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4.7 out of 5 stars
Assassins Creed II: Game of The Year - Platinum Edition (PS3)
Platform: PlayStation3|Edition: Game of the Year|Change
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on 5 April 2012
"My name is Desmond Miles. I'm a prisoner of war ... a war I never knew existed, waged by two groups I never thought were real - Templars and Assassins."

At the end of Assassin's Creed we left Desmond Miles still in the hands of Abstergo, a rescue attempt having failed. His time in the Animus has also had a strange effect on him, it has enabled him to use the "eagle vision" that his ancestor Altair had used and as he watches Dr Warren Vidic and his assistant Lucy Stillman walk away Vidic has a red aura - enemies show in red.

Desmond must try to escape from Asbergo before they decide he is of no further use to them (like his 16 predecessors), but before be can think of what to do Lucy returns and puts him back into the animus and we witness the birth of Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. Ezio will be Desmond's new animus alter-ego, and Renaissance Italy will be his play-ground.

One of the best things about the AC games, for me, is the freedom-to-roam game play. You play the game at your pace and you can travel anywhere within the map (providing you have completed the necessary steps to open the area).

There are a number of mini side games - all available as you:

- villa statues - first of the collectables - collect all eight and place on their stands to receive hidden treasure along with a trophy "myth maker"

- glyphs - find the glyphs, solve the puzzles and discover what subject 16 left behind

- feathers - collect all 100 feathers and receive a special gift from Ezio's mother (if you collect and return more than 50 feathers you will receive a gift from Ezio's uncle)

- codex pages - to see what Altar did once he had the apple of eden

- seals - raid the Assassin's tombs and recover the 6 seals to get Altair's armour.

- paintings - purchase the latest and famous artworks and decorate the Villa Monteriggioni

- collect all the treasures and gain a trophy

There are many trophies to collect, for example "street cleaner" hide bodies in the piles of hay, and so on, and after a while you will receive the "street cleaner" trophy. Some of these trophies are automatic (you get them for completing a chapter of Ezio's life), some are easier to discover than others. I doubt I have discovered them all.

The controls are extremely natural to use (I'm a beginner at this game playing so the controls had to be easy to handle and they were).

With the "Platinum Edition" you receive the downloadable areas (DLC) as standard on the disc, meaning that you can use them without having to spend the extra money for a download. These are: "Battle for Forli", "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "Templar Lairs".

Remember to repair "Monteriggioni" to increase Ezio's income and allow him to purchase upgrades for armour and weaponry faster, as well as throwing coins to distract enemies, and bribe heralds. You need to return to the Villa and speak to Claudia in order to get your income and this can be a bit-of-a-bind when you are doing something else and keep getting the on-screen reminders that your income has reached the maximum.

When I played the Resident Evil games (on the Wii and more recently on PS3) I didn't think any other game franchise would be able to captivate me as much - that was until I started playing Assassin's Creed. Once I started playing AC I was hooked, not just by the game play but by the story too.

Assassin's Creed 2 has taken that further than I thought possible. I like the new avatar character of Ezio and the Renaissance period. I know an amount that period and it is interesting to see how they have linked it all together.

It is a superb game. One that has built on AC with both game play and story rather than regurgitating the same game play, or completely altering the game play that it is known for.
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on 30 July 2012
This game is the best game I have ever played!!! (Before playing any sequels)

If you liked the last game (or even only half enjoyed it) you will love this one. It has been kept really fresh, but with all the elements you loved in the last one (you know which ones). There are many different elements of play (from good old all-out assassination missions, to traversing caverns in search of lost treasure to stealthily sneaking into guarded areas to time-trial races up and over the rooftops...), meaning it never gets repetitive, and there is a lot of freedom, such as what you do next, how you do it and even the weapons you carry and clothes/armour you wear! I really liked the freedom of how you could complete missions and that you could have a good think and actually plan how to carry it out; bit of strategy intertwined with the improved fighting play.

It probably would be worth playing the first game first, as the story (with Desmond and Abstergo) follows on, and some subtle gameplay elements are left out of game tutorials; that being said, you could still thoroughly enjoy the game if you are new to the series. As said, the game follows directly from the ending story of the first game, and will see you introduced to another of Desmond's assassin ancestors, set in Renaissance Italy, over a number of cities.

The game story is also really captivating and a really nice touch is the obvious effort that has gone into the game, such as background research and detailing of the cities, which really helps immerse you into the game.

Absolutey the only thing I can say slightly (and it is only slightly) negative about the game is that the gameplay graphics could possibly be better, but that is not at all a reason to be put off.

6-stars, must buy, especially at this price (for the platinum edition).
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on 30 June 2012
This is unquestionably one of the greatest games ever made. Along with its predecessor, it stands out as a great action game. It is similar in play style to prince of persia.

The main storyline is highly interesting, with a great story of uncovering the beginning of humanity itself. The sub-plots are good too. Alongside the main objectives of the game, you can also collect various items (feathers, art etc) from around the world. Which gives you far more to do in this immersive world.

The controls are easy to grasp, and overall the game is great fun!
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on 22 July 2015
I bought this as my first assassin's creed game and loved it. I've since followed up with buying the original then every PS3 AC release since. I'm hopelessly addicted to the series and now face having to buy a PS4 just so I can play the newer ones! A good main mission with plenty of side missions to keep you occupied.
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on 14 April 2013
This game is just awesome. I like almost everything of it. The italian cities are very well made (I'm from Italy) and there are a lot of them. The story is very good and catchy and the gameplay is really entertaining. After a couple of years I still like to start the play to enjoy some random exploration. It's just too beautiful.
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on 24 December 2012
Good story, not toooooo much dlc, and most of all long enough game. I love it it was only missing one thing multiplayer, not that it needed it, it was a perfect game already. For its time the graphis were all right, but it is the game that made Assassin's Creed a main stream 3rd person Action Adventure Game of the Year contender today. Requeste de pache Altair, make way for you're Italian descendat Ezio Auditore.

In terms of gameplay taking on a variety of new features and weapons and playstyles AC 1 was missing.

Overall this game must be applauded for its true and unique revenge story, with its fabulous gameplay making it stick out from most action games today.
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on 22 July 2013
AC 2 is even better than AC 1 which was an awesome game.

This games adds loads more features which makes it really enjoyable to play plus the graphics are great and the storyline is really gripping.
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on 2 March 2013
I read a lot of hype for this game and a lot of my friends recommended it. However after playing the game I was very disappointed with the slow story which I didn't really like and found the game play frustrating and awkward compared to other games.
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