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Assassin's Creed II Review

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Graphics:

 

8.9

Gameplay:

 

9.6

Sound:

 

9.5

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

9.2

Overall Rating:       9.4

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

Ubisoft

Developer:

Ubisoft Montreal

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action/Adventure

The original Assassin’s Creed was one of my favorite games of 2007 and I’ve been looking forward to the sequel ever since. I was well aware of the repetitive nature of the first title but as I found each and every action entertaining, I never grew tired of the involving and absorbing experience. Besides, the game did so many things so well that it was difficult not to be impressed. However, that being said, it seems clear that Ubisoft has worked to give us a sequel that is better and more detailed in just about every possible way. Essentially, if you consider the first Creed to be the foundation – and a very solid, albeit incomplete one – you can view the second effort to be a fuller, more satisfying, more realized piece of virtual entertainment. From conceptual art that just misses its aim to a very similar piece of art that has more in the way of polish; perhaps this is how I view ACII. From the story to the gameplay enhancements and alterations, this title just screams “upgrade.”

The graphics aren’t as much of an upgrade as one might believe, but that’s more of a testament to the original’s beautiful display. On the downside, the in-game cut-scenes aren’t quite up to the standards we’ve seen in some of the newest, most impressive cinematic adventures of late. The movies (that you often see acting as promotional trailers) are amazing, though, and the entire focus of this project is to immerse the player in a living, breathing world. The original did a wonderful job and the sequel does it even better. There’s even more detail in the surrounding environment; more NPCs and seemingly more animations as well; overall, it’s a more realistic and authentic medieval presentation. Just moving through the roving crowds or viewing the landscape from one of your many high vantage points is a pleasure, and you won’t find much in the way of glitches. I’ve heard about a so-called screen-tearing problem with the PS3 version but it’s an extraordinarily minor issue.

The sound represents one of the biggest upgrades, due to the superior voice acting, better balance in the surrounding effects, and a slightly more effective soundtrack. I have no idea how long it took to assemble a voiceover team almost entirely comprised of Italian actors (either that, or they’re all just really good at thick Italian accents), but it works. It works really, really well. In the original, there was a balance issue that would pop up during moments of intense action but I can find no example of that in this new title. And while I continue to think the soundtrack should assume a more prominent role in these games, it remains fitting and superbly composed. Lastly, it’s the little things that Ubisoft continues to do well: the passing chatter of the citizens in the streets, the cries of guards, the sharp clash of steel on steel, the clear yet appropriately understated grunts of effort; it all gels to provide us with a truly believable environment. The sound has a lot to do with atmosphere.

If you enjoyed the original, there’s absolutely no chance you won’t enjoy the sequel. At the same time, if you liked the concept of the first game but found it a little boring (due to the aforementioned repetitive nature), you’ll probably enjoy ACII. I say “probably” because the game is set up very much the same way; there are dozens upon dozens of optional quests scattered around the map almost all the time, and while there are definitely more than in the original, you’ll still be doing them over and over. But before you freak out, bear in mind that I just said there are more missions, and on top of which, they all feel quite distinct and test very different elements of Ezio’s skill set. Besides, the addition of multiple gameplay aspects really elevates this sequel to an extremely lofty position in my eyes. One could argue that such aspects should’ve been included in the original but they’re here now, so I don’t want to hear any whining about the past. Like I said…upgrade.

But let’s start with the basics: the game controls almost exactly like the first one, with only a few small changes. The focus still revolves around the concept of “free running” and treating the main character like a puppet (the instruction manual refers to it as “Puppeteering”). The latter simply means that each face button corresponds to a part of Ezio’s body; the triangle button controls his head – which he can duck to better hide his identity – the circle button handles his “other” hand (the one that isn’t holding a weapon), the square button moves the dominant, weapon-holding hand, and the X button controls his feet. Yeah, this may sound complicated but like the rest of the game, it all comes together to give the player immense control over every part of Ezio’s movement. The “free running” concept means you need to pay attention to your surroundings: by holding down the R1 button, you can sprint, and when you combine that with the X button, free running will let you leap and toss yourself about like the agile assassin you are.

However, due to the fact that you have to keep a close eye on health this time around, you’ll want to stay off the X button unless you’re certain of your direction. See, when just sprinting, Ezio won’t attempt to jump when he comes to a ledge; he’ll stop short, which is a good safety feature. If you’re holding the X button, he will fling himself off any ledge – any ledge – and of course, Ezio is no superhero. If he falls too far, he will suffer damage and if he falls way too far, he’s done for. But this leads me to the upgrades section: the first part of this is the health; you will be able to purchase equipment this time around that increases your overall health and if you get damaged, you have to visit a doctor to restore that lost health. You can also carry some medicines around if you simply don’t have the time or motivation to find a doctor, and yes, that’s another upgrade. Ezio has a pouch that he can carry items in, and he can even visit tailors to change the look of his robes.

Ah, but it doesn’t end there. You’ve got blacksmiths who will repair current weapons and sell you new ones and the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci, who will make you some very cool items if you can find original blueprints hidden around the world. Oh, and there are also special groups you can hire: there are the courtesans (prostitutes) who, when hired, will surround you and keep you from being spotted by the guards. They’re especially useful when you have to get through a guarded door; when you spot the guards, you can highlight them and send the courtesans over to distract them. While the ladies work their charms on the guards, in you go. Then there are Thieves and Mercenaries who you can also hire for a certain fee. Money is a new addition as well and you’ll definitely need it for all the things I’ve mentioned here. All this stuff, going back to the health description is entirely new for the sequel. Please understand that.

