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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: 19 out of 300
  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. May 30, 2020
    10
    Es un juego increíble con una jugabilidad y gráficos muy buenos para el momento en que salio, además de una trama exelente y muy atrapante.
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    This game is a must buy, in my opinion the best in the series. The story is so interesting and good its crazy. The combat is pretty fun butThis game is a must buy, in my opinion the best in the series. The story is so interesting and good its crazy. The combat is pretty fun but does get repetitive. The way you can climb up stuff is so fun and the open world id amazing. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2019
    9
    Playing Assassin's Creed II for PS3 straight after finishing the first Assassin's Creed entry for the first time felt like I had left thePlaying Assassin's Creed II for PS3 straight after finishing the first Assassin's Creed entry for the first time felt like I had left the tutorial sewer dungeons rusty grates behind me and entered into the beautiful and fresh unknown. There are so many gameplay features that are introduced to you over the first 5 hours but you still get some more surprise gameplay sections later in the game. Running up and over rooftops is smoother/faster than before making the free run/parkour very smooth, though there are still some issues in regards to getting your character to do what you want him to do resulting in unwanted jumps to your death. The combat is vastly improved on all fronts including unarmed combat allowing for exciting fights with the city guards. Enemies now have a basic health indicator above their heads to help you keep track of how much damage you have done to each one which is a godsend during bouts with numerous angry men. Grabbing opponents can now involve head butting and kicking. Different weapon types are better for fighting certain guards. You can now fight with your hidden blade! And air assassinations are extremely fun to pull off. There is so much to this game it would take more than the allotted review character count for me to discuss it all but I like to keep things brief. With that said onto the next topic.

    No spoilers here with the story, but what I can say... coming from the super serious first entry, I was surprised to see/hear both serious themes and plenty of humourous scenes which on occasion had me laughing out loud. Gripping to the end but can be hard to keep track of character names and how many years have gone by since you have last seen them even with the ingame logbook entries. I wanted more all the time and the game kept on giving throughout my playthrough.

    The graphics are lush and look very detailed, with lots of characters on the screen at the same time. This is where we see the games most noticeable negative, like the first entry, the game shows us that it is not very well optimised for the PS3's hardware. Screen tearing and framerate is a bit grating when you view the Italian cities and towns from above or run through some of the larger open areas with lots of people walking about their day. And not too distant objects like trees and fences can suddenly pop into view. While these problems do not make the game unplayable they are certainly a distraction at times. In the beginning scenes I did feel some character faces looked out of proportion, like a certain ladies mouth. But otherwise overall the cities looked just as breathtaking as the other cities in the first game.

    I did not like the situation with DLC, the publishers took two sequences out of the late game and sold it to us as DLC. They even leave the gap in the sequence numbers to represent that you do not have the full game. I am pleased to say while both pieces of paid for content extend the game by a few hours and are just as entertaining as the previous 30 hours of the game experience (I 100% every game I play where possible) I consider the 'missing' story inconsequential.

    Overall a phenomenal experience, only slightly marred by a few poor decisions by the publishers/developers. If I had a choice I would give this a well deserved 88/100 but Metacritic only allow User Scores out of 10... so 9/10 will have to do. Looking forward to playing AC: Brotherhood to 100% completion soon if ACII is anything to go by.
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  5. May 3, 2013
    9
    Loved this game. Was very much like actively participating in an epic movie. Really liked how the camera auto adjusted during game play andLoved this game. Was very much like actively participating in an epic movie. Really liked how the camera auto adjusted during game play and found the controls logical and simple to coordinate.
    Only thing that I had big issues with was the gun weapon was impossible to aim, but from what I can tell this was a glitch in my game and not many others.
    Other than that, this game made me a big fan of the Assassins Creed story and I was eagerly left waiting for more.
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  6. May 8, 2015
    8
    The game is great and all, but oh my the sh*tty cash grabs it left in its wake... A great start to a terrible evil boring repetitiveThe game is great and all, but oh my the sh*tty cash grabs it left in its wake... A great start to a terrible evil boring repetitive money-making series. Expand
  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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