Reviews for Assassin's Creed® 2 Deluxe Edition

79

The start of a great Assassin

cocoawolf29 | July 27, 2014 | See all cocoawolf29's reviews »

Assassin's Creed was the beginning of Ezio's trilogy in the Assassin's creed series, and for me that means the beginning of the best part of the games. It was a huge step forward from the first game in the series. The map is large with various cities to visit and plenty of things to collect and do. The main plot is relatively straight forward and simple, yet still interesting. Seeing the life of Ezio at the beginning stages of his career as an assassin was very interesting. I also loved having Leonardo Da Vinci along for the ride. The game has beautiful buildings and views, one of the best parts of the game. The Desmond parts were annoying and pointless to me, and the plot did get a bit old after playing it. It did not hook me as easily as the other Assassin's Creed games, though it was still a good game.

70

Breezy history romp

skymt | July 25, 2014 | See all skymt's reviews »

Assassin's Creed 2 is the game that turned Ubisoft's alt-history open-world stealth-action series from a hit into a phenomenon. It refined the first game's mechanics while providing a grander scope and a more memorable protagonist, but some core flaws continue to hold it back.

Ezio is our protagonist for this entry, and he's a lot of fun. He starts the story as a teenage troublemaker, but when his family is betrayed he's forced to grow up quickly, being trained as a member of the Assassins to seek revenge against the shadowy Templars. Ezio's roguish charm keeps the story engaging even when it meanders.

The stealth system in Assassin's Creed is simplistic. Ezio can blend into a crowd, providing invisibility but limiting his movement, or he can climb buildings to stay out of sight and pick off rooftop guards one at a time. It's effective enough when the level design supports it, but there's one area at the very end of the game that nicely highlights its limitations. The endgame stealth challenge is a series of hallways with simple cover and guard patterns that you might see in the tutorial of a more advanced sneaking game. With the signature mechanics of crowds and climbing stripped away, you can see how bare-bones the stealth here really is.

Sword-fights tend to feel like a punishment for failing to sneak, which especially grates when fights are frequently forced by the mission design. They're never difficult, as Ezio has plenty of health and countering is quite powerful. But they tend to take too long, and they're not as complex or engaging as the melee in games like Batman Arkham City or Sleeping Dogs.

Assassin's Creed 2's biggest strength is its atmosphere, transporting you into bustling historical cities full of authentic recreations of real-world architecture. It falls down slightly if you look too close, with many duplicated citizens, buildings and storefronts, but the effect while playing is wonderful.

Some assassination missions tie together everything good about the game, providing you with a target and the freedom to reach the target any way you can, followed by an exciting chase as you escape the guards. Those are the moments that make the game, and it's a shame there aren't more.

88

Amazing Game

TCass29 | June 24, 2014 | See all TCass29's reviews »

AC2 is a wonderful game. The controls are great--vertical exploration and stealth were done well here--the environments incredibly detailed and fairly accurate to their real-world counterparts, the characters are lively and you care about them, and the story (Ezio) is fun and interesting.

That being said, I hate Desmond. I hate him with a fiery passion. For me, the Desmond sections ruin every AC game.

95

An Instant Classic

pickelsurprise | May 27, 2014 | See all pickelsurprise's reviews »

I didn't get into the Assassin's Creed games until very recently, and boy was I amazed by what I'd been missing out on for all these years. Part of why I stayed away at first was because I'm an avid PC gamer, and I was skeptical of how a free-running movement system could work on a keyboard and mouse. However, once I finally decided to just try it, I was pleasantly surprised to find the controls were very fluid and responsive. Everything from movement to stealth to combat is smooth as silk.

Additionally, considering the game's (relative) age, the graphics are still fantastic. Ezio's story in the past is very interesting, although now I fully understand why so few people care about Desmond and the present-day timeline. Ezio simply overshadows everything else, and luckily, there are two more games with him at the helm for your perusal.

Overall, a great open-world experience with great graphics, smooth controls, and solid gameplay. The only thing you'll be left wanting when you finish is more.

100

Best AC Ever!

Cgtitan5 | April 15, 2014 | See all Cgtitan5's reviews »

Assassin's Creed 2 is the pinnacle of the AC series.

AC 2 highly expands on what the original offered. Assassin's Creed 2 brings things like upgradable shops, weapons, and armor. Another feature that was added was tombs, which are like mini parkour puzzles and are extremely fun and rewarding.The graphics are excellent and breathtaking just like all the other AC games. The story is the best in the series and the characters are really enjoyable.

I highly recommend picking this game up.