Assassin's Creed II: Discovery (Nintendo DS)

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85
Vandal Online
Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery es un excelente juego de acción y plataformas que nos ofrecerá más de diez horas de aventura de las manos del carismático Ezio, enfrentándonos y aliándonos con algunos de los personajes más emblemáticos del Renacimiento español e italiano. Por otra parte, contaremos con una amplia gama de desbloqueables que iremos consiguiendo a medida que nos sincronicemos con el animus de nuestro antepasado, y la posibilidad de repetir cada uno de los niveles del juego para conseguir, en todo caso, la puntuación más elevada posible. Muy notable a nivel técnico, sólo cabe achacarle ciertas ralentizaciones en los momentos en que encontremos demasiados personajes en pantalla. Pero, a pesar de todo, es un título muy sólido, divertido y variado, que sin duda dejará con muy buen sabor de boca a los más acérrimos seguidores de la saga.
80
Modojo
Still, it's the journey, not the destination. The fact that Assassin's Creed II: Discovery works this well is reason for celebration. There's no clunkiness like there was in Altair's Chronicles, only great 2-D platforming and a cool presentation. This is a pleasant Discovery indeed.
80
Cheat Code Central
In many ways Assassin's Creed II: Discovery is big step up from its predecessor, and Griptonite's high energy, action-heavy approach is one that will sit well with many fans of the series. The downside is the overabundance of platforming stabby-stabbery tends to grow repetitive before long, and the trial-and-error nature of the level design is enough to make some players grow tired of the experience prematurely. Even so, Discovery is a tight game that dishes up a few solid hours of intense 15th century cutthroat adventure.
80
GameZone
An impressive game true to the series, Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery is actually an entertaining title that makes the best companion to the console version. That said, the game is far from perfect but it’s easy to look past the flaws when the game is too fun to even want to put down. If you bought Assassin’s Creed II then you really must buy Discovery.
80
IGN
I was one of the few reviewers that legitimately enjoyed the first Assassin’s Creed on the Nintendo DS – it had its problems but it was a solid Gameloft effort that captured the console gameplay in a more limiting handheld experience. The sequel, helmed by Griptonite, is a much more ambitious design but in a more restrictive 2D environment. The result is a much more fulfilling and fun DS experience that runs parallel to the far more elaborate console production, and while I had problems with the blind jumps and trial-and-error, mapless gameplay, I had a great time with Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery.
79
GamesNation
Una delle caratteristiche, e dei meriti, più evidenti di Assassin's Creed 2: Discovery è che l'esplorazione, cavallo di battaglia della serie, è realizzata con adeguata attenzione e con un buon coinvolgimento.
75
Gaming Age
If you're already a big fan of the whole Assassin's Creed lore, then I think Discovery is worth checking out just to fill in some gaps. As a stand-alone game it's fun to play, but the story stuff isn't explained that well for newcomers, and I think any impact you'd get out if it would be completely lost. It's a short experience, and might be worth seeking out when it hits a budget price as opposed to something I'd pay full price for, but it's definitely worth checking out at some point.
75
3D Juegos
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery nos presenta una breve explicación a varios acontecimientos transcurridos en la historia de Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. La labor más complicada del juego y la más importante a efectos teóricos, es la gran capacidad de recoger la realidad y fundirla con la ficción en un juego del género plataformas con un control muy elaborado y una calidad gráfica y sonora estable.
70
Nintendo-Online.de
Nach dem enttäuschenden „Altair’s Chronicles“ hat uns „Assassin's Creed II: Discovery“ deutlich mehr Spaß gemacht. Die Technik ist den Entwicklern auf dem kleinen Handheld absolut gelungen und auch das verbesserte Spielprinzip macht Laune. Leider bieten die drei Missionsmodi kaum Abwechslung und fallen gerade im Schleichmodus durch das nervige „Trial & Error“-System auf. Zudem hätte man durch eine bessere Karte die Sprünge auf gut Glück entfernen können, an denen Ezio beim Test so einige Heldentode gestorben ist. Immerhin hat es dieses Mal für ein gutes Spiel gereicht, das man bedenkenlos für einige Zeit einlegen kann.
70
GameSpot
In spite of some nagging issues, this 2D platformer is fun to play and captures the spirit of the series.
70
Pocket Gamer UK
While Assassin's Creed II: Discovery isn't going to revolutionise the DS, it gives you the chance to enjoy solidly executed and fast-paced, platforming action.