It just opens everything up. Sure, you’ll be clambering to the top of Viewpoints, getting letters from one place to another in a certain span of time, and handling some dirty work just like in the original, but there’s just so much more to do and so much more to consider. The combat has been revamped as well; no longer are we just countering all day long (although it’s still a definite requirement for success). No, Ezio’s ability to grab a foe adds even more possibilities, ‘cuz you can grab someone and instantly slit his throat with your short sword. Or, you can sneak up behind them and shove them off a high precipice. If you’d rather they be dead in front of you, you’ve still got your trusty hidden blade and once an enemy falls, you now have the option to sift through his pockets for money and pick up and move the body. How easily you move about is once again based on your visibility; i.e., your Notoriety. You can use haystacks, wells, and rooftop gardens to escape from pursuing guards, but only if your Notoriety level is yellow. If it’s red, they’re on to you and they’ll just drag you out of your hiding spot.

The enemy AI remains high and in some respects, it’s even higher. New enemies are very smart and will even be able to root you out regardless of Notoriety level, and I’ve also noticed more in the way of different melee attacks. You can pick someone’s pocket if you’re quick to disappear into the shadows, you can choose to tackle other aspects of the map before the plot-advancing missions (all conveniently marked with a “!” symbol), purchase maps that show you the location of all the treasure boxes (oh yes, another new addition), and continue to add new pieces of information to the Animus by pressing Select when prompted (this happens when you come across new characters or locations of some significance). The multiple weapons – everything from smoke bombs to assassin blades – add even more flavor to an already vastly improved sensation of depth and options, and with such an expansive environment, you’ll never grow tired of your gorgeous surroundings. And did I mention Ezio can swim? Yep, that too.

Lastly, we should probably mention the new “Uplay” rewards program that allows you to earn special “U” points for completing certain challenges. Those points can then be redeemed for in-game items like more throwing knives, maps, and costumes, plus other extras like wallpapers and themes. Obviously, this is reserved for Ubisoft titles; the next one that will feature this program will likely be Splinter Cell: Conviction, which unfortunately isn’t coming to the PS3. Anyway, getting back to the game at hand, you should’ve come to understand by now that this sequel has grown and expanded a long way past the original. But perhaps best of all, at least from my point of view, is that they didn’t alter the core gameplay much at all. This means you still have the stellar control, style and format setup, but there are multiple layers of upgrades and advancements superimposed over that excellent foundation. This is what we should expect from a sequel, isn’t it?

By now, you can probably tell I love Assassin’s Creed II. But as usual, nothing is perfect. There is still something in the way of repetition despite all the new missions, it remains a little too difficult to determine height (even after playing for a long time, I can screw up my “gap estimation”), there are a few collision detection issues, I don’t think the in-game cut-scenes are anything to get excited about, and blending with the crowd is a little too erratic. But I think it’s great how guards have to get closer to you to recognize you (as they get closer, a triangular meter over their head fills with yellow; if it goes red, they’ve got you) and everything else is awesome. The storyline is excellent, the voice acting and effects are excellent, the size, scope and detail of the environment is both a pleasure to behold and downright thrilling, interacting with everyone around you is an impressive experience, and the plethora of gameplay additions are much appreciated. And remember, you do typically have the option of going stealth or exercising your aggressive right, which is a definite keystone of this particularly ambitious structure.

Obviously, ACII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are entirely different experiences but in terms of single-player, I will say there are very few titles available that can rival Ubisoft’s gem. If this sounds like everything you wanted out of a sequel, you owe it to yourself to start playing…like, really soon.

11/18/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (122 posts)

kevinater321
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 9:47:41 PM
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Good Game, Great review. Too bad i'm broke and saving up for the holidays. So i won't be picking this game up but i hear only good things about it.

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Banky A
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 9:53:52 PM
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Epic review.

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 9:53:55 PM
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Pre-order reciept MISSING!!! I have one more day to recover it!!! Wish me luck ya'll!

BTW great review as usual you guys are right on the money and im set to buy this game hands down best game of the genre this quarter ^_^

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:40:45 AM

Er...who still uses receipts? Shouldn't your info be in the retailer's database?

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Bagmup
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:37:09 AM

Umm..yeah, just have to show ID at my EB

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Buckeyestar
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:26:31 AM

Yeah, I lost my receipt for GoW Collection but was still able to pick up my pre-order. Heck, they didn't even ask for my ID since they know me well enough.

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Zorigo
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 4:27:14 PM

game use reciepts.
ill wait til eid, then get it myself.

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Gordo
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:00:54 PM
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Good review. Look forward to playing this tonight. Very atmospheric...
Played the first one for a few hours but got bored and traded it in. This review has whetted the appetite! Just hope the repetition like GTAIV doesn't get to me before the end!

Just need to finish off the Modern Warfare 2 single player campaign first.

