Assassin’s Creed 2 is a games I thought I’d never complete, as I sold my copy during the Year of Shame challenge last year, after spending only ten hours playing it felt like a huge game. Microsoft then kindly made it one of their Games with Gold back in July last year, however fearing how big the game was, I never got around to installing it. Once I’d seen the trailers at E3 for Assassin’s Creed Unity, I started to get the itch, so decided to get it finished off during my recent holiday.
So last week was my week off, and after checking on howlongtobeat.com it seemed I was over half way through…hurray!, however much to my dismay, the standard edition of Assassin’s Creed 2 from Games with Gold wouldn’t load the save from my previous game of the year edition….doh! So I had to start from scratch. As I was starting from the beginning, and the fact that I also have Assassin’s Creed 3, Brotherhood and Revelations in my collection, I decided I would simply run through the main story, and that I did.
The game continues shortly after the events of Assassin’s Creed, and before you know it, you’re back in the Animus, however, this time instead of exploring the memories of Altaïr, you take control of Ezio, a young nobleman from the late 15th Century. I won’t spoil the story, but I felt it was heavily tied in with the first game and there were many reference. So much so, you could (through finding items) unlock the outfit of Altaïr, and if you could make enough cash, you could also buy his weoponary.
The game itself felt similar to the first, the sneaking around, the hiding in plain sight, the parkour , and the assassinations, however they made a huge welcome change to the story progression. The first game felt like ‘go to an area, do a minimum amount of ‘things’, this then unlocked the next area….rinse and repeat. This game was a lot more story driven, meaning that if you wanted to power through, you could. All the other side missions where still there, however you were welcome to ignore them if you didn’t feel the need.
An interesting mechanic they added to this game was the Villa, which as you can probably guess, is a home for Ezio with a surrounding small town. You have the option of repairing the town (out of your own pocket), however the more you repair, the more the town is worth, and you can then pocket the profits. In addition, repairing the likes of the blacksmith would give you various discounts on your items. It’s probably worth noting that even though I only did the main story, I was able to complete the last sequence with the top level armour and weaponry, and had my town fully restored and earning a lot of money, so personally feel that the income was a little too high, as I didn’t really have to work for it.
All in all, the game wasn’t bad, it ended on an interesting cliff hanger, enough to make me want to fire up the next game and continue the Assassins Creed story.
Approx Time taken to beat – 12 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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