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ACII's First Week Sales: "Overwhelmingly Positive"

Any game that releases alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the blockbuster title that has officially had the biggest launch in industry history, is destined to fail. ...right?

The competing title would really have to be something special to enjoy any kind of success at all, especially with many gamers tightening their belts over the past few months. Ah, but this only proves just how amazing Assassin's Creed II really is, because Ubisoft has revealed a very promising first-week figure. According to GamerZines, this excellent sequel managed to sell over 1.6 million copies in its first week of availability; a number the publisher calls "overwhelmingly positive." If you're wondering, this is 32% better than the first-week sales of the original AC, which also sold extremely well when it launched almost exactly two years ago. Yes, we all know that Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies in the opening day of sales but ACII's performance is very encouraging; many thought it might labor badly in the shadow of Infinity Ward's massively anticipated shooter. But thankfully, a great many have rewarded Ubisoft for one of the best games of the year and they deserve the recognition, damnit.

I don't know about anyone else, but ACII certainly goes in my top 5 for 2009. Nothing will ever top Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but ACII has a chance at vying for second with Killzone 2 and inFamous...

11/24/2009 9:21:52 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Alienange
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 9:44:36 PM
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Good to hear. Between this and Dragon Age and MW2 I've got my hands full for quite a while.

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Superman915
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 10:00:28 PM
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Batman: Arkham Asylum is my number 2 game. AC2 is somewhere in 5 or 6 of the year.

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godsman
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 11:46:50 PM

What's number 1?

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Superman915
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 6:40:51 AM

Uncharted 2 of course.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 10:55:43 PM

Sweedie, creative tweak to the avatar! Thank you very much.

Last edited by MyWorstNightmar on 11/24/2009 10:56:16 PM

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Qubex
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 11:57:44 PM

Yhea; that was quite creative of you! For people who don't know what that Avatar represents (new readers), they will remain intrigued to some extent I think as they can't see beyond the banner...

Q!

"i am home"

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chucknasty
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 1:15:25 AM

All my gripes about the first one were more than corrected in the sequel. I am almost done and loving it. I think going for the platinum may get a bit tedious (stupid feathers) but the story and its variety of missions are great. It is like GTA and AC had a kid.

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Banky A
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 1:34:55 AM

Haha, Sweedie you the man!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:34:06 PM

I didn't know there was a controversy over the avatar, was it cuz you are gay? Pfft. That's gay.

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Jiggy
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 10:17:34 PM
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This game is doing so well for 2 reasons:
1) It's f**kin' awesome!
2) It's the game of choice after ppl trade in there copy of MW2

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Gordo
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 10:38:04 PM
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Uncharted 2, MW2 and Assassins Creed 2 all released in a month. Does it get any better than this?

I've played 5 hours of ACII now and I am really enjoying it.
I got bored of the first one after a few hours but the sequel is just pure fun and entertaining. The fighting is very smooth and you just want to fight everyone you see just for the hell of it. The missions are very varied (in fact there is just too much stuff to do!).
In my opinion it way better than GTAIV as the missions have more variety and there are even checkpoints within missions (do you hear me Rockstar!)
You won't get bored as most missions only take 10 minutes or so.
The kill and counter animations are sweet!
I was tempted to miss this because of the boring first one but so glad I picked it up.

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Alienange
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:14:06 PM

"in a month" as in "in a month's time"

Pretty sure that's what he's saying.

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zee
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 7:02:29 PM

Actually, I just started playing it 3 days ago and so far, I can tell you that it's good but not what I had in my mind. Now before you click that Thumbs Down icon, hear me out. I believe it has a lot of PRINCE OF PERSIA elements. Like the way Camera shows you where you are supposed to go (like when you wana evesdrop the templar meeting undergroud), Ezio sometimes also moves like Prince of Persia. Secondly, the background music. The first AC got boring indeed, but the background score was AWESOME. It had this hollow feeling to it. It created the whole atmosphere in a very subtle way. In the beginning, the game has been boring and there is a LOT to do and I mean a LLOOOTT. Like for instance, the posters are like all over the effin' place!

Again, it's just the start of the game, I sure hope things change because everybody is loving this game and there has to be a lot more that I haven't discovered thus far.

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Epimetheus
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 10:53:08 PM
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I really liked the first "Assassin's Creed" (and yes, it was repetitive as hell), but the game was beautiful to behold and the story was very intriguing.

"Assassin's Creed II" blows the first one away. It's just way ... better. Bigger. More enjoyable. More in-depth. The story within the story ... way cool. Definitely worth it. I'm really enjoying Desmond's "flashbacks" and schizo periods ...

(And they really upgraded Lucy, know what I mean?)

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Darth Koth
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 11:30:22 PM
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For me AC2 is GOTY, you can do so much on there and I just love the way the combat works

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Streets_74
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @ 11:31:50 PM
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I'm hereing nothing but good things about AC2 I'll have to pick it up soon. On another note why is the gay gamers avatar censored now, I mean his ways goes against my beliefs and quit frankly sickens me but there are alot of have naked women shown around here just wondering if he was told to censor it or not.

