Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. It's the better of the two downloadable chapters, but you'll need to buy both to fully appreciate it.
  3. This DLC is really good, and offers a few hours of great gameplay. Every single mission is studied to give the player the chance to consider how to play. With this DLC, players gain the possibility of exploring a brand new zone of Florence. Some audio issues ruin the experience, at least in the Italian version, but it's just a minor problem.
  4. The Bonfire of the Vanities is a definite improvement on the disappointing Battle of Forli, though it’s still difficult to call it a must-buy.
  5. This add-on is a flawed but refreshing way to revisit Renaissance Italy.
  6. 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.
  7. Completists will certainly enjoy the three Templars' Lairs bundled alongside The Bonfire of the Vanities, but being forced to buy the accompanying memory sequence to access them leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  8. 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.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Aug 18, 2014
    1
    I basically ruined Assassin's Creed 2 by installing this garbage. Its in-line with the regular game, so I MUST complete this now, apparently.I basically ruined Assassin's Creed 2 by installing this garbage. Its in-line with the regular game, so I MUST complete this now, apparently. It is a package of mostly instant-fail stealth missions. You know, the type of mission that is the worst thing the video game industry has ever come up with. The mission's aren't so much hard as trial and error until you find the right pattern the developers wanted you to use. And even when you figure it out, half the time the game's wonky controls will make you jump off a ledge for no reason. I highly recommend you do not install this piece of trash. Full Review »
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    8
    The most challenging Assassination missions in the game are in this add-on. The new maneuver is pointless, but the story and actuallyThe most challenging Assassination missions in the game are in this add-on. The new maneuver is pointless, but the story and actually difficult missions are worth the price. Full Review »
  3. May 9, 2011
    7
    Quite interesting DLC: long, with nine kills that can be completed in various ways, just as the original AC. I really enjoy it. However, itQuite interesting DLC: long, with nine kills that can be completed in various ways, just as the original AC. I really enjoy it. However, it has no achievements Full Review »