The first Assassin’s Creed showed a great deal of promise in video game demonstrations and rode the hype train all the way to the game’s release, where it was met with a lukewarm reception, at least compared to the hype it generated.
Assassin’s Creed 2 builds upon the solid foundation constructed by the original, but this time the game is actually fun for more than 3 hours. Assassin’s Creed 2 was developed by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and received numerous spin-off games on mobile platforms.
Assassin’s Creed 2 Plot – Ezio and the Renaissance
For those unfamiliar with the franchise, the player assumes the role of a man named Desmond, who must relive the experiences of his ancestors in a Matrix-style virtual reality device called the Animus. In the first game, Desmond assumes the role of Altair in the Third Crusade, but in the sequel, he finds himself as Ezio in the Renaissance.
The sequel improves greatly upon the original’s plot, adding much more depth and more character interaction within the Assassin’s story – Ezio seeks to avenge his father’s death and befriends Leonardo Da Vinci along with a handful of other colorful characters. The more in-depth storyline really helps keep the player more engaged in the experience and helps avoid the repetition that plagued the first game.
However, the fact that most of the game still takes place within a “virtual reality” world is still distracting. The outer world is revealed more in the sequel, but there’s still a lot to prove if Assassin’s Creed 3 ends up primarily outside the Animus.
Assassin’s Creed II Gameplay – More Variety and Fun
The original Assassin’s Creed worked great when demoed due to some unique features and a solid engine. The ability to “free run” across rooftops, assassinate targets with a hidden blade, blend in with a crowd to avoid guard detection, and scale skyscraper-high buildings was great, but it was so front-loaded that 90% of the game could be experienced within only a few hours.
More weapons, techniques, and items acquired over time allows the player a greater feeling of progression when playing the game. Coupled with a more engaging plot gives Assassin’s Creed 2 far more staying power than the original.
But obsessive-compulsives should fear not, the sequel still has tons of open-world side missions, items to collect, and even an entire city to upgrade from run-down slums to a sprawling metropolis. One of the most rewarding side missions has Ezio climbing elaborate catacombs and Assassin’s Tombs to unlock the ancient treasures hidden inside.
Assassin’s Creed 2 Review Conclusion 9/10
While the original showed a lot of potential, Assassin’s Creed 2 actually lives up to it and more. By offering a solid 3rd person action adventure game with an engaging story, it’s no wonder why it outshined its predecessor in both critic ratings and sales figures.