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Assassin's Creed II: Best Multiplat Of The Year

While I believe Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Killzone 2 are firmly in the #1 and #2 positions respectively, I'm also now convinced that Assassin's Creed II is the single best multiplatform title of 2009.

Exclusives once again are ruling this year - with a few exceptions, of course - and therefore, I believe it means something to say that Ubisoft's tremendous sequel is on par with the best exclusive titles currently available. In my review, I went into a great deal of detail, as I tend to do with all high-profile reviews, but this is where I want to talk about the smaller, yet equally impressive facets of this excellent production. You know, certain games rely more heavily on immersion and convincing the player he's in the given setting; in such cases, the developers have a tough job ahead of them: even the tiniest elements must ring true (with only some leeway allowed for technical limitations). You'd be surprised what we notice when simply walking down the sidewalk in real life. In ACII, we have to believe we're in 15th-century Italy.

Now, I wasn't around back then and no matter how many history books you read or how many experts you talk to, none of us will ever know what it really felt like walking the streets of Florence and Venice in the late 1400s. Even so, we've got a great example of what designers are capable of if they put their minds to producing an authentic, fully believable world based on historic fact. Just walk around and check things out. And don't just watch the many animations and listen to the various cries of heralds and hawkers; also pay close attention to how people react. It's such a good indicator of an advanced product. Citizens will see you and take notice if you do something out of whack, and if you knock into someone and force them to drop what they're carrying, the guards will react. They won't draw blades, but they'll push you about and yell.

In short, it's almost exactly what I would expect to see if I could be transported back in time. Granted, nothing's perfect and there are plenty of improvements Ubisoft could made with a third installment: for example, how's about making throwing knives "incognito?" Since when can everyone in the vicinity see a tiny knife traveling at high speed? Also, the AI could be ramped up again; if an archer sees me and tells me to get down, all I have to do is hang off the ledge and he's happy. There's also some erratic behavior going on, but other than that, the entire atmosphere is just very, very impressive. And the upgrade given to combat and how you go about your day-to-day activities gives us the depth we were missing in the original. Having a Villa of your own that needs to be upgraded, buying new weapons, armor and items, and having almost complete freedom...it's all great.

Every time I play, I keep thinking I'll spot something that should've been remedied. But I just can't find much wrong with this game. Like I said, it's in the realism and reactions of those around you. For instance, using Thieves or Courtesans to distract guards will allow you to get in and out of certain rooms without being noticed. You could also use a smoke bomb and slip in, but by the time you come out, the guards will have recovered and quickly attack. Plus, because the three different types of enemies have altered how you approach battles (Brutes and Seekers force you to adopt new fighting styles), you always feel as if every mission could be very different from the previous one. Use poison? The throwing knives? The pistol? Sneak around and ignore them entirely? This is where that aforementioned freedom comes into play; there are any number of ways to approach an objective, and that's always part of the fun. And oh yes, being able to swim now is a definite bonus. Kinda need that in Venice.

Anyway, for the more straightforward reasons why I would call ACII the best multiplatform game of the year, click the link above and read the review. But I must say, I've been really drawn in by three games in a row over the past few months (Uncharted 2, Dragon Age, and this one) and that almost never happens. Of course, it'll probably happen again in March, and I look forward to that.

12/4/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (70 posts)

eLLeJuss
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:10:35 PM
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omfggggggggg i finished it last night :D. They improved so much from the first title. Good job ubisoft!!! :D

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:03:37 PM

So did I D=

Ended so suddenly as well. =[ =[ =[

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:16:37 PM
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Well you've sung so many praises about this that even though the first one was like watching paint dry maybe I'll pick it up cheap after the the Feb-March explosion dies down. I am a history buff after all.

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recks1jtp
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:21:38 PM
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Don't take this the wrong way, I'm sure this game is awesome, and much improved from the first one (which I enjoyed). I really look forward to playing it too...so this comes from not playing it yet.....but "single best multiplat this year?". What about Batman?? You can probably argue that it might be better than AA, but absolute "single best"?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:38:37 PM

Batman was great.