Been an excellent month. So many great games but so little time!
First Uncharted 2, then Modern Warfare 2 and now Assassins Creed 2.
Lets here it for the sequels...
That's it for me until Heavy Rain and GT5.

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TheUglyBassist
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:02:47 PM
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I can't wait to get this. :)

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Qubex
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:03:40 PM
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This is a great review Ben. Will read it a few times no doubt. Pleasantly surprised at the high score too; it does show how things can be improved with additional iterations of the same I.P. Whilst I never played the first one, I yet have to appreciate the "repetitive nature" of the game mechanic; however as it is all new to me; probably would not find it as bad as some have felt it was originally.

To me though, it illustrates one thing... mind you it has become ever so glaring to me since I purchased my PS3; and that is... that the first game to come out that is based on a new I.P. seems to always "fall short" of its full potential. Depending who you speak to, this notion could be a little subjective; however, to me it seems that it may actually be better to wait for the second installment of a game I.P. than purchasing the 1st game. It would appear you get more "bang for your buck" if you wait for the second game; the engine is improved, game mechanics and glitches (to some extent) are solved.

For example, I would have preferred to own the second "MotorStorm" rather than the first game; similarly for the last "GTA" - which I never purchased; feeling that the next installment will have a whole host of improvements to enjoy, and may well deserve a purchase.

I don't know how you guys feel about it; but does it not seem odd that by buying the first game you are actually funding the quality improvements of a second game which should have been present in the first place... maybe second installments are really the way to go to build a truly superlative PS# game collection. Then again, look at how the latest HALO has disappointed the "XFlop 360" crowd... not exactly a stellar 3rd installment is it... what real improvements there, if any!

Q!

"i am home"

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oldmike
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:59:57 PM

not always true R2 was not as good as fall of man
and GTA4 was a BIG let down to me
infamous and dead space were really good new IPs

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:17:25 AM

oldmike, yes, i understand where you are coming from BUT, consider this. "Infamous 2" and "Dead Space 2" are going to be even better the second time around, so will games like "Grid 2" for example. "GTA-V" should be much better than "IV" too. "Killzone 3" should impress even more on its second iteration too.

So whilst some first time I.P's (relatively few) are good as first releases, they are even better second time around.

Can you imagine "Uncharted 3" :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Alienange
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:48:19 PM

You're absolutely right Qubex. You just keep waiting for those sequels while the rest of us play games.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:10:13 PM

I will Alienange, I will, and my collection, whilst small, will be of best quality I assure you; and I would not have wasted thousands of dollars doing so!

Q!

"i am home"

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Karosso
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:19:16 PM
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AC1 was the first game I ever bought for my PS3 but I never really played for some reason... I guess I might as well step up my gaming time for the winter.
Will get this next year for sure.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 4:26:47 PM

some of them are rather funny though, like people merging with other people in the talking cutscenes

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:30:26 PM
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*Looks up*

huh? Same thing but a little better?

*Goes back to Dragon Age*

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:32:14 PM

Are you finding all the glitches in DAO as laughable as I am? Maybe it's my copy for some reason, but it seems it needed an insane amount of polish. The human noble wakes up literally inside his bed about two feet. Plus pop-ups like a m'er-f'er. People's weapons sticking up through their head while they are talking. lol. It's distracting. And the jerkiness is headache inducing. What's it running at? 3 fps?

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:18:46 AM

NeoHumpty; I HAVE A GREAT IDEA :) !!!

Sell Dragon Age 1 fast, and wait for DRAGON AGE 2! Remember first iterations are never that good; you are paying for the second one by buying the first one :)

Q!

"i am home"

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:54:11 AM

lol. Why am I getting thumbed down?? I'm not insulting anybody or being unreasonable, just speaking the truth. I'm not even putting the game down. I'm still playing it, but WOW it needed some polish. It can't just be my copy. Oh, well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:02:13 PM

honestly the glitches don't bother me, there was a massive amount in Fallout 3 too and that didn't bug me because the rest of the game was so awesome. Having been there through all the generations of consoles I learned early on not to be too picky about these things because they used to be so commonplace it was absolutely normal. If the game is good enough I always forgive a few problems. I didn't thumb you down, you were just making observations.

Yeah it needed some polish but such is often the way with multiplats...

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 3:11:15 PM

Maybe it's because I'm off topic. I'm about 20 hours in now. Seems like the opening "Origin" part was worse than it is now. Maybe I'm just getting spoiled.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:31:57 PM
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8.9 for graphics , that's lower than the first , why so ? And Ben , how does Venice look , is the art as awesome as the first game ?

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oldmike
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:01:28 PM

my thinking is the longer the system is out
the harder it is to get higher scores
i bet uncharted 2 moved that bar a bit

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:21:31 PM

Yeah, graphics have excelled since the first one was out so this should have too.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:42:39 AM

The 8.9 is due to the ever-changing competition. This would get a 9.2 or 9.3 back in 2007.

And yes, the various cities in Italy are beautiful.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:20:12 AM

Agree Ben; I think "Uncharted 2" still looks better than what I have seen of "Assassins Creed II".

Q!

"i am home"

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Oxvial
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:37:55 PM
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that's a good score gonna buy it when it get a price drop I still need to finish DS and DAO.

btw I'm downloading the new firmware..and I'm ready to be disappointed .

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Oxvial
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:01:00 PM

download finished.

