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Why I Want Assassin's Creed II More Than MW2

This is one of those times when one game captures the vast majority of gamers everywhere, while a few other excellent titles labor in its expansive shadow. And unfortunately, I find myself in the unenviable position of desiring Assassin's Creed II more than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

I suppose I should explain myself because whenever I make such a statement, most people look at me as if I have lobsters crawling out of my ears. Yes, MW2 sold nearly 5 million copies in the first 24 hours and ACII will be lucky to sell that many copies in a 6-month span (the original sold surprisingly well; check it out), but I've never cared about sales numbers. The bottom line is that I find something like ACII to be a very unique experience, and one that I'm certain I'll enjoy for a variety of different reasons. Don't get me wrong; I really like FPSs and I'm not one of those people who simply don't play the genre based on personal preference. I love me some FPS action. But these days, I find myself wanting a little more...I don't know...substance, I guess.

And let me just say this: right now, it looks like MW2 is the casual blockbuster hit of all time. I've never seen more people who don't often play games get so excited over this one; not surprisingly, many of them have been playing the original MW online since it came out two years ago and are just looking for their new fix. I'm not saying it doesn't take any skill to play, but I am saying absolutely anyone can dive right in and participate with very little in the way of effort. This is a nice attribute for certain games and accessibility is always crucial - especially if you want to appeal to the widest audience possible - but I really do want to play something that tests my mettle. You know, something that requires patience and intelligence here and there; something that isn't entirely reliant on reflexes and a bit of simple strategy.

And yes, I do value a story. I value singular atmospheres like the 14th-century Venice setting. I value some freedom to approach objectives as I choose and becoming a living, breathing member of a world that also appears to be living and breathing. I guess that's why I like GTA so much, too. I do anticipate playing MW2 at some point but for this month, my attention is firmly fixed on ACII and it's simply because I feel it will be a fuller, more involving experience for me. There are only so many times I can run around in circles and shoot people, although I know it's like the siren call to anybody who has even touched a controller in the past year. I get that multiplayer is the main reason to have a game like MW2 but if you're not on board with that, I can't see paying $60 for a short campaign.

We all have our personal gaming preferences. But please don't act like I'm a nutjob because I didn't flock to the stores with everyone else and have no intention of buying MW2 any time soon. Believe it or not, I want something different. So sue me.

11/13/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (84 posts)

alexmac77
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:15:22 PM
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nah dude you're not mentally disabled, I want ACII as well. I think MW2 is gonna be a rental/pick-it up in March for $30

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:03:34 AM

I don't know about being able to pick MW2 up for $30.00 in March, unless you think you can get it used for that much. The first MW came out two years ago. It still sells for $49.99 new.

Oh, and Ben? I will be sueing you.

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dlte
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:05:47 PM

im more excited about the god of war collection than MW2 or AC2

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mastiffchild
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 8:10:29 AM

Ben-you missed your chance to do the "why I want herpes more than MW2 and all IW and Sctivisions BS" story you've been planning for so long! Or is that just my mind running away with the subject matter because it's totally true for me!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:16:27 PM
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I dunno, I'm still worried AC2 will end up just like AC1. Repeated missions, having to do too much of the same. I'm sure they figured someway to change it up, not having to force you to do as many things to get to the assassinations or adding in special ones specifically for each mission, dunno, here's to hoping.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:17:53 PM

That and the voice acting in the first made me cringe, let's hope they worked on that too.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:35:11 PM

Lol, indeed, something was just wrong with it, also i want to know if they're going to tell you what all those symbols and other weird things from the first game, like when you use your vision in real life, because it was never explained really.

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:20:57 AM

They said they fixed the repetitive nature of the first game, and I believe them.

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Qubex
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:07:42 AM

As with everything here, I will wait for the review and read the comments before spending anything... only buying when I am absolutely sure!

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:58:57 AM

Smart man, Q. No sense in wasting $$$.

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Diggity Dan
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 11:36:44 AM

Yea, the first AC disappointed me too. The visuals were breathtaking, but the gameplay was so shallow.

I hope they expanded the audio too. Those peasants would say the SAME THINGS over and over, no matter what town you were in. "Please, just a few coins. I beg of you!"

I have heard that the developers addressed all these things in the sequel. I'll be interested to see how it turns out.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:17:16 PM
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Yeah I guess maybe I wasn't so hot on MW2 because I'm not much into multiplayer, a cheap xmas price might be worth it though. I think MP should be an afterthought, not the campaign. So are you handling the ACII review Ben?

