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4.0 out of 5 stars
Assassin's Creed 2.8, 4 Dec. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This game certainly has a great impact. The story comes to an explosive start (literally), and you're hooked in right away, as you find out what takes Ezio to Rome. There are stacks of new impressive weapons (the poison darts, crossbow and the addition of heavy weapons are a favourite), as well as interesting new aspects of the game. You really feel like you're creating an uprising in Rome against the Borgia and the Templars, as you send your own assassins on missions around Europe, and you strive to tear down Borgia Rome one district at a time. This side is amazing. I really hope they next game pursues this further because the potential here is very exciting.
That all said though, you hit a point in the game where it all wears off a little. It still feels a bit easy, though the addition of 100% synchronisation is a welcome addition (where you have the chance to complete a mission 'perfectly'). I also agree with one of the other reviews, in that the targets feel a bit dull. You never get to build up to an assassination enough, you just get the target, follow a lead and kill. There's not enough back story around it, and this isn't helped by a weak script. AC2 does a much better job. In this sense the game does feel a bit thrown together. On top of that the ending missions to the game feel very rough, glitch-ridden and perhaps rushed. Too much happens to quickly. On Desmond's side of things, the overarching plot leaves you hungry for more, but Ezio's ending is less satisfying. I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll see yourself if you play it... Overall, the single player is good fun, but it still feels like more could be achieved. The game lacks any real depth, and no matter how big Rome is, you'll still miss having a few different cities to visit.
The multiplayer is great, and endless fun. Not much to say here - read the other glowing reviews.
Verdict: Worth buying, but see it as more of a glorified expansion pack. It offers more than just extra missions and weapons. There is a lot of fun to be had. Just don't expect the same jump as between AC1 and AC2.