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Qubex
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:02:58 AM

Streets_74; I think we should leave this individuals sexual orientation to one side; that is not the issue and I am sure he doesn't care how you feel about gay people generally. The avatar was contentious to some degree for a variety of reasons, and some of the PSXExtreme readers and commentators objected. The avatar has now been self censored; whilst to some it may not be good enough; it is better than before...

This has gone on too long; lets drop this charade and move on and talk about what matters to us; the PS3 and gaming on this system of choice.

Discrimination of any kind is not necessary; we are mostly adult and mature in nature here; let us keep it that way... and PSXExtreme will be the envy of many other websites around the internet...

Q!

"i am home"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 1:02:05 AM

We can do without the "sickens" comment. Next time, just let it go without saying anything, all right?

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 4:38:48 AM

hey, only because id like to read what happened, when and where did all this go down? i remember seeing his avatar one time and thought it was funny. didnt know it caused such an uproar

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 1:54:50 PM

Aaron, it is on the article from a few days ago titled "Source Confirms PSP2 For 2010".

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___________
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:00:29 AM
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AC2 goes onto my number 2 spot only second to the great infamous.
just 6 things i want them to change for assassins creed 3.

1 allow me to highlight enemies further away.
ive lost count the amount of times i would be literally 30cm above someone but i can not highlight them,you cant use the assassination technique nearly enough as you should be able too.
like that mission in rome where your on top of pillars so small, theres 2 enemies with their backs to me, i crawl up to the ledge face them i cant highlight them so i hit square anyway and ezio just flops his blades out.
i should be able to highlight both of them, hit square and ezio should leap into the air and nail them in the back of the head.
not hard. no?

2 99.99999999999999999999999999% of the time ezio only uses one blade killing 1 guard when theres 2 of them standing toe to toe.
they should make it that every time i hit square to assassinate i take out 2 guards not one, along as theres 2 there obviously.

3 heaps of times i have highlighted a enemy, hit square and ezio just flops his blades out.
WTF?
i said ASSASSINATE!
i dont see how you can assassinate someone by flopping these shinny blades out, you actually have to thrust them into the bastard to have any effect.
flopping them out and all the guards going to say is oooooooo shinny and than slice your freaking head off.

4 same as 3 but instead of sitting there i run towards the enemy, stop ust before i get to him and hit square.
SAME THING HAPPENS!
again, you have to thrust those blades into the enemy, flopping them out aint going to do jack sh*t.

5 the climbing controls seriously need some work.
i run up a wall hold LEFT on the stick hit x and ezio jumps backwards.
since when is LEFT backwards?

6 have a smoother transition from mission to mission.
more or less in the first city each mission leads onto the next one they connect perfectly.
but towards the end of the game that completley falls apart and your like WTF? how did i get here? WTF does this have to do with my previous mission, why am i doing this?
SPOILERS!
like memory bank 11 your finally officially find out that everyone you worked with was a assassin ( i know big surprise their skills just fell out of the sky) that was the best part of the game, every piece fell into place, every question was answered, who is the Spaniard, who and why was your father framed and killed.
everything was answered.
than they skip 2 mission banks and go onto transition 14.
and that one was annoying, the codex pages were a BITCH to decipher that really peeved me off that WAS NOT FUN!
than the first mission in rome?
that was even worse, your in a tiny little area littered with 20 guards you have to kill them without being seen.
jesus christ want to make it any harder?
there is nowhere to hide you just have to keep running in circles.
one thing ive noticed about ubisoft montreal and they did this with their last 3 games.
they create a masterpiece than towards the end like in the last 2 hours its like they ran out of ideas and completley destroy the whole game.
ignoring sequence 14 just considering up to sequence 11 i would give the game a 10, besides the above complaints their all minor and tolerable.
but with sequence 14 in i bring it down to a 8.5 thats how important the ending to a game is to me, its like a cake without icing.
a birthday without candles or a card.
there professionals at taking something perfect, a piece of art and fu***ng it up.
professionals and thats what theve done with their last 3 games. taken the mona lisa and turned it into a piece a 5 year old would of painted.
end spoiler rant.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:24:11 AM

I'm with you on the first one, although there'd be no reason to highlight them if you couldn't take them out with throwing knives, so they'd have to change the range of those, too. It's pretty realistic the way it is.

As for #2, you do realize that only works if you're undetected, right? I've never had a problem taking down two guards directly beneath me or when I'm directly behind them.

In #3, you have to watch the upper right of the screen; you can only assassinate when the button lights up, and you need to be very, very close (again, that's very realistic due to the length of that hidden blade). If you want to take them out from further away, run at them; Ezio will leap and stab them in the neck. Same for #4.

