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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 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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  1. Positive: 69 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. A huge improvement over the first game, Assassin’s Creed II offers up an enormous, beautiful open world that’s easy to get lost in, an epic storyline and all the fun that comes from creatively killing villains and tearing across 15th-century rooftops at ridiculous speeds.
  2. Assassin’s Creed II is a worthy successor of one the most intriguing new franchises we have seen in a long time.
  3. A huge improvement over the original, every element has been looked at and worked on making it a joy to play. Another must have top title.
  4. 91
    AC2 is everything a sequel ought to be: An improvement on the original in nearly every way. Perhaps more impressively, it actually has me interested to see where the series goes from here -- something I wouldn't have expected after I slogged my way through the original. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will definitely like AC2, but the real accomplishment is that people who didn't enjoy it will likely have a good time, too.
  5. Assassin's Creed II is such an improvement compared to its predecessor that it feels like a completely new game, rather than just a sequel. The varied missions really shine and the narrative is very effective, in all it's Forrest Gump-esque glory. Despite the quite slow start, Ezios adventures in beautiful Florence and Venice both look and feel amazing, and are well worth experiencing to the very end.
  6. After the first game turned out to not be as good as expected, the interest in a sequel waned, but AC2 did a great job of redeeming itself and with any luck those who were turned off by the original will at least give the sequel a try, because it truly is a greatly improved game.
  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 191
  1. Oct 2, 2010
    Probably 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. GodhevalC
    Dec 3, 2009
    This was the game I had been waiting for all year. Ubisoft Montreal has consistently produced titles that fit into my top ten and AC2 is no exception. About as close to a perfect gaming experience as I could ask for. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2014
    Assassin's Creed II brings alot more to the table compared to it's predecessor.

    It improves on any aspects of the game that were bringing
    down the first game, including getting rid of it's linear and repetitive questline. This brings more meaning and a much better and stronger story and main questline.

    All other aspects from the previous game still remain and there's tons more stuff you can do whilst free-roaming.

    Overall, it's a great open world adventure game that can keep you entertained for quite some time.
  4. Dec 4, 2010
    Assassin's creed 2 is the sequel to the upseting assassin's creed so should we think any better of it and the answer is Hell Yeah. Assassin's creed 2 is a better game over all with a deep stroy of italian assassin Ezio Auditore and his tale of revenge but a better story isnt the only reason why this game is awesome. assassins creed 2 adds new features to the series by giving you new tools for assassinating your targets along with a better free running experience and better gameplay over all, now everything is smoother and more fun in fact there is so much to do that it turns from about a 15 hour game to about a 20 hour game or even more. the game is so well done i actually felt sad when i was finished with it i just wish the game was a bit longer but then again thats why they mad brotherhood isn't it. i cant simplify this enough if you dont have or had assassins creed 2 the time to act is now go to the store and buy this ubisoft masterpiece Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2013
    This game is probably the most improved sequel outside of Just cause 2 ever, almost everything the original game failed at this game succeeds massively with. The combat is far better and the missions are varied. The story is so much better as instead of playing as a faceless assassin like in the first game, you're a charming Italian guy who injects a much needed sense of humor into the game. The environments are more varied and much nicer than the original and the fantastic parkour remains fun. The soundtrack is also very well done and even memorable at times. The game is also very lengthy taking hours upon hours to do everything. Only problem is the best strategy in combat is still to keep countering and blocking constantly and two of the 14 sequences are DLC which is a bit unfair. Other than that though It's a fantastic sequel and great game. Expand
  6. May 12, 2014
    Released in 2009 and developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed II is a unique and compelling adventure through renaissance Italy, placing the protagonist at the front lines of history in a way that no game has ever done prior. It expands on the foundation laid down by its predecessor, improving on many different mechanics while remaining faithful to the formula. In this way, Assassin’s Creed II signifies what makes a true sequel, and does it exceptionally well. It certainly has a few loose wires in its system, but nothing that keeps it from being a wonderful experience that should not be missed.

    Assassin’s Creed II is an inspiring success as a sequel, improving and expanding on nearly every aspect and mechanic of the first game, and adding plenty of new and meaningful features into a wonderful mix. It does this with an excellent story with plenty of characters, a good economic system, improved gameplay, a good amount of worthy optional-missions, fantastic cities and atmosphere, and a superb soundtrack. It does have some snags, such as slightly repetitious assassinations, some poorly designed side-activities, and combat that has remained clunky. But fortunately, the experience is not overwhelmingly hindered by those blights. Assassin’s Creed II is one of the most inspiring game experiences of its time, and Ezios quest for vengeance is one that you will not regret taking part in.

    The Positive
    + Splendid story with plenty of characters
    + Various new and useful features and improvements
    + Most of the side missions are gratifying
    + Ambient cities and atmosphere
    + Superb soundtrack

    The Negative
    - Somewhat repetitious assassinations
    - Some side-activities are poorly designed
  7. DajaJ
    Nov 20, 2009
    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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