Sony I'm disappointed with you.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:20:50 AM

Why?

Q!

"i am home"

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bearbobby
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:22:59 AM

He's disappointed because he was expecting to be disappointed.

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rogers71
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:39:04 PM
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I still think this "Uplay" feature was taken from Uncharted 2. It has basically the same thing. Complete tasks in game for money that you can use in the store to unlock skins, cheats, movies, artwork and weapons. Does anyone else agree?

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oldmike
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:07:08 PM

that was in the 1st uncharted and in Mass Effect
its not new at all other then being for ALL games

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:22:39 PM

yeah it's just a repackaging of the typical unlockables.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:11:13 AM

Except it IS different. You don't have to just use your points for this game. You could play AC2, get all the points and then use your UPlay points on a different game that uses the same UPlay system, and not all of it is in-game content. There are themes for your xmb/dashboard/background and possibly other things (all there is atm for non-ingame, haha) so it IS a bit different than just 'buying' extra in-game stuff.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:17:11 AM

only across supporting ubisoft games though

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:11:06 AM

True, but I mean it's the same thing as any other 'rewards' program? You get points/rewards for buying/using that brands stuff.

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___________
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:58:41 PM
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cant wait to give it a try once im finished work.
i hope they kept those secret inscriptions from assassins creed and make references back to them.
that was the best part about assassins creed it had such a in depth storyline, no game had such a deep interesting storyline.
i remember reading a article on cvg where one of the devs and came back and explained every little detail, it was like 6 pages long thats how detailed it is.
hope they do the same for assassins creed 2, than assassins creed 3 since its suppose to be a trilogy.

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th0mas21
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:06:28 PM
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Thanks for the review! i didnt have any doubts this would be a great game. I did play through the first, and even though i sold it from lack of playing, i always knew the second one would becone a must have on my list.

I hate to admit this, even though the games shouldnt be discussed in the same comments... i cant put down MW2, its not actually just that, its more the money, i cant afford to buy 2 games that soon (and 2 more early next year) so i am going to have to wait for a price drop or a for a used copy.

I think many people have interest in this game, but the timing with the MW2 release, its tough to compete with, no matter what category it fits in.
Looking forward to this one!

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oldmike
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:20:07 PM

i think this one will be the bigger seller as far as gifts
this is the only game on my list as the rest are pushed back
OMG i just counted there are 10 Q1 games that i want comeing out next year

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IonHawk
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 9:43:30 PM

FYI - the Gamestop thanksgiving sale (buy 2 get 1 free) starts early this year (from Wednesday) on. Sure it's used games but at 33$ an almost-brand new game(if you have your edge card) this is the only time of the year when I can justify shopping there. Also it finally gives me a way to spend my 250$ in store credit :)

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:07:58 PM
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After playing the first one for a while, I can't trust what people say about AC2(I'm sorry I just can't)but I will probably rent it and I don't have enough money to buy a new game(U2 was my last game of the year)

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:21:59 AM

Probably a wise move really; expect the best version to be "Assassins Creed III"

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 3:25:43 AM

Nope the best will be Assassin's Creed Infinity. Using your logic as you keep tossing around here in this comment section, the best iteration is the one just after the last iteration. Theoretically, that is a never ending sequence. Using your own logic, we would never buy games. When 2 came out, we would wait for 3. But then we'd have to wait for 4, and so on. How about we get the games we want, which will support the devs, and then get their sequels which are probably better. (Not always) I mean, if we wait for the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th iterations, we haven't bought the 1st obviously. If no one bought the 1st, a 2nd would never be made. This new philosophy you seem to have picked up is full of holes.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:14:00 PM

NiteKrawler; no need for your post to have an offish tone against me; I was actually kidding... obviously one would expect "SOME" improvement after a first title is released. You would expect, logically, that the development team would learn form their prior mistakes, heard from the community and done a better job the second time round if they survived the first round... i.e. haven't been shut down... HAZE anyone?

So really, what I am saying is that with a little patience, if a new I.P comes out, you have spent time reading comments and reviews, and you feel there is enough going for the game that a second one is likely, wait for the second one... you will be getting/buying a better game overall...

Not difficult to understand right!

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:29:42 PM

I just think that it is our responsibility to reward devs that do a good job, not punish them for maybe being able to do a better job next time. That's how capitalism works.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:14:08 PM

You are right to some extent NiteKrawler; I just don't have the money to waste.

What I mean is; if one is a serious collector of anything what do you want, the best or something that is close to the best. If the majority of gamers want to fund version 2 or version 3 of the I.P. that is fine by me; I just want the game in that series that is the best of its class... because I always feels that due to the suites above, the commercial pressures abound, a lot of these developers actually release the version they don't want to release...

My view is 90% of developers know they need more time, they know their game is not really as ready as it could be, but they are forced by the suites above them to release something that is not stellar... This is more of a stand saying that, if a developer is really worth their salt, if a developer really knows what they are doing and are releasing quality over quantity this will be recognised and rewarded... "Uncharted 2", "GT5", "GoWIII" etc etc... the deserve the support, not the subpar developers... I would rather let gamers help flush out sub-par developers with their wallets than let them continually release crap, and then watch them go to the wall...

