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Assassin's Creed II (360)
A follow up to Ubisoft Montreal's flawed masterpiece, Assassin's Creed II works like any good sequel should, introducing new characters, developing old characters and to a lesser extent summing up the events of the first game.
Italy: From the countryside, to the characters and even some of the (mildly) racist stereotypical humour, the setting makes this game. It gives the developers a reason to make everything a just little more flamboyant and larger than life than it needed it to be.
Free Running: Carrying over from the first game is the great free running/parkour system, it makes this game so much better and it is easy to see how much effort the developers have spent refining the system and making the movement more controllable
Animus: This game suffers from the animus story line. The introduction - while awesome to anyone who played Assasin's Creed - is really confusing to anyone who hasn't and for some reason the game looks, and chugs, horribly when playing as Desmond.
Crowds For Hire: Ezio can hire crowds for moving cover or added protection or to just distract some guards. Now this would have been a great machanic if there were not a rent-a-crowd on every corner on every city. A couple of hours in, they become an "I win" button.
Assassin's Creed II fixes almost every flaw with its predecessor. The result is a great fun experience that suffers from its own cryptic plot and repetitiveness.
Reviewed by: Zack Rhodes
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