Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Assassin’s Creed II is a gem, a truly masterpiece also on PC. Developing a new economic system, and bringing more attention to combats, notoriety and context-script, Ubisoft achieves an awesome and epic experience. This sequel is far better than the first one.
  2. Massive adventure with plenty of action, addressing every flaw of the first game in some way while adding tons of new gameplay features. Story, characters, combat... the mix is just perfect and the PC conversion is almost flawless.
  3. Despite the foolish DRM and six months after the consoles release, Assassin's Creed 2 is still an incredible adventure with a deep and rich world, an engaging story and loads of contents.
  4. A prime example of the genre that is even better on PC and well worth waiting for. [Issue#31, p.48]
  5. Assassin’s Creed II on PC is the same thing that it was last year on consoles – truly one of the best games you can play these days. Excellent lessons in history (and of killing people). [Issue#189]
  6. A worthy sequel with all the parkour fun and swashbuckling joy of the original, and a bunch more game for your money. [Apr 2010, p.88]
  7. DRM aside, quite possibly one of the years best PC games. [Apr 2010]
  8. Immense amounts to do. [May 2010, p.74]
  9. A very good port of a brilliant game with improved graphics and smooth gameplay . Unfortunately you have to stay connected to the internet due to Ubisoft’s anti-piracy protection.
  10. 90
    Assassin's Creed 2 maintains the character of the first game, but gets rid of the repetitiveness and brings along a more atmospheric storyline. It fascinates from the start; the smooth gameplay and fun free running are enjoyable and liberating. Missions are based on the foundations of the first game, but are given more variety and that’s a big positive.
  11. 89
    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.
  12. That’s how a sequel should be done. There’s a better story and a much more charming hero. Even the few flaws of the game can’t hurt the great overall impression.
  13. Assassin’s Creed 2 is one of those rare sequels which managed to correct a large part of the gameplay flaws from its predecessor, but which, ironically, is brought down by the technological aspects.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1306 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 122
  2. Negative: 22 out of 122
  1. DisappointedCustomer
    Apr 27, 2010
    2
    10 points for a stunning, immersive game. -8 points for the horrifically invasive DRM that boots me out randomly every couple of hours. Finally sick of this BS, I have now uninstalled the legit version of the game and am playing the cracked version. Congratulations, Ubisoft, you've made me into a pirate. Yarrr. Full Review »
  2. Matt
    Jun 13, 2010
    10
    I am rating this purely on the game itself, not the Ubisoft DRM (which i didn't need to worry about because i cracked the game[shhh tell no one!]). The graphics, beautiful. The Free running, excellent, some tweaks made to improve it, and endless fun to be had. The story, FANTASTIC, and WAY better than Assassins creed 1. There is more to do, and a wider, more diverse range of directions to go, so it is not the same things over and over again. And the events that are taking place interest you and draw you in. The Combat system remains largely unchanged, but larger scale of enemy difficulties makes for some more challenging and often more enjoyable fights. And I love the cash aspect of this game. Instead of just having a sword and a dagger, the ability to buy and upgrade weapons, to save for the next one, is great! Plus the ability to upgrade the Villa (Sort of home town) in order to gain more revenue is good as. So, based purely on playing the game itself, i give it a 10. I give Ubisoft a 0 for trying their hardest to lose as many customers as they can, but admittedly they've put out a damn good game. I will add that this is an obvious console port, with the menu better controllable with keys, as well as the game telling you to press the "hand" key rather than the shift key (the HUD has an Xbox button style diamond like in Assassins Creed 1, with images corresponding to each button on an Xbox controller). Once you get past this, and the keys become muscle memory, you will have no more issues with it. I would give it 9.5/10 but there's no such option so I'm rounding up. Full Review »
  3. Nick
    Mar 12, 2010
    0
    Any game that treats you like a criminal simply isn't worth paying for, and isn't worth playing. The draconian DRM ruins any fun I might have had, since my spotty internet connection means I keep getting booted out of the game. Full Review »