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Assassin's Creed II (PS3)
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- EZIO, A NEW ASSASSIN FOR A NEW ERA - Ezio Auditore da Firenze is a young Italian noble who will learn the ways of the assassins after his family was betrayed and he looks to seek vengeance. He is a lady’s man, a free soul with panache yet has a very human side to his personality. Through him, you become a master assassin.
- RENAISSANCE ITALY - Italy in the 15th century was less a country and more a collection of city-states where families with political and economic strength began to take leadership roles in cities like Florence and Venice. This journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world takes place in a time in history where culture and art were born alongside some of the most auspicious stories of corruption, greed and murder.
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
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Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard
EZIO, A NEW ASSASSIN FOR A NEW ERA - Ezio Auditore da Firenze is a young Italian noble who will learn the ways of the assassins after his family was betrayed and he looks to seek vengeance. He is a lady's man, a free soul with panache yet has a very human
Renaissance Italy isn't the usual sort of setting for a video game, but then Assassin's Creed isn't one to play by the rules. Ezio Auditore di Firenze is yet another ancestor of modern day Desmond Miles - a nobleman out to avenge the death of his family in the guise of a shadowy assassin.
Ezio is just as dangerous an assassin as his forebear
|Da Vinci's glider is just one of the gadgets on offer|
|The level of detail in the graphics is astonishing|
|The canals of Venice come in very handy for stealth attacks|
Like the last game you're given total freedom to explore multiple cities, but with greatly improved parkour skills and the new ability to swim. There's also a lot more variety in the missions you undertake - the main complaint with the original game- so you'll never feel you're just doing the same tasks over and over again.
Combat has also been completely overhauled, with dozens of different weapons and a new health system. With no less than Leonardo da Vinci acting as your very own Q style gadget master this stunning sequel improves on every element of the original.Key Features
- Renaissance man: Play as an all-new character in 15th century Italy, with new abilities, new weapons and a whole new world to explore.
- The spice of life: Massively improved mission variety, with new freeform mission structures and many more random events.
- Tools of the trade: All-new combat system lets you steal weapons from your opponents, use dual hidden blades and even an early form of pistol.
- Real history: Meet historical figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli and Lorenzo de' Medici, all of whom can offer you their own unique brand of aid.
- Tourist spots: Explore real world locations including Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany, as well as specific landmarks such as the Grand Canal and St Mark's Basilica.
Ubisoft's huge development studio in Canada has created many of the French publisher's biggest hits, including the Splinter Cell series, the modern Prince of Persia games, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Assassin's Creed, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja and the Far Cry sequels and spin-offs.
Top Customer Reviews
Assassin's Creed II is without doubt one of the most exponentially improved sequels in modern gaming memory. Ubisoft Montreal have obviously listened to user feedback, made improvements in a multitude of ways and developed a sequel with pacing and depth that the first game unquestionably lacked. As someone who wasn't a particular fan of the original, this game is probably the nicest surprise and best use of its source premise this year alongside the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Taking place in 15th Century Renaissance Italy this time as opposed to Third Crusade-era Israel, ACII casts the player as young ruffian nobleman Ezio Auditore on his various misadventures around the city; brawling with a rival family, running errands for his father and stealing illicit visits to his girlfriend. Before long his family is disgraced and his relatively carefree lifestyle is turned upside down as he uncovers his father's legacy and takes the fight to their betrayers.Read more ›
It's an excellent absorbing game and is a league above the original Assassin's Creed. It takes a few hours before some of the developments in the game unfold and to be honest they are still unfolding so by this time next week there may be a whole heap more. To give some examples:
- Blending into crowds is much better implemented, you actually have to position yourself in the middle of moving groups to blend, not just press one button. Trying to make your way without being seen requires more stealth and it's very easy to become exposed at a critical moment.
- Introduction of armour, greater variety of weapons through merchants
- More combat moves. Combat is still a bit easy, but there is more that you can do with it.
- More sub-plots to break up the main plot (well to be accurate there weren't any in the original game, since I don't count picking up flags as fun, but now there are quite a number). Overall this looks like it should take quite a lot longer to complete and sub-plots are more reminisent of something like Oblivion.
- You need to seek out doctors for medical potions instead of just sitting still to heal
- Different groups you can hire to help e.g, thiefs, soldiers, prostitutes
- Missions vary and do not follow as predictable formats as the original and have proper plot development
Basically, if you liked the original, you should really like this. If you weren't particularly keen on the original but like games like Oblivion, this should have more to entertain you than the original.
The story revolves around the "Animus", a machine which makes it possible for the player to view the genetic memories of protagonist Desmond Miles' ancestors, a long line of assassins. This time you are based in late 15 century Italy during the Renaissance and take control of a young nobleman-turned-assassin named Ezio Auditore da Firenze who after witnessing his family killed goes on a journey to uncover a hidden conspiracy after the murder of his family.
The graphics are pretty much the same as the first game with a few jitters in frame rate from time to time.
Not much has changed in the way of controls, a few more moves have been added and the free running works well it seems until you are in a rush and little things like jumping away from a wall you are climbing or diving off buildings when you didn't want to can be frustration and time consuming especially when you are against the clock. This however is a small problem and once I learnt to let go of "X" at places I deemed dodgy areas then I found this problem happening less and less.
The battle system is mostly the same, you now can take weapons from your enemies and vice versa but for me this makes the combat even easier than before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game but the manual was missing and I was told I couldn't have a replacement only refund so I kept it.Published 4 months ago by Stuart Carey
a very good representation of 15th century Italy. except for the accents. just. don't. fantastic game though.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Kerr