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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Lens 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.
Gaming 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.
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
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.
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.
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.