65
Spazio Games
Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery è un piccolo passo in avanti rispetto al suo predecessore ma, allo stesso tempo, anche un passo indietro. A suo favore ci sono un buon comparto tecnico, dei nemici curati decentemente per quanto riguarda la loro I.A. e un sistema di controllo d’immediato apprendimento. Dall’altra parte della barricata però troviamo una certa ripetitività del gameplay, una personalizzazione pari a zero nei confronti delle altre versioni (nonostante ci siano gli strumenti per farlo) e una longevità davvero scarsa, ovvero circa cinque ore. I fan del mitico Assassino potrebbero trovare di loro gusto questa produzione mentre chi ci si avvicina per la prima volta avrà qualche difficoltà a digerire il prodotto.
65
Jeuxvideo.com
Plus réussi que son prédécesseur, Assassin's Creed II : Discovery est un titre attachant qui mêle séquences plates-formiques et assassinats de vicieux avec une certaine élégance. Dans ce contexte, il est donc un peu dommage que le soft souffre d'un maniement perfectible et d'un level-design peu inspiré. L'aventure reste toutefois honnête et permettra aux assassins en herbe de s'amuser quelques heures.
60
Multiplayer.it
Pur con i suoi difetti, Assassin's Creed II: Discovery si dimostra un prodotto notevolmente migliore del prequel, trovando un discreto equilibrio. Abbandonata l'idea di imitare il gioco principale, Discovery assume invece l'aspetto di un tradizionale platform a scorrimento: un'idea interessante ma sviluppata non troppo bene, Discovery alla fine combina un ottimo design dei livelli con un ritmo blando e incostante, combattimenti troppo semplici e sessioni in stealth noiose e frustranti. Speriamo che il prossimo episodio rappresenti l'apice di questa evoluzione.
60
Meristation
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery sabe jugar bien sus cartas, y nos ofrece un título realmente bello, con una dinámica de juego rápida, sencilla, directa y agradable. Desgraciadamente, el argumento está muy mal llevado; pese a lo interesante que resulta, se antoja algo deshilachado y falto de contextualización por momentos. La jugabilidad es más profunda de lo que realmente debería serlo, dado que la máquina tiene unas limitaciones, principalmente del área que nos enfoca la cámara, que enturbian nuestro avance; de este modo, da la sensación de que no estamos explotando bien todas las alternativas de juego que se nos plantean. Además, es excesivamente corto, al ser una ramificación secundaria del Assassin's Creed II principal. Recomendado para los que quieran conocer toda la historia de Enzo, pero poco útil por sí solo. - Muy bello técnicamente.- Una jugabilidad dinámica y agradecida.- Buen complemento a Assassin's Creed II…
60
Eurogamer.it
Se siete già impazienti di vestire i panni di Ezio Auditore potete prenderlo in considerazione, tenendo però conto dei pregi e dei limiti evidenziati sino ad ora. Se invece siete in cerca di un platform capace di intrattenervi a lungo e con un serio grado di sfida, ebbene, su DS non avete che l'imbarazzo della scelta...
58
1UP
In the end, I felt that Discovery was a smart representation of Assassin's Creed on the DS, but the game feels a little incomplete. Ezio, and you, has no real end goal other than to survive and get back to the main quest... in the console version of Assassin's Creed 2.
55
Official Nintendo Magazine
A missed opportunity to right the first game's wrongs. A by-the-numbers platforming experience.
50
D+PAD Magazine
To be fair though, Assassins Creed II: Discovery is a polished title, with full voice acting and fantastic graphics throughout, befitting of a premier franchise. If its main strength is acknowledging its weaknesses and discarding them, it can yet also be said it is still guilty for instead becoming one-dimensional in not trying to bring something else instead to the table. As it stands, Griptonite offer fun, but disposable thrills which amount to a title tough to recommend outside of series completists. On the other hand, if Ezio the Hedgehog speed-running and stealth are what you need, this might yet become a worthwhile discovery.
50
Everyeye.it
Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery è un gioco difficile da giudicare. Probabilmente dieci anni fa sarebbe stato accolto come un ottimo action, oggi, però, e soprattutto su una console come il Nintendo DS, sente il peso di un mercato troppo smaliziato per accettare ingenuità ludiche e un gameplay ripetitivo nonché a tratti frustrante. Ubisoft, se davvero avesse voluto replicare il successo di Assassin’s Creed su console portatile, avrebbe dovuto applicarsi al progetto con ben altre risorse e, senza reticenze, con altri team, dato che le potenzialità per tirar fuori un gioco interessante ci sono tutte, soprattutto disponendo di un brand forte come quello di Altair, Ezio e soci.