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IGN (Feb 19, 2010)
I wouldn't call Bonfire of the Vanities a must play, but there are certainly worse ways Assassin's fans could spend four bucks and a couple hours. This is a fun little side story that lets us kill a few more bad guys in Renaissance Italy. The audio glitches are disappointing and more effort could have been put into presenting the story, but keep your expectations in check and you'll have a good time at this bonfire.
GameSpot (Mar 02, 2010)
Bonfire of the Vanities retails for $4 (320 Microsoft points), though for an extra $3, you can also get bundled with it three Templar hideouts that were included in the Assassin's Creed II Collector's Edition. These platforming-heavy areas are fun to investigate and worth the additional cash if you don't already own that version of the game. Either way, this downloadable add-on is an imperfect but mostly worthwhile return to one of 2009's best adventures.
Thunderbolt Games (Feb 22, 2010)
The Bonfire of the Vanities is a definite improvement on the disappointing Battle of Forli, though it’s still difficult to call it a must-buy. The new assassination missions are a lot of fun if you’re itching to jump back into Assassin’s Creed II again, and for around two hours of gameplay you can’t argue with the price. But if you’ve had your ACII fill then there’s nothing here, or in the Battle of Forli, that will convince you otherwise.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Feb 23, 2010)
Completists will certainly enjoy the three Templars' Lairs bundled alongside The Bonfire of the Vanities, but being forced to buy the accompanying memory sequence to access them leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If Ubisoft plans to release any more DLC for Assassin's Creed II, then some serious quality control is in order.
Game Revolution (Mar 09, 2010)
If you want (nay, need) to know what happens right before the end of Ezio's journey and don't mind paying for it, Bonfire of Vanities is worth playing through, if not only for the fun, varied missions and the story. Keep in mind, though, this is no expansion pack.