Do I have to wait for GT6... noooooo, because I know what I am going to get... Will I have to wait for Killzone 4, nooooo because I know what I am going to get... quality and value for money...

This is what happens to Hollywood constantly, no?

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:40:36 PM

I see what you are saying. I don't have money to waste either. I only get games that I know are going to be excellent. I bought Demon's Souls after a bunch of research into. (I just knew it was my type of game, and I was right.) And I just bought ACII because I loved the first one, although I did realize that it had a bit too much repetition. The problem with not buying the first in a series when it comes out is that I don't really want to wait to play a great game, assuming that is indeed great. Like Uncharted. It was great for the first game. So really, instead of waiting for the better sequel, I just research the hell out of my games so I know what I am getting. I'm proud to say that I have never bought a game and regretted it later. Like Ben constantly says, gamers are a unique consumer because we are really good at researching before we buy.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:39:44 PM
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Can't afford this at the moment, but I was finally able to afford Uncharted 2 and a new 500GB hard drive. Good review, can't wait to play it!

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sobleck
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 11:56:40 PM
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was too disappointed in AC to really consider AC2, woould play it at a friends place maybe, but it seems my heart and subconcious black listed it. Oh the pain of watching the end of the first one...The PAIN!

well thats my opinion anyway, i'm sure you guys will enjoy it though. A lot of people enjoyed the first, I actually liked many gameplay elements of the first, but the story was a little weak for me and made me feel like I had wasted my time (the story is the driving factor when it comes to games for me, its why I don't like Gears of War 1 and 2, great gameplay but because the stories were empty i turned away and never looked back, couldn't help it). It does look like the story is better this time aorund, but if it doesn't fit into the first or explain its ending, i'm not interested at all.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:13:09 AM

This game is quite amazing, i'm loving every moment of it so far. It's nothing like the first game, so far I have yet to run into anything too repetitive. it feels really nice and balanced between everything and there's actually a story and cutscenes for most of everything =D

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laxpro2001
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:25:53 AM
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ok ben... I'm not disagreeing with you review entirely, but what gives with the replay value. Honestly you can't seriously think this game has more replay value than Modern Warfare 2, which really probably should have a 10 or high 9 in terms of replayability.

I normally agree with almost everything you write but this is just unfathomable.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:44:27 AM

Replay value determines how good the game would be if you played it again. This pertains to single-player campaigns in my eyes as online multiplayer is always designed completely differently.

One could play ACII and miss a huge amount of great stuff the game has to offer. The only incentive I can see to keep playing through MW2 would be its intensity.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:24:10 AM

Let us not forget the intensity of "Killzone 2"... but replay value is very important; haven't touched MW and WAW for months now... but I could go back to them and replay them. Single player campaigns are good for both of those games!

Q!

"i am home"

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laxpro2001
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:40:40 AM

Thanks for the clarification Ben!

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Troy Powers
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:19:41 AM

I think replay value should include multiplayer also, because it's a way of adding replay value to a game. When I think think "replay value," I think "Once I finish this game, how inclined will I be to put it BACK in my console?" whether it be to play on single player OR multi.

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laxpro2001
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:39:57 AM

I thought the same thing, but I think then that would fall under a different category like longevity... Cause yea obviously I'm going to be playing MW2 for over a year consistently as I did with MW1.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:21:22 AM

Troy: I think Replay Value can encompass both, but as I still don't believe games are made expressly for the purpose of online multiplayer (unless it's online-only), than I'm always going to examine the single-player first. If THAT is worth playing through again, or playing through in different ways, it'll get a good Replay Value score.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:57:49 AM

Maybe it's time that the online aspect get's its own review score.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:15:13 PM

That would be an excellent idea World... Ben, PsxExtreme should be the first to do this... something new in the industry...

Q!

"i am home"

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Fane1024
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 5:01:24 PM

GameSpy has been giving a different review score for the online aspect of the game for years. At least, they were the last time I bothered to go there.

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eLLeJuss
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:27:06 AM
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omg this game is awesome. first game i bought since 6 months. lolololol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:52:23 AM
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Something I forgot to mention- it's not just enhanced AI, it's the addition of new guards that really makes things different. Brutes and Agile Guards, for instance, actually make you LOOK at what types of guards are there, rather than simply the fact that they exist.

Just another little difference/upgrade that should be recognized.

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:28:16 AM
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Honest review. Great game too. I see how they could have done better with the cut-scenes as well. Not impressed with them as much as I am with almost every other element in the game.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:31:59 AM
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I don't know how minor the screen tearing is. I could see it on IGN's lower res video review. I thought the ps3 was the lead platform? Why the screen tearing?maybe they should have consulted Naughty Dog. Haha ND managed to make a game that looks 10 times better and fixed the screen tearing problem from the 1st.

The scenery in ACII does look sweet. Tempting...

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:05:50 AM

It's funny that this got the same score (8.9) on graphics as a remastered PS2 game. You all know which one i'm talking about.

