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  • Summary: Assassin's Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin's Creed brand. In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed byAssassin's Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin's Creed brand. In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance plunges players into an epic story that offers more variety in missions, surprising and engaging new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed as well as entice players new to the brand. [Ubisoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    The sequel has arguably changed for the better in just about every conceivable way...Assassin's Creed II truly offers an experience like no other, one that mixes history and brutality to sheer perfection. And it's absolutely massive. [Holiday 2009, p.38]
  2. Assassin’s Creed II is a worthy successor of one the most intriguing new franchises we have seen in a long time.
  3. Not only an unreservedly brilliant and compelling follow-up, but one of the finest games we’ve ever played. Boasting a suitably grand soundtrack, majestic aesthetics and masterful level design, Assassin’s Creed II is everything we could have ever wished for and so much more. Forget Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II is without a doubt this year’s biggest and best.
  4. Assassin's Creed was easily one of my favorite games of the last decade, and I love the sequel even more. It has managed to improve on almost every aspect of the game, despite missing a couple of obvious and unfortunate mistakes. This side trip to Italy is a truly fantastic vacation and worth every dollar, euro, or gold Florin.
  5. Perhaps the ultimate testimony is the fact that it left us longing for another sequel, something the original certainly never achieved.
  6. Assassin's Creed II is more than a great sequel because it does things the first game couldn't even hope to accomplish. There are tons of surprises in store, so if you enjoyed the original – or even if you only kind of liked it – this is one of those sequels that absolutely must be played.
  7. To say the least, Assassin’s Creed II is a disappointment – not because it’s bad, but because we were promised so much more. Everything Ubisoft claimed they were changing has stayed the same, and what little new touches they’ve included fail to impact in the long run.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 238
  1. Oct 2, 2010
    10
    Probably the best game i've played, ever. The story is interesting and complex, the gameplay is brilliant (fixed every bad thing from theProbably the best game i've played, ever. The story is interesting and complex, the gameplay is brilliant (fixed every bad thing from the first game) and the graphics make you feel like you're really in 1500 and in Italy. Amazing. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2017
    10
    El videojuego es mucho mejor que el titulo anterior. Es porque con más presupuesto usaron otro motor gráfico. La jugabilidad es casi la mismaEl videojuego es mucho mejor que el titulo anterior. Es porque con más presupuesto usaron otro motor gráfico. La jugabilidad es casi la misma con mejoras, ya se puede nadar en el agua o en los ríos de Italia. La época del renacimiento está bien, el enfrentar a los Medicis, a Sabonarola, a Rodrigo Borgia. Y el conocer a Da Vinci, a Catherina Esforza, ver más de la hermandad es un acierto. La pelea final es un duelo a puño limpio con el antagonista, y la revelación final asombra.

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    The video game is much better than the previous title. It's because with more budget they used another graphic engine. The gameplay is almost the same with improvements; you can already swim in the water or in the rivers of Italy. The Renaissance period is fine, facing the Medicis, Sabonarola, and Rodrigo Borgia. And knowing Da Vinci, Catherina Esforza, seeing more of the brotherhood is a success. The final fight is a duel with a clean fist with the antagonist, and the final revelation amazes.
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  3. Jun 19, 2013
    10
    It's hard to hate Ezio. He is one of the best character ever created. And he lives in the best Assassin's Creed game there is. This improvesIt's hard to hate Ezio. He is one of the best character ever created. And he lives in the best Assassin's Creed game there is. This improves everything about the 1st one. The combat, the stealth, the story, the location everything. To me and many other it is a masterpiece. Expand
  4. BobbyR
    Nov 27, 2009
    9
    I find it funny that people either love this game or love to hate this game. I can see some respects of both, it's not the perfect game, I find it funny that people either love this game or love to hate this game. I can see some respects of both, it's not the perfect game, but it is NOT worth a 2 rating unless someone was looking for a shooter and stumbled on this thinking "wait this isn't halo?WTF, i'm giving this a 2!" It's easy to overlook some flaws in the game such as minor glitches that will see your character get stuck on a wall, but the overall look, feel and story to the game is incredible. Compared to the first game, this is better, there is an actual plot to this story other than politics. The AI may not be the best, but compared to other games, this is far better. One reviewed said that the crowd didn't react to the character falling out of the sky... well this is a game and not every little aspect can be taken into account, especially with the depth this game has. Anyways I think this game is one of the best games I have played in a while, incorporating all the right features for a spectacular adventure. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2013
    9
    8.6 out of 10 (rounded off to 9).

    Huge improvement to the first one. They fixed the issues and made the missions much more varying and fun.
    8.6 out of 10 (rounded off to 9).

    Huge improvement to the first one. They fixed the issues and made the missions much more varying and fun. Finding collectibles feels rewarding and the environments are much more fun to explore.

    I still find the gameplay repetitive at times, the whole control-scheme still needs a bit more polish and the new inventory- and shop-system feels clunky. For example, once you've purchased a new armor, you instantly equip it and the only way to equip another armor again is to gallop all the way back to your mansion. But over-all, I must give it to the Ubisoft Montreal studio, they've really made a huge improvement in their relatively new series.
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  6. Feb 2, 2017
    8
    This is the penultimate Assassin's Creed game I played, since I ended up getting tired of the mechanics of the saga and have not playedThis is the penultimate Assassin's Creed game I played, since I ended up getting tired of the mechanics of the saga and have not played anymore up to date.

    However, I must recognize AC II is quite a good game, which takes many of the positive aspects from its predecessor and improves them while adding new elements. Technically powerful and with a decent plot for a game, I would actually recommend it, if and when you are not swamped about playing the same AC game over and over again (apart from a new setting and some new weapons and options).
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  7. DajaJ
    Nov 20, 2009
    0
    The game is the same as AC the graphics are bad and the story is just stupid and the ending is really bad enough said do not buy this game.

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