Friday, December 24, 2010
Assassins Creed II
Over the last few days I've finished Fallout 3 and almost finished my Assassin adventures. Assassins Creed II picks up the story after Desmond's adventure following Altair. In this installment you follow Ezio, an Italian noble during the renaissance who takes over the family business of killing.
This game doesn't suffer the same obvious flaws as the first. The quests aren't as repetitive, the fighting isn't as easy although the enemies still wait to attack you one at a time, and there is now more to the game than just killing targets and acquiring information. The addition of a money system really helps the game in my opinion because you now need to do something to obtain better weapons and armor and there is actually a reason to go find the various treasures hidden throughout Italy. The cities are extremely well crafted and will take some time to explore by themselves.
Some of the shortcomings of the game are the repetitiveness of the combat becomes apparent after you receive all of the weapons. If you played the first game, you know that the only move that you can use successfully is the counter technique, and that becomes almost useless later in the game. Imported from the first game are many of the assassin techniques and movements. They game gives you the illusion of a choice of weapon, if you choose an axe or a hammer, they do the same thing as a sword with slightly different animations.
The action all comes from the story with short periods of running to checkpoints and assassinating unsuspecting guards. I haven't finished the game yet so I can't comment on how good the ending is but it has been great up until now. This game is good when you consider that the price for a used copy is now under $20, but I'm not sure that I would buy this game for more than that unless you enjoy a good story and impressive graphics and enjoyed the combat style from the first game.