After further reivew, I'll pass. Medieval themes aren't my thing.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:22:16 AM

I don't care what IGN's video shows. I've played for quite a long time and I've never seen it. So take from that what you will.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:47:48 AM
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nice, good to see this one came through!

although i followed the revies from the first game and felt they were all misleading as i found the game to be horrible!

let me explain why! graphically it was good, the gameplay was good jumping from building to building, running from and killing guards in very cool ways! But it lackes replayability, it lacked the fundamentals of pointing you in a direction. i know the world was huge and there was tons to explore but sometimes i found no existence of clues on where to go next. even though there was plenty of ways to kill or assasinate someone, i always found myself assasinating the targets all the same considering there were only a few really deadly sneaking attacks. not to mention each assasination was absolutely the same. and my biggest grip of all was the story! im playing an assasin (Altair), who isn't really authentic feeling, considering he's an image of the past through an ancestors mind. That would have been great to an extent but it was given away in the first 2 min. of the game! how would you have felt if you knew bruce willis was actually dead in the first 2 min. of the movie "the 6th sense"? it hinted at it but it never drug the scenario into the ground, that would've ruined the movie! AC just kept draggin it on. i know alot of people loved the game and it recieved solid reviews, which is probably why i was let down! ugh i hate media!;) i cant deny it did a ton of things great though!

anyways im done with the rant! ;) i appologize! anyways this game looks great and im really excited to play it! but considering how i felt after the first one and not even finishing it. i am waiting to get this as a gift for Christmas! If no one buys it for me then ill pick it up later!

BTW Ben another solid review. thank you very much!



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JPBooch
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:49:05 AM
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Man, I don't know what to play next. I still havent touched UC2 or Dragon's Age and now I have AC2 to tempt me. I like to play a game until I finish it and MW2 is taking up my time these days. I just can't put the multiplayer down. Maybe after I get to prestige.

I guess I can't go wrong with any of the three when I'm ready.

Your review told me everything I wanted to know, thanks.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:03:34 AM

It's a Sin to have not played Uncharted 2 yet you dirty little Sinner.

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JPBooch
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:12:08 AM

I know, I know. At least I bought it! I was afraid it was going to ylod me again since it's got to use almost every ounce of that power. Now that I finally transferred all my stuff (except for my Demon's Souls saves :( ) to a more stable one, I'll play the crap out of it.....soon.

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Fane1024
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 5:04:20 PM

You have a reason to be fearful. ;)

I got YLOD'd by U2 after less than 30 minutes.

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Random_Steve
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:06:40 AM
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screw MW2 for christmas, im getting this now. i love the way you have the little knife in each hand as opposed to just the one =]

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frylock25
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:08:33 AM
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AC1 was one of the first games i played on my PS3. i actually really enjoyed it at the time and still own it. sometimes i think though that it was just cuz there wasnt much else at the time. either way i really want to play AC2. i might just wait for the holidays to be up for this one though. still working on to many games to go out and buy another one.

ugh and the god of war collection on top of this game. thats another $100 plus tax. maybe ill throw these on my christmas list and see if i can score them that way.

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elander
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 3:33:53 AM
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Really? Is the game this good? top score for gameplay? Ubisoft?, that is a unusual thing for 'em.. well i guess i'll buy it then :)

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 4:56:38 AM
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Assassin's Creed II

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jlch777
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 5:56:05 AM
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Hey Ben, Does the game have screen tearing and a unstable frame-rate like the first one? This is my only concern. Great review!

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:52:15 AM
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Hmmm sounds good but i have to admit i am put off still by the repitition, i'll wait for it to lowwer in price i think.

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Akuma07
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:57:19 AM

the same could be said about GTA...

ACII has what...16 different mission types?

WHAT more do people want?

EVERY single mission in the whole game to be different?

Infamous was a repetitive game too, no-one complained about that.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:03:09 AM

Funny you should say that i got bored of GTAIV too.

Yesi know if you really examine alot of game, they repeat forulas alot. but AC1 was different, you were actually doing the same few mission over and over again.

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laxpro2001
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:42:25 AM

I honestly hated GTAIV and complain about it every chance I get... thought it was extremely overrated.

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Akuma07
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:56:05 AM
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I got the white edition today, I played the game for over an hour, its a great game, but i reaaaaaaally cant get into it just yet, because my controller is busted, the left analog stick cuts out often.

I was running away from the brute and other guards just after giovanni was killed only to have my controller cut out, and have the guards catch up to me....

yeah.....
that simple chase took about 5 minutes of cat and mouse to complete....

fun though.


great game!

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Akuma07
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:59:09 AM
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So ACIII to be set in current day...fighting abstergo with desmond?

me thinks....

but then again, i'd much rather go to another period of time, thats what makes this game amazing, the amazing recreation of periods of history.

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Ricochet
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 7:16:59 AM
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Me and my colleague BOTH purchased the special edition of this game and while it's inferior to the US version (that comes with the artbook) the game itself is excellent, excellent, excellent. It really took some effort to get the controller of my hands because it is such A VAST improvement over it's predecessor. My colleague even called in SICK for work (that creep) just so he could continue playing the campaign.

Graphics are better, gameplay is better, more missions, more stuff to do, a lot more variety in progressing through your missions. EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT. I'm putting this enjoyability in the ranks of Uncharted 2, YES YOU'VE HEARD ME.

