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Desmond Miles, the last in the line of the ancient order of Assassins, has been captured by the modern-day descendants of the Templars, forced to experience past events through a device called Animus in order to obtain crucial information. However, one of the scientists unexpectedly switches sides, asking Desmond to put his trust in her hands and follow her out of the complex. Soon afterwards they escape the holding place and team up with some new allies that intend to use Desmond's knowledge against the Templars. Their new device is called Animus 2.0, an upgraded version of the original. This time, Desmond relives the life of Ezio Auditore di Firenze, a man who lived in Italy in the 15th century.

Ezio is a boisterous, seemingly carefree young man who likes to pick fights and chase skirts. But all that changes when his father and little brother are publicly executed by a man he trusted. Driven by vengeance, Ezio begins to discover more about his father's life, and realizes that he, too, belonged to the organization of the Assassins. Ezio becomes a skillful assassin himself, and is ready to go all the way to avenge the death of the people he loved.

Assassin's Creed II is a free-roaming action game very similar in concept and gameplay mechanics to its predecessor. The events of the game take place in Florence, Venice, Rome, and other locations in Italy. Besides fictional characters, the game has famous historical figures from the time period, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, Cesare Borgia and others, who play an active role in the game's story. Authentic cultural and political environment of the Italian Renaissance is represented in the game along with fictitious accounts of the events, alternate history, and metaphysical theories.

The core gameplay resembles that of the previous game. The protagonist can freely explore several large cities and rural locations on foot or on horseback. It is also possible to swim and navigate boats in the game. Nearly every building can be climbed on, and the protagonist can access the tallest rooftops, observing the panorama with his Eagle Vision. Free-form jumping and running occupies a considerable portion of the gameplay.

One of the sequel's most notable additions is the financial system, which was not present in the first game. Items, weapons and armor can be bought in shops and repaired for money. There are many more weapon types and individual weapons and armor in the game. Ezio can carry swords, daggers, throwing knives, smoke bombs, a pistol, and a variety of upgradeable armor types. Weapons can also be picked up from fallen enemies and used in the same battle. Abundant treasure can be collected from various spots in the game world.

There are new ways of being stealthy in this sequel. Ezio can pay courtesans to distract guards, hire mercenaries to fight them, or commission thieves to create a distraction. Mission objectives and particularly the steps needed to accomplish them are noticeably more varied than in the previous game. The protagonist often receives new equipment and new challenges to experiment with. A few of these are built like mini-games: for example, at one point Ezio will pilot a flying device. The main character has his own headquarters in the game, a mansion and a small town adjacent to it. It is possible to invest money into the town's reconstruction, as well as customize the mansion.

The game features a significantly larger amount of side quests than its predecessor. A series of sub-quests involves locating, collecting and deciphering ancient words of wisdom that supposedly hold the secret of the universe. These quests often involve traversing complex indoor platform environments in order to reach the goal. These sequences require precise jumping and contain light puzzle-solving elements, similarly to contemporary Prince of Persia games.


Assassin's Creed II Xbox 360 And of course, there's the dramatic way down.
Assassin's Creed II Xbox 360 Free running works the same as the first game.
Assassin's Creed II PlayStation 3 Jumping into the unknown... he sure can sustain a falling damage.
Assassin's Creed II PlayStation 3 That's three down, one to go.

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Assassin's Creed II Screenshot Replacing guards with thief allies
Assassin's Creed II Screenshot Killing from haystacks


Alternate Titles

  • "刺客教條 2" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "刺客信条2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "アサシン クリードII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Cike Xintiao" -- Chinese title (romanized)
  • "AC2" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

The Way of the Shadows PlayStation 3 Carmelo Lia (45)
Assassin's Creed II gracefully swoops down and does what it set out to do - kill all the competition. PlayStation 3 Kaddy B. (796)
Become a Master Assassin! PlayStation 3 Big John WV (27209)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamernode PlayStation 3 Nov 24, 2009 10 out of 10 100
1UP Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2009 A 100
Extreme Gamer PlayStation 3 Nov 26, 2009 9.8 out of 10 98
XboxLiveAddicts Xbox 360 Nov 24, 2009 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Nov 25, 2009 A- 91 PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games ( Xbox 360 Dec 12, 2009 86 out of 100 86
DarkZero Xbox 360 Feb 13, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Game Critics Xbox 360 Dec 08, 2009 5.5 out of 10 55


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1001 Video Games

Assassin's Creed II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


There is a moment during the game when the main character Ezio comes across his uncle named Mario. Ezio does not recognize him at first until his uncle tells him "It's a-me, Mario!". Either a coincidence or a homage to Nintendo's mascot.


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #3 Best Localisation of the Year
    • 2009 – #10 Best Trailer of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Best Sandbox Game
  • Cheat Code Central (Cody Awards)
    • 2009 - Best Adventure Game
    • 2009 - Best Sounds
    • 2009 - Best New Character (for the main protagonist Ezio)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Xbox 360 Game of the Year (Editors' choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game (Editors' choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game (Readers' choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Story (Readers' choice)
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Best Use of the Word 'vaginas'
  • GamePro
    • 2009 - Game of the Year
  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 05, 2010 - Best Console Game in 2009 (Readers' choice)
    • February 05, 2010 - Best Console Action-Adventure in 2009 (Readers' choice)
  • GameSpot
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game (Editors' choice)
    • 2009 - Best New Character (for the main protagonist Ezio) (Editors' choice)
    • 2009 - Best New Character (for the main protagonist Ezio) (Readers' choice)
    • 2009 - Best Original Music (Readers' choice)
    • 2009 - Most Improved Sequel (Readers' choice)
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Cultural Appreciation Award
    • 2009 - Music to Our Ears' Award
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Action Adventure Game

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