ACII is better.

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:42:49 PM

i also thought that when batman came out it would be the best multiplat but after i played assassins creed it just seemed so much better story and gameplaywise batman is easily second place.

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eLLeJuss
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:06:58 AM

Hey. Cod 4-2 is multiplatform 2.lol but yeah.i still prefer ac! its kinda like

Cod 4.2 < Ac2 > Batman

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recks1jtp
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 4:52:28 AM

Interesting....now I'm definitely looking forward to playing it!

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cLoudou
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:22:08 PM
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My spider sense is tingling.
I sense MW2 fanboys.

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:54:23 PM

no i dont think there are a great deal of mw2 fanboys on the site... i might be wrong though

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:22:51 PM
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No it's not, SFIV is

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Jawknee
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:12:29 PM

Ha! That's funny.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:47:15 AM

Funny because you say so?


I'd like to see constructive criticism (based on facts), instead.

Ok I'll mimic you:

Batman: Asylum is a joke

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Alienange
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:06:27 AM

Ha! That's funnier.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:10:27 AM

I guess trolling has become a "funny" habit here

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Alienange
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:30:29 AM

Why are you all insulted buddy? You come on here saying Batman AA is a joke and then start calling people trolls because they're laughing at you? Batman AA trumps an HD remake of ANY game. Don't get all mad just because you can't see that.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:39:06 AM

Insulted?

More like amazed at the level of trolling recently.

In fact, you're being an ignorant. How can you dismiss Jawknee's garbage talk 'bout SFIV (trolling) and say I was the one who started it all with Batman: AA. Are you blind? dumb?

HD Remake of what? I don't remember SF ever looking like SFIV, unless you're using baseless statements.

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 3:38:24 AM

Comedy Gold.

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Banky A
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 5:46:38 AM

-Scarecrow

Why are you always offended and retaliating quickly these days?
There's always an argument.

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www
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 8:44:34 AM

Hey Scarecrow I dont regret selling SFIV afterall, I might pick up SSFIV next year with all the complete characters, I've kinda started missing it already.

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Hezzron
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 9:17:10 AM

You guys have all been commenting here for as long as I've been here, so I find it strange to see veterans calling each other out as "trolls". Can't we all get along and have a few laughs, even if it's at our own expense from time to time?

.....anyways, Tony Hawk Ride for GOTY, never mind multi-plat!

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locus
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:32:47 PM
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My one problem with AC2 is things pop up badly

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 4:07:03 AM

Indeed.

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bearbobby
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 10:39:53 AM

That's what she said...

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OtisFeelgood
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 8:40:01 PM

lol

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Aftab
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 10:17:01 PM

Haha, that b*tch!

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 10:20:57 PM

Yeah, like hezzron73 just said...

Come on now......let's all bow our heads & have a real fine "Rodney King" moment....."Can't we all just get along"?????

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Buckeyestar
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:35:49 PM
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Nope, Batman: Arkham Asylum already has this honor.

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kevinater321
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:51:48 PM
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I say batman. Sorry ben, i normally agree but not this time.

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Juanalf
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 10:54:22 PM
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I have to agree with some of the guys above me.Batman AA was an incredible and very unique game(should win goty from a few outlets);Is definitely in my top 5 for favorite games of this gen(multiplats).

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Jawknee
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:05:34 PM
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Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Bruce Wayne could kick this sissys arse anyday.

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:30:30 PM

Only Batfans prefer Arkham Asylum to Assassin's Creed II. And there's nothing wrong with Batfans either; I just dislike the theme of Arkham Asylum.

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Squirreldriver
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:26:39 PM
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Yeah, I have to go with Batman:AA too. Sorry Ben! I rented ACII having never played the first one, and if this one is leagues better than the first I'm glad I missed it. ACII just takes forever to get anywhere, do we really need to start with Ezio'z birth?! It felt like an Action game trying too hard to be an RPG. The climbing and exploring was fun, but the fight mechanics felt very stilted. The whole first hour or so I beat up some people and delivered a bunch of damn mail. Boring!

