Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

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  1. However, this content pack falls prey to the same problem as the Battle of Forli does - its content belonged in the original game in the first place.
  2. The second expansion to Assassin's Creed II is better and longer than the first, but there's still a sense of a rip-off when these levels weren't included in the original game.
  3. 74
    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.
  4. The first downloadable content (DLC) for Assassin's Creed 2 was anything but spectacular. Luckily round two fares a whole lot better. Bonfire of the Vanities shifts from the combat oriented nature of the first DLC towards more focus on stealth and assassinations. Successfully assassinating your targets using stealth techniques is rewarding and makes the content, although short, very enjoyable.
  5. 60
    The strength of Bonfire of the Vanities is that all the assassinations are highly challenging. [Issue#191, p.93]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    When I played Bonfire of the Vanities I was already angry for ''being forced'' to buy this probably bad DLC by the surely bad Battle of Forli and its cliffhanger ending. Well, the good news is that this DLC pack is considerably better than the last. It has much more substance: it offers ten missions, three new Templar Lairs to explore and the Sprint Jump, which allows you to jump a lot farther; even if just in a single area of the game. The story is also better and has a great historical context; visiting an important event in the history of Italy. The missions are also more varied and creative. However, it still fells stupid that the object around which the story of the whole Assassin's Creed series revolves around, the Apple of Eden, is treated as such a common, lowly item in both DLC packs. It is stolen, retrieved, used as a bargain chip and carried around in people's pockets. Unexplainable. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    The Bonfire of Vanities DLC for Assassin's Creed II can be bought from the Playstation Store or get free on the game of the year edition. It includes a sneaking mission which can be really frustrating - and you can't skip it! So even if you get it free from the GOTY version, you could be stuck for that mission and that sucks. It's one the hardest in this game so I could only suggest this to them who likes a really nice challenge. For other gamers, there isn't much here. Full Review »