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Aftab
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:57:20 AM

U2 is of a different genre, so if you would like to shed some light, a comparison with InFamous, or GTA4 may be more meaningful, unless you are comparing something like cinematics or cutscenes. And really, I'm actually curious to know, because I'm on the fence of purchasing this one, because I've spent close to a couple hundred dollars on games in past month (U2, R&C:ACIT, InFamous, NGS2), and I really want to know if it's worth it. All Blockbusters in my area have closed down, and I've no way of playing this game.

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therabbitkinge
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:03:56 AM
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@Ben (sorry I couldn't reply under my post) I would but gamestop doesn't require you to give them a real phone number and I currently have no ID which is why was having that dilemna but I found it and am picking up my copy in 2 hours ^_^

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mykjessnjr
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:16:40 AM
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Yea, I'm still on the fence with this one. I don't know if it warrants a $60 purchase. Especially if the 'repetition' is there. I know I'm beating a dead horse with that but that's a deal breaker for me regarding gameplay. I enjoyed the cinematics, the graphics, and storyline from AC1. I will wait for a few more reviews from some of my fellow gamers to decide. Good review, Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:23:34 AM

This game is no more repetitive than half the games on store shelves.

That's all I'll say on the issue, because as much as I had to address it in the review, it annoys me having to address it every two seconds (no offense). It's totally blown out of proportion, IMO.

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:56:53 PM

Yea, I don't get why people say this game is repetitive, and then go play COD for hours. FPSs are the most repetitive games out there.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:36:24 PM

It's not "repetitive" in so much as the competition and motivation behind playing these FPS games is to ratchet up your leveling, skill lever and overall scores... also, tactically - individually or playing in a clan - each game can be quite different and unique...

Go by your logic too, maybe we shouldn't be purchasing racing titles either...

Q!

"i am home"

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:33:20 PM

I could go about missions and such in ACII many many different ways as well. All I am saying is that if ACII is repetitive, FPS games are just as repetitive for the same reasons. I mean really...ACII has so many unique missions. COD on the other hand, has you shoot stuff. Obviously the single player will be somewhat varied, but the multiplayer is...shoot stuff. It just doesn't make any sense.

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Aftab
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:21:30 AM
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Nice Review, Ben. You must be burned out this week. Very Busy!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:26:18 AM
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One last thing: this mess about screen-tearing confuses me. If it exists at all, it's extremely rare because I don't think I've ever seen it (at least not to the extent it's shown in IGN's video).

Also, the technical issues from the first one are GONE. The frame rate hasn't stuttered once and there are no major glitches that caused the original to freeze every now and then. The first one definitely needed a patch or two to work properly; that's not the case here.

Granted, I certainly haven't finished the game yet but still.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:58:51 AM

There is always something fishy about IGN of late.

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www
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 3:15:09 PM

Yea I heard they've been eating a whole lotta fish lately ;)

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Fane1024
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 5:13:52 PM

I think that some people (like myself) find screen-tearing more annoying than other people do and so, to them, it's always obvious when it happens. By contrast, I don't notice moderate changes in frame rate, so long as it's not a slide show.

Maybe you're just not as likely to notice it when you're intent on playing the game. Or maybe it's not there in the finished code.

p.s. I couldn't believe that the TV ads for Red Faction: Guerilla were chock full of screen tearing; what kind of way to sell a game is that?

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bebestorm
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 10:39:03 AM
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Excellent Review! Im really loving this game but no surprise there because I loved the first one. I haven't even opened bloodlines yet.

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bOnEs
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:02:09 AM
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great game, great review... this game has sucked me into the environment as well... you feel so much a part of the world around you in this one... i thought the first one got repetitive but, i've yet to run into much of that thru the story... it's all developing in front you, which is a nice change...

overall this game has improved by leaps and bounds over its predecessor... the improvement is similar to vice city's improvement over GTAIII... they took the original concept and added a ton of more stuff to it... and it added a story that pulls you in from the start...

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Miggy
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:03:53 AM
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good review. I won't be able to play AC2 until I go home for the holidays though since my brother bought it. got UC2 and infamous to keep me busy though.

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Streets_74
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11:20:29 AM
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Ben I have a bone to pick with you, I was't planning on picking AC2 up for a while off ebay of course. After reading that review I almost can't wait picking it up come black friday hopefully we'll see some good game deals, like buy one or two and get one or buy one get one half price. I watched some of videos recently and became slightly interested but when I read about that monetary system you

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:32:01 PM
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big question is.... do i get ac2.. or dragon age? both out friday, both different from mw2, so validates my purchase.

help!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:24:56 PM

Uh...well, I say ACII is the better overall game but they're both awesome and it depends entirely on what type of game you wish to play.

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tlpn99
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:35:02 PM
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Dillon I am getting both dude :) hope this helps lol.

Dunno how I'll pay for them yet, credit card probably its only owing £6+ on it. Thank God its almost the end of the game buying season.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 12:58:39 PM
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lol... ta!


im going to get both, i just need something to offset mw2 a little... im edging towards dragon age, and when things get a lil dryer, i'll pick up ac2.

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Robochic
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 1:13:11 PM
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Great review. havent' seen it played yet. We picked it up for my friend for christmas gave it to him early *Aww i'm nice** he's been playing since tuesday nonstop... must be a good game.