And like Jawknee said, Bruce would kick the crap outta Ezio!

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locus
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:42:40 PM
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Sorry first time posting and I'm posting on a blackberry and I guess when I refresh the page it repost my comment

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Squirreldriver
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:51:40 PM

No worries mate. Welcome to the PSX community!

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kevinater321
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 7:27:28 AM

Welcome! We are happy to have you :D

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 11:45:03 PM
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Totaly agree with you ben and for those of you saying batman:AA it comes close to assassins ac2 but i think the story and length of gameplay makes it the winner

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Geobaldi
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:15:04 AM
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Batman for me as well. That game just rocked in so many ways.

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Aftab
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:17:00 AM
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Haven't played either, but seems AC2 does what AA does, albeit, with much more variety, in a much larger and open world. From an outsiders glance, AA looks like a relatively creative use of clunky unreal engine, where as AC2 borderlines artwork. Seems like if you liked AC1, and/or GTA4, you'll like AC2. If you don't have the patience or attention span for either, AA might be more your thing.

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Charger7302
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:22:23 AM
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Batman comes out on top for me, AC2 was good, but batman was just a much better experience, for me and apparently others on here too.

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kevinater321
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 7:30:21 AM

is that.....no, it coudn't be!.....please tellme....fortune hunters edition?

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___________
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:27:35 AM
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infamous is still better but AC2 would be nipping at the heels.
FINALLY! got my AC2 plat last night, the last 6 feathers were a BITCH!
im done with trophies for now, all that hair ripping running around for half a hour and not finding anything has sent me bald.

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Alienange
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:16:36 AM
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I hate this time of year. Having to choose a "best multiplat?" Not really fair to the bucket load of fantastic we got this year. Batman AA was by far the best thing to come out in years for any DC comics character. Dragon Age is a brilliant RPG. Assassin's Creed 2 a wonderful open world. Modern Warfare 2 a hectic good time. Why make me choose a favorite multiplat? These are the games I love. These are the games that made history in 2009.

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JackC8
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 8:10:20 AM

Agreed. Let's just enjoy all the great games we got this year, without making it into a "My favorite game is better than your favorite game" contest. When you're dealing with a lot of really high quality games, it all comes down to what your personal tastes are anyway.

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Alienange
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 2:22:47 PM

Instead of arguing about it, we should be pooling our thoughts to figure out how to make more money so we can afford all these great games.

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Oyashiro
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 1:39:21 AM
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Hmmm, To me the best Multiplat of the year was BlazBlue. I was certainly the biggest surprise in how great it was. It blew every other fighting game released this year out of the water and it was a new IP.

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 4:02:01 AM

Even SFIV?

;)

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I C E_COLD
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 2:06:46 AM
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Nahh!! It was "COD MW2"!! I mean Batman,Borderlans or brutal legend maybe? Not AC2.

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 4:01:24 AM

Deffinantly not Borderlands.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 2:53:08 AM
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Ezio could kick Batmans ass anyday. I had way more fun throwing sand in gaurds faces than going from gargoyel to gargoyel

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just2skillf00l
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 3:28:30 AM
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Haven't played the whole Batman AA game. The demo was good. I feel the game will be awesome. AC2 is awesomeness. I can't really make an informed decision because of the unequal amount of attention I've given AC2. MW2 is pretty good as well. I know it will be out of these three. Good luck multiplats! But exclusives are on a whole-nother level.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 4:42:24 AM
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And I will never know.

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___________
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 6:47:12 AM
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poor bayonetta.
its not even going to get 1 vote?

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Hezzron
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 9:09:20 AM

That's gotta come out first. Maybe next year it'll get a few votes.

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___________
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 6:58:35 AM

its out in JP so just import it.
cheaper too when it comes out in jan EB are charging 110 bucks for it, but i imported it and it only cost me 60 plus 15 for shipping.
if ebay were more reliable i would import all my games.

