknaller.
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PlayStation 3Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Ubisoft наконец-то осуществила давнюю мечту, сотворив мир, где стильная картинка не перетягивает на себя одеяло. Виртуальный туризм по Флоренции, Венеции и полям Тосканы приносит не меньше радости, чем увлекательное повествование. Эпитет «открытый» в кои-то веки не значит «унылый», «мертвый» или «пустой». Сердце замирает от высоты, великолепная анимация мигом вышибает из памяти странные условности геймдизайна и мелкие программные ошибки. Да, поединок с главным «боссом» нелеп до безумия, но это — одна смазанная строчка в эпилоге захватывающего романа.
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Xbox 360Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Создавая продолжение популярной игры, современный разработчик осторожен и методичен, как наемный убийца, выбирающий удачный момент для атаки. Его задача — составить перечень грехов и исправить их один за другим. Ни к чему раскачивать лодку революционным новаторством. Достаточно пройти по списку «to-do» километровой длины и удержаться от соблазна включить конвейер.
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PlayStation 3PlayLipse.fr
Assassin’s Creed 2 est une belle aventure que l’on prend plaisir à découvrir et sur laquelle on revient avec joie, même après avoir vu le générique de fin. Toutefois, on regrette vraiment qu’il n’y ait pratiquement aucun challenge, la possibilité de choisir un niveau de difficulté supérieur aurait été la bienvenue… Enfin, on se console avec la compatibilité avec Uplay qui permet de récupérer des points pour débloquer gratuitement du contenu pour le jeu (ou d’autres signés Ubisoft).
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WindowsPCActu
Assassin’s Creed 2 vient apporter un vent de nouveauté à la série. Les environnements de la Renaissance italienne sont convaincants et sentent bon l’authentismes. En sus, cette suite corrige avec brio la plupart des défauts présents dans le premier volet. Les missions ont gagné en variété et le scénario transporte le joueur jusqu’au bout de l’aventure avec plaisir. Néanmoins, il faudra passer outre les problèmes de DRM et les quelques autres défauts qui subsistent (bugs de collisions, moteur graphique vieillissant...). Mais dans l'ensemble, Ubisoft Montréal signe là un des grands titres de cette année 2010. Enfin, gageons que le troisième épisode saura corriger les quelques imperfections constatées dans ce second opus. Une franchise à suivre de très près, donc.
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WindowsEveryeye.it
Sorvolando sui difetti congeniti ereditati dal suo predecessore, quali principalmente la modalità di combattimento e l’imperfezione delle traiettorie durante le scalate degli edifici, ci troviamo di fronte ad un titolo davvero molto valido. L’implementazioni di nuove funzioni come il nuoto, il volo, l’utilizzo di barche e carrozze, l’introduzione di un comparto gestionale che addirittura ci investirà del ruolo di sindaco del nostro maniero rendono questo seguito un gioco sensibilmente differente rispetto al primo fenomenale capitolo. Se non abbiamo mai nemmeno sentito parlare di questo gioco il nostro consiglio è semplicemente quello di acquistarlo e provarlo di persona. Per coloro i quali si sono innamorati delle gesta di Altair immergersi nel mondo Rinascimentale del bel paese nei panni di Ezio sarà davvero un’avventura senza precedenti, capace di farci emozionare ogniqualvolta completeremo una sequenza di assassinio.
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WindowsGameZone
Assassin’s Creed II is a multi-faceted gem; not only does it look good, it plays well and keeps players involved with the story. Ok, that DRM is a pain and Ubisoft needs to think of another way of protecting the game, but generally, this is a game that action PC gamers should pick up if they meet that ‘constant Internet connection’ requirement.
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WindowsVandal Online
Assassin’s Creed 2 ha superado con creces a su antecesor solucionando los problemas tanto técnicos como de historia que este tenía. El jugador llegaba a encontrar pesadas algunas misiones que se repetían allí donde estuviéramos. Aquí, en la segunda parte del juego, la trama y personajes realizan un juego mucho más fresco del que tendremos ganas de saber más.
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Xbox 360Lens of Truth
The new RPG elements, weapons, assassination moves, and better missions greatly increase the enjoyment. Finding and unlocking everything will keep you busy for weeks on end. While it isn’t the perfect Assassin game, ACII is a huge step in the right direction and a game well worth stabbing, I mean grabbing.
