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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Game 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.
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!
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.
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.
PSM3 (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.
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Assassin’s Creed 2 is the perfect sequel that delivers a gameplay experience that far surpasses its predecessor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Absolute 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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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