Assassin’s Creed II Game Review

Assassin's Creed II Game Review
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Assassin's Creed II Game Review
 

The Story

The game continues shortly after the events of Assassin’s Creed, where, in 2012, Desmond Miles (Nolan North) is still a prisoner at Abstergo Industries after searching the memories of his ancestor, the Assassin Altaïr, in the Animus. Abstergo, the modern-day Knights Templar, had been using Desmond to locate powerful out-of-place artifacts called “Pieces of Eden.” Using the “Eagle Vision” ability he gained as a result of the “bleeding effect” (from overexposure to the Animus), Desmond is able to see messages and symbols written in blood on his bedroom wall, written by the former test subject, named “Subject 16 (Cam Clarke)”. Lucy Stillman (Kristen Bell), a former researcher for Abstergo and an Assassin, frees Desmond and brings him to a secret hideout used by herself and two other Assassins, historian Shaun Hastings (Danny Wallace) and computer expert Rebecca Crane (Eliza Schneider). With their own version of the Animus, dubbed the ‘Animus 2.0’, they invite Desmond to help them discover the memories of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, for two reasons: to train Desmond in Assassin skills through the bleeding effect, and to find other Pieces of Eden.

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The Gameplay

I’m surprised how other sites rated it highly. The game started off alright but once we time travel back to the historic character, it’s &*(^%(*@#$^%(* time!!!

Firstly there were no tutorials, I know I played the previous AC before but that was quite a while ago. The first annoying scene was the introduction of the child, the developers could’ve at least mentioned the exact KEY instead of the symbol.

Here’s a typical scene where the game shows you a TIP but not telling you what exactly to press.

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

How am I suppose to know which key is for that symbol? So yeah, ESC, click click click, refer. ESC again…………. oh wait, there’s another unfamiliar key. Oh darn. Repeat.

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

Then the next point of annoyance was the part where you’re to race against your brother. Don’t worry, it contributes nothing to the story. It’s just the developer’s way to annoy you. I was annoyed so much that I felt like abandoning the game right there. Yup, that’s how bad it was. No training whatsoever, the developer thinks that everyone else is capable of completing such a challenge with ease.

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

Let’s consider this, I’ve played my share of Prince of Persia games before Assassin’s Creed was released and I’ve played Assassin’s Creed as well, and even so, it took me about 15 tries just to get used to the character control, plus my experience on possible key combo for the player. I couldn’t imagine how a newbie would fare. Probably abandon the game already? After all, there’s no way to cancel the challenge either. You must complete it before you’re able to progress, to even reach the showing of the title of the game!

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

Those annoying details aside, the game seems to be a lot better than the first one in the sense that it’s really OPEN and has a non-linear gameplay. On the down side (or plus side, depending how you look at it) is that the game is much more complex than before, more things to pick up, more things to execute. For example, you could now hire courtesans to distract guards. Interesting eh?

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

There are also blacksmiths and doctors, among many other new things.

That said, the game was really super duper boring at the start. I mean really, I got so bored because I felt like I was playing “Ezio the Italian Errand Boy”. Deliver this, do that. Meet that person. Beat up that guy.

There are also more mission types, like escort, assassination, race, or even just beating up the husband who’s been cheating on his wife.

Graphics and Sound

Graphically the game looks superb, especially with the introduction of day and night to the game.

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

For the audio department, I find no memorable soundtrack but he sound effects are detailed and clear. Even the footsteps, chatter of the people around you are audible, often giving hint on possible enemies.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for something action packed all the way, this game isn’t for you. This game is about patiently playing the role of the character through the storyline, and it’s not surprising that those lacking skills to play might end up abandoning the game.

I’m giving the game a rather low score because I got annoyed silly by the horrid interface and lack of thought in catering for players.

Game Rating

Assassin's Creed II Game Review

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2 Comments


  1. I find some of the soundtracks quite good. especially the main theme and the variations of it. Although it is synthesized and mixed heavily digitally, the rhythm itself is great!

    I agree that this game is around 6~7 / 10 only tho. Too short for my taste, story’s great 🙂

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