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PlayStation 3JeuxActu
Sacré paradoxe qu'est Assassin's Creed II. S'il s'agit dans le fond d'un excellent jeu (surtout si on a adoré le premier épisode), Ubisoft Montréal semble pourtant avoir clairement survendu son produit. Certaines leçons ont été retenues, c'est vrai, et on apprécie la progression dans l'aventure beaucoup moins linéaire que dans le premier opus, avec une richesse des missions nettement revue à la hausse. Mais l'affaire se complique sérieusement au moment d'évoquer l'I.A. d'Assassin's Creed II qui est au bout de rouleau, ce qui ne met absolument pas en valeur les compétences d'assassin d'Ezio, tellement les gardes font preuve d'une crétinerie sans limite. Elle tue également tout le challenge qu'aurait pu (dû) proposer le titre. C'est trop peu pour un jeu de cette envergure qui n'est pas une tuerie, mais s'avère tout de même excellent.
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PlayStation 3Fragland.net
Assassin's Creed II is actually what the first game should have been, but wasn't probably due to a shortage in development time. This time you do get a game that's completely finished in all aspects thanks to many varying missions, a pleasant and immersive story and an addiction factor that makes you keep thinking "Just one more mission and then I'll go to bed". Partners of gamers are warned: if you still want some quality time with your lover it's best to severely limit his or her time allowed for this game!
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
Assassin’s Creed 2 isn’t perfect – the controls continue to require a bit more fine tuning but it’s also impossible to deny that the sequel improves upon the original in almost every conceivable way. Frankly, you feel more like an assassin and less like an errand boy, which is pretty much the point, right? If this is the path Ubisoft Montreal will continue to travel, then bring on Part III.
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WindowsGaming since 198x
De nombreux points ont été améliorés, mais il y a encore du travail sur la planche, notamment au niveau de la maniabilité et de la gestion de la caméra. Pas vraiment un 3, mais pas encore un 4.
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PlayStation 3Gaming since 198x
De nombreux points ont été améliorés, mais il y a encore du travail sur la planche, notamment au niveau de la maniabilité et de la gestion de la caméra. Pas vraiment un 3, mais pas encore un 4.
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
De nombreux points ont été améliorés, mais il y a encore du travail sur la planche, notamment au niveau de la maniabilité et de la gestion de la caméra. Pas vraiment un 3, mais pas encore un 4.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
So, after all that has been said, is Assassin's Creed 2 a port worth purchasing? If you like running around on rooftops with blades hanging out of your sleeves, then yes! The mix between combat and platforming is seamless, the graphics look great if your computer can handle them, the sound and music is excellent, and the game is plenty long enough to keep you busy for a while. Even if just as a warmup while waiting for Brotherhood, the $35 for Assassin's Creed 2 is worth it. Just be sure your computer can handle it before you make the purchase.
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WindowsGameSpot
Assassin's Creed II is a fun and beautiful game that gives you the freedom to explore while still offering a focused adventure steeped in atmosphere. It's also an expensive one, retailing at $60, a full $10 more than most PC games sell for at launch. The two additional missions offered as downloads to console owners don't seem reason enough to justify the extra cost--not for a single-player game that has value only if you can connect to the Internet, and only if Ubisoft's servers are working. Yet if these factors don't affect you (and that's a big "if"), you'll probably fall in love with Ezio's escapades. Assassin's Creed II is a picturesque and jubilant romp that will keep you glued to your monitor, marveling at the details that make its historical world such a delight to inhabit.
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WindowsMeristation
Assassin’s Creed II para PC mantiene exactamente todo lo que ofrece el juego en Playstation 3 y Xbox 360. Jugablemente no hay cambios más allá de poder disfrutar de las dos secuencias que se quitaron del proyecto inicial sin tener que pasar por caja vía DLC. Algo que sí ha pasado en las consolas de sobremesa. El juego ofrece un apartado técnico más pulido que lo mostrado hace cuatro meses, por lo que se convierte en la mejor versión posible para aquellos que quieran adquirir el juego hoy en día. Los usuarios de PC, eso sí, también contarán con contenido de pago extra en forma de fases bonus que por ejemplo se pueden adquirir en una de las versiones del juego y no en la estándar. Al menos, en este caso no tienen nada que ver con la historia principal cómo sí pasaba con la secuencia 12 y 13. Uno de los principales contratiempos es el polémico sistema de protección DRM de Ubisoft.