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herukuti
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 2:41:35 PM
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i rolled the dice on ubisoft and picked up ac2. its the first game i have ever gotten from them.its still in its wrapper as i also picked up fallout goty, and have been really enjoying it;so far i have only completed zeta mothership.i also got in on the battlefield beta and that lasts 100 days even though it didnt start yet.my gaming schedule is going to be booked way past january and the next game im looking forward to is mag.i hope ac2 is good when i finally devote time to play it.

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Lairfan
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 4:51:38 PM
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The only thing I dislike about this game so far is the inability to replay memory blocks you have already completed. The rest is pretty good (although you're right about the in-game cutscenes, nothing to get excited about there).

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Happiness
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 7:28:28 PM
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Spoiler: gotta say I was well surprised to see FDR in AC2.

A lot more back story in the game this time. All in all AC2 is way more dense than the original version (i.e. a lot more to it... its more complex in a good way) - for example, the little history lessons regarding the buildings in the cities are a nice touch; or the real Renaissance era paintings which you can purchase from the Art Stores to increase your overall value.

Although I feel its been dumbed down a bit in places such as the fighting or the pigeons guiding one's leaps of faith, overall it is more difficult than the original because you have to accomplish a lot more (and varied) tasks in order to successfully complete stages.

All the advance hype made me think it would be extrodinarily better than AC1, so initially I felt sort of let down, kind like "its just the same ol' Assassin's Creed game". But then once I got over that unrealistic expectation of it being an out of this world game, and started seeing it for what it is, I soon felt AC2 to be much more (in a good way) of a good thing. And much more of a good thing is a really good thing - right? Indeed it is.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:46:19 PM

I'm not sure I understand the difficulty complaints. The combat is the same but with more options; it's just deeper. As for the leap of faith, it's identical...it's automatic in both games; the pigeons don't have anything to do with it, so I'm confused there.

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michiganfan1983
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8:33:18 PM
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Great review, I couldn't agree more. I have loved the 3-4ish hours I have played so far. I haven't noticed any visual tears or frame rate issues like the first game had. The game has frozen on me once, so there is my one complaint, oh and does anyone else think Lucy's face looked better in the first game? She has a nice butt when you are following her in the begining but I don't think they did a good job of capturing Kristen Bell's face. Oh well can't do much about it now.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 9:05:03 PM
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The concept of Parkour, not free-running [unless Ezio climbs walls and vaults around for the fun of it] =P

But then again, since the puppeteer is having fun playing, I guess it technically is free-running xD

And I shall play it! Really soon, on payday. HARDIHARRHARR.


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furbiesmustdie
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:41:34 AM
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so far i am liking it alot more tha MW2 but really that isn't hard, maybe just because i've spent so much time playing COD 4. i mean it is a superior game to the first but i'm done with cod.

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Mr Bitey
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 1:21:35 PM
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Got it for my birthday last night. I only had a chance to install it and watch a few seconds of the cut-scenes. Can't wait to finally be able to play it this weekend. :)

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bearbobby
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 5:51:03 PM
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Why tease yourself like that? lol

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stugan
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 8:24:11 PM
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Can someone please tell me how much ''screen-tearing'' there is in this game? It's one of the absolutely worse thing I know.
I couldn't play God of war 2 for PS2 because of it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 12:50:57 AM

Haven't seen much of any. It's all blown way out of proportion.

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just2skillf00l
Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 2:11:07 AM
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That's what happens. When something has a history of issues, people always bring these issues back up even when something has evolved. For all those people out there who say or think AC2 has screen-tearing, I will honestly answer with my experience so far with the game. I haven't experienced anything extraordinary in that department. The game runs smooth when I play. Where did this rumor erupt?

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KidCallaway123
Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 11:14:48 AM
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I LOVE this game! The story is pretty deep and interesting. There are some many things to do it will take me a long time to complete everything. Just as an example I bought the treasure maps and now that they show up in the mini map you just feel compelled to find them no matter what else you are trying to do in the game. Another fun thing is chasing down the pick pockets! Most of them are quick but if you catch them (I just get them with the hidden blade) you can lift from the 500 fl!! NICE! I have found two of the six keys to unlock the tomb of Altair and get his armor. Wow the second one at the ceiling was a blast to get to! I think this is one of the most fun engaging games I have ever played. I also loved Uncharted 2 by the way but this one will take way longer to finish so that is a big plus. Another great review Ben as always you hit the nail on the head real square!

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KidCallaway123
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 11:50:26 AM
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I have not experienced any screen tearing during my game play at all... It did freeze up on me last night for the first time when I tried to use the quick travel from the Villa to the North gate of Tuscany.

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Gordo
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 6:08:43 PM
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Have played it for 20 hours now and enjoying it thoroughly. Still only 60% through the main story but have been concentrating on the viewpoints, artwork/armour and the tombs.

Haven't noticed much screen tearing and even the popup doesn't really bother me as the environments are very detailed and a joy to run around.

It did freeze up on me three times within an hour in Venice during one of the carnival stages. Then it was ok for the next couple of hours.

It was a hot and humid Australian day (35C) so not sure if that had anything to do with it.

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R3ZR
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:53:33 AM
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damn just platinumd this game after one playthrough a few days ago! i must say it was one of the best games i've ever played that came out last year....along with infamous and UC2

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TheCanadianGuy
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 9:15:15 PM
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without a doubt one of the best this generation. ubisoft montreal's magnum opus!

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