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Robochic
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:18:59 PM
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I just finshed paying off ACII for my friend for christmas, it looks way better than MW2. World I agree with you Man.
Also just finished paying off GOW collection can't wait for tuesday :)

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mike rlz
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:20:02 PM
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Ben, agreed 100%

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ceedot
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:32:49 AM

do people just agree because they want to be cool?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:20:01 AM

Are you always arbitrary for the same reason?

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ceedot
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:29:58 PM

ben, come on. it's the same sh** every time you post something. 'ben I agree 100%', 'ben you are so right', 'ben I completely agree'.

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godsman
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:29:47 PM
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I hope the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed won't be watered down again.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:34:22 PM

Nah, I'm sure they fixed it since they're better at making games for the ps3 now...right...? Surely?

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eLLeJuss
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:45:53 PM
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Yup. When i first got my ps3, i was debating on which game i should get first. Cod4 or AC. I picked AC! :D im not much of a fps fan

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mondzter
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:56:04 PM
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ac1 got me bored.i hope ac2 have something new worth playing.but agree with you guys,i think ac2 is better than MW2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:08:52 PM
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I almost bought AC1 as my first game, I'm glad I only rented it instead.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:43:33 AM

first PS3 game... *facepalm*

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:24:35 AM

Don't lie WEWM, we all know you are a video game n00b in disguise. ;)

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www
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:01:47 AM

I thought your first woulda been Resistance like me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:23:34 AM

actually it was Folklore and Kane & Lynch at the same time, I probably would have gotten Resistance if I were a launch buyer but I was a little broke when she launched and waited for the drop to $500 and then found each of those games for about $40 so I'd get the system and two games :)

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therabbitkinge
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:14:57 PM
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I have to admit I can't stand FPS's I've been hard wired to stray away from the violence and repetitive nature of the genre its a lot of point and shoot to me when you break it down and I know when you break any game down to its simplest elements they would sound crappy as well but "point and shoot" just never appealed to me, "jump from shadows and assassinate" however does peek my interest ^_^

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Kangasfwa
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:19:24 PM
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If I have to end each mission running like hell and then hiding, I'll wait for a budget price.

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goodgamer
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:28:26 PM
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i just try mw2 i dont want ac1 or2

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:29:47 PM
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u know i am totally with you on this ben, or more negative with me in terms of the attitude towards FPSs. i have said this somewhere in my other postings and it might be a little extreme, but i dont mind saying it again: Even the entire industry this generation suddenly stops making a single more FPS from today on, i will not miss or beg for it now or any time in the future, this is the time to bring on some "real, intelligent, artistic, intricate and meaningful" games -- to name a few: MGS4, Demon's Souls, FF13, v13, The last guardian, GOW3, Resonance of Fate or the likes.

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:26:19 AM

Win.

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Alienange
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:51:53 PM
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Did you just receive your free "review copy" from Ubisoft or what? What kind of article IS this?

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:23:17 AM

An article that's just helped me decide to purchase AC2 over MW2 this month.

^ Ok, it was because of AC2's gameplay walkthrough video, but this article got me intruiged enough to search for that video.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:42:18 AM

hah, it is a bit strange but I think it's an editorial of sorts as Ben refers to himself here instead of PSXE as a whole. And he has been saying he wants AC2 over MW2 in posts for awhile now.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:52:06 AM

Are you just being annoying on purpose lately?

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:29:40 AM

It's an editorial you silly, silly man. I like them. I think it brings the community closer to the writers. Have you ever heard the term "faceless bureaucrat"? That's what you get at most other news sites. Not this one.

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www
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:05:46 AM

I'm surprised the rest of you are falling for Alienange's absurd out of nowhere rage lately with the exception of Ben. I'm glad you've also seen it Ben, we don't know what our dear old friend Alienange has been drinking or smoking lately, lets hope he's well soon Lol.

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Alienange
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:11:24 PM

Ben, I've been commenting here for a long time and been reading your site for even longer. When you write editorials you identify them as such. This article seems self defensive and I find it actually detracts from the 8.9 score your site just recently gave MW2.

As for ACII, I have been on your site defending the first game at every opportunity even though it is very popular around here to hate on it. ACII is going to be fantastic and a day one buy for millions. I however do not see the need to put down the millions of people who bought MW2 by in effect calling them sheep and people who "run around in circles."

But this IS an editorial isn't it? As such, you'd expect some of your visitors to not fully agree with what you've written. Right?