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WindowsEurogamer.it
Il miglior modo di giocare Assassin's Creed II, quindi, resta su una console, dove l'ottima esperienza di gioco non è rovinata da problemi esterni che non hanno nulla a che fare con il lavoro dei programmatori. Se non avete altro modo di giocarlo, sappiate che acquistandolo per PC vi troverete fra le mani un gioco eccezionale, il cui punteggio finale ci troviamo però costretti a penalizzare rispetto all’originale per le ragioni appena spiegate.
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WindowsGamer.nl
Eén ding is echter ver van hetzelfde in vergelijking met zijn console tegenhangers en dat is het DRM-verhaal dat aan Assassin’s Creed II plakt. Ubisoft heeft al zijn nieuwste games voorzien van een geheel eigen manier van beveiligen, waarbij er een constante verbinding met het internet nodig is om te kunnen spelen. Geen verbinding? Dan word je onherroepelijk uit het spel gegooid. Soms erg lastig en bovenal een beetje vreemd bij een game die niet eens online multiplayer ondersteunt. Zelf hebben we, los van de eerste week na de release, gelukkig geen problemen ondervonden met de beveiliging, maar wie op diverse fora rondsnuffelt, zal veel gamers aantreffen die weinig goeds hebben te melden over Assassin’s Creed II en specifiek de DRM die het spel moet beveiligen. We begrijpen heel goed dat Ubisoft een manier zoekt om haar games piraatvrij te houden, maar het moet niet zo zijn dat de legale gebruiker hier de dupe van wordt. Een flinke smet op een verder uitstekend spel.
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PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
I came into Assassin's Creed II with a certain qualified affection for the original, and was thoroughly pleased with the lessons the developers learned between the two. But this isn't a reinvention, it's a refinement. Assassin's Creed II offers, fundamentally, the same kinds of thrills as its predecessor--leaping from rooftop to rooftop with surefooted ease, appearing out of nowhere to kill your target with a quick blade, then vanishing effortlessly into a crowd. It's just been expanded, streamlined, and overhauled in ways that bring it closer to grace and make it a much easier game to recommend.
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PlayStation 3Edge
Many players immersed in all Assassin’s Creed II has to offer will find these issues nitpicking. Certainly, Ubisoft Montreal has succeeded in welding a game to what once felt like a proof of concept, and without overshadowing its many strengths. Much devolves into mere stuff – one sword is much like another; a painting’s easily bought and just fills a hole in the wall – and once the story is over there’s little reason to replay it. At the end of it all, though, you’re left with that setting, those cities, and Ezio, and they lend the experience a substance that endures.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.nl
Assassins Creed 2 is een uitstekende game. Nog steeds is het indrukwekkend om een enorme kathedraal te beklimmen om vervolgens over de gehele stad uit te kunnen kijken. Het is echter vooral de diverse opzet, die terecht de meeste aandacht trekt. In vrijwel elk opzicht is Ubisoft Montreal erin geslaagd om het spel gevarieerder te maken dan het eerste deel. Enkele minpuntjes, zoals de zwakke kunstmatige intelligentie en het matige einde, zorgen ervoor dat het spel net niet de topper is waar we op hebben gehoopt. Toch is het een prachtig avontuur, dat van begin tot einde de moeite waard is.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Con todo, ACII es un buen juego que mezcla géneros y conceptos. No es un juego de 9 en ninguno de ellos, pero alcanza el 7-8 en cualquiera de ellos. No logra ser un juego de acción bien compensado, pero tampoco es injugable. No es un juego de sigilo, pero se puede utilizar sin pudor, y no es un sandbox porque su mecánica no se lo permite, pero sí puede mirarle a los ojos en cuanto a diseño de producción al más pintado. Un crisol de modos, un juego total que no alcanza la totalidad pero sí llega a verla a lo lejos. Si UbiSoft mejora ciertos aspectos importantes de la jugabilidad en una más que probable tercera parte, puede que la excelencia llegue a tocar a esta saga…
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Xbox 360Retrogaming History
Per molti è un capolavoro, per me “solamente” un buon gioco, con molte ottime idee sprecate, un sistema di controllo migliorato rispetto al passato ma ancora da perfezionare, una trama molto articolata ed altrettanto interessante, una notevole caratterizzazione dei personaggi, sia principali che secondari e, per finire, un’ottima riproduzione storica delle più importanti città italiane rinascimentali. Tecnicamente è evocativo e veramente bello da vedere ma ha comunque ancora qualcosa da ottimizzare soprattutto riguardo allo scandaloso bad clipping su alcuni elementi. Secondo il mio parere, Assassin’s Creed 2 è troppo ripetitivo e facile per poter essere considerato una pietra miliare nella storia dei videogiochi
