As a fan of Assassin’s Creed, waiting for the release of the sequel made me very anxious. I enjoyed the first game very much and I wanted to see what kind of improvements they made in Assassin’s Creed II. This time you take on a character named Ezio Auditore De Firenze during the Italian Renaissance. Just like Altair, Ezio is also an ancestor of Desmond Miles, the young man who was kidnapped and put in the Animus in the first game.
Anyone who has played the first game will know that it has the same game style. If you loved the first game, then this is pretty much the same game with a new storyline. What about the new ways to kill people? What about the new effects and artificial intelligence? I find that this game is good, but still overrated. I played two hours and it’s the same game as the first one mixed in with some elements of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
When I got into the game and started killing people, I was pretty disappointed with the graphics. They make everything nice, but it looks like they did almost no work in terms of changing the engine at all. For example, when you take a weapon from an enemy and impale them, there is very little graphic work to it. It’s just polygons passing through another polygon- and you can tell. Ubisoft’s answer- filter that out with more blood. Adding blood makes any problems with the game go away. They added in a few more features to surprise your enemy and can even kill multiple enemies at once now. But when you take a look at the free running mechanics, it’s exactly the same. There’s really no big change to that.
During the cut scenes, I found Ezio’s voice actor very persuading. Especially when you have to watch his family get hung. The voice acting was very passable. I find this the best part of the game- how well they passed the storyline off. It was realistic and you could get a real feel for the game- except for passing off Leonardo Da Vinci as an accomplice to the Assassin’s Order. The whole story was great except for putting him into the game and using one of his flying machines.
Another change in the game is your health system. You will recover from minor injuries, but major ones require treatment. Yes it adds realism, but that takes away from what made the original what it was. Of course hiding in some hay would allow you to recover your health in the first game, now you cannot. I just find this more of a nuisance than a positive thing for my gameplay. They also added an economy system?
In summary, I find the game is good- I give it a solid B. Why just a B? I find that the gameplay and storyline is good, Ubisoft Montreal was just trying to incorporate too many elements into the game for an assassin game. It is one of the only single-player games I have seen requiring an internet connection- this leaves some people unable to play. Most people in the US have a solid internet connection, but what about the rest of the world? Ubisoft’s DRM is pretty aggressive. You drop your internet connection, and you can wind up with a few problems with your saving. I find that this game is a mix of Assassin’s Creed, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Grand Theft Auto. There are just too many things going on in the game that make it confusing. It’s a lot of fun, I won’t deny that. I just don’t think it’s worth 50 bucks. I’m disappointed with it, but I’d still recommend it to friends.