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:36:32 PM

I think most people can identify editorials without "ZOMGEDITORIAL!" in the title. I guess you are not one of these people. As for Ben putting down the COD fans...really? I got no negative vibe from him. I think you are seriously sensitive about this subject. I'm not sure if you bought CODMW2, but it would seem to me that you did, are kind of regretting it, and now are trying to reassure yourself that you did the right thing by lashing out at Ben and Arnold. It's sad. And yes, they expect disagreement, but not in the semi-insulting way that you disagreed.

"What kind of article IS this?"

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Oxvial
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:51:39 PM

Alien you need to make an account on Kotaku in that place they give MW2 a godly status.

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Alienange
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 9:41:50 PM

Ben's site is better than Kotaku my friend.

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Banky A
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:00:46 AM
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Nice 'Disclaimer' Ben, smooth criminal.

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___________
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:23:43 AM
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for once im with ya all the way.
some people are forgetting games can change, they seem to think just because the first was repetitive the second will.
i loved AC yes it was repetitive but that did not bother me because running across the roof tops of of the middle east was so much fun.
the only thing that did annoy me was that the guards always knew it was you.
like towards the end you have to kill 5 people in quick succession.
i look arround theres no guards, i kill my target get to the next one, stare at him than the guards start attacking me.
what staring at someone is illegal in the ME is it?
hell i loved assassins creed so much im thinking of trading in my 360 for a psp go so i can buy assassins creed bloodlines.
yup im a xbot lol all the way 100%

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bOnEs
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:05:58 AM
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i'm totally with you man... sandbox games FTW!!

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Nerull
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:07:19 AM
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Same here. I enjoy FPS's once in a long while but I'd much rather have an engaging story. Case in point I still have yet to get killzone 2 and I never even played online in CoD4.
Meanwhile I'm just about to beat Brutal legend, though if this part is indeed the end I'm sad it wasn't longer. Tim Curry hasn't even had that much screentime.
I'm also nearly done replacing everyone's entrance music in wwe 2010 with metal, and a bit of other stuff where appropriate. Works so much better.
I'll get MW2... eventually.

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krazzymoose
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:12:36 AM
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I too love me some wonderful story telling and great adventures. Though these days I just Do Not have time to invest 20+ hours into a games story. With work and School my time for games has diminished over the years, and I find that if a game goes on too long I eventually stop playing (time restrictions). it is hard to be motivated to pick up a game you have not played in months and are half way through. not that I don't enjoy getting my moneys worth in an epic adventure, I just do not have the time to dedicate. So as I have gotten older I tend to spend my time playing multi-player games. AKA Street Fighter and online Shooters (Team Fortress2) I can play for 30 minutes or 3+ hours its up to me, and nothing is waiting to be finished or holding me back if i don't touch it for months. At the same time I will not be buying MW2 (until its cheap at least/just for online with friends) for awhile. Personally I do not like real time war FPS's I'd rather kill monsters than people from other countries. So the campaign in MW2 does not attract me for many reasons. I will get it eventually for the online play since most of my buddies have it, and its fun to kill them!

[The Moose]

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:16:28 AM
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I haven't read your article yet, I will, but I don't need to. I feel the same way as you Ben.

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Qubex
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:12:05 AM

How odd NiteKrawler?

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:51:20 AM

I just meant that from the title of the article, I knew I felt the same way as him. Haha, it probably looked like I just randomly agreed with him without even knowing what the article was about. My bad.

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fadin_illusion
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:09:50 AM
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well, i loved the first one.. played it thrice, didn't find any problem with the repetition. the counter sword play was too much fun/satisfying..!

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Bagmup
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:40:17 AM
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Each to his own, i'll be picking up AC2 on release, i use games like that to chill after playing MW2 multiplayer.

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chicko1983
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:42:09 AM
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yeah I hope this game better than the first.

I may buy if it doesnt have any of the repetitive gameplay like the first.

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kirobz
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 3:19:39 AM
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I'm with you... I personally think MW2 is overrated, and over-hyped... Don't hit me now...lol..

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Jed
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 3:57:35 AM
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I am right there with you on this one Ben. I've had Assassins Creed reserved for about 2 months.

Come next tuseday I will only have one problem. Which to I play first, God of War, or Assassins Creed?

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Gabriel013
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 4:29:21 AM
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I don't understand those who complain that AC was repetative but love to play MW. That is so much more repetative!

I think MW2 will be worth buying for the single player when the price drops a notch or two.

AC2 needs to stay in the wrapper until after my exams but then I'll be jumping in with both feet.

