Name: Assassin's Creed II
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Description: This is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2007 action adventure game, Assassin's Creed, which blew gamers away with an entirely new system of gameplay involving swordfights, extreme platforming, and stealthy assassination. Now, Ubisoft Montreal's done it again with the sequel, Assassin's Creed 2! Unlike its predecessor, this game has you playing as Ezio Auditore, an Italian teenager who spends his time doing typical teenage boy stuff: getting in fights, going after girls, and generally climbing atop random structures with his brother for the fun of it. The game takes place in Renaissance Age Italy, in the city of Florence, where the Auditore family ranks highly as the owners of a city bank. It's only when Ezio's father and two brothers are taken as criminals awaiting execution that Ezio decides to focus on his responsibilities to his family. Ezio retrieves documents containing proof of their innocence at his father's request, but a family friend destroys the documents to save his own hide. The forces Ezio to take up his father's mantle as an Assassin, and take vengeance upon those that have destroyed his family, only to place him into a story far more complex, involving Assassins of old, Templars, and Pieces of Eden.
Story and Setting:
All in all, Assassin's Creed 2 has an amazing storyline, maybe not so much for its primary story, but the side story is quite intriguing and eventful. Okay, scratch that, the main story is pretty good too. Authentic Italian accents and wording really pull you into Renaissance Italy, and you get to visit such fantastic cities as Florence and Venice. It's obvious early on when Ezio's father and brothers are killed that you will be on a quest for vengeance, but, after meeting Uncle Mario (who actually says "It's a-me, Mario!" in his Italian accent), Ezio is set on the path of becoming a true Assassin and fights against many in the now complex Templar organization to protect the ones he cares about, and safeguard the precious Pieces of Eden. You will find out through puzzles that remind anyone of a Dan Brown book that these pieces exchange hands throughout history, being held by such familiar figures as Napoleon Bonaparte, John the Baptist, and even Franklin Delano Roosevelt. With each solution of a puzzle, you will unlock a piece of The Truth, a 30-piece video that will keep you mystified for a long time, especially upon completion. For being 500 years in the past, the characters are very humanly and accurate for the time, such as Leonardo Da Vinci's hidden taste for machine engineering, and Ezio's dislike for the new drink, "cafe," and flirtacious habits towards the women of Italy.
AC2 plays a lot like the first game, but with major improvements, such as the lack of repetitive assassinating-then-running scenarios. Flag collectibles from the first game have been replaced by feathers, hidden glyphs, codex pages that reveal the story's secrets, and a variety of weapons and armors to be bought. With the invention of working medicine, healing supplies can now be purchased (that's right, purchased, as in, with money) from doctors, while weapon, armor, and supply shops dot the large cities of the game's world. Each new item in the game will increase the value of the real estate around Ezio's family villa, and this will net you plenty of cash to use in the game as well. New abilities include a second hidden blade that can be used for double assassinations, but the two can also be used together to fight in close quarters combat. Ezio later gets a mounted gun attached to his wrist that is inaccurate, but worth it to use a gun in sixteenth century Italy. Leonardo even lets Ezio use his flying machine, something he's been working on for a long time now, to fly around the skies of Venice. Of course, lets not forget that you can climb like a monkey up pretty much anything in the game that looks grabbable.
Play and Replay Value:
This game will definitely keep you at it for many hours, what with the collectibles and money earning and armor buying and weapon getting and whatnot, as well as the Assassin's Tombs that you'll need to get past in order to unlock the armor of Altair. One play is definitely good enough for any player, but a die hard fan may want to keep at it in another game so as to try without upgrading armor or something. The Truth, the main story, the arsenal, the climbing, the running, the characters, the assassinations ( ), and the all around epicness makes this game totally worth getting for any fan the action-adventure genre.
Overall: 9.0 out of 10
Assassin's Creed II is a very good game, but it's not perfect. The controls are good, the characters are great, and the story is mind-blowing, but one may find it disappointing (even though this shouldn't be a surprise) that the main focus of the game is still to assassinate a list of targets. This stays pretty unique though, as each target is handled quite differently from the rest. Ezio's arsenal, far more advanced and diverse than Altair's, doesn't really seem to get old since there's plenty of different approaches to each enemy. You really get to climb and jump around throughout huge sections of major Italian cities, while stealing, killing, blending, shopping, SWIMMING (GASP!), and whatever else you want to do. Overall, it's a freakin' good game, unless you're Weeber and you only like WW2 Call of Duty games or the not-as-serious games made by Valve.
9.0 sounds about accurate. I'd say it improves the first game, disagreeing with DRS, but it still doesn't seem perfect.
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