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
Malgré ses indéniables qualités, le premier Assassin's Creed a fini par être sérieusement chahuté par des critiques plus ou moins fondées qui ternirent quelque peu son image. Ubisoft Montréal est loin d'être resté sourd à ces échos négatifs et a retroussé ses manches pour corriger, modifier et enrichir son travail pour nous offrir un Assassin's Creed II bien plus solide et complet que son aîné. Si le gameplay mouvementé et spectaculaire de la série repose toujours sur les mêmes fondations, l'architecture de l'aventure a été totalement repensée pour servir une histoire mieux racontée et, surtout, des missions principales bien plus variées et palpitantes. Si l'on regrettera certaines réactions de l'I.A., des petits accrocs esthétiques et globalement un challenge pas toujours très relevé, Assassin's Creed II accomplit avec brio sa mission en apportant richesse et consistance à une aventure toujours aussi spectaculaire et envoûtante.
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WindowsCheat Happens
Assassin’s Creed 2 is not a great game, but it is miles ahead of its predecessor. If you loved the first one, you’re going to find much to like here, but if you’re like me, you’re still going to be left disappointed after finishing Ezio’s quest. Assassin’s Creed 2 may be the next step towards a great series but sadly, it’s not enough.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
To say the least, Assassin’s Creed II is a disappointment – not because it’s bad, but because we were promised so much more. Everything Ubisoft claimed they were changing has stayed the same, and what little new touches they’ve included fail to impact in the long run. While there are numerous additions such as upgrading armour, upgrading town shops, catching pick pockets and paying thieves to cause distractions, they’ve been cast across such an unnecessarily long-winded and laborious narrative that even these become repetitive and stale. As with most sequels it will please those who enjoyed the original game, the production values are still incredibly high, and there’s nothing to repel fans of the series. For those who saw the original for what it really was however, this is not the Assassin’s Creed to change their minds. Instead it rests behind its smoke and mirrors, no doubt selling millions with the least of effort.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
To say the least, Assassin’s Creed II is a disappointment – not because it’s bad, but because we were promised so much more. Everything Ubisoft claimed they were changing has stayed the same, and what little new touches they’ve included fail to impact in the long run. While there are numerous additions such as upgrading armour, upgrading town shops, catching pick pockets and paying thieves to cause distractions, they’ve been cast across such an unnecessarily long-winded and laborious narrative that even these become repetitive and stale. As with most sequels it will please those who enjoyed the original game, the production values are still incredibly high, and there’s nothing to repel fans of the series. For those who saw the original for what it really was however, this is not the Assassin’s Creed to change their minds. Instead it rests behind its smoke and mirrors, no doubt selling millions with the least of effort.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
Although it's possible to rattle off a list of bullet-point features that imply Assassin's Creed II is head and shoulders above the first game—more missions, more story, more collectibles and extras—I simply didn't find them to amount to much. As I stated in the opening, it's certainly better, but remains too tiresome and unsatisfying to celebrate. Rather than writing a book's worth of Renaissance dialogue and tossing in more carbon-copy roof-crossing filler, I'd much prefer that Ubisoft Montreal focus future attention on expanding and enriching the core gameplay itself. As much as it pains me to say it, Assassin's Creed II is yet another promise, and not yet a promise fulfilled.
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Xbox 360Destructoid
Assassin's Creed 2 has tried all sorts of tactics to improve upon the original, but none of these attempts have worked. The game's variety and length come across as nothing more than smoke and mirrors, the endless, grinding busywork that contributes nothing to the overall gameplay is inexcusably plentiful and mind-numbingly repetitive, and to top it all off, the game can't even compete in the visuals department and somehow looks worse than the original. There's really no excuse for standards to be so low here. Assassin's Creed 2 is supposedly a triple-A game. It should have acted like one.