Dang, I need to have another blast of sword fighting godliness on AC soon.

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Oxvial
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 5:28:04 AM

Sorry cat bro but shooting other people and talk crap in MW2 mp never gets old I could do it forever...I wish all the games were just FPS without campaign.

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Gabriel013
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:00:54 AM

horses for courses mate :)

I would be happy without any online multiplayer in my games.

Wouldn't be too many games if we all had the same taste eh?

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Oxvial
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:17:53 PM

you are wrong...the perfect game era its like this.

on ly FPS games , no campaign only multiplayer , the multiplayer can be only online so your friends can't play with you split screen in your house , and I also want all my FPS games to be rated more than 8.9.

come on MW2 8.9??? it deserves a 1000! iz da best game EVAAR! dammit!.

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 6:20:06 PM

Oxvial = Fail. Only online? Look outside of your own little sheltered bubble. Not everyone has the Internet. And many who do have only dial-up.

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Oxvial
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 7:42:37 PM

hahaha I think my sarcasm failed xD

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www
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:07:34 AM
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I'm not going for ACII this year, maybe later when its cheap, for now its MW2 all the way.

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Suapsycho
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:30:14 AM
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Call of Duty has never even been an interest for me. I bought COD3 a while back because it was cheap. I never finished it. AC? Finished it twice.

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BlinkBoy
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:41:40 AM
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I love AC1 and have pre-ordered AC2, MW2 is of no interest for me.

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Danny007
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 8:46:17 AM
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Same here Ben, I've played first person shooters to much. I'd rather have a different experience.

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Victor321
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 9:27:08 AM
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Why would I want to sue you Ben? My wallet's already sued me, for the games I gotta buy this Christmas, and the first three months of 2010!

I do however, strongly agree with you, and my opinion is the exact same as yous, as some friends of mine, have pressure me to buy MW2 ASAP. I say to them, that I'll be getting it this Christmas, along with Valkryia Chronicles.

They ask me why, and I say that I have other games to play at the moment (Devil May Cry 4, Ratchet And Clank, to name a few) and that I have extremely strong patience when it comes to things like this.

Also, guess which one I'll be playing more?

That's right, Metal Gear Solid 4! XD Lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:20:34 AM

Glad I'm not the only one. :)

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Victor321
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 12:41:01 AM

Thank You Ben, for agreeing with me.

:)

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Random_Steve
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 9:29:23 AM
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'I've never seen more people who don't often play games get so excited over this one' in my IT lesson it was all anyone was talking about, even all the girls and guys hu has never played anything before were on sainsbury's looking at the PS3's for £199 and CODs for £26 saying im getting that for christmas

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Robochic
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 9:43:38 AM
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Personally for me I like the story line of AC 1 and 2 is sounding really good as well. MW2 for me I would rather spend my money on MAG to be honest with you I think its better than MW2 and I have lots of games to occupy me till then :)

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NeoHumpty
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:18:18 AM
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I'm a couple weeks behind. Spent my gaming money by ordering Dragon Age, now I won't get paid again for another 2 weeks. I'll be looking forward to your review of AC2 to get me through. I really wish I could take Amazon up on their offer for it.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:35:40 AM
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I'd take AC2 over MW2 anyway. FPS just dont fascinate me, unless they have an intersting styel like Resistance,Bioshock or Timesplitters. I've heard AC2 isnt as repetative as the previous game, if so i shall get it, for now though i'll wait for the reviews.

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Streets_74
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:38:47 AM
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I usaully agree with Ben and Arnold which is why I frequent this site, but this time I can't. I think its because I expected so much from AC1, I still think it was a decent new IP but I won't be fooled again, I want to play it but I don't think I can pay full price for it. So I'm thinking ebay for this one. And I have no more suck ass games to trade in any more, nothing but keepers left, well maybe except MW2 it's good but it's just new paint on an old house with some extra shelves thrown in.

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bOnEs
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:38:48 AM
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it seems like the majority of comments here state that they too are interested in ACII over MW2... this might be the only place on the web where another game holds more interest than MW2...

personally, i've been waiting for ACII for a year now... after playing the first one, and hearing an announcement on the second one, i've been in assassin mode for a while now... i've even been playing the first one again lately to get used to the controls again...

for a 6 hour campaign, i'll wait until modern warfare 2 becomes a used game for $6... i'm not paying $10 an hour... and the only call of duty i care to play online is "call of duty: united offensive"... yea, i still play that one... if you've seen the first one, you've seen the latest one...

tuesday can't get here fast enough!!

