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Platform

Xbox 360

 

Genre

Action

 

Publisher

Ubisoft

 

Developer

Ubisoft Montreal

 

ESRB

M (Mature)

 

Released

November 17, 2009

 

 

- Great productions values

- Really cool environments to explore

- Combat

- A bizarre ending that I'm pretty sure was stolen from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

 

 

- Some bugs early on that almost made me give up

- There's an assumption that you've played the original

 

 

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Assassin's Creed II

Score: 8.0 / 10

 

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A little over four months since receiving Assassin's Creed II, this review has been a long time coming and at this point completely irrelevant to any gamer out there so prepare to read a very condensed Assassin's Creed II review

Here it is: You play as a a fella named Desmond who is drops into and out of a virtual reality space where he becomes the acrobatic Ezio, who is aided in his

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assassinations by the inventive mind of Leonardo da Vinci through 15th Century Italy. It's an interesting sci-fi take on the Templars and conspiracy theories in general, to the point where I just wanted to see how convoluted the story could become and it ends with a twist that I'm pretty sure featured in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
 

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The acrobatics involved in rapidly exploring the world are great, the subtle approach to pick pockets is a great way to change-up the pace, and the combat is almost as good as Batman: Arkham Asylum. However, most, if not all of this, is left up to the player to sort out, even if there are (small) on-screen instructions. This can be quite the hurdle if you haven't played the original game. The game presupposes some knowledge but if you can fumble through the first hour or so, playing through the game shouldn't be a problem.

 

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I ran into some game-stopping bugs. For no apparent reason, the game would just stop and the next trigger wouldn't be tripped to keep the game moving. With a triple-A title this was almost enough for me to stop playing.

Assassin's Creed II is a fun game and I recommend it. But you've probably already played it by now and made your own conclusions and you're awaiting an Assassin's Creed III with baited breath. Until then, check the downloadable content.

And, I'm done.

- Aaron Simmer

(March 19, 2010)

 

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