#5, no. The climbing controls are perfect. It's more in the sensitivity of the controller that you're complaining about. And besides, you can't JUMP off a while unless you press X. Even if you're holding R1, Ezio won't jump anywhere. Just don't hold the X button when climbing; there's no reason to because that's the JUMP button. R1 will speed up your climbing if you're impatient.

I won't read the last one 'cuz I'm not that far yet. But I hope the rest of this helps you.

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___________
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:45:59 AM

yea i know O and i forgot to mention they should put in a long range weapon in there like a longbow or something along those lines.
and it would be nice to have it automated.
just highlight a enemy and hit assassinate and etzo will run leap do whatever he needs to do get the assigned task done kinda like a RTS.

as for #2 in the church the assassin tomb there were 2 guards below me and i was itching to drop down and kill them but square would not come up, so i would drop down and hit quare hoping it would pick up but nope id have to take them out the old fashioned way.

3 and 4 sometimes that works for me, allot of the time it does not.
i highlight the enemy, run towards them, hit square just as it comes up and he runs into them.
than i got a battle royal on my hands.

as for 5 have you done all the assassins toombs?
if not i dont want to spoil it for ya but theres a puzzle you have to solve, 3 parts and each part requires a bloody annoying amount of running up a wall than jumping to a pole to your left or right.
and to tighten the screwdriver in your back your timed, if you dont complete all 3 puzzles in the required time start all over again.
took me like 2 hours just to get past that bit because i would hit x at the peak of the climb hit left as i hit x on the stick and ezio would jump back.
but anyway thanks, it takes some getting use too but besides the controls this is the best game ive played this year besides infamous props to ubi for this.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:52:31 AM

No, I've only done 3 of the tombs so I'm not there yet. I'll have to see what it's like.

As for the other thing, you have to be a certain distance above guards when hanging to drop and assassinate, and I'm guessing the reason you couldn't do it when you landed is because they were alerted to your presence.

Btw, have you tried walking between two guards and trying the dual blade? Ezio will stick each arm out to the side and stick each blade into a throat. LOL

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___________
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 6:31:05 AM

lol yea ive done that a few times.
as for the drop well they had no idea i was there, until i landed on top of them.
finished it tonight and man what a ending i absolutely can not wait till assassins creed 3.
now all i need to do is find all the features and statues and glyphs and knock down 5 guards with a sweep and ive got me my 9th platinum.
that last ones a pain in the ... though, i cant charge it long enough to swing the distance.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 6:20:41 AM
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My personal top 5 for this year... Now that's a tough one. I'm a sucker for coop-games, so I'll have to make room for Borderlands. The other 4 though...

1. Assassins Creed II
2. Resident Evil 5 (cause of the coop experience)
3. COD:Modern Warfare II
4. Skate II (was released in january, wasn't it?)
5. Borderlands

If Uncharted 2 had a storyline coop mode I'd shoehorn it into 3rd, without it it's just a very pretty railroad in my humble opinion (let's leave it at that - I do not intend to start that discussion again, just felt I had to explain why it's not on my list :) ).

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Aftab
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 7:45:50 AM

Ratchet didn't make the cut?

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 8:06:45 AM

Hmm - good point. Ratchet deserves a spot. Actually, top 5 is too limited - the competition is too stiff! Oh yay the joy of being a ps3-owner this year...!

Alright, my top list expanded and revised :)

1. Assassins Creed II
2. Resident Evil 5
3. COD:Modern Warfare II
4. Skate II
5. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time
6. Borderlands
7. Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves
8. Resistance 2
9. Killzone 2
10 Red Faction: Guerilla

Introducing... Biggest disappointment of the year:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2!

Oh man I had high hopes for this one. Way too high. But no matter how you look at it this was not a worthy sequel - it should have been be the prequel.

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Beamboom
Thursday, November 26, 2009 @ 2:27:34 PM

Bah - instead of thumbing me down, why don't you all post your own lists instead? Lists are fun, damnit! ;)

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 8:27:12 AM
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I have to agree with what a lot of people already said. AC2 is in my top 5 for the year.

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Streets_74
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:13:02 PM
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I wasn't trying to ruffle any feathers Ben I was just wondering if he censored himself or if he was told to do so. Because he could turn it around and say I don't like the half naked pictures of women on here when he's just here to get some game info, but he censored himself to please a few people, so cool on his part, Sweedie your cool for being a stand up guy, as for every body else I didn't know there was a big deal about it in the first place I just happen to notice his avatar had been censored and wanted to know if the higher ups told him to do so, and I apologize Sweedie for the sickens comment won't happen again.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 4:36:26 PM

That's cool. I think we're fine. :)

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Masterofallz
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 7:52:59 PM
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Finally got my copy! Im so happy now, I want to say that I love you ALL.

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fuk u
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 10:44:10 PM
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i give AC2 some props, its a kick ass game been playing it and getting close to the end, but with soo many side missions its kept me busy'

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