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mikeyp323
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 8:34:00 AM
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I'm a big fan of Batman:AA, but I can't get enough of AC2. I agree with my multiplat GOTY, and it's my personal GOTY. That may be because I got it instead of Uncharted 2 though :P

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www
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 8:49:44 AM
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Now Ben is making me drool for this game.

With the multiplats I have played, I'll give it to MW2 & FIFA 10, they'll both share the top spot mainly because they both are addictive Online. RE5 comes in second.

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rogers71
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:07:05 PM
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I played the first AC (hated it). I have played through Batman:AA 5 or 6 times. That game, story, graphics, controls and voice acting, is second only to Uncharted 2(IMHO). I haven't played AC2 and really don't want to so I won't speculate which is better. I will say this topic is pure opinion and we could go on for years talking about which is better. I agree with Alienage. Play what you love and stop the debate. Peace out

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 2:35:19 PM

Not sure i'd say it's second to Uncharted but it's great in it's own right.

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Alienange
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 2:36:42 PM

Peace

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Ultimate_Balla
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:23:11 PM
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LOL @ Scarecrow and the other chap verbally fighting. . .

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 12:32:03 PM
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Damn right!

SO glad I bought this over MW2.

Assassin's Creed II is a game which I both love & hate. Perceiving the game this way has made me realise that this game is probably my most enjoyable gaming experience of this generation.

Why? MGS4 & Uncharted 2 are undoubtedly greater, but I played both those games sucking up to how awesome they were supposed to be [which they were]. Only the problem is it's like purchasing really expensive guitar; you treat the thing like a baby. Assassin's Creed II was the guitar that allowed me to bash on it and because of that I played it to a fuller potential of enjoyment due to the lack of care in opinion. It's as if I were a child again - good times.

That and the main character is just badass.


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bigrailer19
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 6:25:50 PM
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I disagree i gotta say dragon age: origins is the best multiplat GOY. It may not be technically Great but the gameplay and story made up for it in great lengths.

I love AC2, far more than the first. But idk if its as satisfying as dragon age is for me! Still though a great game and definately a nominee.

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MysteriousMagus
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 6:32:02 PM
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Should i buy this or DBZ RAGING BLAST!!!

I know is the most stupid question i can ever make but...! Finally i can get to play online battles on that game if i get it! After playing soooo many times against my friends and owning them a lot in Tenkaichi. I just can't be help on going and owning people online!

mehh... I just grab both!

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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 11:07:23 PM
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i have to disagree. acii has a very uninteresting main character, is boggled down with a lot of unnecessary side missions, awkward and uncomfortable game mechanics, and a very undramatic method to unveil the plot. with all the nice additions that came along with acii, it still suffers from the same issues that made aci uninteresting and unplayable to me.

batman was designed better from the ground up, as was modern warfare 2, street fighter iv, and tekken 6. multiplat game of the year in my opinion is a tie between arkham asylum and tekken 6.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 12:05:45 AM

You didn't play for very long. Ezio is very interesting, and certainly more so than the tired Bruce Wayne. The side missions are entirely optional so they don't interfere with anything unless you let them, and the "awkward and uncomfortable game mechanics" comment is just plain WRONG.

Dislike it all you want, but let's not lie. What you're talking about would be a serious flaw and wouldn't allow reviewers to score it the way they have.

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___________
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 7:00:46 AM

undramatic?
YOUR FREAKING FAMILY GETS EXECUTED!
how is that undramatic?
i think it was a massive mistake to reveal that in the early videos they were showing and to reveal it so early into the game like they did with AC1 and altair loosing his rank.
but thats just the pacing of the game.

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, December 05, 2009 @ 11:52:04 PM
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Oh just STFU

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Alienange
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 4:09:16 PM

Who are you talking to?

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SubjectiveTruth
Sunday, December 06, 2009 @ 1:28:45 PM
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I honestly might have liked this better than U2. If I were the right type of person, I might dedicate some time to figuring out if this is my favorite game since MGS4, but I'm not that kind of person.

Oh, and LittleBigMidget, that name is funny as hell.

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