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JPBooch
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 11:17:48 AM
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You might as well compare apples to oranges. Who doesn't want to play this game. ACII looks like it will be awesome. I'm glad they are really switching it up with Ezio's age line and if the developers have said it won't be repetitive that's a huge plus.

If you are tired of the whole FPS genre, then this is the game for you.

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Daedusian
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:09:12 PM
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I'm in the same position as you Ben. I find Assassin's Creed to be much more enjoyable than MW2, especially considering MW2 is usually purchased solely for the online.

And it's obvious the single player in AC2 is going to be much deeper than MW2. So far I'm not really enjoying the SP in MW2 all that much anyways. I especially hate the blood on the screen when you get hit by an enemy.

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Lairfan
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 1:44:07 PM
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Couldn't have said it better myself Ben.

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mike rlz
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 2:55:59 PM
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http://www.gamespot.com/shows/today-on-the-spot/?event=now_playing_assassin039s_creed_ii20091113&tag=topslot;thumb;1

this is 40 minutes of gameplay if anyone is interested

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Fane1024
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 11:12:53 PM
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Add me to the list. I have zero desire to play MW2 and, while I am less enthused for ACII than I was for AC (for a lot of reasons), I will be buying it eventually.

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Ricochet
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 7:34:33 AM
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"Why I Want Assassin's Creed II More Than MW2"

Queston is: "Why would you want MW2 more than any other game?"

Face it, it's all backed up on hype. Why should gamers feel left-out when they don't support it? I for one am not buying into the hype simply because a game sells, it's because I know the game is worth buying for. It has been my way of buying games and it will continue for as long as I live.

Not saying MW2 sucks, no doubt it's a great title but I just despise COD fanboys. They're the only gamers who can ruin the gaming generation.

- They've made Killzone 2 input a "High-precision aiming mode"

- PC version prices were jacked up yet 95% of said "boycott" group ended up buying the game. <--- j@ck@sses

- IGN giving a graphics a 10???

- Gametrailers saying Uncharted 2 graphics only rivals that of MW2.

- Rumor of charging "online" services for P2P network. (Because COD FANBOYS WILL STILL EAT IT UP)

- Bobby Kotick

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DarthNemesis
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 2:26:43 PM
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I agree 100%.I basically said the same thing over at PSU.com.I am a bought to link this thread over their right now.I just finished A Crack in Time last night and it sums up just what i look for in games.It took me 18 hours and i enjoyed every minute of it.

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Deadman
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 7:46:51 AM
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I never played AC1 so AC2 is a no go for now. This week is all about the God of War: Collection, trophies and E3 demo, should be a fun break for in between MW2 online matches.

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mastiffchild
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 8:21:56 AM

Well, I suffered through the first AC and found it the most dull, if pretty and with some great looks for it's time and great animations, game I've played in a while. Pickpocketing and then sitting on a bench ,listening for people's convoc all the time was crap to me and doing it time and again was worse. The new one looks a mile better, mind, and will be worth a rental at least whereas buying MW2 would make me feel dirty and like I was part of the conspiracy to drag gamng backwards to a world without dedicated servers for the biggest online game of the year. It's 2009 you know-MW2 not having them and forcing P2P is a scandalously cheap move.

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bearbobby
Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 5:49:01 PM
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Assassin's Creed was my first PS3 game (aside from the Motorstorm pack-in.) It's still the game I think of when I set the bar between this generation and the last. The animations for Altair traversing and climbing the environment were leaps and bounds ahead of anything before it. No more stock animation hand over hand, he actually grasps each handhold and adapts to the surroundings. Brilliant.

No, the first game wasn't perfect, but the story concept was intriguing and original. The cities were very well realised and fun to run through and over. And the combat, while not particularly difficult, was fun and had a nice cinematic quality.

I wouldn't mind if they made the stealth elements more similar to Batman: AA in that you are silent and nearly invisible when in the rafters or when dropping down behind someone.

I'm very much looking forward to the sequel's improved gameplay and the continuation of a story that left me wanting more...

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Bonampak
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 1:05:28 AM
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I think you see casuals flocking more to the Xbox 360, than to the PS3. Thus the reason the version for the 360 of MW2 has sold a lot more. Thanks to those non-gamers trying to be part of the hype and all.

I dunno... the whole online thing of running around trying to nail an adversary over and over again gets old pretty fast. At least to me it does. But it seems millions love to do just that. MW2 is proof of it.

I can see why Ben would desire something with more substance.

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